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Martinez, Sanchez-Vicario
lead Spain to Fed Cup

Conchita Martinez won her singles match and combined with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario to win the tiebreaking doubles match Sunday that lifted Spain to a 3-2 victory against Switzerland in the Fed Cup final at Geneva, Switzerland.

Martinez and Sanchez-Vicario, who have led Spain to all five of its Fed Cup titles, defeated world No. 1 Martina Hingis and Patty Schnyder, 6-0, 6-2. Sanchez-Vicario and Martinez led Spain to titles in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995 and have made seven finals in the last eight years.

"This was probably one of the best wins of all," Sanchez-Vicario said. "We played one of the best teams and worked so hard to get the victory."

Earlier Sunday, Hingis beat Sanchez-Vicario, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead. Hingis, who beat Martinez on Saturday, has won seven straight matches against Sanchez-Vicario.

Martinez evened the final, beating Schnyder, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7.

In other tennis news, second-seeded Tim Henman defeated top-seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 7-5, 6-4, to win the $500,000 President's Cup tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

King Sees big difference between Holyfield and Tyson Don King sees a vast difference between Evander Holyfield, whom he now promotes, and Mike Tyson, his former protege.

"He cooperates," King said of Holyfield, who defended the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles with a unanimous 12-round decision over Vaughn Bean on Saturday night. "When the phone rings, your heart doesn't jump out of your chest."

Tyson, meanwhile, is barred from fighting for biting Holyfield's ears during their championship fight in June 1997 at Las Vegas.

Tyson went before Nevada authorities Saturday in an attempt to regain his license. He was told he needed another psychiatric examination, and if doctors say he's fit to fight again, he'll be allowed to return to the ring.

King wouldn't comment on Tyson's problems Saturday. Nor would he comment on Tyson's $100 million suit against him.

He was, however, pleased with Holyfield.

King has a contract with Holyfield "as long as he's champion -- and that will be forever."

Holyfield looked like an old fighter at times against Bean before a homecoming crowd of 41,357 at the Georgia Dome.

"When I came out, it was a pleasant shock to see all the people," Holyfield, who turns 36 on Oct. 19, said after his mandatory IBF defense. "It made me happy."

Next for Holyfield, King said, is a mandatory WBA title defense against Henry Akinwande if the Briton is physically able, then a title unification match against WBC champion Lennox Lewis, also of Britain. Lewis will make a mandatory defense against Zeljko Mavrovic next Saturday.

Somewhere along the line, a Tyson comeback will probably culminate with a third fight with Holyfield, who has publicly forgiven Tyson and has indicated he would be happy to fight him again at the right price.

The fight could be even more lucrative than the second fight between the two boxers, for which Tyson got a $30 million purse. Of that $30 million, though, his new advisers say he only got $5.2 million after payments to King, taxes and a $3 million fine for biting Holyfield.

Brazil's Da Costa Runs fastest-Ever marathon Brazil's Ronaldo da Costa ran the fastest marathon in history, breaking the 10-year-old record by 45 seconds in clocking 2 hours, 6 minutes, 5 seconds, at the Berlin Marathon.

The 28-year-old bettered the previous world best of 2:06:50 set by Ethiopia's Belayneh Densimo at Rotterdam in 1988.

"I wanted to run under 2:08, but when I saw how good the conditions were I just went for it," da Costa said, after running on a cool, sunny and windless day.

Da Costa broke to the front at the halfway point, reached in 1:04:42. He then struck out by himself and his acceleration was so quick that within less than a mile, he was 45 seconds in front.

He ran the second half in a sensational 1:01:23, and after crossing the finish line, he did a cartwheel in celebration.

Thus the men's and women's marks were broken in the same year. Kenya's Tegla Loroupe smashed the women's 13-year-old record with 2:20:47 at Rotterdam in April.

Belgium's Marleen Renders was the women's winner at 2:25:22, nearly three minutes ahead of runner-up and first-time marathoner Susan Chepkemei of Kenya (2:28:19).

U. S. Women's Cup goes to unbeaten Americans Brandi Chastain had two assists to lead the U.S. national soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Brazil and the championship of the U.S. Women's Cup.

The United States finished unbeaten in the three games in the four-team competition, outscoring Mexico, Russia and Brazil 16-0.

Joy Fawcett, Debbie Keller and Michelle Akers scored the goals for the U.S.

In Sunday's other match, Russia defeated Mexico 5-1.

Aquinas hands Timon/St. Jude first lose Willie Sanders' 10-yard touchdown pass to Kassim Howell late in the second quarter was the difference Sunday afternoon as Aquinas beat Timon/St. Jude, 14-9 in a non-league high school football game in Rochester.

Chris Scanlon scored on a 25-yard run for the Tigers (2-1).

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