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U.S. moves into Canada Cup finals

The United States, making its best international showing since winning the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics, earned its first berth in the Canada Cup finals with a 7-3 victory over Finland last night in Hamilton, Ontario.

The United States, which missed the Canada Cup semifinals in 1976 and 1987 and was eliminated in the semifinals in 1981 and 1984, will play the winner of today's Canada-Sweden game in the best-of-three finals, beginning Saturday night in Montreal. Team USA has won five of its six games in the tournament, losing only to Canada.

Dave Christian, the only member of that 1980 Olympic team on this year's Canada Cup squad, started the Americans' assault by scoring the game's first goal at 12 minutes, 17 seconds of the opening period. Joe Mullen got the first of his two goals at 17:36, converting Ed Olczyk's feed, and the Americans never were headed.

* Len Barrie scored three goals in a 5:24 span in the second period to lead the Philadelphia Flyers rookies to a 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals rookies in an exhibition at the University of Delaware. Barrie, who played with the Hershey Bears last season, also had three assists.

Randy Pearce, the Capitals' fourth-round draft pick in 1990, had two goals. Brian Martin and Dave Morrissette also scored goals for Washington.

* Goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick has suffered a recurrence of the blood disorder that forced him to miss most of last season, the New York Islanders said. Six hours of tests revealed that Fitzpatrick, 22, again has been stricken by eosinophilla myalgia syndrome. The disorder, which causes swelling of the muscles and tissues, is aggravated by exercise.

Olympics

FTC

The U.S. Olympic Committee appointed Arnold Burns as special counsel to review the business records of USOC president Robert H. Helmick. Burns will determine if Helmick made full disclosure of business dealings that might cause an appearance of conflicts of interest.

The USOC gave Helmick a vote of confidence Saturday after it was revealed earlier in the week that he earned at least $127,000 in fees from clients with ties to the Olympic movement. A statement said the USOC had found no improper influence.

But, at the same time, USOC counsel George Gowen said Helmick had acknowledged errors in judgment concerning the appearance of conflicts and had apologized. Gowen also said the USOC executive committee would appoint the special counsel. Burns, a senior partner in the New York- and Washington-based law firm of Proskauer, Rose, Goetz and Mendelsohn, was a deputy U.S. attorney general from 1986 to 1988.

Boxing

Jeff Harding (21-1) of Australia scored a split-decision victory over Dennis Andries (39-9-2) of Britain in London and regained the World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title. In a 12-round slugfest at the Hammersmith Odeon, Harding survived an early barrage and came from behind to beat Andries for the second time in three bouts.

* Former NFL All-Pro defensive end Mark Gastineau ran his professional boxing record to 3-0 with a second-round knockout of Irish Timmy Murphy in Oklahoma City.

* Art Card of Cleveland will pinch-hit for Marshall Tillman as the next opponent for former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes on Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. Holmes rejected Tillman, said Rob Correa, director of sports acquisitions for USA Network, which will telecast the fight.

College football

For a team of self-proclaimed vigilantes, the No. 2 Miami Hurricanes have been unusually well-behaved this week as they await tonight's game with No. 10 Houston. The Hurricanes have made no predictions or promises, no taunts or threats. They've failed to live down to their bad-boy reputation.

The reason: Coach Dennis Erickson ordered his players to stop talking to the media.

Houston coach John Jenkins complained about "derogatory remarks" by the Hurricanes, which culminated last week when defensive tackle Eric Miller said Miami was out to get Cougars quarterback David Klingler.

* Southern University players were to practice today after a one-day walkout to bring attention to complaints about living and practice conditions on the campus. "Everything is back to normal," coach Gerald Kimble said. "This was just a minor setback. We'll just have to work twice as hard today to make up for yesterday's missed practice." The players' action Tuesday came four days before Southern's season opener against Alabama State in Mobile, Ala.

Golf

Doris Taylor, a 30-handicapper playing in her first big tournament above the club level, survived the pressure of carrying a lead into the second day, as she posted a four-stroke victory in the 50th Oriole tournament at Chestnut Ridge Country Club. Taylor, a member at Eagle's Nest, managed to get around in 110 -- "I just wanted to hit the ball and go home," she said -- and finished 67-80147. She had a five-stroke margin after the first round of the handicap championship of the Women's Golf Association.

Susan Schuh of Hunt Valley Golf Club was the leader's closest challenger, as a second-round 84-1173 lifted her to 78-73151. Phyllis Schiminger and Midge Thursby followed at 153 in the 51-player field.

Horse racing

B. Giles Brophy, ousted managing partner of the syndicate that owns Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold, filed suit against his two partners, charging breach of contract. Two weeks ago, co-owners William Condren, a lawyer, and Joe Cornacchia, a publisher of board games, voted to designate Condren as managing partner, effectively replacing Brophy.

* G.M. Breeding Inc. of Florissant, Mo., paid the top price of $260,000 for a filly by Alydar during yesterday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.

Tennis

Unseeded Sandon Stolle of Australia beat top-seeded Karel Novacek of Czeckoslovakia, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), in the second round of the $250,000 Philips Open in Brasilia, Brazil. Novacek, ranked 10th in the world, had trouble with the fast surface, as Stolle took the match by spraying baseline volleys across the court. Earlier, Marcelo Saliola, 17, of Brazil, ranked 285th in the world, beat second-seeded Emilio Sanchez of Spain, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-2.

* Top-seeded Sergi Bruguera of Spain reached the quarterfinals of the Geneva Open with a 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-1 victory over 1987 champion Claudio Mezzadri of Switzerland.

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