After reaching No. 1, Courier loses in...


After reaching No. 1, Courier loses in final

Jim Courier, having secured the world No. 1 ranking, was beaten by second-seeded Michael Chang, 6-3, 6-3, yesterday in the final of the Volvo San Francisco.

Courier, 21, the top seed, earned enough computer points to surpass Stefan Edberg of Sweden in the ATP rankings by making the final of the indoor tournament. He won his semifinal Saturday night against Derrick Rostagno, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. The official rankings will be released today.

Courier is the first American since John McEnroe on Aug. 26, 1985, to reach No. 1. Jimmy Connors is the only other American to be ranked No. 1 since the ATP rankings began in 1973.

* Noelle van Lottum of France improved her ranking from 133rd to 89th by winning her first pro tournament, beating Donna Faber of Hilton Head, S.C., 6-4, 6-0, in the Fernleaf final in Wellington, New Zealand. Faber, who has yet to win in four tournament finals, improved from 119th to 88th.

* Italian Omar Camporese, ranked No. 24, beat Croatian Goran Ivanisevic, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, to win the Milan (Italy) Indoor tournament.

* Florida freshman Lisa Raymond won her second Collegiate Grand Slam title of the season, edging Harvard freshman Erika deLone, 6-3, 6-3, to win the Rolex National Indoor Championship in Eden Prairie, Minn. Jose Luis Noriega, a senior at San Diego, edged Rice senior Steve Campbell, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, for the

men's title.

Pro football

Chicago Bears tackle Stan Thomas, 23, the 22nd player chosen overall in last year's NFL draft, was shot in the head and seriously wounded yesterday when a gunman peppered his car with bullets during a drive-by attack on a Pacific Beach street in San Diego.

The bullet that struck Thomas was found in the back seat of hicar, and doctors said the wound to the right forehead wasn't life threatening. The wound was cleared of debris during a 45-minute surgery and doctors at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., said he could be released as early as today.

"He's already alert and talking," said Michael Bardin, a hospitaspokesman. "He said something like, 'Well, now we can go to Disneyland.' He'll undoubtedly be playing football next season."


Defiant extended its winning streak against Stars & Stripes to four, as The America3 Foundation continued its dominance over Team Dennis Conner in the America's Cup defender trials off San Diego.

Defiant won the second race of the second round by its largestime advantage yet, crossing the line 4 minutes, 16 seconds ahead of Stars & Stripes. Pushed by southeasterly 12- to 15-knot winds off Point Loma, Defiant cruised around the eight-leg, 22.6-mile race course in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 38 seconds.

Women's gymnastics

Navy (1-6) scored 165.4 points to defeat Longwood in Farmville, Va. Megan McClung scored a career-high 34.30 in the all-around, placing second for the Mids. Teammate Shaun McAndrew recorded career highs in the beam with a 8.55 and the floor exercise with a 7.55.

* No. 10 Towson State (7-2) set a school record in the vault for the second time in a month en route to winning the University of New Hampshire invitation meet Saturday night in Durham, N.H. The Tigers improved on the vault from 47.80 to 48.05 and went on to total 189.00 in beating No. 13 New Hampshire, 188.10; Minnesota, 183.00; and Kent State, 180.25.


Seve Ballesteros beat Ronan Rafferty on the second hole of a playoff to win the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Desert Classic.


Kennedy McKinney (20-0-1), the 1988 Olympic bantamweight gold medalist, secured the United States Boxing Association junior-featherweight title by scoring a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision over Jose "Sugar Baby" Rojas (35-6) in Atlantic City, N.J.

* Mark Gastineau, 34, former New York Jets All-Pro defensive end, improved his pro boxing record to 7-0 by knocking out Kevin Barch of Memphis, Tenn., 15 seconds into the first round Saturday night in Carthage, Mo.

Track and field

Drug-free urine samples submitted by world sprint champion Katrin Krabbe and two of her German teammates, 400-meter world championship silver medalist Grit Breuer and former 100-meter world champion Silke Moeller, came from the same person, the German athletics federation confirmed.

The federation invited the three to appear before its legal committee to discuss the incident before deciding whether to ban the athletes from competition.

* Mount St. Mary's won the 4 x 400 relay in Washington's Metropolitan Championships in 3:17.94, nearly four full seconds ahead of runner-up James Madison. Sophomore Jim Stevenson, running the third leg, had the fastest split for the Mountaineers (48.2).


An autopsy was ordered for a 23-year-old Italian forward who collapsed Saturday night while playing for his team, Imola Virtus, in Forli, Italy. Feeling dizzy after a jump ball early in the second half against Alfamacchine-Basket 80 of Forli, Luca Bandini asked to be substituted. Just after he left the game, he collapsed in front of the bench. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead of cardiac arrest.

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