Bubka breaks outdoor pole-vault markSergei Bubka of the...

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May 07, 1991

Bubka breaks outdoor pole-vault mark

Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union broke his world outdoor record in the pole vault in Shizuoka, Japan, yesterday, clearing 19 feet, 11 inches. Bubka, 27, the first pole vaulter to clear 20 feet -- he did it indoors this year -- had set the outdoor record of 19-10 1/2 on July 10, 1988, at Nice, France. Bubka's indoor record is 20-1.

* LaVonna Martin, the top-ranked American women's 100-meter hurdler, is an "innocent victim" of a doping violation and should apply for early reinstatement from a two-year suspension, a hearing panel for The Athletics Congress said. TAC, the national governing body for track and field, also suspended men's 400-meter hurdler Jon Copeland of Seton Hall for three months, also for a doping violation.

Martin, ranked sixth in the world and last year's national champion in the 100 hurdles and third at the Goodwill Games, tested positive for the banned diuretic furosemide Jan. 23. The test was part of TAC's year-round, out-of-competition program.

* Olympic medalist Butch Reynolds, banned from competition for two years because of a positive drug test, asked a federal appeals court in Cincinnati yesterday to allow him to resume his track career. The world record-holder at 400 meters tested positive for an anabolic steroid following a meet in Monte Carlo last August. The sanction was imposed by The Athletic Congress, the governing body for track and field in the United States.

"The issue is whether Mr. Reynolds is entitled to due process," attorney John Gall of Columbus told a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He said Reynolds was appealing to the court because he could not get a fair hearing from TAC.

Pro basketball

New Jersey Nets forward Derrick Coleman, who led all first-year players in scoring and rebounding, was named National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year. Coleman, the No. 1 pick in last year's draft, will pocket $200,000 in contract incentives for winning the award.

Coleman had 40 games in which he scored in double figures in points and rebounds, 32 games of 20 or more points and 42 of 10 or more rebounds. He wound up averaging 18.4 points and 10.3 rebounds.

* The second game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between Boston and Detroit will be played Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Boston Garden to avoid back-to-back games. The first game is tonight. The Garden is available tomorrow night, but Celtics officials want to avoid back-to-back games. The Garden is booked Thursday night for Game 5 of the Boston Bruins-Pittsburgh Penguins National Hockey League playoff series and Friday night for a figure-skating show.

* The Portland Trail Blazers announced plans to construct an arena seating 16,000 to 20,000, to be completed by the start of the 1994-95 season. Their current home, the Memorial Coliseum, seats 12,884.

* Dallas Mavericks officials say they'll withhold judgment on Roy Tarpley's status with the team until charges that he beat a woman who claims to be his girlfriend are settled.

Horse racing

Bill Shoemaker, who retired as the winningest jockey in history, will not be prosecuted for driving under the influence of alcohol in a car accident that left him paralyzed, a Los Angeles district attorney's spokeswoman said.

Shoemaker, now undergoing treatment in a Denver hospital that specializes in spinal cord injuries, had a blood-alcohol level of .13 at the time of the accident on April 8, authorities said. The legal limit in California is .08.

Pro football

Stan Gelbaugh passed for three touchdowns and Jeff Alexander ran for two, as the visiting London Monarchs beat the San Antonio Riders, 38-15, last night to remain unbeaten in the World League of American Football. Gelbaugh rallied from two first-quarter interceptions to complete 18 of 26 passes, including 12 in a row, for 156 yards.


Bill Koch's America-3 won the third race of the qualifying rounds of the International America's Cup Class world championships in San Diego, shaking the jinx that had hampered the boat in the pre-worlds practice races and in the first race of this series.

The 2-week-old boat, which was forced out of the pre-worlds with a cracked boom and out of the first race of the worlds when deck hardware pulled loose, sailed across the finish line 52 seconds ahead of New Zealand. Nippon, the Japanese boat, was third.

New Zealand was seeking its second straight victory in the five-race series for the new International America's Cup Class yachts.

Although knocked into second, New Zealand moved into the lead in the series standings that determine the four qualifiers for Friday's semifinals. It has 5.75 points, according to the system which awards low points to the top finishers. Il Moro de Venezia III, which led the standings after two days, slipped to second with 9.75 points after placing seventh in the race.


David Nocar of Chartwell Country Club had five birdies in a 5-under back-nine 31 to finish with a 4-under 67 and win the 23rd annual Poor Robert's invitation golf tournament by three strokes at Bretton Woods Recreation Center in Germantown. Tim Vigotsky of Chantilly National G&CC and Pat Tallent of Congressional CC shared second place, and three others matched par, including defender Randy Morris of Old South CC.

Middle Atlantic Golf Association Seniors champion Dick Stearns of Port America won the Legends division (55-over) with a 74, edging Maryland State Amateur champion Charlie Harris of the Country Club of Maryland, 75.

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