Defending champion Andy Roddick advanced to his third straight final at the Queen's grass-court tournament in London, overcoming a sloppy second set to beat Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, yesterday.
The second-seeded Roddick, who has won 14 straight matches at Queen's, is trying to join Lleyton Hewitt and John McEnroe as the only players to win three consecutive titles at this Wimbledon warmup.
Roddick will play Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in today's final. Karlovic, the tallest man on the ATP Tour at 6 feet 10, had 19 aces in a 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) win over 2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson. . . .
In Halle, Germany, top-ranked Roger Federer beat Tommy Haas, 6-4, 7-6 (11-9), in the semifinals to move within one victory of capturing his third straight Gerry Weber Open title.
His opponent in the final will be Marat Safin, one of only three men to beat Federer this year. The second-seeded Russian beat fourth-seeded Guillermo Canas of Argentina, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, in the other semifinal. . . .
Defending champion Maria Sharapova beat Tatiana Golovin, 7-5, 6-1, to reach the final of the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England.
Sharapova will play Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Montenegro today. Jankovic beat Laura Granville of the United States, 6-2, 6-2, in the other semifinal.
* TRACK AND FIELD: Arkansas sophomore Wallace Spearmon sprinted away from an outstanding field to defend his 200-meter title in a world-leading 19.91 seconds at the NCAA championships in Sacramento, then announced he was turning pro. The Arkansas men won their third consecutive team championship. Texas clinched the women's title with a victory in the final event, the 1,600 relay. . . .
Marion Jones finished fourth behind Chandra Sturrup and two others in the 100 meters at the Galatletica competition in Monterrey, Mexico.
The three-time Olympic champion finished in 11.40 seconds and was beaten by the Bahamas' Sturrup (11.14) for the third time this year. Jones lost the 100 to her at a meet in Italy last week and one in the Netherlands last month.
After Sturrup yesterday were Americans Lauryn Williams (11.30) and Muna Lee (11.39).
Jones's boyfriend, Tim Montgomery, finished fifth out of six in the 100 meters with a time of 10.43 seconds. American J.J. Johnson won in 10.18 seconds.
* FOOTBALL: Kurt Kittner led Amsterdam to its first World Bowl title, throwing two touchdown passes and setting up a third score with a 54-yard pass in the Admirals' 27-21 victory over the Berlin Thunder in Duesseldorf, Germany.
* SOCCER: Sweden and Finland each won to earn semifinal spots at the European Women's Championship. The Swedes got an early goal from Anna Sjostrom to beat host England, 1-0, in Group A. Finland scored twice in the first 16 minutes and beat Denmark, 2-1.
* BOXING: Miguel Cotto remained the undefeated WBO super lightweight champion when his scheduled 12-round fight with Muhammad Abdullaev was stopped 57 seconds into the ninth round because the challenger's right eye was shut. The win at Madison Square Garden improved Cotto, of Puerto Rico, to 24-0 with 20 knockouts and avenged his loss to Abdullaev in the 2000 Olympics.
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