Pete Sampras still has a ways to go before reclaiming the No. 1 ranking from Andre Agassi. With girlfriend Steffi Graf watching, Agassi made Sampras look like a player who has spent too much time away from tennis, winning their showdown, 6-2, 6-2, yesterday at the ATP Tour World Championship in Hanover, Germany.
"I was a touch rusty, but it had a lot to do with Andre," said Sampras, ranked No. 5. "It's not an excuse, he clearly outplayed me."
Sampras has played only three matches in the last three months because of hip and back injuries, and Agassi swamped him with crisp returns and pinpoint passing shots. Sampras had 29 unforced errors to just six for Agassi.
Earlier, No. 4 Thomas Enqvist beat No. 6 Nicolas Kiefer, 6-4, 7-5.
Woods Wins Again
Tiger Woods won his second straight PGA Grand Slam of Golf title by defeating Davis Love III, 3 and 2, in Poipu, Hawaii. Woods moved in front on the 524-yard second hole with an eagle and had built a 5-up advantage by the turn. The PGA Championship winner completed the front 9 at the 6,957-yard Poipu Bay Resort in 5-under-par 31, while Love, who made it into the tournament as an alternate following the death of Payne Stewart, was 1-over 37.
The third-place match ended when British Open winner Paul Lawrie conceded to Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal after twisting his right ankle after stumbling over some rocks while walking from the ninth green to the 10th tee. Lawrie didn't break any bones but stretched several ligaments.
D.C. United defender Curt Onalfo, a former University of Virginia star and 1992 U.S. Olympian who overcame Hodgkin's disease to play four years in Major League Soccer, announced his retirement. Onalfo, 30, spent two seasons with United after playing for Los Angeles and San Jose. . . .
With a loss to Australia on penalty kicks, the United States under-17 team failed to advance to its first men's world soccer final. "I'm incredibly proud of this team, as our entire country should be," U.S. Coach John Ellinger said Wednesday in Christchurch, New Zealand, after his team lost to Australia, 7-6, on penalty kicks following a 2-2 tie in the semifinals of the FIFA under-17 championship.
Kormann Named Men's Coach
Peter Kormann, former Olympic bronze medalist and coordinator for the USA Gymnastics men's national team since 1996, will coach the U.S. team in the 2000 Olympics. Kormann, 44, of Columbus, Ohio, was selected coach by the sport's national governing body, subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Glass Makes Bid for Royals
Kansas City Royals chairman David Glass intends to bid for the team after saying for several years that he didn't have any interest in owning the franchise. Glass, the chairman of Wal-Mart Inc., took over as chairman of the Royals following the death of founding owner Ewing Kauffman in 1993 and supervised the bidding process.
Colonial Downs Offer
Colonial Downs's chief competitor offered $62 million in stock to buy the financially struggling New Kent County pari-mutuel horse track and the four off-track betting parlors it operates around Virginia. The offer was made Tuesday by the Virginia Turf Club. Colonial Downs has lost money since it opened in 1997.
Alexandra Meissnitzer, the women's World Cup overall champion last season, flew home to undergo surgery on her injured left knee. Meissnitzer tore knee ligaments while training on the super-G course Tuesday in Lake Louise, Alberta. She will miss the rest of the season. . . .
Austrian ace Hermann Maier withstood a blistering second run by Switzerland's Michael Von Gruenigen to win a men's World Cup giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo. Maier, muscling his way down the long, grueling course, paced the first run in 1 minute 14.19 seconds.
Johnson's Condition Worsens
Stephan Johnson, who was critically injured during a boxing match last weekend, took a turn for the worse in Atlantic City, manager Kenneth Woods said. Johnson remained hospitalized in Atlantic City Medical Center. At his mother's request, the hospital refused to give information about him or list a condition.
Johnson was knocked out in the 10th round of a junior middleweight fight against Paul Vaden on Saturday. He has not regained consciousness and remains hooked to a respirator.
Potomac Bass Expert Dies
Nelson "Butch" Ward, a nationally known bass fisherman and president of the Maryland Bass Federation, died Tuesday of an inflammation of the pancreas. He was 58. Ward, a nationally recognized expert on fishing Potomac River smallmouth bass, spent decades passing on his love of the sport. "Fishing was his life," said his wife, Linda.