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Gretzky out for rest of Canada CupWayne...


Gretzky out for rest of Canada Cup

Wayne Gretzky was told by doctors to rest his ailing back, and he won't be in uniform for Canada for the remainder of the Canada Cup championship round against the United States. Gretzky, the tournament's leading scorer with four goals and eight assists, was hammered into the boards from behind by defenseman Gary Suter in the second period of the first game of the finals, which Canada won, 4-1, in Montreal on Saturday.

* Wade Bartley saved 24 shots in the first two periods to carry the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in an NHL exhibition game in Greensboro, N.C. The Sabres killed off three Washington power plays in the opening period.

* Talks between NHL owners and the players' association continued yesterday, with their five-year collective bargaining agreement due to expire at midnight. There was no word on the progress of the talks, which an NHL spokesman said might continue until today.


Toronto Argonauts general manager Mike McCarthy said hwants Dan Wicklum thrown out of the Canadian Football League for a late hit yesterday that sent Raghib "Rocket" Ismail to the hospital with a concussion. McCarthy, a Calgary Stampeders linebacker, said that if Ismail were not a millionaire, nobody would care about the hit.

Ismail, the rookie from Notre Dame who signed a guaranteed, $18 million, four-year contract last spring, left Toronto's 33-24 loss midway through the second quarter after being hit by Wicklum. Ismail had already been tackled while returning a punt when Wicklum came in late and drove his helmet into his shoulder and neck. Wicklum was assessed a spearing penalty on the play.

Ron Meehan's three touchdown passes led the Baltimore Bears (5-1, 3-1) over the Triangle Cardinals (1-3, 1-3), 19-6, in a Mason Dixon League semipro game in Durham, N.C. Dave Jackson caught 31- and 13-yard scoring passes, and Meehan hit Mark Ebenhardinger for a 5-yard touchdown.

Auto racing

Michael Andretti led all but one lap on the way to a victory ithe Pioneer Electronics 200 in Lexington, Ohio, that moved him past Bobby Rahal into the CART Indy-car series lead. Andretti successfully defended his 1991 victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, as he won his second straight race and sixth this season. All have come in the past 10 events.

Andretti, who had not led the PPG Cup standings since May 1988 and has never won the series title -- he finished second in 1986, 1987 and 1990 -- trailed Rahal by 31 points after the New Jersey Meadowlands race on July 14, five races ago. Yesterday's victory gave him a 176-171 lead as Rahal finished third.


Thomas Muster defeated fourth-seeded Horst Skoff, 6-2, 6-4, in an all-Austrian final of the Geneva Open. It was the 10th career title and the second this year for Muster.

* Guy Forget of France won the Bordeaux (France) Open for the second straight year and earned his fourth victory of the year, beating countryman Olivier Delaitre, 6-1, 6-3.

College soccer

Senior Jerry Dearie scored 28 seconds into the first overtime period to lift Navy (4-0) to a 2-1 win over host Mount St. Mary's (1-2-1) in the championship game of the Blue Ridge Soccer Tournament.

* Ed McCue, Chris Temple and Joe Layfield (Calvert Hall) each scored a goal to lead Towson State (3-0-1) to a 3-1 victory over East Stroudsburg (2-2-1) in the championship game of the East Stroudsburg Tournament.

* A pair of goals in the first three minutes propelled Virginia Wesleyan (4-0) to the championship of its Blue Marlin Tournament with a 3-0 win over Western Maryland (2-1).


New Zealander Frank Nobilo held off a crowding field to withe Lancome Trophy tournament in St. Nom La Breteche, France. Nobilo shot a closing, 5-under-par 65 over the 6,756-yard Saint-Nom course to finish at 13-under 267 and win by one shot.

* Gary Wolstenholme, playing on the same Ganton, England, course on which his father won the English amateur golf title three decades ago, won the British Amateur Championship with an 8-and-6 victory over American Bob May.

Pro basketball

Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson and Earleth"Cookie" Kelly were wed Saturday in Lansing, Mich., before a slightly larger crowd than expected. The couple were surrounded by 3,000 cheering people when they left the small Union Missionary Baptist Church, not far from where Johnson entertained high school and Michigan State University basketball fans in the 1970s. Johnson and Kelly, both 32, met while they were students at the Big Ten school in 1977.

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