Baltimore player falls in USTA quarterfinals

Sports briefly

December 31, 1990

Mike Castrilli from Baltimore was eliminated by Vaidas Cikotas, 6-4, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Tennis Association National Amateur Indoor Tennis Championships yesterday at Greenspring Racquet Club.

In another men's singles quarterfinal, top-seeded Ron Mercer defeated No. 9 seed Peter Langone, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

In the women's quarterfinals, Laura Suttile defeated Susan Klingenberg of Hampstead, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. In another quarterfinal, top-seeded Shawn McCarthy was upset by eighth-seeded Jill Craybas, 0-6, 7-5, 6-2. Craybas overcame a 0-6, 1-5 deficit.

* Jakob Hlasek overpowered Pat Cash in straight sets to guide Switzerland to a 3-0 victory over Australia in the quarterfinals of the Hopman Cup team championship at the Burswood Superdome in Perth, Australia. Hlasek combined power and touch to beat former Wimbledon champion Cash, 6-2, 6-4, to give Switzerland an unbeatable lead. Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere earlier took just 45 minutes to beat Liz Smylie, 6-0, 6-0, and she later combined with Hlasek to win the mixed doubles, 8-6, over Cash and Smylie.

Yugoslavia beat the Soviet Union, 2-1, as Monica Seles defeated Natalia Zvereva, 6-2, 6-1, and Andrei Chesnokov came back for the Soviets to beat Goran Prpic, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-2, but Prpic and Seles combined to beat Chesnokov and Zvereva, 7-5, 6-4.

Switzerland, the No. 3 seed in the 12-nation tournament, will face either the top-seeded United States or Germany in the semifinals. France, which upset defending champion Spain in the quarterfinals Saturday night, will play Yugoslavia in the other semifinal.

* Pam Shriver of Lutherville takes another step in her comeback today with a first-round match against Akiko Kijimuta of Japan in the Danone Open in Brisbane, Australia. Shriver, formerly ranked as high as No. 3, has dropped to 66th after a succession of injuries.

She is unseeded in the tournament, which she won in 1983 and 1988. Shriver had shoulder surgery in June.

"I really don't know what to expect this week," she said. "It is a mystery. All I know is it is one of the many little steps I have to take to regain full fitness. I'm prepared mentally. Now, I just have to get my body fully fit."

College basketball

A 10-month investigation into allegations of point-shaving by North Carolina State players has uncovered little evidence, with two key sources softening earlier incriminating statements, attorneys say.

Wake (N.C.) County District Attorney Colon Willoughby Jr. said: "The information that we have uncovered and that New Jersey has made available to us makes me think that right now it's not appropriate to initiate any prosecution," he said.

Meanwhile, two key sources in ABC's original point-shaving report have divorced themselves from the allegations, The News and Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday. Former N.C. State player Kelsey Weems has told investigators that he was misrepresented in the interview and that he never participated in point-shaving, his attorney said. A second person featured in the report, Angelo Carvana, reportedly has retracted his statement about point-shaving.

* Hank Gathers' mother, who says Loyola Marymount booster Albert Gersten gave her son improper cash payments, also saw the man give basketball teammate Bo Kimble money, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Lawyer Bruce Fagel, representing the Gathers family in a wrongful death suit against Loyola and 13 other defendants, said university officials knew about the improper payments and encouraged the deal by ignoring it.

"In Lucille Gathers' testimony, in her deposition, she says she saw Albert Gersten going around a dinner table after a game, peeling off money and giving it to the players," Fagel said. Kimble wouldn't comment on the allegation.

Wrestling

Navy's bid to win its second straight Sunshine Open team title in Tampa, Fla., fell short, as the Midshipmen placed second behind Army, 84.25-79.25. Navy senior heavyweight Brett Bourne captured his weight class for the second straight year, edging Army's E.J. Pasteur, 2-1, in overtime.

Auto racing

Three-time champion Ari Vatanen of Finland took the lead after the short prologue of the 13th Paris-Dakar Rally. Vatanen, in a Citroen, toured the twisting 2.3-mile course in Clermont-Ferrand, France, in 3 minutes, 45 seconds to put him seven seconds ahead of Swede Ken Erickson's Mitsubishi Pajero. Erickson had a one-second margin over France's Pierre Lartigue, also in a Pajero.

Winter sports

Olympic champion Jens Weissflog of Germany soared 107 and 106.5 meters, winning the first leg of a four-hill World Cup ski jumping tour in Oberstdorf, Germany.

* Klaus Sulzenbacher of Austria won the World Cup Nordic combined competition in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, by overtaking Norway's Fred Boerre Lundberg on the 15-kilometer cross-country course.

He got his

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