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U.S. WOMEN WIN: Seven different players registered goals as the U.S. women's national team skated past Germany, 7-1 Monday afternoon in Lake Placid, N.Y.

With the victory, the U.S. finished first in the Holiday Tournament with a 3-0-0 record.

Scoring for the United States were Cammi Granato, Tara Mounsey, Chris Bailey, Krissy Wendell, Angela Ruggiero, Karyn Bye and Andrea Kilbourne. Bye was named MVP.


BUCKS' HAM ARRESTED: Darvin Ham of the Milwaukee Bucks was arrested on what police said was suspicion of violence against his wife.

The 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward was cited on suspicion of domestic violence-battery, a misdemeanor, at about midnight Monday at a Milwaukee home, Lt. John Andrews said. Andrews was unsure who made the report and did not know the circumstances of what happened. Ham paid a $500 cash bail and was released.

PIPPEN ACTIVATED: Portland Trail Blazers forward Scottie Pippen, who missed 10 games with a right knee contusion, has been activated.


HOLLIS SPEAKS OUT: Mike Hollis knows his time is almost up with the Jacksonville Jaguars, so the kicker isn't wary of speaking his mind about the way coach Tom Coughlin treats his players.

Coughlin's reputation as an unbending taskmaster prone to fines has been long documented.

Hollis, who will become a free agent, said one problem is that Coughlin isn't specific enough when he explains his long list of rules.

AMERICAN GOALIES: Brad Friedel had the big saves but Kasey Keller had the shutout as American goalies faced off in England's top league for the first time.

In a match pitting the two contenders to man the nets for the U.S. World Cup team this summer, Keller and Tottenham scored a 1-0 win over Friedel and Blackburn in a New Year's Day match played in freezing temperatures.


AUSTRALIAN HARDCOURT: Pete Sampras started the 2002 tennis season the same way he finished last year — on the losing side of the net.

Unseeded Todd Martin upset the second-seeded Sampras 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Australian Men's Hardcourt Championships on Wednesday.

Top seed Venus Williams beat Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 6-0, 6-4 on a sweltering day at the Australian women's hardcourt tennis championships. Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, on a break from military service, struggled past Austria's Stefan Koubek 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at the $1 million Qatar Open.

Ivanisevic strained his serving shoulder at the start of the first set and sought medical attention.

In the day's only upset, third-seeded Albert Portas of Spain lost to Julian Knowle of Austria 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-0).

Fourth-seeded Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic beat Markus Hipfl of Austria 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and seventh-seeded Rainer Schuettler of Germany ousted Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-3, 6-2.

ASB BANK CLASSIC: Anna Kournikova won her opening match while top-seeded Angeles Montolio and defending champion Meilen Tu were eliminated at the ASB Bank Classic.

Kournikova, coming back from a foot injury, beat Zimbabwe's Cara Black 7-6 (6), 6-2.

Montolio of Spain was beaten by Alina Jidkova of Russia 6-3, 6-1. Tu, seeded sixth, lost 6-3, 6-2 to Selima Sfar of Tunisia.

In another upset, Kristina Brandi downed fourth-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-3. Eighth-seeded Mariana Diaz Oliva of Argentina lost to Silvija Talaja of Croatia 7-6 (5), 7-5.

HOPMAN CUP: Francesa Schiavone and David Sanguinette beat their highly favored American opponents Wednesday to give Italy a winning 2-0 lead in their round-robin match at the Hopman Cup tennis tournament.

Schiavone, who beat No. 5-ranked Kim Clijsters two days earlier, overcame a hamstring injury to upset Monica Seles 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 and give Italy a 1-0 lead.

Sanguinette then beat Jan Michael Gambill 7-6 (1), 6-3, giving Italy the winning margin, with the mixed doubles to be played later Wednesday.

The top-seeded Americans and Italy both are 1-1 n Group A.

Lleyton Hewitt, the world's No. 1-ranked player, ignored a high fever to win his singles match and then combined with Australian teammate Alicia Molik to beat Argentina. After his second match, he broke out in spots and tournament officials said Hewitt was undergoing tests to determine whether he has chicken pox.

Hewitt tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Mariano Zabaleta after Molik was beaten 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4 by Paola Suarez in a Group B match.

Hewitt and Molik lost the first set of the mixed doubles but came back for a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 win, including a 10-7 margin in the deciding third-set super tiebreaker, to take the match 2-1, Australia's second straight win.

On Thursday, Australia will play Spain, also 2-0, with the winner advancing from Group B to Saturday's final.