An aching left wrist didn't stop Lindsay Davenport from winning the Advanta Championship.

Coming off a dominating performance against Venus Williams in the semifinals, the second-seeded Davenport used her powerful serve and strong baseline play to defeat top-seeded Martina Hingis, 6-3, 6-4, and win the title yesterday in Villanova, Pa.

It was Davenport's first Advanta triumph after losing in the finals the previous two years, to Hingis in 1997 and Steffi Graf in 1998.

"Losing in the final before, I would sit there shaking my head as the money was handed out," Davenport said after collecting the $80,000 winner's check. "I'm so excited I've finally won."

Davenport played with a sore left wrist she hurt in October. Although she didn't term the injury serious, it was enough to keep Davenport out of the doubles semifinal Saturday night in order to rest for Hingis and the season-ending Chase Championships this week in New York.

"About the time I got hurt, I didn't know if I would play the rest of the year," said Davenport, who combined seven aces, six in the second set, with big baseline drives to frustrate Hingis's serve-and-volley game. . . .

Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov won the Kremlin Cup for the third consecutive year, beating Zimbabwe's Byron Black, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, in Moscow. Kafelnikov breezed through the second set without giving Black a break point and closed the match with an ace. . . .

Thomas Enqvist defeated Magnus Gustafsson, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, to win the all-Swedish final at the Stockholm Open. It was the third title for the top-seeded Enqvist in the oldest indoor tournament on the tour, one short of the record held by John McEnroe and Boris Becker.


Trinidad to Face Reid

Felix Trinidad, the IBF-WBC welterweight champion, will try to beat his third U.S. Olympic gold medalist when he challenges David Reid for the WBA junior middleweight title March 4 in Las Vegas.

It will be the third defense of the 154-pound title for Reid (14-0, seven knockouts), a 1996 Olympic champion. He won the title by outpointing Laurent Boudouani last March.

Trinidad (36-0, 30 knockouts) won the IBF 147-pound title in 1993 and recently added the WBC championship by outpointing Oscar De La Hoya, a 1992 Olympic champion. In an IBF title defense last February, he scored a decision over Pernell Whitaker, a 1984 Olympic champion.

Track and Field

Ottey Cleared

A Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association panel has cleared veteran runner Merlene Ottey of charges of intentionally using performance-enhancing drugs, avoiding an automatic two-year suspension.

The panel of eight doctors and lawyers will have another hearing soon to prepare a report explaining the decision, which it will pass on to the International Amateur Athletic Federation, association president Adrian Wallace said after Saturday's decision.

Ottey had tested positive for the steroid nandrolone at a meet in Lucerne, Switzerland, in July, the IAAF disclosed Aug. 18. Ottey, 39, was forced to pull out of the world championships in Seville, Spain, last month.


Matthaeus Ties Record

Lothar Matthaeus tied a men's world record for international appearances with his 143rd in Germany's 1-0 friendly victory over Norway in Oslo. Matthaeus, 38, matched the record set by former Swedish goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli in 1997. . . .

Roseli of Brazil and Patience Avre of Nigeria each scored three goals as a women's all-star team defeated the United States, 12-7, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Shannon MacMillan scored three times for the U.S. team, which lost its fourth straight game. The Americans are 2-4 in their 12-game exhibition tour.

A crowd of 14,525, the largest so far in the series, watched the Americans return to the area where their drive to the 1999 Women's World Cup championship began. The series will stop at MCI Center Saturday afternoon.


Results yesterday in the second round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series for the America's Cup in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf:

Prada def. America True by 3 minutes 28 seconds.

Stars and Stripes def. Fast 2000 by 2:36.

Other races called off because of light winds.

Point Standings

Prada 30

Stars and Stripes 20.5

AmericaOne 20

Young America 20

America True 18

Nippon 13.5

Abracadabra 2000 12

Spanish Challenge 9

Fast 2000 8

Le Defi Francais 6

Young Australia 5