Sabatini stops Graf again in B&L; finalGabriela...

Sabatini stops Graf again in B&L; final

Gabriela Sabatini successfully defended her title in the Bausch & Lomb Championships yesterday, beating top seed Steffi Graf, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, in the final of the $350,000 clay-court tournament at Amelia Island, Fla., for the third time in four years.


The 1-hour, 46-minute match was the second of the day for both players, who won rain-delayed semifinals in the morning at Amelia Island Plantation. Sabatini, who also beat Graf in the final here in 1989 and 1991, earned $70,000.

Graf reached the final at Amelia Island for the fourth consecutive year and sixth time overall by overcoming a one-set deficit to defeat Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. Sabatini defeated jTC Conchita Martinez, 6-3, 6-3, in a rematch of last week's Family Circle Cup final at Hilton Head, S.C.


* Carlos Costa won his second clay-court tournament in eight days with a 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Magnus Gustafsson in the final of the Conde de Godo event at Barcelona, Spain.


Richard Zokol came within two inches of going out of bounds on the par-5 17th hole yesterday. Then he came out of the woods to save par and went on to win the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic at Hattiesburg, Miss.

Zokol, an 11-year PGA Tour veteran, shot a 3-under-par 67 to win his first PGA event with a four-day total of 13-under-par 267. He won $54,000.

Indoor lacrosse

John Tavares' overtime goal gave the Buffalo Bandits the Major Indoor Lacrosse League title came on a behind-the-back shot that even he never saw.

"I saw someone on our team put his hands up. It felt great," Tavares said after giving the Bandits the title Saturday night with an 11-10 victory over the Philadelphia Wings.

The goal, 1:45 into the overtime, was his fourth of the night.


College baseball

Tony Gensler's two-run triple highlighted a four-run fifth inning as Dundalk Community College (14-9) broke a 9-9 tie and went on to a 17-11 victory at Hagerstown Junior College. It was win No. 400 for Dundalk coach Elliott Oppenheim, now 400-252 in 21 years at the Community College of Baltimore, University of Baltimore and Dundalk. It was his 115th win in six years at DCC.

* In Annapolis, Navy (14-17, 6-6) split an Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League doubleheader with Princeton (9-9, 3-5), winning and losing, 8-4, in eight innings. The Midshipmen scored all their first-game runs in the fifth inning on a double, three walks, and a three-run double by Andy Payne. The Tigers made it close in the seventh, scoring twice and leaving the bases loaded. In the second game, Navy lost a 4-2 lead in the seventh. After Navy loaded the bases and failed to score in the seventh, Princeton got four runs in the first extra inning.

* St. Francis, N.Y. (7-14, 6-3) scored in seven of nine innings to defeat Mount St. Mary's, 13-10, in a Northeast Conference game at Emmitsburg. Ed McCarron and Mike MacMillan each went 3-for-5 for the Mount (4-19, 0-6), with MacMillan extending his hitting streak to 12 games.

* At Winston-Salem, N.C., Mike Buddie struck out 11 and won his sixth straight game as Wake Forest (22-13, 9-6) completed a three-game sweep of the University of Maryland with a 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference victory. Maryland (16-17-1, 4-10) was within 6-3 before Buddie recorded two strikeouts in each of the seventh and eighth innings.

* Greg Boyd led off the last of the ninth with a home run, giving Essex Community College (14-2) a 7-6 triumph over visiting Allegany CC (22-5).


College lacrosse

Kevin Ellers scored three goals and added three assists and Anthony DiMarzo added two goals and four assists as the University of Delaware (5-5, 3-0) stopped visiting University of Hartford (0-5, 0-3), 22-15, to clinch at least a share of the North Atlantic Conference's first lacrosse title.