Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Becker, Ivanisevic Make Richest Final

Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic head into the richest final in tennis Sunday.

Ivanisevic is the defending champion in the Grand Slam Cup, a $6 million tournament in Munich that brings together the 16 players in the world with the best Grand Slam records that year. On Saturday, Becker won his semifinal, giving a tennis lesson to Tim Henman of Britain, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, 6-1. "For a set and a half, I was competing with one of the best players in the world on his favorite surface," Henman said. "At the end of the day, I think he's better than me. That's the bottom line." Ivanisevic, firing 42 aces to match his personal best, rallied from two sets down to beat French Open champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-7 (6-8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Ivanisevic also served 42 aces in a match during a Davis Cup tie against India. His total for the year is 1,554, by far a historic high on the tour. By moving into the final, Becker and Ivanisevic made sure of earning at least $812,500. The winner will collect $1.625 million. BASEBALL Red Sox Sign Mike Maddux Mike Maddux agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, who kept alive negotiations with Roger Clemens and Tim Naehring by offering salary arbitration. By offering arbitration, Boston can negotiate with Clemens and Naehring through Jan. 8. Maddux, 35, was 3-2 with a 4.48 ERA last season with Boston, his second season with the Red Sox. The Atlanta Braves offered salary arbitration to second baseman Mark Lemke and reliever Mike Bielecki but not to offer it to Steve Avery and three others. Lemke, possibly wanted by the New York Yankees, and Bielecki have until Dec. 19 to accept or reject the offer. They can continue negotiating with the Braves through Jan. 8. Also not offered arbitration were third baseman Terry Pendleton, and outfielders Dwight Smith and Jerome Walton. Harry Caray will do Chicago Cubs' play-by-play this season, marking his 53rd year behind the microphone. …

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