Andre Agassi made a quick exit yesterday from the most lucrative tournament in the world and talked little about his relationship with Steffi Graf, who was not there to see him lose.
At least the world's top-ranked player pocketed $425,000 to sweeten his 6-0, 6-7 (7-2), 6-4 loss to Tommy Haas, a 21-year-old German.
Haas upset the U.S. Open champion to move into the semifinals of the $6.7 million Grand Slam Cup in Munich, which gives out more money per player than any other tournament.
Agassi, who had a bye into the quarterfinals, had not played since winning the year's final Grand Slam tournament nearly three weeks ago. The rustiness showed.
"It's always tough, your first match after a few weeks away, especially after a long summer," Agassi said. "He served big on some crucial points. I was missing a lot of shots."
In the women's quarterfinals, defending champion Venus Williams beat Barbara Schett, 6-3, 6-4, to set up a semifinal showdown with No. 1 Martina Hingis, while No. 2 Lindsay Davenport beat Mary Pierce, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Tamir to Towson?
Prep school star Tamir Goodman, who has turned down an oral scholarship offer from Maryland, confirmed that his top choice is Towson, adding that he is also considering Delaware, Bowling Green and Georgia State.
"I am not making any agreements. I'm being extremely patient," said Goodman, a 17-year-old Orthodox Jew who refuses to play on Saturday, the Sabbath.
His father, Karl, said Tamir won't decide on a school until after the high school basketball season ends in April. Goodman transferred to Takoma Academy this year.
Fields Wins First Title
Landover's Jermaine Fields collected his first title--the Maryland State lightweight crown--defeating Theon Holland (9-16) of North Beach, Md., last night at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Fields, who remained undefeated (18-0), won all five rounds before Holland's corner called a halt to the bout before the sixth. . . . The World Boxing Council has ordered its new welterweight champion, Felix Trinidad, who defeated Oscar De La Hoya last month, to fight Capitol Heights native Derrell Coley in his first title defense. Coley (34-1-2, 24 knockouts), a two-time North American Boxing Federation champion, has been the WBC's No. 1 contender since July 1998. . . . Clinton welterweight Reggie Green will face Mickey Ward of Lowell, Mass., in a 10-round bout tonight in Salem, N.H. ESPN2's broadcast begins at 9 p.m.
Washington Post columns by Thomas Boswell and the late Shirley Povich have been selected for inclusion in the 1999 edition of Best American Sports Writing. Povich's column, his final before his death June 4, 1998, debated whether Babe Ruth was a better home run hitter than Mark McGwire. Boswell's column was written the night Baltimore Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken Jr. voluntarily ended his consecutive games streak at 2,632. . . . Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist, TV analyst and author, will speak at a continental breakfast Oct. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St., NW. Registration and breakfast is at 7:45 a.m. The event is sponsored by the greater Washington, D.C., chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE). Contact Lisa Delpy at 202-994-6623, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revolution Fires Zenga
The New England Revolution fired Coach Walter Zenga with two games remaining in the regular season. Zenga was replaced by Steve Nicol, who coached the Boston Bulldogs of the A-League in Framingham, Mass.