Injured Azinger withdraws from PGAPaul Azinger is...


Injured Azinger withdraws from PGA

Paul Azinger is out of the 73rd PGA Championship, and British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch is questionable.

Azinger, on the mend from shoulder surgery, withdrew from the 151-man PGA field yesterday in Carmel, Ind., after a practice session.

"There's no way I can put 18 holes together," said Azinger, who won the 1991 Pebble Beach Pro Am. "It just hurts too much."

Baker-Finch, 30, suffering from back spasms, delayed until today a decision whether he would be able to compete in the last of the year's four majors.

"I'll see how it feels tomorrow. If it isn't better, I'll have to pull out. I can't play the way it is now," he said after an abbreviated practice session for the tournament that will begin tomorrow.

* Jack Nicklaus, 51, is a long shot to make the Ryder Cup team, despite his impressive victory in the U.S. Senior Open, team captain Dave Stockton said.

"If push comes to shove against a younger person, I will probably pick a younger person," said Stockton, who will select the final two players on the 12-man team.

The top 10 finishers on the PGA points list through the PGA Championship qualify for the competition against 12 European golfers, Sept. 26-29.


The International Tennis Federation is examining medical documents that could explain Monica Seles' late withdrawal from the Federation Cup and save her eligibility for the 1992 Olympics.

ITF spokesman Ian Barnes said the doctor's report was received by ITF president Brian Tobin on July 26, during the Federation Cup tournament in Nottingham, England. Earlier yesterday, Barnes erroneously said Seles had failed to meet a Monday deadline for turning in such medical documents.

Seles pulled out of the Yugoslav team for the Federation Cup two days before the event started, saying she did not want to risk reaggravating shin splints.

* World No. 1 Boris Becker made a successful return to tournament play with a straight-set victory at the $1.3 million ATP Championship in Mason, Ohio.

Becker, who received a first-round bye, defeated Frenchman Jean-Philippe Fleurian, 6-3, 6-3, in his first match since losing the Wimbledon final to fellow-German Michael Stich.

* Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina routed Silvia Farina of Italy, 6-0, 6-0, in the second round of the Players Challenge in Toronto.

* Susan Sloane ended a four-month string of first-round losses with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over South African Amanda Coetzer in the Virginia Slims of Albuquerque.

* Jordi Arrese of Spain defeated Argentina's Franco Davin, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round of the Czechoslovak Open in Prague.


Mayo Post, the defending national American Legion champion from Anne Arundel County, dropped the title game of the state tournament to Farrady Post of Frostburg, 13-8, at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick.

Mayo, which repeated as county champion, had stopped Farrady, 7-2, to force the second game. Farrady advances to the Mid-Atlantic tournament.

* Putty Hill (16-18) ran its Dizzy Dean World Series record to 3-0 by beating Louisiana, 8-7, Monday night in Boynton, Ga. Kevin Lowe went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs, and Donovan Clifford had two hits. Paul Underwood was the winning pitcher.

* Sammy White, a catcher who had a career .262 batting average with three teams, including the Boston Red Sox, in the 1950s and 1960s, died Monday in Princeville, Hawaii. He was 64.

College basketball

Texas-El Paso said it has found no widespread wrongdoing in its program after investigating 13 rules violations alleged by the NCAA. But the university admitted breaking some rules.

The university has a hearing tentatively scheduled Sept. 27 before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

The NCAA spent more than a year investigating UTEP's program after reports surfaced that boosters provided players with luxury cars during 1987-88 and that some athletes received favors from fans.

College football

Officials from the newest postseason alliance apparently have abandoned an attempt to implement a hybrid plan this season that would put the Big East Conference champion in a major New Year's Day Bowl.

Orange Bowl president Harper Davidson said alliance officials unofficially decided a scaled-down version of a four-bowl consortium set for 1993 would be unworkable this season.

Davidson cited time constraints and the Atlantic Coas Conference's contract with the Florida Citrus Bowl, which will end after this season.

* Former University of Colorado football player Bryan Campbell was charged with 15 felony counts accusing him of stealing computers, video equipment and championship rings from campus offices and lockers.

Campbell, a starting offensive lineman last year, turned himself in to authorities on Monday, two weeks after a warrant for his arrest was issued.



James "Bonecrusher" Smith (28-8-1) knocked out Everett "Big Foot" Martin (18-11-1) at 50 seconds of the eighth round in a heavyweight bout at Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

* Heavyweight Michael Moorer (25-0), a former World Boxin Organization light-heavyweight champion, has been charged with aggravated assault and other counts after he allegedly punched a Monessen, Pa., policeman.

Monessen police said seven officers were required to subdue the 214-pound fighter at his grandfather's home Sunday after a series of disturbances. Moorer allegedly punched one officer, Carl Fronzaglio, in the jaw.


The U.S. yacht Vibes swept to its second consecutive victory in the 1-ton class off Cowes, England, moving the United States within a half-point of Italy in the overall standings of the Admirals Cup.


Track and field

Top South African athletes applied to compete as individuals in this month's world championships in Tokyo, saying they were "being used and abused as political prisoners" in their country.

Tom Petranoff, a U.S.-born former javelin world-record holder, and Zola Pieterse, a middle-distance runner formerly known as Zola Budd, were among a list of 25 athletes and three reserves listed in a letter to Primo Nebiolo, president of the International Amateur Athletics Federation.


South Africa has been invited to end its 21-year isolation from international play by participating in next year's World Cup tournament.


Marc McDowell stretched his lead to 240 pins after four rounds at the PBA's LaMode Classic in Green Bay, Wis. Jim Pencak and Tony Westlake are tied for second with 5,774 pins.

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