Graf and Seles breeze to windy Lipton...


Graf and Seles breeze to windy Lipton wins

Steffi Graf breezed through her second-round match yesterday at the Lipton International Players Championship in Key Biscayne, Fla., shrugging off her fall to No. 2 after a record 186 weeks as the top women's player. Graf defeated Erika deLone, 6-1, 6-2, in 45 minutes.

New No. 1 Monica Seles, seeded second because the computer ranking came out after the draw, overcame winds, drizzle and an early start to defeat Halle Cioffi, 6-1, 6-3. Sixth-seeded Jennifer Capriati, the tournament's focus last year, when she was playing in her second professional tournament at 13, slipped quietly into the third round after a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Gigi Fernandez.

The No. 1 men's seed, Stefan Edberg, concentrated on getting his first serves in due to the blustery conditions and coasted to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Bruce Derlin, ranked 292nd in the world.

Pro basketball

The Philadelphia 76ers fined Charles Barkley $5,000 for criticizing coach Jim Lynam Wednesday night, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Barkley got a technical foul early in the third period of a game against the New York Knicks and was benched. Later in the period, he hesitated when Lynam told him to return to the floor. In the locker room after the game, Barkley yelled at Lynam for pulling him, then stalked into the shower, the Inquirer said.


Del Ballard Jr., who two weeks ago lost the Fair Lanes Open in Randallstown with a gutter ball, defeated Jim Johnson Jr., 223-183, in the title match of the Professional Bowlers' Association Leisure's Long Island Open in Sayville, N.Y.

"I used the same ball today that I used to throw the gutter ball with," Ballard said. "I felt like I had something to prove, and I think I've done that."

In the semifinal game, Ballard finished with seven strikes to close out Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, 250-247.

Women's lacrosse

Junior Jessica Tropp scored two of her three goals in overtime, including the game-winner with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left, and Johns Hopkins upset defending National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III champion Ursinus at Homewood Field, 8-7. Hopkins senior goalkeeper Kristin Cole made 10 saves in the opener for both teams. The Blue Jays had lost to Ursinus, 14-2, in last season's Division III quarterfinals.

* Colgate's Shari Krasnoo had eight goals, including her team's last seven, in a 10-9 victory at Towson State. Towson State rallied from an 8-5 halftime deficit to draw within 8-7 before Krasnoo stretched it to 10-7. The result spoiled the debut of Alison Williams as the Towson State coach.

Women's gymnastics

Freshman Kim O'Keefe placed first in the all-around competition with 37.60 to lead Towson State (16-4) past Northeastern and Vermont at the Towson Center on Friday. The Tigers won three of the four individual disciplines and totaled 188.25, their second-highest total of the season, to 183.20 for Northeastern and 180.85 for Vermont.

Senior Anne Sugden placed first on the bars, Leslie Robinson and Janine Spezio tied for first on the beam and Maureen Greim was first in floor exercise.

* At College Park, Maryland totaled 186.70 and defeated Nort Carolina (185.35) and North Carolina State (183.55) Friday. Maryland's Kristen Ragans placed first in floor exercise, tied for first on the beam and won the all-around. Teammate Ronanne Comerford was first in the vault, 9.80.


GianFranco Rosi retained his International Boxing Federation junior middleweight title with a unanimous decision over American challenger Ron Amundsen, who nearly knocked him out, in St. Vincent, Italy. Rosi (51-3) was on the brink of losing in the ninth round, when Amundsen (21-4-3) landed a powerful left hook to Rosi's jaw. The Italian, at 33 one of the oldest reigning champions, went off balance, nearly fell on his knees and desperately clinched the challenger.

* U.S. District Judge Con Cholakis in Albany, N.Y., Friday dismissed the $10 million lawsuit filed by Mike Tyson's former trainer, Kevin Rooney of Catskill, N.Y. Rooney claimed breach of contract after Tyson fired him in 1988.

"I did it as a matter of principle," Rooney said. "I know it cost Tyson a lot of money in legal fees."

Tyson fired Rooney after the trainer made comments about the boxer's personal life and his marriage to actress Robin Givens


Kristi Albers was the leader in the clubhouse, but Beth Daniel was the leader on the course when darkness suspended second-round play in the Desert Inn LPGA International in Las Vegas. With 24 players still on the course because frost caused an hour delay in the start of play, Daniel, who shot an even-par 72 Friday, stood 1-under-par with three holes to play.

Albers finished the second-round at 145 -- 1-over -- after shooting 71. First-round leader Penny Hammel, the only player to break par with a 71 Friday, also was at 1-over along with Patty Sheehan, but both players also have three holes to play.

* Ireland's David Feherty, burning a new course with 11 birdies, shot an 11-under-par 61 in the third round of the Catalan Open in Tarragona, Spain, as Jose-Maria Olazabal of Spain opened a seven-shot lead.

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