Champion no more

Senna wins 4th pole in a row, sets record

Ayrton Senna captured his fourth consecutive pole position of the Formula One racing season yesterday and set another qualifying record in the final trials for the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.


Today, Senna will attempt to become the first Formula One driver to open a season with four consecutive victories. His previous triumphs have come in his native Brazil, the United States and San Marino.

Senna also will be trying for his third straight Monaco victory. He led from start to finish in 1989 and 1990 in this race through the streets of the principality.


Senna's McLaren-Honda was timed in 1 minute, 20.344 seconds for the 2.068-mile circuit. He completed his lap with only seconds left in the one-hour session. Earlier, he did 1:20.383. The best lap averaged better than 92.658 mph. His time today bettered the qualifying best of 1:20.508 he set on Thursday in the first timed trials.

* Injured NASCAR driver Kyle Petty checked out of a Birmingham, Ala., hospital, but he said he doesn't plan to return to racing soon.

Petty spoke with reporters before leaving Carraway Methodist Medical Center. He had been hospitalized since suffering a broken left thigh in Monday's rain-delayed Winston 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway.

Petty said he was not in any rush to get back behind a wheel, and that his recovery could take as long as six months. He indicated he may not drive again this season. Petty was the only driver hurt in a 20-car crash that occurred on backstretch of lap 71 during the Winston 500.

Chuck Bown won his first NASCAR Grand National event of the season, taking the Pontiac 200 race in Nazareth, Pa., by 9.87 seconds to break an 18-race winless string.



NBC sportscaster Pat Riley said he had not talked to the New York Knicks about their vacant coaching job since last week. Speaking on NBC's pre-game show before the playoff game between the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics, the former Los Angeles Lakers coach said he was far from reaching an agreement to be New York's next coach.


"It's pure speculation at this point," Riley said. "I've had four days to think about it, that's all. But the situation is unchanged. There has not been further conversation since last Friday."

Riley is believed to be the front-runner to replace John MacLeod, who resigned May 2 to become coach at Notre Dame.

* Toni Kukoc, one of Europe's top basketball players, passed up the Chicago Bulls and signed with Benetton of the Italian League in a deal that could make him the world's best-paid basketball player.

The Italian club announced the signing, but did not disclose terms. Published reports in Italy said the 6-foot-8 Yugoslavian signed a five-year deal worth $16.6 million.

The Bulls, who pursued Kukoc for nearly a year, said he told them he had signed for six years.



No. 1 seed Lynn Adams and No. 2 seed Michelle Gilman will meet for the Diet Pepsi Women's Professional Racquetball Association Championship today at Merritt Athletic Club-Security today at 1 p.m.

Adams defeated Caryn McKinney, 11-10, 11-9, 11-6, and Adams stopped Michelle Gilman, 11-8, 11-1, 11-4.


Women's lacrosse

Mary Ann Foley had four goals and two assists, and Deanna Blood (Dulaney) added three goals, as Penn State (14-3) registered an 11-9 victory over Lafayette (16-2) in the quarterfinals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I tournament in Easton, Pa.

New Hampshire (11-1), backed by four goals apiece from Anna Hill and Alita Haytayan, also advanced, defeating defending champion Harvard (11-3), 11-10. Liz Berkery had five goals and ++ two assists for the losers. In the Final Four beginning Saturday at Trenton (N.J.) State, Penn State will play top-ranked Virginia (15-1), and New Hampshire will meet second-seeded Maryland (13-2)


* At Frostburg, Frostburg State (15-1) won the Eastern College Athletic Conference-South tournament, beating Mary Washington (10-5), 15-8. Julie Jaeger and Linda Moscato had four goals each for the winners, and Maggie Murphy added two goals and five assists.

University Games

A South African sports association formally has inquired whether Zola Budd-Pieterse and some other South Africans can compete in the World University Games this summer in England.

If the distance runner and her countrymen participated in track-and-field events in the July 14-25 games in Sheffield, it could be the first South African presence in a major international competition in two decades. Penny Dain, a spokeswoman for the games, said that an application was sent on April 3 by S.A. Technikons Athletic Association of Durban.

University games officials replied that a decision would have to be made by the International Federation of University Sports. The next FISU meeting is Friday in Sicily.



Spain's Seve Ballesteros bounced back with a brilliant 5-under-par 67 to regain the lead in the Spanish Open in Madrid, holding a three-stroke cushion after three rounds.