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r on 'golden goal'
LENS, France (AP) - After the
French forwards failed for nearly two
hours, defender Laurent Blanc scored
the first ever World Cup "golden goal"
yesterday to put France into the quar-
The centerback finally crashed
through the gallant Paraguayan defense
for a 1-0 win that calmed the nerves of
the host nation.
The sudden-death overtime is being
used for the first time in this World
Cup. No goal could have been more
golden than this one.
"This is the most incredible joy to
score in this way," Blanc said."We have
criticized the golden goal in the past,
yet here we profited from it. What went
through me when I scored was just
In extra time, when every move was
laced with anxiety and dread, Blanc
finished the game by joining the attack.
He moved into the penalty area and was
in the right place to take a header from
forward David Trezeguet and volley it
with such power even the great goal-
keeper Jose Luis Chilavert could sto
"We were fighting, fighting, fighting
and we got our reward in the last few
AP PHOTO minutes, he said. "I promised myself
France's Laurent Blanc (left) and Paraguay's Jose Cardoso battle for a loose ball In yesterday's 1-0 overtime France victory, that I would score in the World Cup and
Blanc's 'golden goal' was the first In World Cup history, as the sudden death format was adopted for the first time this year. I did."
Wimbledon grass stumps clay-courters
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -
Maybe grass really is for cows.
For French Open men's champions,
at least, the switch from the dusty, red
clay of Roland Garros to the slick, man-
icured lawns of Wimbledon appears a
Take Carlos Moya.
The flamboyant Spaniard won the
rench Open three weeks ago, but
Riled to get past the second round at
Wimbledon, losing last Thursday to
Hicham Arazi - another grass-court
The other French Open finalist,
Spaniard Alex Corretja, lost in the first
round at Wimbledon.
Moya was seeded No. 5 and Corretja
No. 10, yet their early departures came
as no great surprise. Winning on grass
requires a completely different game
Im winning on clay.
The French Open requires patience,
endurance and the ability to construct
points. All that counts for little at
Wimbledon, where the men's game is
dominated by big serves, and points
rarely go beyond three shots.
The last player to win both tourna-
ments was Bjorn Borg, who captured
the French Open six times and
Wimbledon five times. He won both in
same year three straight times from
Since then, only Ivan Lendl has
come close, winning the French in
1986 and 1987 and losing in the
Wimbledon final both years.
France will play a more familiar foe,
Italy, in Saint-Denis on Friday. "Our
neighbors, our friends," coach Aime
The goal ended the surprising run
of Paraguay, which relied on a rock-
solid defense, tactical cunning and
"Garra," its special blend of courage
and fighting spirit, to show that small
nations still can be great at the World
"France has a well-deserved victory.
They impressed me very much,"
Paraguay coach Paulo Cesar
"It was a great effort from my play-
ers, but we made a few errors near the
end, probably because of fatigue. In the
penalty shootout, we would have stood
a better chance."
Had the game ended tied throughthe
30-minute overtime, a shootout would
Chilavert was brilliant in defeat.Th
flitnboyant goalie, who often comes
upfield to take free licks, made 24
saves. France tried to play its wide-
open brand of soccer but was denied
every time, often by the acrobatics of
And his dewese led by colo Ayala
and Carlos Gamarra held figh.
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In the last 10 years, Mats Wilander this year.
(1988) and Jim Courier (1991) are the Thomas Muster didn't even show at
only French Open champs to get past Wimbledon after winning the 1995
the fourth round at Wimbledon. Both French Open. No wonder - he'd lost
lost in the quarters. in the first round in each of his four
Conversely, Wimbledon champions tries.
have enjoyed little success at the Sergi Bruguera skipped Wimbledon
French. after his triumph at the French in 1993.
Pete Sampras, winner of four He made the fourth round in
Wimbledon titles and a total of 10 Wimbledon in 1994 after winning his
Grand Slams, has never advanced past second French title, but hasn't been
the semifinals in Paris and went out in back since.
the second round this year. These days, the men's game is so
Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Stefan split between fast-court and clay-court
Edberg, John McEnroe and Jimmy players that it's hard to imagine anyone
Connors are among those who never winning both tournaments - let alone
won the French.
Geoff Pollard, president of Tennis
Australia, thinks players take the wrong st i tn
"Anything is possible, but very few \k Ph fot'opies
players follow what Bjorn Borg did,"he r
said. "He stayed back in Paris and came <t s
to Wimbledon and served and volleyed. Y.
I can't believe other players don't do the :Y '
same. There's no logical reason for it." sqrs
The clay-grass conflict is less acute
in women's tennis, where the serve is A : li~t s" > X en
less dominant. Steffi Graf has won the
French and Wimbledon in the same h
year four times (1988, 1993, 1995, ':
Moya isjust the latest king of Paris to
flop in London. Yevgeny Kafelnikov
and Gustavo Kuerten followed their tri-
umphs in Paris in 1996 and 1997 with PR/NTNG CENTER
first-round defeats at Wimbledon. Both 401 E. Huron 9t. (walking distance
also failed to make the second round fromncampus) :i 769-
completing a sweep of all four Grand
Slams. Rod Laver was the last to
accomplish the Slam in 1969.
Another factor is scheduling:
Wimbledon begins just two weeks after
the French. Many players complain
that's not enough time to prepare for
the grass, especially since there are no
grass-court tournaments the rest of the
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