Top-seeded Todd Martin breezed past Christian Bergstrom,...

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Top-seeded Todd Martin breezed past Christian Bergstrom, 6-1, 6-1, becoming the only seeded player to win a match at the U.S. Tennis Assn. Clay Court Classic at Pinehurst, N.C.

Second-seeded MaliVai Washington, No. 4 Richey Reneberg and No. 6 Luiz Mattar of Brazil were ousted on courts slowed by rain.

Washington was eliminated by Jared Palmer, 6-2, 6-1; Reneberg fell to Franco Davin, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, and Mattar lost to Mark Woodforde, 6-1, 6-1.

Martin's domination was so complete that Bergstrom joked that the top-seeded player was trying to make a quick getaway to a nearby golf course.

"If you're playing golf today, I want to go with you," Bergstrom said after one shot skipped by him and landed just inside the baseline.

Martin responded by taking a golf swing with his racket.



Baylor player Jerome Lambert has told Southwest Conference investigators that an assistant coach, Gary Thomas, helped him rent an apartment for about $100 less than the advertised price from a friend of the basketball program and to finance a car, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Nick Van Exel of the Lakers made the second team.


The New York Jets got their backup quarterback, signing Jack Trudeau to play behind Boomer Esiason.


Midfielder Stefan Schwarz scored in the opening minute and set up Henrik Larsson's goal as Sweden defeated African champion Nigeria, 3-1, in a matchup of World Cup soccer teams in Stockholm.

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