10B -The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday, September 10, 2001
Venus beats Serena
in sibling showdown,
Sampras downed by
Hewitt in straight sets
NEW YORK (AP) - With each years.
dynamite stroke and dominating victo- Regardless of the pec
ry, Venus Williams looks more and the women's rankings -
more like the best women's tennis 4, behind Martina Hin
player in the world. Capriati and Lindsay Da
Except, that is, when she plays clear who really is the to
against younger sibling Serena. now.
While Venus routinely comes out Venus is 46-5 in 20
on top, as she did Saturday night in the tournament titles. She
first U.S. Open final between sisters, three championships sin
the quality of their matches never lives ing first-round exit a
up to the significance of the occasion. Open, which is played or
"We both know that when we come face least conducive to he
out there, it's going to be two competi- Her ranking sufferst
tors competing against each other. system that rewards tho
That's just the way it is," said Venus, more often. Hingis, for
who's 15 months older. "When you entered eight more tour
walk out on the court, if you're not a Venus this year.
competitor, you've just got to go Venus is at the vangt
home. style of tennis, combinin
"There's nothing like winning a with an impressive athl
Grand Slam." allows her to track dowi
She should know. apparent winners.
By beating 19-year-old Serena 6-2, With their forehan
6-4 in their latest lackluster encounter, Venus and Serena have
Venus capped two weeks of brilliance vigorate women's tenni
in which she didn't lose a set en route meeting drew 23 million
to her second straight Open title. making it the most-wat
It was also her second straight of the night.
Grand Slam championship, after Wim- Yet, it wasn't beauti
bledon. She's now won four of the last much like their prev
six majors, plus two gold medals at the matches. Perhaps it's1
Sydney Olympics, over the past two tough to look across a ne
cking order in
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By defeating her sibling Serena on Saturday, Venus Williams won her fourth major
title in the past two years. Williams did not lose a single set in the tournament.
ling and summon the killer instinct
required in sports.
Chris Evert, who won six U.S. Open
titles in the 1970s and '80s, can relate.
She hated playing younger sister
"It certainly wasn't a Grand Slam
final, that's for sure, but I felt sick. I
wanted to throw up on the court. It's
an awful feeling," Evert said. "You're
filled with so much emotion. I didn't
want to beat her, but I didn't want to
lose to her. I didn't look her in the
eyes. I just wanted to get off the
Venus and Serena played as though
they felt that way, avoiding the smiles
and fist pumps they normally display.
They turned their backs on each other
after points, and twice avoided making
contact by walking around opposite
ends of the net during changeovers.
Sisters Sledgehammer combined for
55 unforced errors and lost serve a
total of seven times. And it's tough to
recall a major championship won by a
player who conjured up only seven
NEW YORK (AP) - Pete Sampras
smiled thinly, the disappointment
obvious in his face and voice. He
looked grim as he raised the runner-up
trophy at the U.S. Open for the second
year in a row.
The Grand Slam champion record-
holder with 13 of those coveted titles,
Sampras spent most of the past two
weeks at the Open repairing a tattered
tennis reputation. Yesterday, he sur-
rounded the recovery with question
He was a step slow and a shot short
as Lleyton Hewitt blistered him 7-6
(5), 6-1, 6-1. For the second straight
year, a 20-year-old young gun had too
many answers for the old master.
Sampras considered the way Hewitt
had handled him, much as Marat Safin
had a year ago.
"He was unbelievable," Sampras
said. "The kid is so quick, it's unbe-
lievable. I wish I had some of those
legs for this old guy.
"I lost to a great champion. You're
going to see this Lleyton Hewitt guy
for the next 10 years, like you saw
The loss to Safin started a drought
of 17 tournaments without a title for
Sampras. He went 14 months without
a victory and arrived at the Open
seeded 10th, surprisingly low for a
player of his reputation.
Sampras was angered by the whis-
pers, the suggestion that at age 30, he
was on the downside of a remarkable
career. He set out to change that per-
ception and for two weeks, he accom-
plished the mission.
There were victories over past
champions Patrick Rafter, Andre
Agassi and Safin, each with the feel of
a final, in a magical week that put
Sampras on verge of winning his fifth
And then, suddenly, on the 11lth
anniversary of his first Grand Slam
victory at the Open, it all came apart.
"To get to this point and not get the
grand prize at the end is a little deflat-
ing," Sampras said. "I worked so hard
to get here. I got through some tough
matches and played some great ten-
And then, along came Hewitt.
"I felt fine physically, fresh and
ready to go," Sampras said. "I just ran
into another hot player, just like last
year. He returned and passed as well
as anyone I ever played. He's got the
best return, the best wheels in the
game. He's a fighter. That's why he
wins matches. He competes well."
The day started badly when Hewitt
broke Sampras in the first game of the
match, ending a string of 87 games in
which he had not been broken. Sam-
pras balanced it immediately but the
message had been sent.
"It wasn't a great start," Sampras
said, "not the start I was looking for.
You want to set the tone, put some
pressure on him."
Instead the pressure was on Sam-
pras. He mis-hit more balls in this
match than he had all week. The set
rolled into a tiebreak, familiar territo-
ry for Sampras, who playedfour of
them in his classic quarterfinal victory
Dupay for gambling ills
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -
Known best as the bad boy of Flori-
da basketball, Teddy Dupay faced
his most humbling moment Friday,
forced to say goodbye to the Gators
after school officials declared him
The senior point guard announced
the punishment himself, standing
before media and delivering a pre-
pared two-minute speech. He then
stepped away from the podium,
hugged coach Billy Donovan and
walked away, his eyes glassing over
"I understand that I haverviolated
NCAA rules and I take full responsi-
bility for those actions," Dupay said.
"I put myself in a situation that I
should not have put myself in, and I
am paying the price for that."
Athletic director Jeremy Foley
said student confidentiality laws kept
him from revealing specific reasons
for the action. He did confirm that
the investigation began in April, and
that campus police had reached a
point where "we felt the investiga-
tion was complete."
Later, campus police released a
statement saying they had sent to the
state attorney's office results of an
investigation they began April 5
"into allegations of minor gambling
infractions by a University of Florida
State Attorney Bill Cervone had
not received the information as of
late Friday, although he said it was
clear from the context that Dupay
"has been involved with gambling
himself, or with others who were."
The NCAA mandates a one-year
suspension for any student who
solicits or accepts a bet involving
college or pro sports. Foley said it
was his understandingtthat Dupay
would not be eligible to play else-
where in college. NCAA gambling
expert Bill Saum did not immediate-
ly return telephone messages left at
Foley said the NCAA had deter-
mined, Dupay's situation was an
"individual eligibility issue, and not
an institutional issue."
"We are saddened that Teddy will
not be a member of the Gator pro-
gram, but the fact of the matter is we
had no choice but to come to this
conclusion," Foley said.
A 5-foot-I 1. guard who set the
Pete Sampras fought hard, but didn't
have enough to beat Lleyton Hewitt.
Utah players made
Florida guard Teddy Dupay, who performed well in the backcout for the Gators last
season, will be unable to play this season.
state prep scoring record at Mariner sophomore year of high school and
High in Cape Coral, Dupay walked told him he wanted to play for the
into Donovan's office during his Gators.
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah
has uncovered several minor-NCAA
violations, many within the men's
basketball program,. and.cited-a-lack-
of departmental oversight of coach
The infractions, which the univer-
sity said qualify as less-serious sec-
ondary violations, range from a free.
meal for players at a tailgate party to
milk and cookies for players at film
The university released a report
Saturday, detailing results of its
investigation. A copy was sent to the
NCAA on Friday.
The investigation began after for-
mer ski coach Pat Miller threatened
a lawsuit in April, alleging he was
fired for an NCAA violation far less
serious than others committed by
other athletic department personnel.
Miller accused the university of
violations involving fraudulent acad-
emic credit, tutoring and student eli-
gibility. Athletics director Chris Hill
didn't renew Miller's contract after
the coach falsified a recruit's acade-
Miller has since filed a lawsuit,
but in the wake of the investigation,
the university contends his allega-
tions are false. It acknowledges vio-
lations but said they were less
serious than an altered academic
The report concludes the universi-
ty has given "too much deference
and latitude" to the men's basketball
The violations included:
A meal at a tailgate party for
eight men's basketball players. The
party was arranged by director of
basketball operations Mike Schnei-
der and attended by Majerus and oth-
ers on his staff.
During the 1996-2000 seasons;
Majerus gave players small amounts
of money, usually $10, for snacks
Majerus paid for meals during
one-on-one meetings with players.
Majerus provided juice, bagels,
pizza, milk and cookies for players
during practice and film sessions.
Football and basketball players,
acting as hosts, receiving more than
the NCAA-allowed $30 per day to
More than one student-athlete
host accompanying a recruit at a
meal, often a barbecue at the home
of a student-athlete or a tailgate
party. NCAA rules allow one host
A prospective recruit treated to
a meal at a booster's home.
Three players receiving addi-
tional complementary tickets to a
1998 game at Long Beach State.
A player receiving an airline
ticket to attend the funeral of a
Majerus observing recruits in
The report concluded that "in most
areas of compliance, including eligi-
bility, academics, recruiting and
booster involvement, the athletics
department has performed very
The report includes a list of "cor-
rective measures and punitive
Majerus must attend an NCAA
regional compliance seminar and
have the number of days he can par-
ticipate in off-campus recruiting
reduced by 75 percent during the
2001-02 academic year. Schneider
will be suspended without pay for
Majerus issued a statement in
which he accepted responsibility.
"My staff and I try to live within
the rules. Anyone who knows me
knows that my first priority is the
welfare of my players. This has often
caused me to feel with my heart
before I think with my head. Unfor-
tunately, this has led to some rules
infractions, which I regret," he said.
Written reprimands will be issued
to Hill, football coach Ron McBride
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