FORT WORTH - Ryan Newman won another pole, his eighth of the season and 35th overall, but crashed on his second lap and will have to move to the rear for the start of tomorrow's Dickies 500.
Four-time champion Jeff Gordon was second, followed by Chase contender Matt Kenseth. Greg Biffle, third in the standings for the Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship, qualified seventh.
Later, Newman also claimed the pole for the O'Reilly Challenge 300. He will be going for his record sixth straight Busch Series victory today.
t●MEXICO CITY - A.J. Almendinger won the pole for CART's Mexico City Grand Prix tomorrow with a lap of 1:27.349 at a speed of 114.822 mph. The 22-year-old American took third at the Grand Prix in 2004, when he was rookie of the year.
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Elena
Dementieva beat Kveta Peschke 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 to reach the semi-
finals of the Advanta Championships and claim the eighth and final berth in next week's WTA Tour Championships.
Also advancing to the Advanta semifinals was 16-year-old Nic-
ole Vaidisova, who defeated Lisa Raymond 6-4, 6-1 to win her 18th straight match.
t●PARIS - Top-seeded Andy Roddick saved two match points before beating David Ferrer 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8) to reach the semi-
finals of the Paris Masters.
Owens Community College ran away from Kellogg CC last night to win its season-opener 85-61 in the first round of the Owens Tip-Off Tournament.
Julian Logan led the Express with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Larry White added 13 and DeAuntay Scott and Alex Davenport had 12 apiece.
Owens will face Hillsborough CC today at 3 p.m. in the finals after its 72-63 victory over Gloucester CC.
t●PHILADELPHIA - A jury acquitted two former La Salle basketball players of rape, discounting prosecutors' contention that the woman involved was too drunk to consent to sex.
BOWLING GREEN - Bowling Green State University's hockey team, which finished in fifth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association last year, trounced Nebraska Omaha 7-3 last night for its first victory of the season.
Paced by the two goals of Mike Falk, the Falcons had little trouble with the Mavericks (2-3-0 overall, 0-3-0 CCHA).
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ATLANTA - Bart Bryant shot a 68 in the second round at the PGA's Tour Champion-
ship, and was tied for the lead with defending champion Retief Goosen (66).
Tiger Woods scratched out a 67 and was three shots back along with Ben Crane (65) and Scott Verplank (66).
t●MADISON, Miss. - John Cook shot a 7-under 65 and shared the lead with five players after two rounds of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
Cook was at 10-under 134, tied with first-round leader Bob Tway (70), Kevin Na (68), Tag Ridings (66), Tom Pernice Jr. (68) and Jonathan Byrd (69).
t●OTSU, Japan - Annika Sorenstam opened with an 8-under 64 to finish the first round of the Mizuno Classic a stroke behind Young Kim.
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