Germany defeats Italy in Davis Cup first...


Germany defeats Italy in Davis Cup first round

Boris Becker rallied and Michael Stich recovered, rescuing Germany for a 3-2 victory yesterday over Italy in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Becker beat Omar Camporese, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, giving Germany a tie at 2 in the best-of-five match. Stich then defeated Paolo Cane, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (1-7), 7-5, 6-1, for the victory.

Germany, playing for the first time since reunification, faces Argentina in the next round.

* Gabriela Sabatini defeated Martina Navratilova, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Navratilova, returning to action after missing three months due to surgery on both knees, breezed through the first five games as Sabatini struggled to adjust her serve on the artificial surface.

Sabatini, who had seven double faults, began the second set with an ace and went on to win the next three games with strong passing shots and well-placed serve returns.

* Eva Sviglerova beat Andrea Strnadova, 6-2, 0-6, 6-1, to win the Nutri-Metics Classic at Auckland, New Zealand.

* Steve Bryan won his first title as a professional with a straight sets victory against Ken Flach, 6-4, 64, in the finals of the Humana Hospital-Abilene Pro Indoor Tennis Tournament.

College football


Tomorrow, the Big East Conference officially will announce the formation of the new eight-team football league that will bring together four Big East members -- Syracuse, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Miami -- with football independents Rutgers, Temple, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. Big East officials cleared the final details with athletic directors at a league meeting last week.

"There are absolutely no surprises," Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said yesterday. "It will be exactly what you are hearing."

* George Perles likely won't continue as both football coach and athletic director at Michigan State when his one-year trial in the dual roles expires June 30. Five of eight members of the university's governing board told the Associated Press they are opposed to having Perles hold both jobs. Two said they support Perles and one said she is undecided.

A 5-3 vote a year ago gave Perles a one-year trial run with no extra pay. The decision to honor Perles' request was made hastily after Perles, who revived an ailing Spartan football program and has a 54-36-4 record over eight years, negotiated with the New York Jets for a coaching job.


The United States Slow-Pitch Softball Association is forming a Monday night league for men and a co-ed Friday night league at Polytechnic High School. Umpire meetings will be held on Feb. 18, 25 and March 4. For more information, call Mark Schlenoff at 828-7007.

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