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Sullins, Wiseman 1-2 on today's PBA ladder

Harry Sullins won the last qualifying game last night to earn the top seed for the finals of the PBA Paula Carter's Homestead (Fla.) Classic.

Sullins defeated Danny Wiseman of Dundalk, 264-233, in the 42nd game of qualifying to earn his third television appearance of the year in today's championship round (3 p.m. on Channel 13). Sullins, who won the Showboat Invitational earlier this year, totaled 9,561 pins.

Wiseman, also a four-time champion, grabbed the second seed with 9,546 pins. He is making his first appearance in the finals this year and has a 12-1 lifetime record on television. Marc McDowell will be third on the ladder, followed by Brian Voss and Dave Ferraro.

Auto racing

Bill Elliott took the pole position for the Pontiac Excitement 400 with a record-setting lap at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Elliott, who started the first two races of the season from the outside of the front row and is coming off a runaway

victory in Sunday's race in Rockingham, N.C., posted the two fastest laps on the .75-mile D-shaped oval, taking his 42nd career pole with a lap of 120.849 mph, then solidifying it at 121.337. That broke the race record of 120.573, set by Geoff Bodine in March 1989.

* Jeff Gordon drove off with his second straight Busch Grand National pole, taking the top qualifying spot for today's Hardee's 200 at Richmond International Raceway.

College basketball

The Mount St. Mary's women's team has captured its third consecutive Northeast Conference regular-season championship and will play host to the conference tournament March 13-14. The Mountaineers (21-4, 14-1) clinched the title when second place Fairleigh Dickinson was upset by St. Francis, Pa., Thursday night. The semifinals will be Friday night at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Mount will play the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 game. Saturday night's title game will be at 7:30 p.m.

* Nevada-Las Vegas athletic director Jim Weaver says he has met with Jerry Tarkanian to discuss a transition of coaches. "He didn't really respond," Weaver said of Thursday's meeting. Tarkanian resigned last June, effective at the end of the season. He rescinded that resignation Feb. 23, saying he wanted to get to the bottom of the university's role in attacks on his program.

In another UNLV matter, university legal counsel Brad Booke said Tarkanian has filed a motion in state District Court seeking approximately $200,000 in legal fees he incurred while battling the NCAA over infractions allegations dating back to 1977.

* An internal investigation of the University of Rhode Island's team has uncovered no illegal gambling or violations of NCAA rules and the team will play in the Atlantic 10 tournament, school officials said. Still ahead were investigations of the school's other sports teams and of gambling in on-campus and off-campus housing.

Boxing

Kevin Pompey, a former International Boxing Council welterweight champion, captured the vacant United States Boxing Association welterweight crown with a 12-round

unanimous decision over Stephan Johnson in Callicoon, N.Y. Glenwood Brown, the previous USBA welterweight champion, vacated the title when he fought Meldrick Taylor for the World Boxing Association welterweight championship on Jan. 18 in Philadelphia.

Sled dog racing

1989 champion Joe Runyan and Doug Swingley arrived in Ruby, Alaska, a minute apart, declared their mandatory 24-hour layovers, fed their dogs and then sat down to a seven-course gourmet dinner in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Ruby is 654 miles into the race and 505 miles from the finish in Nome.

Tennis

Gabriela Sabatini, bothered by cramps in her legs and right forearm, lost to Amanda Coetzer of South African, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, in a quarterfinal at the Virginia Slims of Florida in Boca Raton. Coetzer, ranked 61st, won the last six games against the tournament's three-time champion. Top seed Steffi Graf blew a 6-0, 5-2, 40-15 lead against No. 7 Zina Garrison, but rallied to win, 6-0, 5-7, 7-5. Graf will face Mary Joe Fernandez, who defeated Nathalie Tauziat, 6-4, 6-2. Coetzer will take on Conchita Martinez, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Barbara Rittner.

* Michael Chang, seeded 12th, advanced to the semifinals of the Champions Cup in Indian Wells, Calif., by defeating Russian Andrei Cherkasov, 6-4, 6-2. Chang will face unseeded Francisco Clavet of Spain in today's semifinal. No. 3 seed Michael Stich of Germany faces unseeded Andrei Chesnokov of Russia.

* Diego Nargiso of Italy beat Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), to reach the semifinals of the Copenhagen (Denmark) Open. Also advancing to the final four were Swedes Anders Jarryd and Magnus Larsson, the only seeds left in this ATP Tour event, and Christian Saceanu of Germany.

Gymnastics

American Shannon Miller and Dmitri Karonenko of the Commonwealth of Independent States were the top qualifiers for the McDonald's Cup international meet in Orlando, Fla. Miller won the women's preliminaries by scoring at least 9.9 on all four of her exercises.

Record lap earns Elliott Excitement 400 pole

Bill Elliott continued his strong performances in NASCAR Winston Cup stock car racing, taking the pole position for the Pontiac Excitement 400 with a record-setting lap yesterday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

Elliott, who started the first two races of the season from the outside of the front row and is coming off a runaway victory in Sunday's race in Rockingham, N.C., left nothing to chance in qualifying.

He posted the two fastest laps on the .75-mile D-shaped oval, taking the his 42nd career pole with a lap of 120.849 mph, then solidifying it at 121.337. That broke the race record of 120.573 set by Geoff Bodine in March 1989.

Davey Allison, who still holds the track record of 122.850 -- set in Sept. 1988 -- made it an all-Ford Thunderbird front row for today's race with a lap of 120.568.

* Jeff Gordon drove off with his second straight Busch Grand National pole, taking the top qualifying spot for today's Hardee's 200 at Richmond International Raceway. The Pittsboro, Ind., driver turned a fast lap of 120.466 mph on the .75-mile oval. Chuck Bown's Pontiac was right behind Gordon's Ford at 120.353.

Sailing

Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes suffered its fifth consecutive loss to Bill Koch's America3 in Round 3 of the America's Cup defender trials off San Diego. Conner trailed the series front-runner by 5 minutes, 33 seconds at the finish. America3's elapsed time of 3 hours, 22 minutes, 42 seconds on the 20.03-mile course was more than an hour slower than Tuesday's and Wednesday's races. The winds on the Pacific Ocean course off Point Loma had dropped to 3 knots at the finish of yesterday's race. America3 leads the series with 28 points. Stars & Stripes has 11 points and Defiant has 4. Stars & Stripes faces Defiant today.

Bowling

Harry Sullins of Detroit leads the $130,000 PBA Paula Carter's Homestead (Fla.) Classic after five rounds with 7,784 pins. Danny Wiseman of Dundalk is fourth with 7,547. Mark Bowers of Aberdeen is 16th with 7,310.

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