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April 05, 1991

Meskhi upsets Capriati in Family Circle tennis

Ninth-seed Leila Meskhi rallied yesterday to upset Jennifer Capriati, a finalist last year, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the third round of the Family Circle Magazine Cup in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

* Michael Chang struggled to a 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 victory over South African Christo Van Rensburg and became the only seeded player left in the Hong Kong Open.

* Defending champion Brad Gilbert moved into the quarterfinals of the $225,000 Prudential Securities Tennis Classic in Orlando, Fla. Gilbert, seeded third, defeated Germany's Patrick Baur, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). Longtime trainer Oscar Sosa Barrera Jr. was listed in "extremely critical condition" at a hospital after he collapsed at Aqueduct in New York.

The 62-year-old trainer, brother of Hall of Fame trainer Laz Barrera, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in severe respiratory distress after being stricken after the sixth race.

* Jockey Chris McCarron, who rode 1987 Kentucky Derby champion Alysheba and winners of more than 5,000 other races, has chosen to ride 2-1 favorite Dinard in Saturday's $500,000 Santa Anita Derby.

* Fred Capossela, one of the most well-known racetrack announcers for five decades, died Wednesday night at his home in Upland, Calif. He was 88.

Capossela, who worked the New York thoroughbred tracks for 37 years, suffered a stroke Saturday and another stroke Wednesday.


Jurors in Tampa, Fla., listened to taped telephone conversations that prosecutors say link Minnesota Vikings kicker Donald Igwebuike to an attempt to smuggle heroin into the United States from Nigeria.

Although there's no specific mention of drugs on the tapes, recorded last October after two men arrested in Florida implicated Igwebuike, a key government witness testified he and the football player were discussing a narcotics shipment.

Igwebuike, 32, faces up to 120 years in prison and $6 million in fines if convicted.

Track and field

Sprinter Butch Reynolds' request for a court order to allow him to run in races while he challenges a two-year suspension for alleged steroid use was turned down by a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected Reynolds' request for a stay.

Pro football

The National Football League Players Association is contributing $500,000 to a fund to assist retired players who face catastrophic illnesses or other personal crises.

Frank Woschitz, spokesman for the dormant union, said its board of directors board voted to donate $100,000 a year for five years to the Players Assistance Trust Fund. Woschitz said the fund, organized a year ago, has raised $75,000 already and has set a goal of half a million dollars in the next year.


World Boxing Council super welterweight champion Terry Norris, who recently beat Sugar Ray Leonard, will fight former champion Donald Curry on June 1 in Palm Springs, Calif.

* A rematch between Hector "Macho" Camacho and Greg Haugen for the World Boxing Organization's junior welterweight crown has been scheduled for May 18 in Reno, Nev.

Auto racing

Geoff Bodine wasn't as fast as a year ago, but he was quick enough yesterday to earn his second straight pole for the TranSouth 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

Bodine, who set the track qualifying record of 162.996 mph last year, turned in a fast lap of 161.939 mph in a Ford to earn the pole for Sunday's race.

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