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Courier reaches final, keeps No. 1 ranking

Boris Becker and Jim Courier reached the final of the Donnay Indoor Championship yesterday in Brussels, Belgium.

Becker, the No. 3 seed, defeated top seed Stefan Edberg, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Courier, the world's top player and the second seed, eliminated fifth seed Guy Forget, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4.

The victory assured Courier of retaining the No. 1 ranking, which he took from Edberg last week. Courier would have lost the top spot if he had been beaten by Edberg in today's final.

* MaliVai Washington, the 14th seed, moved within a step of his first professional title as he ended 16th seed Jimmy Connors' stunning run in the $780,000 Federal Express International in Memphis, Tenn., with a 6-2, 7-5 victory. Washington, a former Michigan All-American who turned pro in 1989, will play seventh seed Wayne Ferreira of South Africa, who beat unseeded Amos Mansdorf of Israel, 6-2, 6-3.

* Second seed Martina Navratilova rallied behind her serve and beat Lori McNeil, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the Virginia Slims of Chicago semifinals. Navratilova tries for her 12th Chicago Slims championship today against Jana Novotna, who beat Steffi Graf, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5. If Navratilova, 35, wins, it would be her 158th singles title, a record. She and Chris Evert, who retired in 1989, have 157 each. Connors has most singles men's singles titles, 109.

* Pascale Paradis-Mangon and Natalya Medvedeva scored straight-set semifinal victories in the EA-Generali indoor tournament in Linz, Austria.

Track and field

Andre Cason missed a world indoor record in the 50-meter -- by one-hundredth of a second in the Sunkist Invitational in Los Angeles after flying all day from Madrid, Spain, where he broke the 60-meter record Friday night. The 50 record of 5.61 was set by Manfred Kokot of East Germany in 1980 and matched by James Sanford the following year.

* Navy (8-0) concluded its men's dual-meet season with winover Rutgers and Fordham in Annapolis, running its unbeaten streak to 17.

* Irv Kintisch, who won the AAU shot put title while at NYU in 1947 with a toss of 52 feet, 6 1/4 inches, has died in Miami. He was 69.

Pro basketball

The Dallas Mavericks are negotiating a deal that would send guard Rolando Blackman, 32, to the New York Knicks for guard John Starks, 26, by Thursday's trading deadline, according to The Dallas Morning News. The Mavericks are insisting on also receiving a first-round draft pick, the paper reported.

Sailing

All five America's Cup races were postponed as the third in a series of storms battered the Southern California coast. Meanwhile, the Russian Red Star '92 syndicate announced it will sponsor a series of unofficial races the third week of March, during the break between the third and fourth rounds.

Auto racing

Nelson Piquet of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, says he will try for the Indianapolis 500 and will not race on the Formula One circuit this year. The three-time world driving champion says he was not interested in continuing to drive Formula One cars for Benetton-Ford and could not find another team with a decent car.

Golf

English rookie Gary Evans shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a three-shot lead over Anders Forsbrand of Sweden after three rounds of the Turespana Masters in Malaga, Spain.

* Greg Norman, hoping to end a 20-month victory drought, shot a 2-under 71 and leads Peter Senior and Bradley Hughes by one in the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

Wrestling

Navy and North Carolina won five pairings each, but the host Tar Heels took a 16-6 lead and prevailed, 16-15, in a dual meet that matched nationally ranked teams in Chapel Hill. Navy is ranked No. 16 in the latest Amateur Wrestling News poll, and North Carolina, No. 14.

* Delaware Valley College (15-1), ranked fifth in the final NCAA Division III regular-season poll, shut out Western Maryland and Susquehanna in a tri-meet at Western Maryland. The Aggies beat Western Maryland, 53-0, and Susquehanna, 50-0. Susquehanna (7-8) earned a split with a 46-6 romp over Western Maryland (3-11).

Swimming

Senior Brad Baell won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, as Navy (5-7) defeated Columbia in a men's meet in Annapolis, 128-113.

* Jennifer Hemler won the 100 backstroke in 1 minute, 2.68

seconds, as the Loyola women finished in second place with 280 points after two of the three days of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships at La Salle.

* Dickinson College swept Western Maryland, the men winning, 114-72, and the women winning, 117-68. The Green Terrors men got double wins from Matt Cook in the 50 and 100 freestyle and Trevor Wysong in the 200 breast stroke and the freestyle relay.

Gymnastics

Navy (1-9) finished fourth in a four-team women's meet at George Washington University. Kendra Williams led the Mids with an all-around score of 33.00.

* Towson State, ranked No. 10 in the women's poll, will hold its seventh annual invitational at 1 p.m. today at the Towson Center. The Tigers, who have the six previous team titles, will be joined by Maryland, Temple, Longwood, Cortland State and Air Force.

Hockey

Ron Finn, 51, a 23-year NHL linesman, became the leader in games by an official when he worked his 1,745th last night, between the Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets at Maple Leaf Gardens.

* Chris Wood had a goal and an assist and Mark Hipple made 29 saves, as UMBC (8-3-2 in the Mason-Dixon Conference) defeated Towson State (9-1-1), 4-1, at the Baltimore Arena.

Pro football

The Boston Globe has learned that the NFL Players Association, through New York-based lawyer Jim Quinn, sent a settlement proposal to the owners this week. An insider called it the biggest step toward peace since the sides separated after the player strike of 1987. This is the first time in 4 1/2 years that the players have made a settlement proposal. Some key elements:

* The players would consider a free-agency system that would allow any player to go free after four to six years in the league. Previously, the players have said that they would accept nothing less than total free agency, which they are seeking in court in Minnesota.

* A salary cap. Before this, the players said they did not want a cap, but they reportedly now feel that such a system would eliminate the owners' most recent proposal calling for a paid-performance system, better known as a wage scale for rookies and first-year free agents.

* The annual college draft would be reduced from 12 rounds to six starting in 1993.

* The players would share in at least 58 percent or more than 60 percent of the revenues, depending upon what is involved.

College football

A 23-year-old woman who authorities said was assaulted by a Nebraska football player is progressing well but brain damage was severe, doctors in Lincoln, Neb., said. The woman suffered head injuries and a separated shoulder when she was assaulted Jan. 18 outside her apartment. Nebraska running back Scott Baldwin is charged with first-degree assault and assault of a police officer in connection with the beating. Simanek can walk, she is starting to draw pictures and she can bathe, but she has trouble remembering things, Dr. Paul Guidos said.

Running

Americans and Vietnamese, who once fought each other in a war, competed in friendly races along with thousands of other runners yesterday in Vietnam's first major international sports event. The series of races will culminate in today's inaugural Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon. The marathon favorites include Bill Rodgers, 44, of Boston, a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War who has won the Boston Marathon four times.

* Brazil's Valdenor Dos Santos broke away from the field after 10 kilometers and withstood a challenge from Ireland's John Treacy near the end to win the 15-kilometer Gasparilla Distance Classic in 43 minute, 10 seconds in Tampa, Fla. Treacy, the 1984 silver medalist in the Olympic marathon, finished five seconds back. Wilma Van Onno of El Paso, Texas, won the women's race in 49:11.

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