USGA grants Nicklaus U.S. Open exemption
Jack Nicklaus, a four-time winner of the U.S. Open, yesterday was granted one of eight exemptions from qualifying for the 1991 U.S. Open.
The exemptions were announced by the United States Golf Association at its annual meeting at Minneapolis.
By playing this year at the Hazeltine National Course in Chaska, Minn., Nicklaus, the U.S. Open champion in 1962, 1967, 1972, and 1980, will compete in his 35th consecutive Open, extending his record.
The seven foreign players awarded exemptions were Rodger Davis and Mike Harwood of Australia; Bernhard Langer, Germany; Mark McNulty, Zimbabwe; Jumbo Ozaki, Japan; Ronan Rafferty, Ireland, and Ian Woosnam, Wales.
Brian Voss beat Mark Thayer, 50-45, in a two-frame roll-off to win the ARC Pinole Open and his 10th Professional Bowlers Association title at Pinole, Calif.
Voss, from Boca Raton, Fla., rolled past three opponents to get to the title game, which ended in a 179-179 tie. Thayer, of Lafayette, Ind., led by five pins going into the ninth frame. Voss struck in the ninth. He then spared and got nine on his final ball. Thayer, who needed a mark and eight pins to capture his first PBA title, left a difficult 2-4-10 split, but made it. He left three pins standing on his final ball for the tie.
Robbie Keen of California kicked a 24-yard field goal with 2 minutes, 17 seconds remaining and the West defeated the East, 24-21, in the 66th annual East-West Shrine game at Stanford, Calif.
The East team trailed from the opening minutes until Henry Jones of Illinois intercepted a pass by San Diego State's Dan McGwire and ran 39 yards for a touchdown, tying the score at 21 with 2:32 left in the third quarter. Roman Phifer, a linebacker from UCLA, intercepted a halfback pass by Louisiana State's Harvey Williams at the East 41 to set up the West's final drive.
Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko of the Soviet Union won the ice dance title for the third consecutive time at the European Championships at Sofia, Bulgaria. A first-place finish in free dance moved them past the French pair of Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay, who led after the original dance part of the competition.
rTC Maia Usova and Aleksandr Zhulin of the Soviet Union finished third in the ice dance and third overall.
France's Surya Bonaly took the women's championship and Viktor Petrenko of the Soviet Union successfully defended his men's title.
The threat of terrorism and sharply higher air fares may keep the World Cup ski tour from coming to North America in March. Officials of the tour and the International Ski Federation said that a final decision would be made this week following talks with officials of national federations.
Eric Demetz, who heads the World Cup tour, said North American meets were jeopardized by a number of problems, rising fares among them. He said airline companies, in a security measure, were requesting delivery of skis and other equipment at least three days before the flights. He said the races would be rescheduled for European sites if the decision to avoid North America is made.
The North American events on the tour are men's and women's races in Aspen, Colo., March 8-10; Lake Louise in Canada, March and March 16-17; Vail, Colo., March 16-17; Waterville Valley, N.H., March 20-24.
* Petra Kronberger overcame a slow start to win the women's downhill at the World Alpine Championships at Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria. Kronberger, an Austrian who is favored in all five events at the championships, finished in 1 minute, 29.12 seconds to defeat Frenchwoman Nathalie Bouvier by nearly half a second.
Bouvier's time of 1:29.56 on the 2,361-meter Aster course, which had a drop of 730 meters, was seven-hundredths of a second faster than bronze medalist Svetlana Gladishiva of the Soviet Union.
Hilary Lindh, the only American competing in the race, finished 26th with a time of 1:32.44.
Track and field
Michael Johnson sprinted to victory in the 200-meter race and broke his American mark in an international meet at Lievin, France. Johnson was timed at 20.55 seconds as he scored the only victory by an American. His previous best was 20.59. Nikolay Antonov of the Soviet Union was second, followed by American Dennis Mitchell.
Eric Perrot of France beat world record holder Lee MacRae of the United States in the 60 meters. Perrot was timed at 6.70, with MacRae trailing at 6.72. Senegal's Charles Seck came in third.
Soviets won every women's event. Inessa Kravets took the long jump, Galinia Malchuniga the 60 meters, Lyudmila Narochilenko the 60-meter hurdles, and Marina Shmonina the 400 meters.
* Sonia O'Sullivan of Villanova set a world best in the 5,000 meter run at the Boston University Terrier Classic track meet Friday night. O'Sullivan was timed in 15:17.28, beating the previous best of 15:22.64, set by Lynn Jennings in January 1990.
Stefania Antonini of Italy may have made soccer history when she drew a one-game suspension from the Union of European Football Associations for committing a gross foul. Antonini is believed to be the first woman player in UEFA history to be disciplined by the federation's control and disciplinary commission.
Spain's Carlos Sainz took the lead in the 59th Monte Carlo Rally, leading by less than a minute after the first day. Sainz, driving a Toyota, captured three of the six individual stages, putting himself ahead in the first rally of the year which counts for the World Championship, which he won last year.
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