Edberg loses in Tokyo; Courier No. 1 again
Jim Courier regained the men's No. 1 world ranking this morning when Stefan Edberg was beaten in the semifinals of the Japan Open, on the hard-court surface of Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.
Richard Krajicek had 12 aces in beating the former No. 1 from Sweden, 6-3, 7-5, ending Edberg's three-year run as champion of the event.
Edberg, who has been battling Courier for the No. 1 ranking all year, relinquished it for the second time. Courier got it in February after winning the Australian Open but dropped back to No. 2 in March.
This time, Courier got back to No. 1 without benefit of playing a match. He is slated to go against fellow American Michael Chang today, but the outcome would have no bearing on his new ranking, according to officials of the Association of Tennis Professionals.
On the women's side, Japan's Kimiko Date will play Belgian Sabine Appelmans in today's final.
* Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario breezed in quarterfinal matches yesterday at the $350,000 clay-court Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Fla.
* Ivan Lendl, who has yet to reach a semifinal in eight tournaments this year, lost, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, to seventh seed Alberto Mancini in the quarterfinals of the clay-court Conde de Godo in Barcelona, Spain. Lendl's ranking is ninth, lowest in more than a decade.
Alan Kulwicki won the pole for tomorrow's First Union 400, a NASCAR race at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway, with a lap of 117.242 mph in his Ford Thunderbird. Kulwicki, who has never won at this short track but took the Food City 500 last week in Bristol, Tenn., will be trying to give Ford its 11th straight win on the circuit since last year. Ford placed five cars in the top-10 qualifying spots for tomorrow's $551,921 race on the .625-mile track, but hasn't won a First Union 400 race since Bobby Allison did it in 1979. Ricky Rudd, in a Chevrolet, will be alongside Kulwicki, after turning in a speed of 116.732.
* Michael Andretti won the provisional pole for tomorrow's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.). Qualifying for the first time on a shorter and faster circuit in the streets of downtown Long Beach, Andretti set the standard of 105.633 mph, nipping Scott Pruett (105.606 mph) on the 1.59-mile, eight-turn course.
Former U.S. Open runner-up Mike Donald tied a tournament record with an 8-under-par 62 to take a two-shot lead after two rounds of the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Brad Pryce of Wake Forest (20-13, 7-6) hit a bases-empty home run in the bottom of the ninth off Charles Devereau for an 8-7 victory against Maryland (16-15-1, 4-8) in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Scott Devers completed the 56-game qualifying with a 225 average and earned the top seed in today's stepladder finals of the $225,000 Bowling Proprietors' Association U.S. Open in Canandaigua, N.Y. He's followed on the ladder by Amleto Monacelli, Robert Lawrence, Mark Thayer and Bob Learn Jr.
Johnny Tapia (20-0-1) tested positive for cocaine use and was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., on charges of intimidating a witness in a murder case. The New Mexico Athletic Commission, which earlier this week approved Tapia's request for a one-bout license, reversed its decision yesterday. Tapia, former U.S. Boxing Association super-flyweight champion, was stripped of his license by the commission in October.
Canada, Ireland, Morocco and Poland lead a list of 35 countries that have entered too many athletes and team officials for the Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain, and may have their delegations cut, organizers warned. Organizers have set a limit of 15,200 athletes and officials; 19,000 requests for accreditation have been received.
Greene "Red" Laird, former baseball and basketball coach at Virginia Tech, died in Blacksburg. He was 89. Laird, who was inducted into the Collegiate Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1971, had lung cancer.
* Theard J. "Terry" Terrebonne, associate athletic director at Tulane University and a 1961 draft choice of the Washington Redskins, died in New Orleans, apparently of a heart attack. He was 53.
Joe Montana, trying at 35 to come back from the elbow injury that sidelined him all last season, worked out under team supervision for the first time. "This [workout] told me two things," Montana said. "One, that my arm feels pretty good. The other is that it's a little different dropping back, throwing with timing. I almost tripped over my feet a couple of times."
* Michael Young, the Denver Broncos' leader in receptions (44) and receiving yards (629) last season, will undergo surgery Tuesday to correct a herniated disk in his lower back. He is expected to be ready to play in four to six months. Meanwhile, the condition of teammate Elbert Crawford, an offensive lineman, was upgraded to fair at Aurora Presbyterian Hospital in Denver. Crawford had a heart attack during workouts Tuesday.
Center Brad Daugherty, who leads the Cleveland Cavaliers in scoring average (21.7) and rebounding average (10.4), missed last night's loss to the New Jersey Nets with a strained back muscle.