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December 02, 1990

Bergeron is stable after heart attack

Michel Bergeron, former coach of the Quebec Nordiques and New York Rangers, was in stable condition yesterday after suffering a heart attack.

Bergeron, 44, was taken by ambulance to a hospital near his home in Rosemere, Quebec, just north of Montreal, after complaining of intense chest pains Friday night. He had been watching the Montreal Canadiens-Washington Capitals game on television.

He lost consciousness at the hospital, but was revived and listed in stable condition by yesterday morning, said Dr. Leon Gani, who treated Bergeron at St. Jerome Hospital.

College football

Joe Raymond Peace, who coached Louisiana Tech to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Independence Bowl opposite Maryland, withdrew as a candidate for the head coaching vacancy at the University of Southern Mississippi. The USM job opened Tuesday when Curley Hallman accepted the job as head coach at Louisiana State University.

Swimming

Janie Wagstaff won the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Open championships in Indianapolis, giving the 16-year-old a sweep of the two backstroke events for the second consecutive year. Wagstaff, a high school junior from Shawnee Mission, Kan., won her race in 1 minute, 3.43 seconds -- her best unshaved time in the event by more than two seconds. Lea Loveless was second in 1:03.43 after leading at the midway point. Stanford's ,, Jeff Rouse won the men's 100-meter backstroke by defeating Spanish Olympian Martin Zubero in 56.13. Zubero was timed in 56.50 and edged Andy Gill by .03 for second place.

Basketball

Michael Cooper, formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers, was named Most Valuable Player, as his South team beat the North, 182-176, in the Italian Basketball League's annual showcase for its foreign stars in Rome. Cooper, who had only six points, beat Brazil's Oscar Schmidt in the three-point shooting contest.

* Lavan Mercer scored 22 points to lead Israel to its first basketball victory over the Soviet Union, 79-74, in a preliminary round of the European Championships in Jerusalem. A last-minute basket by former Connecticut star Nadav Henefeld helped seal the victory.

Golf

* Beth Daniel and Davis Love III combined for a 62 to take a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the J.C. Penney Classic in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Daniel and Love started the day two strokes off the lead in the modified alternate-stroke mixed-team play. But their 9-under-par round at the Innisbrook Resort gave them a 54-hole total of 199. Next at 203 were Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez and Jay Haas, who shot a 65 yesterday. Jay Delsing and Penny Hammel managed a 69 despite a bogey-double bogey sequence on the front nine and were next at 204. Barbara Mucha and David Peoples were at 206 after a 71.

* Craig Parry shot a 3-under-par 69, the best round of the day, and moved ahead by two strokes after three rounds of the Australian Open in Sydney. Parry had a 54-hole score of 211. Ian Baker-Finch, also of Australia, was second after his third successive 71. Another stroke back were Australian PGA champion Brett Ogle, who had a 74, and second-round leader Greg Norman, who had a 76 after a triple-bogey 7 at the third hole.

Bowling

Duane Fisher captured his first Professional Bowlers Association title, edging Jess Stayrook, 248-244, in the title match of the Budweiser Touring Players Championship in Taylor, Mich. Fisher, who is from Glouchester Township, N.J., held a 15-pin lead through five frames, then struck on his next four balls. Stayrook, seeking his second victory, rolled seven consecutive strikes, forcing Fisher to throw a strike on his first ball in the 10th frame. Fisher struck and then knocked down nine pins, earning the $27,000 first prize and a three-year exemption into the Firestone Tournament of Champions.

Winning form Senior midfielder Mike Miller scored the second goal of his college career to give Rutgers a 1-0 victory over Evansville in the first semifinal game of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Championships in Tampa, Fla. In the second semifinal, UCLA and North Carolina State played 120 minutes of scoreless soccer before the Bruins outshot the Wolfpack, 5-3, on penalty kicks to advance to the championship.

Figure skating

Vasili Eremenko of the Soviet Union won the men's singles at the World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary, giving the Soviets their third gold in four events. American Scott Davis finished fourth after skating the free program to Soviet folk dances.

Figure skating

Olympic gold-medal winner Uwe-Jens Mey of Germany scored his first World Cup victory of the season, winning the 500-meter sprint at Heerenveen, the Netherlands, in 36.71 seconds. Second was Andrej Bakhvalov of the Soviet Union, in 37.31. In the 1,500-meter race, 1989 all-around world champion Johann-Olav Koss of Norway finished in a tie with Ben van den Burg. Both finished in 1:55.17.

Ski jumping

Austria's Andreas Felder put together jumps of 87 and 85 meters, logging 226.5 points, to edge defending champion Ari-Pekka Nikkola of Finland and win the 70-meter competition at the Subaru Ski Jump International in Lake Placid, N.Y. Using a new format, the entire field of 70 jumped for distance only on the first round. The top 35 advanced to the second round, where they were scored for style and distance. Jim Holland of Norwich, Vt., was the highest-finishing American, in 18th place. He put together consecutive jumps of 79.5 meters and received 195.7 points.

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