Barrett 3 shots behind Walters in MBSLisa...


Barrett 3 shots behind Walters in MBS

Lisa Walters tied a course record with a 7-under 65 to take a three-shot lead after two rounds of the MBS LPGA Classic yesterday in Buena Park, Calif.

Walters' round followed her finish of the first round, which she was unable to complete Thursday because of lightning. She ended with a 71 and stands at 6-under 136.

Tina Barrett of Baltimore was one of five golfers tied for second.

Barrett started her round on the 10th hole with a double bogey and then bogeyed the 18th to go to 1-over.

But she warmed up with birdies at the first and second holes before hitting the shot of the tournament. She hit a 3-wood on her second shot to the par-5, 455-yard third hole that hit the front of the green and kept rolling until it went into the hole for a double-eagle 2.

"That's my first double-eagle ever," Barrett said. "I don't normally hit the par-5's in two. You don't expect to make a shot like that but it was really exciting."

* Brandt Jobe, who has missed the cut in 10 of his previous 11 tournaments, shot a 67 for a 9-under 135 midway through the Southern Open in Pine Mountain, Ga. Larry Nelson and Lee Janzen are two shots back.

* Chi Chi Rodriguez shot a 5-under 67 that included seven birdies over the first 13 holes to take the first-round lead in the Bank One Senior Classic in Lexington, Ky.

* Joe Greenawalt and Larry Ringer, tied when darkness halted their Mount St. Mary's pro-am playoff after four extra holes at Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville, were declared co-champions of the annual two-day Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am that benefits Mount St. Mary's athletics.

* Jack Vardaman of Washington, a Congressional Country Club member, shot 38-3573 and was the only Maryland player to make the championship flight in qualifying for the 67th-annual George Arthur Crump Cup at Pine Valley (N.J.) Golf Club.

* Mount St. Mary's placed fourth at the Northeast Conference Golf Championship held the past two days in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Mountaineers freshman Nick Angelo (Cardinal Gibbons) finished 13th overall at 166.

Auto racing

Harry Gant captured his first pole in four years, the top qualifying spot for tomorrow's Tyson Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway.

Gant, who has won four Winston Cup races in a row and added two Busch Grand National victories this month, drove his Oldsmobile Cutlass around the five-eighths-mile oval at 116.871

mph, barely beating Davey Allison for his first pole since May 1987 at Bristol, Tenn., a span of 126 races.

* Jay Fogleman led a pack of Pontiac drivers at the top of the qualifying for today's Lowe's 150 NASCAR late model stock car race at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

Pro football

James Busch Orthwein was named chairman and chief executive officer of the St. Louis NFL Partnership, which also includes Walter Payton, the NFL's all-time leading rusher. The organization is trying to win an NFL expansion franchise for the city.

Orthwein is chairman of Huntleigh Asset Partners, a private investment partnership.

Men's college soccer

North Carolina-Charlotte, ranked 15th, scored twice in a five-minute span early in the second half en route to a 2-1 win over Navy in the first game of the Mitre Classic in Greensboro, N.C.


Doctors reported signs of improvement in the condition of British boxer Michael Watson, who remained on a life support machine with a brain injury. He is listed in critical condition.


Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe advanced to a meeting in the semifinals of the Swiss Indoor tournament in Basel, Switzerland.

* Top seed Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere beat No. 5 seed Julie Halard of France, 6-3, 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the Bayonne (France) Open.

* Top seed Emilio Sanchez of Spain advanced to the semifinals of the Palermo (Sicily) ATP tournament by defeating eighth seed Thomas Muster of Austria, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

* Monica Seles and Martina Navratilova advanced to the semifinals of the Nokia Masters in Essen, Germany, with straight-set victories.

College football

Two former Auburn players say they received illegal payments from coaches and alumni, and one of them said he can back up his allegations with tape-recorded conversations, The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser reported.

Coaches at the school denied the charges, and at least two other ex-players said they were not aware of anybody receiving money in violation of NCAA rules.

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