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February 24, 1991

Gansler quits as coach of U.S. soccer team

Bob Gansler quit as coach of the U.S. national soccer team yesterday, two days after an embarrassing, 1-0 loss to Bermuda. Gansler, who took over the U.S. team in January 1989, led the Americans to the World Cup for the first time in 40 years, but had just a 14-17-5 overall record.

He had been criticized for employing conservative tactics, and Alan Rothenberg, the U.S. Soccer Federation president, had stated he was seeking a replacement with international experience.

Gansler will become the USSF's national director of coaching and player development. John Kawolski, the coach of Robert Morris College and the U.S. indoor team, will take over as coach of the national team on an interim basis. Federations officials said they hope to have a permanent successor within 30-60 days.

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Track and field

A team from the Soviet Union set a world indoor best in the women's 1,600-meter relay with a time of 3 minutes, 28.80 seconds at the Six Nations meet in Paris. The Soviet team was made up of Aelita Iurchenko, Ljudmila Szhigalova, Marina Shomonina and Margarita Ponomaerva.

* Terri Campbell of Towson State and Lance Hess of Rider were named the outstanding performers, as Delaware (women) and Rider (men) won team titles in the East Coast Conference championships at the University of Delaware. Campbell, a senior won the high jump and triple jump, and was fifth in the 55-meter hurdles, and Hess won the 3,000 and 5,000.

Baseball

Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dick Hall is in satisfactory condition at Union Memorial Hospital, suffering from a blood clot in his left leg. Hall was admitted to the hospital Friday.

Running

Colin Corkey of Needham, Mass., and the Boston Athletic Association, took the lead at the halfway mark and won the New York Road Runners Club Metropolitan Athletics Congress 50-mile championship in 5 hours, 50 minutes, 14 seconds, at Central Park. Jeff Kinte of Aberdeen trailed by 5 miles in 6:28:05.

Tennis

Top-seeded Ivan Lendl defeated Derrick Rostagno, 6-3, 6-2, to coast into the championship match of the $750,000 Volvo Indoor in Memphis, Tenn. Lendl, ranked third in the world, took 72 minutes to eliminate Rostagno, the No. 11 seed and ranked 42nd in the world.

Lendl meets the winner of last night's match between No. 5 seed Michael Chang and No. 7 Michael Stich in the final today.

* Jonas Svensson saved a match point and rallied to beat Guy Forget and set up an all-Swedish final against Stefan Edberg at the $1 million Eurocard Classic in Stuttgart, Germany. Svensson ended Forget's bid for a third tournament triumph this year and ** the second in a row with a 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 victory. Edberg, the No. 1 player in the world, beat Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands, 6-4, 6-4.

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Golf

Great Britain's Nick Faldo, seeking an unprecedented third consecutive championship, heads a list of 94 golfers extended invitations to the 55th Masters tournament April 11-14. The invitees included 72 U.S. professionals and three amateurs and 17 international professionals and two amateurs.

Thirteen players were extended their first invitations to participate in the season's first major championship, including U.S. touring pros Jay Don Blake, Billy Ray Brown, Jim Gallagher, Nolan Henke, Loren Roberts and Brian Tennyson and international pros Steve Elkington of Australia and Frankie Minoza of the Philippines. Phil Mickelson, the 1990 U.S. Amateur champion, also was invited.

Speed skating

Uwe-Jen Mey of Germany won the men's 500-meter event at the World Speed Skating Championships in Inzell, Germany, and American Don Jansen finished third. Mey, the 1988 Olympic champion, was the only skater to stay under 37 seconds with a time of 36.96.

Three-time world champion Igor Shelesovski of the Soviet Union finished second at 37.11, followed by Jansen at 37.23. Christine Aaftink of the Netherlands won the women's 500 meters in 40.70.

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College wrestling

No. 14 Navy (19-2) continued its dominance of Army (11-5) with a 19-13 victory at West Point, N.Y., marking the 29th straight year the Midshipmen have not lost to the Cadets. Navy opened an 11-2 lead, Army tied it at 11, and Navy won it when Steve Cantrell won at 177, Rob Holmberg at 190 and Brett Bourne drew with E.J. Pasteur at heavyweight.

* Western Maryland finished eighth (48 1/4 points) out of 18 teams at the 53rd Middle Atlantic Conference championships at Haverford, Pa. Its top showing was by sophomore Tony Spagnola (20-3-1), who lost in the 158-pound final to four-time MAC champion and two-time Outstanding Wrestler Mark Ambrose of Delaware Valley by a fall at 4 minutes, 42 seconds.

Gymnastics

Michelle Reyes of Navy (2-4) won the vault (9.35), uneven bars (9.55), balance beam (9.55) and the all-around (37.35), but the Midshipmen lost a women's meet to West Chester in Annapolis, 175.55-173.95.

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