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Soviet women lead world gymnastics

The Soviet Union, led by women's world champion Svetlana " Boguinskaia, took the early lead over the United States yesterday in the World Gymnastics Championships in Indianapolis.

The Soviet Union led the team scoring after the compulsories with 197.371 points. The United States is second going into today's optionals with 196.208.

Boguinskaia's performance included scores of 9.950 on the uneven bars and floor exercise and a 9.937 on the beam.

Romania, the only country to beat the Soviet Union at the World Championships in the last decade, was third with 195.795, with China fourth with 195.270.

Competition in the men's optionals began last night, but the top six teams weren't scheduled until tonight. The Soviet Union held a comfortable lead after compulsories, with the United States in fifth and without its top athlete, Lance Ringnald, who separated his right shoulder Sunday and had to withdraw from the championships.

American Shannon Miller, 14, from Edmond, Okla., scored a 9.90 on the vault, a 9.937 on the balance beam, a 9.875 on floor and 9.850 on the uneven bars, good for a tie for second place.

College football

A judge in Missoula, Mont., ordered that Montana offensive tackle Steve Premock, who had been declared ineligible by the NCAA for alleged steroid use, be allowed to play.

Citing "substantial questions" about the NCAA's drug-testing procedures, state District Judge Douglas Harkin issued his injunction after a two-day hearing.

Harkin also said he intends to order NCAA officials to appear before his court to show why they should not "forever be barred" from penalizing Premock, a 296-pound senior who was a starter last year.


Martina Navratilova said in a Fort Worth, Texas, court that she was threatened with a public airing of her lesbian affair with Judy Nelson unless she agreed to divide her multimillion-dollar estate with the Texas divorcee.

Navratilova also asked for the disqualification of Jerry Loftin, Nelson's attorney, from the case, saying he had represented her on more than a dozen occasions and therefore had inside information he could use to unfairly help Nelson.

* Jimmy Connors' run to the U.S. Open semifinals also sent the 39-year-old left-hander vaulting up the world rankings. Connors, who started the two-week tournament ranked 174th in the world, moved to No. 66 in the latest ATP Tour computer rankings. Because of his low ranking at the time, Connors needed a wild card from the U.S. Tennis Association to play in the U.S. Open.

By capturing their first U.S. Open titles, Stefan Edberg and Monica Seles both regained the No. 1 spots.

* Henri Leconte, playing his first match since undergoing an operation on his back, lost to qualifier Tarik Benhabiles, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, in the opening round of the Bordeaux Open in France.

Connors pulled out of the tournament with a leg injury. He had been due to play his first match today.

* Top-seeded Sergi Bruguera of Spain eased into the second round of the Geneva Open in Switzerland with a 6-3, 6-2 opening victory over unseeded Bart Wuyts of Belgium.


A Poolesville Golf Club team headed by professional Cary Lee Ferrell shot 25-2752 at Hillendale Country Club, gaining the one available spot in regional qualifying for the fifth annual national John Deere team championship.

Ferrell was joined by superintendent Wade Barrett, club manager Steve Skinner and club president Dean Greer. With an 11 handicap, they collected five net eagles, the same number recorded by the runner-up team, WestWinds CC from Frederick, but the latter, a 10 handicap, had one more par -- four against three -- than the winners, and finished 26-2753 for the 6,470-yard, par-72 course.


An arbitrator ordered the Detroit Red Wings to send right wings Dave Barr and Randy McKay to the New Jersey Devils as compensation for the signing of free agent Troy Crowder to a three-year contract.

The Devils asked arbitration judge Edward Houston for Bob Probert, but Houston ordered Detroit to give up Barr and McKay.

* Pittsburgh Penguins coach Bob Johnson will undergo a radiation treatment on his remaining brain tumor, a spokesman for a Pittsburgh hospital said. Johnson, 60, will check into Presbyterian-University Hospital today and undergo the gamma knife procedure tomorrow, hospital spokesman Frank Raczkiewicz said.

* Hartford Whalers left wing Pat Verbeek will walk out of training ++ camp if the team doesn't substantially increase its contract offer today, agent Tony Abbatine said. Verbeek is seeking more than $1 million a year. The Whalers are offering about $600,000. Verbeek was paid $250,000 last season and is entering the option year of his contract.

* Philadelphia Flyers captain Ron Sutter ended his one-day holdout without negotiating a new contract, but left wing Murray Craven still had not shown up at training camp.


Maryland Bays officials said fewer than 2,000 tickets remain for Saturday night's 7:05 Game 2 of the American Professional Soccer League semifinal series against the Albany Capitals at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia.

The defending APSL Bays are down, 1-0, in the best-of-two series. If the Bays win Game 2, a 30-minute mini-game will be played 10 minutes after Game 2 to determine who advances to the championship series against the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks-Fort Lauderdale Strikers winner.


An injured right elbow has forced WBA junior featherweight champion Luis Mendoza of Colombia to postpone his title fight against Raul Perez of Mexico. The fight, originally scheduled for next Monday at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., will be held Oct. 7 or Oct. 21, Forum boxing officials announced.

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