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March 04, 1991

John defeats Patrick in McEnroes matchup

John McEnroe said he found no particular joy in beating younger brother Patrick in the battle of the McEnroes yesterday in the final of the Volvo Indoor tennis tournament in Chicago.

"I have incredibly mixed emotions right now," John McEnroe, 32, said after his 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory. "Every emotion you can imagine was there. . . from worrying to how he's doing, to worrying that he might beat you."

Six years ago, John beat Patrick, 6-2, 6-1, in a tournament at Stratton, Vt. This time, John struggled over Patrick, 24. Patrick was in charge after winning the first set, but John called on his experience and an array of shots to square the match and then win.

At several points during the match, John showed frustration over line calls. But he exercised unusual restraint, keeping his temper in check. "I felt it was very important in this situation not to take away from my victory or my defeat with an emotional outburst," he said.

* Unseeded Omar Camporese of Italy upset top-seeded Ivan Lendl, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), winning the ABN Amro World tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Camporese, 22, ranked 42nd in the world, came back from a sluggish start to defeat Lendl, ranked third. The match lasted 2 hours, 48 minutes.

* Top-seeded Monica Seles of Yugoslavia defeated Patricia Hy of Canada, 7-5, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the Virginia Slims of Palm Springs, Calif. Seles struggled in the first set against Hy's forehand winners, but retaliated in the second by taking advantage of unforced errors by Hy.

In the semifinals, Seles is pitted against No. 8 Helen Kelesi of Canada, who advanced with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Peanut Louie-Harper.

Track and field

Merlene Ottey of Jamaica set a world indoor record for the women's 200 meters, clocking 22.24 seconds, and Ben Johnson won the men's 60 meters at an international meet in Sindelfingen, Germany. Ottey clipped .03 of a second off the mark of 22.27 set by Heike Drechsler of Germany on March 7, 1987.

Johnson, running in his eighth race since beginning a comeback in January after a two-year suspension for use of drugs, won the men's 60 in 6.58.

* Linford Christie won a 60 showdown with American Andre Cason and led a British relay team to a world record during a U.S.-Great Britain meet in Glasgow, Scotland.

Christie started the 800 relay team on its way to an indoor record time of 1:22.11, breaking the mark of 1:22.32 set in 1984 by Italy. Earlier, he ran the 60 meters in 6.55, edging Cason, the runner-up in 6.59.

The team of Terri Dendy, Natasha Kaiser, Marilyn Gilliard and Jearl Miles set an American record in the women's indoor 1,600-meter relay. The time of 3 minutes, 34.66 seconds, broke the record of 3:35.92 set by the University of Florida at the 1990 National Collegiate Athletic Association indoor championships.

* Raghib "Rocket" Ismail of Notre Dame, the possible No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft, continued to dominate the 55-meter --, winning at the IC4A indoor meet and stamping himself a strong contender for next weekend's NCAA indoor championships.

Ismail got a great start in the final and easily won in 6.16 seconds, .03 of a second off the meet record set by Lee McRae of Pitt in 1986. George Mason won its third straight team title in the meet. Baltimorean Jerry Roney of George Mason won the 55 hurdles.

College football

Fake prescriptions for steroids have been filled for University of Texas football players and acquaintances at a pharmacy where prescriptions are not verified, The Dallas Morning News reported. A pharmacy near the Texas campus routinely fills drug orders printed on forged prescription slips being sold and used by Longhorns football players, the News said.

Walter Leamons of MD Pharmacy said he does not check drug orders if prescription forms appear legitimate. But after another Austin pharmacist checked a prescription, police on Feb. 21 arrested a non-scholarship quarterback, Brent Beauchamp, who was charged with obtaining the male hormone testosterone using a prescription pad bearing a Duncanville, Texas, physician's name. Beauchamp has refused to tell investigators the source of the forged prescription.


Award-winning sportswriter Shelby Strother of The Detroit News died yesterday, about a week after his illness was diagnosed as liver cancer. He was 44. He came to Detroit in 1985 and had covered most major sporting events for The News, ranging from the World Series and Super Bowl to the Olympics and World Cup soccer. Strother won more than 100 journalism awards, including being named Michigan's top sports columnist by the Associated Press three consecutive years and winning Best of Gannett Sports Columnist three years running.


Navy fell short in its bid to repeat as Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association champion Saturday, placing second behind Syracuse, 125-115. Navy had two champions, Mark Smith at 126 pounds and Brett Bourne at heavyweight.

Sled-dog racing

Alaskan Joe Garnie led a pack of mushers into and out of the fourth checkpoint of the Iditarod sled-dog race in Skwentna, Alaska, under clear skies and over a hard, fast trail. Garnie has run the Iditarod eight times. He took third place in 1984 and second place in 1986.

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