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Galvano wins decision to retain WBC title

Italy's Mauro Galvano (19-1-2) retained his World Boxing Council Super middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Paraguayan challenger Juan Carlos Giminez (38-5-3) last night in Marino, Italy.

It was the second title defense for Galvano, 27, who won the title in December 1990 with a decision over Argentina's Dario Matteoni.

* Jorge Paez, former International Boxing Federation featherweight champion, who was scheduled to face Jose Luis Vasquez on Monday night in Inglewood, Calif., has been scratched from the card. Paez, of Mexicali, Mexico, caught the flu late last month and has been under a doctor's treatment since.


Washington Capitals defenseman Shawn Chambers underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Team doctor Stephen Haas said he removed scar tissue and surface damage. Chambers will spend the next two weeks resting, then will begin a rehabilitation program.

* Chicago Blackhawks owner William Wirtz was placed on a year's probation and fined $550 after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol. Cook County Circuit Judge Jerome Orbach fined Wirtz $500 for drunken driving and $50 for speeding. The NHL owner, who is also chairman of the league's Board of Governors, also must attend alcohol abuse classes.

College basketball

To accommodate an ABC regional television broadcast, the Maryland men's game against Georgia Tech on Sunday will begin at 3:45 p.m., instead of the previously listed 4 p.m. The game will be on channels 13 and 7. Tickets are still available. Call (800) 462-8377.

* A hearing scheduled for next week on whether Syracuse center bTC Conrad McRae can sue the NCAA has been adjourned until the end of March, attorneys said. Attorneys representing the NCAA asked for more time to respond to a motion filed by McRae's attorney on Jan. 27.

Auto racing

Davey Allison, one of the favorites to win the Daytona 500 on Feb. 16, got off to a slow start by drawing the 15th and final starting position for tomorrow's Busch Clash in Daytona Beach, Fla. The 20-lap, 50-mile -- -- limited to last year's pole winners and one wild card pick -- is lined up by a blind draw. The luck of the draw mostly went to Ford, with the Bodine brothers, Brett and Geoff, picking the front-row positions and Mark Martin and Bill Elliott right behind in Thunderbirds. Ricky Rudd's Chevrolet Lumina and the Pontiac Grand Prix of Michael Waltrip took the third-row positions.


Eugene McCune took the fourth-round lead in the PBA's Flagship City Open in Erie, Pa., averaging 248 for eight games. Martin Letscher of Bel Air finished 37th and earned $980.


Sierra Leone withdrew from World Cup qualifying and soccer's governing body reconfigured the draw for Africa and Oceania. Cuba and Western Samoa withdrew earlier in the week. FIFA, the International Federation of Association Football, said that Tahiti would be shifted from Oceania Group Two to Group One, joining Australia and the Solomon Islands. Fiji, New Zealand and Vanuatu remain in Group Two. Sierra Leone's withdrawal caused FIFA to eliminate the preliminary round in Africa, which was to be a home-and-home series between Togo and Sao Tome and Principe. Togo will replace Sierra Leone in Group C and play with Angola, Egypt and Zimbabwe. Sao Tome and Principe will play in Group D with Congo, Libya and Nigeria.


Patrick McEnroe provided the upset of the day in the Milan (Italy) indoor tournament, which in its first two rounds has lost its top seven seeds. McEnroe ousted second seed Guy Forget, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), in a second-round match, No. 3 seed Emilio Sanchez was upset by Stefano Pescosolido, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and the fourth seed, Petr Korda, was beaten by Goren Prpic, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1. Sergi Bruguera, the No. 7 seed, lost to Javier Sanchez, 0-6, 6-0, 6-2.

* Wally Masur of Australia derailed Jimmy Connors, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, to advance into the quarterfinals of the Volvo San Francisco.

* Top seed Monica Seles made some mistakes, but won her second-round match at the Nokia tournament in Essen, Germany. Seles, the defending champion, beat unseeded Angela Kerek of Germany with powerful and carefully placed double-handed shots, winning, 6-2, 6-2, in 51 minutes. She'll play eighth seed Catarina Lindqvist in the quarterfinals of the $350,000 event. Lindqvist beat Catherine Tanvier of France, 6-1, 6-4.


Seve Ballesteros and Ireland's Ronan Rafferty shot 6-under-par 66s to share the lead after the opening round of the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Desert Classic. Six players finished one stroke behind the leaders, including American Jay Townsend and England's Mark James, winner of the inaugural Desert Classic in 1989.

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