PARIS (AP) -- Pete Sampras lost 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 8-6 to Mark Philippoussis in the first round of the French Open, the only Grand Slam tournament Sampras has never won.
Sampras, seeded second, was one of four seeded players eliminated on the first day at Roland Garros.
No. 15 Jennifer Capriati sustained her fourth consecutive defeat since late March, losing to Fabiola Zuluaga 6-3, 7-5, while two other Americans ousted seeded players. Meghann Shaughnessy upset No. 12 Julie Halard-Decugis, 7-5, 6-4, and Jan-Michael Gambill beat No. 8 Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 7-5, 6-1.
Top-seeded Martina Hingis, returning to the scene of her emotional collapse against Steffi Graf in last year's final, defeated Sabine Appelmans 6-0, 6-4. No. 3 Monica Seles, seeking her fourth French Open title and first since 1992, beat Silvija Talaja 6-2, 6-2.
Triple play performed
NEW YORK (AP) -- Oakland Athletics second baseman Randy Velarde turned just the 10th unassisted triple play in regular-season history during a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees.
Rookies make winning look easy
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Put a good rookie into a great car and the results can be groundbreaking.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth pulled off a rookie sweep of the two spring races at Lowe's Motor Speedway, with Earnhardt Jr. winning The Winston and Kenseth taking Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600.
Kenseth's win marked the first time since 1981 two rookies won a race in a Winston Cup season.
Now many of the veteran drivers claim the early success of the two first-year drivers has just as much to do with the cars they drive as it does with their talent.
''It's not like when I first started in Winston Cup,'' said driver Sterling Marlin. ''I was in the same boat as a lot of guys when they first get in. You do anything and drive anything to get in. All you're looking for is seat time. You don't think about winning races, you think about making races.
''Now these guys are climbing into cars with winning, experienced teams. You put a really good driver into a really good car, and they are going to get to the front.''
Raiders' safety dies
Los Angeles Times
Eric Turner, a former UCLA All-American and a two-time Pro Bowl safety, died Sunday at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 31.
Turner, from Ventura, Calif., and an Oakland Raider since 1997, had denied reports that was gravely ill.
The cause of death appeared to be complications of abdominal cancer, according to Craig Stevens, medical examiner at the Ventura County Coroner's office.
Turner issued a statement on May 15 that reports concerning his illness were overstated.
''I realize people are concerned, but I have chosen to keep this issue within my family,'' Turner said in the statement.
The Raiders refused to comment at the time, and Sunday a Raider official said the team would not comment until after hearing from Turner's family.
Terry Donahue, Turner's coach at UCLA who is now the director of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers, said late Sunday night that he had heard from a Raider official that Turner's illness was serious.
''I talked with Eric when we played them in Oakland in the preseason,'' Donahue said. ''I sent him a letter a couple of weeks ago but don't know if he ever got it.
''Eric was a good guy, a really nice person and a marvelous player, as good a Bruin football player as there ever was.''
Turner was the second overall pick in the 1991 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, before they moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. It was the highest selection ever for a defensive back. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1994 after tying for the league lead with nine interceptions, including one he returned 93 yards for a touchdown. He made the Pro Bowl again in 1996.
Before the next season, Turner signed with the Raiders as a free agent, getting a four-year, $6 million contract. He led the team in tackles his first year with 111.
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