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June 17, 2002 at 7:43 PM
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Red Wings celebrate with parade

DETROIT, June 17 (UPI) -- An estimated crowd of 1.2 million screamed for the Detroit Red Wings Monday, but were unable to coax a decision from Dominik Hasek.

Chants of "One more year, one more year" rattled the ears of Hasek as the Red Wings celebrated their third Stanley Cup title in six years with a victory parade from Woodward Avenue to Hart Plaza.

Scotty Bowman received his final salute after capping the greatest coaching career in NHL history with his ninth Stanley Cup title. He announced his retirement last Thursday night after the Red Wings captured the Cup with a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Five.

Now, the 37-year-old Hasek may also leave. After becoming the first European goaltender to win the Stanley Cup, Hasek also is contemplating retirement.

The Detroit fans pushed for a decision to put an exclamation point on the festivities. Backup goaltender Manny Legace riled up the crowd even further by proclaiming, "I would love to back up 'The Dominator' for one more year." But Hasek remained noncommital.

The Stanley Cup was the missing piece of hardware for the Hasek, who already had six Vezina trophies, two Hart trophies and an Olympic gold medal. If he stays, Hasek has options the next two seasons that would pay him $8 million a year.

U.S. stuns Mexico at World Cup

SEOUL, June 17 (UPI) -- Thanks to quick counter-attacks that resulted in goals from John McBride and Landon Donovan, the United States defeated Mexico and reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

In a sport that struggles for recognition in the United States but which is almost a religion around the rest of the planet, the Americans made the kind of impact that could not be ignored.

"We are doing something special here," said Team USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel. "We hope all the Americans can feel and recognize what an accomplishment this is."

After the United States recorded a 2-0 victory over its old rival in Jeonju, Brazil won by the same score against Belgium. Although Brazil was heavily favored, it was on its heels most of the evening in Kobe before Rivaldo finally scored in the 67th minute.

On Friday, the Americans will be a large underdog when they meet Germany in the quarterfinals, but if they can somehow pull off a win in that one, they would be two victories away from the unthinkable.

Although the United States played in the semifinals of the first World Cup in 1930, there were only 13 countries in that tournament and a team reached the semifinals by winning one of four groups. The Americans lost to Argentina in the semifinals that year, 6-0, and since then the United States had won just two World Cup matches prior to this competition.

The victory over Mexico was unexpected because of the way the United States finished group play--an uninspired 3-1 loss to Poland. It took an assist by South Korea, which beat Portugal in their final group encounter, for the Americans to back into the second round.

"I don't know if we were lucky," U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. "We beat the winner (Mexico) of the group with Italy in it. We beat one of the top five teams in the world (Portugal). We were the only team to get a point against Korea, the host country. We've had some impressive results in this World Cup. I wouldn't call that lucky, I think we have a good team. We will play a great team in Germany."

Brazil's victory will send it against England in the quarterfinals Friday in what could turn out to be the game that decides the championship.

The round of 16 comes to an end Tuesday with the co-hosting nations both in action. South Korea will face a stern test against Italy with the winner of that one going on to meet Spain. And Japan stands a real chance to advance against Turkey with surprising Senegal awaiting the winner.

Top-ranked Rice eliminated

OMAHA, Neb., June 17 (UPI) -- Brian Stavisky hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday as Notre Dame stayed alive in the College World Series with a 5-3 win over Rice.

Steve Stanley started the rally with a one-out triple to right-center field off Justin Crowder (10-3), who had contained the Fighting Irish after replacing the ineffective Philip Humber in the third inning.

Steve Sollmann singled to center to tie it at 3-3 and Stavisky hitbelted a 1-2 pitch over the right center field wall for his ninth homer of the season.

Notre Dame (50-17) advances to play the loser of Monday night's Stanford-Texas game on Tuesday night. Rice, ranked first in the nation by Baseball America magazine, finished 52-14.

Yankees SS Jeter hurts knee

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- Veteran New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will have a precautionary MRI Monday to determine definitively the extent of the injury to his left knee.

In the first inning of Sunday night's 3-2 loss to the crosstown rival New York Mets, Jeter fouled a pitch by Mets starter Pedro Asatacio off of the knee. He stayed in the contest until the eighth, when he was replaced by Enrique Wilson after telling Manager Joe Torre that the knee had stiffened up on him. It had not helped that he had to run full speed on an RBI single by Bernie Williams in the sixth and had to make an awkward slide at home to take the pressure off.

"It just got stiffer and stiffer," Jeter said. "In a two-run game, I didn't want to hurt us defensively."

Despite the pain, Jeter said he intends to be on the field Tuesday night in Denver, when the Yankees begin a three-game interleague series at Colorado.

"I think I'm fine and I expect to play on Tuesday," Jeter said. "I have the knee wrapped up now. I just felt that it hurt to move laterally and it would be probably better not to continue to play on it."

Jeter, 28, has been a starter in each of the Yankees' 69 games thus far, and has missed only five innings all season. Also, it was only the second time that Jeter had asked to be taken out in 1,005 career games.

"For him to say that, knowing his history, it had to be hurting pretty good," said Torre. "He would rather eat nails than show anybody he's hurt."

The 6-3, 195-pounder is batting .294 this season with eight home runs and 33 RBI. Jeter, now in his eighth major league season, has never been placed on the disabled list.

Sugiyama, Kremer victorious

EASTBOURNE, England, June 17 (UPI) -- Ai Sugiyama of Japan and Luxembourg's Anne Kremer were victorious in Monday's only singles matches at the Britannic Asset Management Championships.

Sugiyama, the top ranked Japanese woman, posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory over France's Mary Pierce, who is one of three wild cards here. Kremer defeated Nathalie Dechy, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Martina Navratilova and Russian Anna Kournikova are the other wild cards.

Navratilova will play her first singles match in almost eight years Tuesday against Tatiana Panova at this Wimbledon warmup. She is competing in doubles with Natasha Zvereva. The winner of 167 singles and 166 doubles titles, the 45-year-old Navratilova asked for a wild card into the event in which she is an 11-time champion. It was granted when organizers failed to entice Jennifer Capriati or Monica Seles.

Flames re-sign C Rob Niermayer

CALGARY, Alberta, June 17 (UPI) -- The Calgary Flames, who missed the playoffs this year for the sixth straight season, Monday re-signed center Rob Niedermayer.

Niedermayer was eligible to become a restricted free agent on July 1. He was acquired from the Florida Panthers along with a second-round draft pick last June for Valeri Bure and Jason Wiemer, and had six goals and 14 assists in 57 games with Calgary this past season.

The 27-year-old Niedermayer was the fifth overall pick in the 1993 draft. He had 101 goals and 165 assists in seven seasons with the Panthers.

He had five goals and three assists in 22 games in the 1996 playoffs, when Florida was swept in the Stanley Cup Finals by the Colorado Avalanche.

Niedermayer's younger brother, Scott, is a defenseman with the New Jersey Devils.

Calgary (32-35-12-3) has not made the playoffs since getting swept by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference quarterfinals in 1996. The Flames had one big bright spot this season in right wing Jarome Iginla, who also is eligible to become a restricted free agent on July 1.

Iginla, who turns 25 on July 1, led the NHL in goals and points and is a Hart Trophy finalist.

Rusedski, two other seeds win

NOTTINGHAM, England, June 17 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Englishman Greg Rusedski returned from a neck injury and was one of three seeds to advance Monday in the first round of the Samsung Open.

Rusedski, who received a wild card for this tournament, recorded a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over 18-year-old Australian qualifier Todd Reid. The 28-year-old Rusedski, who has 10 career titles, has not reached the quarterfinals since February when he lost to Frenchman Nicolas Escude at Marseille.

Sixth-seeded Michel Kratochvil and No. 8 Davide Sanguinetti of Italy each had straight-sets victories Monday. Kratochvil beat British wild card Jamie Delgado, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 and Sanguinetti ousted Jeff Coetzee, 6-4, 7-5. Romanian Adrian Voinea beat Brazil's Andre Sa, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) and Russian Andrei Stoliarov defeated Georgia's Irakli Labadze, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

In Monday's other matches, Australian Wayne Arthurs eliminated Armenian Sargis Sargsian, 7-6, 6-7 (7-4), 6-2 and Frenchman Michael Llodra cruised past American Taylor Dent, 6-3, 6-4.

Comets re-acquire G Sonja Henning

HOUSTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The Houston Comets have reacquired Sonja Henning, the starting point guard on their 1999 championship team.

To get her back, the Comets sent forward Amanda Lassiter, a first-round pick in 2001, to Seattle for Henning.

"Sonja Henning gives us a proven point guard who helped us win a championship in 1999," said Comets Coach and General Manager Van Chancellor. "We hated to give up a promising young player like Amanda Lassiter, but we feel this move will improve the team."

During Houston's title run in 1999, Henning started all 32 games, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 assists per game, and ranked second in the WNBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.55).

Seattle claimed Henning in the 2000 expansion draft, and she is the only player to have appeared in all 72 games in team history.

The 5-7 Henning started five of eight games for the Storm this season and averaged 2.3 points and 1.9 assists per contest.

"This is a very, very difficult day for me," said Storm Coach and General Manager Lin Dunn. "Sonja is one of the original members of the Storm and she has provided enormous leadership throughout the three-year history of this franchise. It's a decision that I felt was in the best interest of the Seattle Storm."

The 6-1 Lassiter averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 32 games, including 18 starts, with Houston last season, and set the franchise record for rebounds in a game by a rookie with 13 at Sacramento on July 10. She has appeared in six of Houston's nine games this season.

Federer spoils Krajicek's comeback

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, June 17 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland, who is seeking his third title of the season, Monday spoiled the comeback of Dutchman Richard Krajicek at the Ordina Open.

Federer, who won the adidas International and the Tennis Masters Series event in Hamburg, recorded a 6-2, 7-5 win over Krajicek. Last week, Federer reached the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open before losing to German Nicolas Kiefer in three sets.

Krajicek was playing for the first time since the Tennis Masters Series event in Stuttgart in 2000. Shortly after that tournament, he underwent right elbow surgery and missed all of the 2001 season.

Seventh-seeded Arnaud Clement of France routed Oliver Gross of Germany, 6-0, 6-2 and France's Anthony Dupuis upset eighth-seeded countryman Julien Boutter 6-4, 6-4.

In other men's matches, American Michael Russell beat Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2; Russia's Mikhail Youzhny breezed past Argentina's Agustin Calleri, 6-3, 6-0; Swiss qualifier Yves Allegro defeated Alex Calatrava of Spain, 6-4, 6-2; and Belgian Christophe Rochus rallied for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over French qualifier Rodolphe Cadart.

In women's action, fourth seed Elena Dementieva of Russia and No. 8 Martina Sucha of Slovakia each recorded straight-sets wins. Dementieva ousted Spain's Marta Marrero, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 and Sucha dispatched Barbara Rittner of Germany, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.

Also, Miriam Oremans of the Netherland beat Eva Dyrberg of Denmark, 6-1, 6-3; Germany's Bianka Lamade cruised past Silvana Bauer of the Netherlands, 6-2, 6-2; Andrea Glass of Germany overcame Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios of Paraguay, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-4; Russian Elena Bovina beat Germany's Marlene Weingartner, 6-4, 7-5; and Slovakia's Katarina Srebotnik defeated Anca Barna of Germany, 6-3, 6-4.

Pirates O-outfielder NL Player of Week

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Craig Wilson, who homered in each game of a weekend series with the Cincinnati Reds, on Monday was named National League Player of the Week.

In six games, Wilson went 12-for-24 with four home runs, a double and six runs scored. He drove in at least one run in each of his six games.

Fick, Young share AL Player honor

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Robert Fick and Texas Rangers second baseman Michael Young on Monday were named American League Co-Players of the Week.

Fick went 12-for-22 (.545) in six games with two doubles, three home runs and six RBI. He had three three-hit games, including a two-homer, five-RBI performance on June 10 against Montreal.

Young was equally as adept with the bat, hitting .542 (13-for-24) with three homers and nine RBI. His week was highlighted by a two-homer, five-hit performance on Friday at Houston.

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