Sports briefs 11/1/04

Monday, November 1, 2004

Soccer

* New England goalkeeper Matt Reis saved two Columbus Crew penalty kicks, helping the Revolution advance to the MLS Eastern Conference finals with a 1-1 tie Sunday night.

New England will face D.C. United for a berth in the MLS Cup after eliminating the Crew, who entered the playoffs on an 18-game unbeaten streak.

Tennis

* Andre Agassi lost the final of the Stockholm Open on Sunday when he was unable to hold off Sweden's Thomas Johansson, who won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) to capture this tournament for the second time.

Johansson, a former Australian Open champion, rallied from a set down before a packed Royal Tennis Hall crowd that included Agassi's wife, Steffi Graf.

* Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic won the Swiss Indoors for his first indoor title, defeating David Nalbandian in five sets Sunday in a final in which the Argentine smashed two rackets.

Novak, who was not seeded, won 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, giving him two titles this season and seven for his career.

* Amelie Mauresmo won her fourth title this year, beating Russia's Elena Bovina 6-2, 6-0 Sunday in the Generali Ladies Open final.

The top-seeded Frenchwoman dominated with a strong serve and hammering forehand to win in just more than an hour.

-- From wire reports

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