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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2001

Alaska Anchorage tops Minnesota Duluth

ANCHORAGE -- Petr Chytka scored his second goal of the night in overtime and Alaska Anchorage defeated Minnesota-Duluth 5-4 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday night.

The Seawolves (2-4-2, 1-2-1 WCHA) clawed back after falling behind three times, including a two-goal deficit midway through the third period. Corey Hessler's goal with 10 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime.

Both teams scored lone goals in the first two periods. Todd Smith opened scoring for Minnesota-Duluth (4-3-1, 0-3-1 WCHA) with a goal at 6:56. Chytka tied the game on a power play at 16:55.

The Bulldogs took the lead in the second period on a goal by Tom Nelson at 10:56. Alaska Anchorage's John Hopson tied the score again at 12:48.

The Bulldogs' Mark Carlson scored an unassisted power play goal at 4:48 of the third period and Minnesota-Duluth took a two-goal lead when Andy Reierson scored a five-on-five goal at 6:14.

The Seawolves' Steve Cygan answered with a five-on-five goal at 17:44.

With goalie Kevin Reiter pulled, Hessler tied the score at 19:50.

Chytka fired in the game-winner with the teams again playing five-on-five. He found the net with a slap shot from near the top of the right circle at 3:46.

Adam Coole had 39 saves for the Bulldogs. Reiter stopped 20 shots for the Seawolves.

Michigan cruises past Alaska Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS -- Goalie Josh Blackburn turned away 36 shots and Michigan defeated Alaska Fairbanks 4-0 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday.

The victory gave Michigan (4-4-1, 3-3-1 CCHA) a sweep of the weekend series. The Wolverines defeated the Nanooks 2-1 Friday.

Michigan opened scoring with a goal by Dwight Helminen at 15:40 of the first period.

John Shouneyia scored a short-handed goal at 18:27 of the second period. Jason Rysznar added a goal at 3:09 of the third period and Eric Nystrom made it 4-0 with a goal at 11:38. Mike Cammalleri had two assists for Michigan.

Preston McKay had 26 saves for Alaska Fairbanks (6-4-0, 2-4-0 CCHA).

Tszyu shocks Judah with second-round knockout

LAS VEGAS -- All Kostya Tszyu needed was one stunning right hand to show he was the best 140-pound fighter in the world.

It came with one second left in the second round Saturday night, sending Zab Judah to the canvas and making Tszyu the undisputed 140-pound champion when referee Jay Nady stopped the fight seconds later.

Judah disagreed violently, but referee Nady had the last word, bringing a sudden end to the title unification fight and giving the 32-year-old Tszyu all three major titles.

Davenport passes Capriati for No. 1 ranking

MUNICH, Germany -- Lindsay Davenport won the No. 1 ranking for the year and is not sure she deserves it.

She defeated Kim Clijsters 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) Saturday, advancing to the final of the $3 million Sanex Championships against Serena Williams.

Davenport's semifinal victory allowed her to take the No. 1 spot from Jennifer Capriati. Capriati had been No. 1 for three weeks and would have held the top ranking if Davenport lost.

Davenport says Venus Williams or Capriati deserves the No. 1 accolade because she failed to win a Grand Slam and they split the four majors.

''Obviously I can't help it that Venus only plays nine or 10 tournaments and that Jennifer didn't win more tour events. I think it's obvious they would be No. 1 then,'' Davenport said.

''I'm not going to sit here and defend myself. You know, I can't do anything about it. I'll just take it.''

On Sunday, Davenport will face Serena Williams, a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Sandrine Testud of France in the other semifinal. Davenport is 0-5 this year against the Williams sisters.

''Neither one of us is going to be thinking about the past,'' Williams said. ''This is the last match of the year.''

Davenport, seeded second, has won three straight titles and extended her winning streak to 15 matches. She missed 2 1/2 months this season with a bruised knee but is in position to win eight titles for the second straight year.

She also finished No. 1 for 1998 and joined four other players who have twice been No. 1 for the year.

Capriati won the Australian Open and French Open this year in a remarkable comeback from an array of problems. The majors -- more than No. 1 -- are what Davenport wants.

''I'd rather have two Grand Slams,'' she said. ''The first time was amazing, a real honor, but I've been No. 1 several times now.''

Davenport has been No. 1 five times, starting on Oct. 12, 1998, when she became the first American to lead the rankings since Chris Evert in 1985. She has finished No. 1 or No. 2 the past four years.

Clijsters, a French Open finalist who has risen to a No. 5 ranking, beat Davenport earlier this year at Stanford, Calif.

The 18-year-old Belgian was in command at the outset Saturday, surging through the first set in 24 minutes as Davenport had trouble keeping the ball in play.

Davenport took control in the second set. In the third, Davenport broke serve but the third-seeded Clijsters promptly broke back. Clijsters fought off five break points at 5-4 before Davenport prevailed in a tiebreaker.

''I'm not surprised it was a hard match,'' Davenport said. ''I thought she would be the toughest player I would face here.''

Clijsters started the year at No. 18 and won three titles this. She pushed Capriati to a 12-10 final set at the French Open.

''She's had a phenomenal breakthrough year,'' Davenport said. ''It takes some time to win the big matches and she's almost there.''

Capriati's chance to finish No. 1 faded Friday with a three-set loss to Testud. She had claimed the top ranking from Martina Hingis.

Capriati was fighting a throat infection during her quarterfinal loss. She said she was taking medication and was in bed all day before her match.

Davenport has a tour-best 62-9 record this year and has won more titles than anyone else.

''There's a huge debate in women's tennis about who should be No. 1,'' Davenport said. ''I've had a very consistent year. It's great to end the year No. 1.''



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