MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Central Michigan pounded Minnesota with an eight-run seventh inning on the way to an 18-9 win at the Metrodome in Minnesota's season opener Sunday.
The Golden Gophers (0-1) took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Jack Hannahan and Jason Kennedy. The Chippewas (1-0) followed with two runs in the top of the second.
The teams traded hits and runs, with the Gophers taking a 9-7 lead into the seventh. The Chippewas then scored eight runs on four hits.
Nick Zastrow got the win for Central Michigan, while Nick McCauley took the loss.
The teams were set to finish the series with a doubleheader Monday.
Mason wins slam dunk contest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Desmond Mason, The Seattle SuperSonics rookie, won the NBA slam dunk contest Saturday night, beating 19-year-old DeShawn Stevenson of Utah and Charlotte's Baron Davis in the final round.
Bess becomes winningest coach
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) -- Coach Gene Bess earned his 880th college victory Saturday, guiding Three Rivers Community College over State Fair Community College 81-52.
The win puts Bess, 65, ahead of both Richard Baldwin, who won 879 games in 40 years at Broome, N.Y., Community College, and Dean Smith, who matched that total in 36 seasons at North Carolina.
McSorley ejected from first IHL game
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Marty McSorley, suspended by the NHL last year for a stick-swinging attack, was back in fighting form and ejected from his first minor-league game Saturday night.
McSorley, 37, a 17-year NHL veteran who won Stanley Cups with Edmonton in 1987 and 1988, signed earlier in the day with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the International Hockey League.
Newman paces ARCA opener
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Newman, car owner Roger Penske's designated star of the future, won for the fourth time in six career starts on the ARCA circuit, taking the season-opening Discount Auto Parts 200.
U.S. loses in Davis Cup first round
NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time since 1993, the United States is out of the Davis Cup in the first round. The Americans have some distinguished company -- defending champion Spain also is gone.
Spain, a 5-0 winner over the United States in last year's final, was eliminated Saturday after falling behind the Netherlands 3-0 in their best-of-five series, and wound up losing 4-1.
Switzerland knocked out the United States 3-2 as Patrick McEnroe began his term as American captain with an embarrassing defeat.
Teen-ager Roger Federer ensured victory for Switzerland with a 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 over Jan-Michael Gambill. The final singles, in which 18-year-old Andy Roddick downed George Bastl 6-3, 6-4, was a consolation.
Already ahead 3-0 after Saturday's doubles, the Netherlands made it 4-0 over Spain when Jan Siemerink beat Juan Balcells 6-7 (9), 6-4, 7-6 (4). Carlos Moya's 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over Raemon Sluiter was meaningless.
In other World Cup play, with three first-round matches going to the final singles, it was: Germany 3, Romania 2; Russia 3, Slovakia 2; Sweden 3, Czech Republic 2; Australia 4, Ecuador 1; France 5, Belgium 0; and Brazil 4, Morocco 1.
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