Sanchez takes title, as Mancini quitsSpain's Emilio...

Sanchez takes title, as Mancini quits

Spain's Emilio Sanchez won the Italian Open in Rome yesterday when a severe groin-muscle pull forced Alberto Mancini to quit midway through the third set of their championship match.


Sanchez, the ninth seed, was leading, 6-3, 6-1, 3-0, when Mancini gestured that he could not continue. Sanchez earned $181,000 for the victory.

* Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain defeated Jennifer Capriati, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, to move into the final of the Lufthansa Cup in Berlin and a meeting with top-seeded Steffi Graf, who has won the tournament four times. Graf breezed, 6-1, 6-2, over Jana Novotna of Czechoslovakia in the other semifinal, which lasted 59 minutes.


* Dimitri Polyakov of the Soviet Union scored his first ATP victory when he beat Javier Sanchez of Spain 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Yugoslav Open in Umag, Yugoslavia.

College baseball

Two weeks of waiting will end for the Towson State baseball team this afternoon when the National Collegiate Athletic Association announces the 48-team field for its championship tournament. NCAA Productions will televise the draw nationally for the first time. The live 30-minute show from the NCAA Visitors Center in Overland Park, Kan., will be on ESPN at 1:30 p.m., with Tim Brando and Lary Sorensen as hosts.

Towson State (27-21-1), making its second trip to the tournament in four years, earned an automatic bid with a three-game sweep of the East Coast Conference tournament. Baseball joins men's basketball, men's lacrosse and women's gymnastics as NCAA tournament teams for Towson in the past two months.

Track and field

Mount St. Mary's sophomore Rob Pendergist recorded personal bests in the discus (131 feet, 8 inches) and pole vault (13-9 1/4 ) yesterday to win the decathlon at the IC4A Championships at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Pendergist finished with a career-high 7,540 points, 10 points shy of the NCAA qualifying standard. Pendergist still can earn a spot at the national championship meet if less than 16 performers meet the qualifying mark.

Mount junior Laurie Smith placed fifth in the heptathlon with 3,815 points.

Four Navy athletes placed in the top five, led by senior RoSehnert with a second-place finish in the shot-put with a toss of 58-05 1/4 . Senior Bryant Clevenger finished third in the discus with a toss of 164-5, sophomore Greg Keller was fourth in the steeplechase in a time of 8:58.5, and sophomore Lucas Kerley was fifth in the long jump with a jump of 23-4.


* Michael Johnson ran the fastest 200 meters in the world this year, clocking 20.02 seconds in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the first Grand Prix meet of the season. Johnson's time beat the previous best this year of 20.20 by Jimmy French on May 11 in Fayetteville, Fla.


The Reno, Nev., city attorney's office will review conflicting reports on a scuffle between sportswriter Michael Marley of The New York Post and boxing manager Patrick Flannery before deciding whether to file charges in the case.

Flannery, manager of Hector "Macho" Camacho, got into a fight with Marley on Saturday at the Clarion Hotel and Casino. Marley got a bruised eye and split lip. Flannery suffered a broken leg and "maybe some kidney problems" in the altercation, police Sgt. Loren Ross said.

Flannery and Marley, both former amateur fighters, were in town for Camacho's World Boxing Organization junior welterweight title bout against Greg Haugen. Camacho won on a split decision.

* Darrin Van Horn (45-2) captured the International BoxinFederation super middleweight title Saturday night in Verbania, Italy, by knocking out fellow American Lindell Holmes (43-6-1) in the 11th round of their title fight.



Spain's Melchor Mauri, the overall leader throughout the 20-day race, won the Tour of Spain in Madrid, finishing in the main pack in the 21st and final leg. Jean Paul Van Poppel of the Netherlands won the final race, beating Giovanni Fidanza of Italy and countryman Mathieu Hermans.


Australian Craig Parry won the Italian Open in Castelconturbia, Italy, surviving a charge by Masters champion Ian Woosnam, who fired a 5-under-par 67 but finished one stroke back. Parry, with a 70 yesterday, had a 279 for the four rounds. Costantino Rocca of Italy shot a 66 to climb to third place from eighth with a 282 total.


Mike Perez tossed a short pass to Tony Baker for the game's only touchdown in the second quarter, and the Frankfurt Galaxy beat the host Barcelona Dragons, 10-3, in the World League of American Football.


* The San Antonio Riders' swarming defense forced three fumbles, and quarterback Mike Johnson hit on 12 of 24 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown to beat the visiting Montreal Machine, 27-10, in the WLAF.


Hector Marinaro scored three goals, and the Cleveland Crunch had four goals in a span of 3:21 in the fourth quarter for a 7-5 victory over the San Diego Sockers, tying the Major Soccer League championship series at 2.

* Dario Franco scored with 12 minutes remaining in the first half, as Argentina beat the United States national team, 1-0, in an exhibition game in Stanford, Calif. Franco beat goalkeeper Tony Meola with left-footed shot.


Salomon Brothers, Inc., financial adviser to the New York Islanders, has completed its evaluation of the National Hockey League team and is prepared to begin discussions with potential purchasers, the club said. John O. Pickett Jr., owner of the team, said the Salomon's examination of Islanders assets completes the initial phase of the sale.