Bowe fells Biggs twice in eighth for victory
Heavyweight contender Riddick Bowe dropped a bloodied Tyrell Biggs twice with a savage series of right uppercuts and overhands and stopped him in the eighth round of a heavyweight fight yesterday in Atlantic City, N.J.
Referee Frank Capuccino stopped the bout at 2 minutes, 17 seconds of the eighth after Biggs (19-4) hit the canvas for the second time, going down under a flurry of rights from Bowe (22-0).
Biggs had tried to withstand the onslaught after going down the first time from a stiff right to the head. He struggled up at the count of eight, and then was unable to keep Bowe off him. Also on the card, former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champ Dwight Muhammad Qawi stopped Bert Gravley in the third round.
Top seed Ivan Lendl beat Swede Anders Jarryd, 7-5, 6-4, to advance to the final of the $450,000 ABN Amro World tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Lendl, ranked third in the world, fought fiercely throughout the first set of the semifinal, often struggling against Jarryd's stinging backhand slices.
Lendl will face Italian Omar Camporese, who beat Dutchman Paul Haarhuis, 7-6, 2-6, 7-6, in the final.
* Seventh-seeded Patrick McEnroe, returning first serves with well-placed passing shots, rallied from a first-set loss and reached the final of the Volvo Chicago indoor tournament with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Canada's Grant Connell.
Today's final could match brother against brother. John McEnroe played MaliVai Washington last night in the other semifinal.
* Unseeded Peanut Louie-Harper pulled off a double upset, defeating No. 4 seed Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia and 13th-seeded Katarina Lindqvist of Sweden in the rain-delayed Virginia Slims of Palm Springs, Calif. Louie-Harper finished a rain-delayed second-round match by defeating Sukova, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7), then eliminated Lindqvist, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
In another second-round upset, 12th-seeded Lori McNeil of Houston was defeated by unseeded Karin Kschwendt of Luxembourg, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3).
Goucher College has dedicated its new, $7 million Sports and Recreation Center. The 50,000-square-foot athletic facility, in the works for more than a decade, features a basketball floor large enough for roll-back bleachers on either side and provides ample room for intramural activities.
The gym's high ceiling provides an expansiveness unseen in its predecessor, the Lilian Welsh Gymnasium, which sits next door to the new facility.
The center also houses racquetball and squash courts, training and weight rooms, locker rooms, classrooms and offices.
Outside, it has a fieldstone facade similar to other campus buildings.
* North Carolina-Charlotte and South Florida will be invited to join the Metro Conference as early as next week, the Roanoke Times & World-News reported today. The formal announcement likely will be Friday, the newspaper said.
Track and field
Mount St. Mary's sophomore Rob Pendergist won the pentathlon at the IC4A indoor championships at Princeton with 4,041 points. Pendergist won the long jump, placed second in the high jump and 1,000 meters and placed third in the 55-meter hurdles and the shot put. Dave Cooke of Penn State was second with 3,793 points. Pendergist also won the pentathlon last year.
Mark May, an offensive lineman who for nine seasons was a starter for the Washington Redskins and has played in the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl, signed a three-year contract Friday with the San Diego Chargers.
May, 31, was selected by Bobby Beathard, the Redskins general manager from 1978 to 1988 who now holds the same job with the Chargers. With 115 National Football League starts, May will become the senior member of the Chargers offensive line, which used six starters with a career total of 165 starts last season.
"He's been around a successful team, and he has been one of the leaders on that team," Beathard said. "He's tough and competitive. He's the type of guy you win with."
Sled dog racing
A record 75 mushers and more than 1,400 dogs began their trek from downtown Anchorage, Alaska, to Nome under sunny (( skies in the 19th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Temperatures were in the teens and 20s, cooler than the 40-degree-plus temperatures during the week that had participants worrying about their dogs' discomfort and soggy trail conditions along the 1,163-mile route across Alaska.
5/8 Michael Tritscher of Austria won the men's European season slalom finale by a half-second over teammate Thomas Stangassinger in Lillehamer, Norway
Tritscher clocked the fastest times in both runs for a combined time of 1 minute, 52.93 seconds on the Hafjell course, where the 1994 Olympic gate races for men and women will be held. Stangassinger was second-fastest in both runs for a 1:53.41 aggregate. Third went to Paul Accola of Switzerland, who was 1.17 seconds behind the winner.
Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg, the world slalom champion, was fourth and increased his lead in the World Cup overall standings over Alberto Tomba of Italy by 12 points to 73.