Spitz loses to Biondi by two seconds
Mark Spitz lost again in his comeback yesterday, as Matt Biondi beat the former Olympic champion in the 50-meter butterfly in Mission Viejo, Calif. Biondi, an 1988 Olympic silver medalist, swam the race in 24.51 seconds in his attempt to break the world record of 24.39. Spitz, winner of seven Olympic gold medals nearly 20 years ago, swam in 26.51.
Spitz, 41, lost to Tom Jager on April 13 in the first race of his comeback. Jager finished in 24.92 seconds, and Spitz clocked 26.70 in the 50-meter butterfly.
7/8 Iley Evans, president of the Caldwell Parish Country Club in Columbia, La., says he never told the club manager to bar a student golfer from a high school match there because the golfer is black. He called the incident a misunderstanding.
Evans, who also is an assistant district attorney in the 37th Judicial District, said he told club manager Bill McGee to cancel a three-school tournament April 17 because the club's board of directors had not approved the match -- a procedure that is required in the club's bylaws.
McGee, however, told the St. Fredrick High School coach that Dondre Green, 17, could not play because of a club policy barring blacks from playing on the course. The St. Fredrick team voted to walk off the course, but the Caldwell Parish High School and Jena High School teams played the tournament. On the day of the tournament, McGee said: "If it was up to me, I would have let the kid play. But, when I asked Iley Evans, he said, 'Definitely not.' "
* Second-round leaders Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki and Hideto Shigenobu of Japan and Roger Mackay of Australia shot 4-under-par 68s to remain in the lead front after three rounds in the Dunlop Open in Inamachi, Japan.
* Spain's Miguel Angel Martin moved closer to his first career victory on the PGA European Tour with a 5-under-par 67 to open a three-shot lead after three rounds of the Madrid Open.
George Foreman's manager and brother, Ray, said the heavyweight has a guaranteed offer of $6 million to fight any top 10 contender in what would be the first professional bout in China. The proposed match would be staged later this year. Foreman recently was beaten by heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and will decide soon whether he'll retire.
* The International Boxing Federation ended a five-year ban on title fights in South Africa, the latest step in the country's return to international sports competition. A two-man IBF team announced its decision after meetings with South African sports officials and members of the African National Congress, the main black opposition movement. "South Africa is moving in the right direction," said one of the delegates, IBF presidential liaison Bobby Lee Jr.
Loyola College (9-6) broke away from a tie at 8 with three successive goals, the last with 8 minutes, 5 seconds left, and held off Towson State (7-5) at Curley Field, 12-10. Tricia Goodman led Loyola with four goals, including two in the breakaway stretch, and an assist, and Colleen Anderson added three goals, boosting her team highs to 35 goals and 50 points. Gina Daniel had three goals and Kelly Bush, three assists, becoming the school's all-time single-season leader with 33.
Boris Becker advanced to the third clay-court final of his career with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Yugoslavia's Goran Prpic at the Monte Carlo Open. Becker, who has won five Grand Slam titles on fast surfaces -- three on grass at Wimbledon plus hard-court titles at the U.S. and Australian opens -- never has won a tournament on clay.
Becker's opponent in the final will be Sergei Bruguera of Spain, who beat Horst Skoff of Austria, 6-1, 6-4, in the other semifinal. Bruguera is the hottest player on clay this season with a 15-1 match record, including a straight-sets victory over Becker in Barcelona, Spain, two weeks ago.
* Third-seeded Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere defeated Aranxta Sanchez Vicario, and Conchita Martinez beat Nathalie Tauziat to move into the final of the WTA Seat Open tournament in Barcelona. The Bulgarian-born Maleeva-Fragniere, now a resident of Switzerland, won, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, as second-seeded Sanchez fell to more consistent play. Martinez also took three sets with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 win over Tauziat, who had upset Martina Navratilova on Friday.
7/8 Sophomore quarterback Jason Van Matre passed for two touchdowns and rushed for 99 yards in leading the Gold squad to a 26-7 win over the Blue squad in the annual Blue-Gold Game ending Navy's spring practice. Van Matre was 6-for-12 passing for 81 yards. Blue quarterback Brian Ellis completed four of 12 passes for 48 yards and was intercepted twice.