Italy, New Zealand sail into Cup finalIn semifinals devoid...

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May 11, 1991

Italy, New Zealand sail into Cup final

In semifinals devoid of tactics, Italy's Il Moro di Venezia III routed its stablemate and New Zealand repelled Nippon yesterday off San Diego to reach the final of the first International America's Cup Class World Championship.

The final will be sailed today. The world championship is the first formal competition for the IACC boats, which replaced the 12-meter class used in the America's Cup from 1958-87.

Il Moro di Venezia III, sailed by Paul Cayard, beat Il Moro di Venezia I and John Kolius by 7 minutes, 46.5 seconds in the first match.

New Zealand had a similarly big lead over Nippon before developing rigging trouble. The Kiwis lost most of a 7:25 advantage, but held on to win by 2:09.4.

Tennis

Top-seeded Monica Seles and second-seeded Gabriela Sabatini advanced to the semifinals of the Italian Open in Rome, but third-seeded Martina Navratilova lost to Conchita Martinez of Spain, 6-3, 6-4.

Seles beat Leila Meshki of the Soviet Union, 6-0, 6-1, and Sabatini defeated Jennifer Capriati, 6-0, 6-2. Sabatini will face Martinez, and Seles will play fourth-seeded Mary Joe Fernandez.

* Stefan Edberg, No. 1 in the ATP rankings, was upset by hometown favorite Michael Stich, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), in the German Open quarterfinals in Hamburg.

* Seventh-seeded Jaime Yzaga pulled out a surprise 7-6, 6-1, victory over top-seeded Michael Chang in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Courts Tennis Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

Pro basketball

A source close to Pat Riley told the New York Daily News that the former Los Angeles Lakers coach loves his broadcasting job at NBC so much that he will not leave to become head coach of the New York Knicks.

But Riley told Newsday yesterday that he still is interested in the job.

* Dallas Mavericks forward Roy Tarpley was given two weeks to decide on an attorney who will represent him on assault charges stemming from the beating in Houston of a woman who claims to be his girlfriend.

Tarpley, 26, appeared briefly before Harris County Criminal Court Judge Michael Peters and entered an innocent plea at his arraignment on charges of assault with intent to do bodily injury.

Golf

Eduardo Romero of Argentina matched Seve Ballesteros' day-old course record with a 63 and took a two-shot lead over Ballesteros in the Spanish Open in Madrid. Romero finished 36 holes with a 131 total.

College football

The National Collegiate Athletic Association continues to investigate Howard University's football program for eligibility problems under former coach Willie Jeffries, school officials said.

The focus of the probe centers on violations the school reported to the NCAA in the spring of 1989 after its own investigation, said Francis Smith, an attorney for Howard.

The internal investigation revealed 30 members of the football team played during what was supposed to be their redshirt season while Jeffries was coach of the Division I-AA school.

* Two Southern Cal football players and another man were ordered to stand trial on felony charges stemming from a string of robberies near automated bank teller machines.

West Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Richard Berry ruled after a two hour preliminary hearing that there was enough evidence to prosecute cornerback Marcel Brown, safety Howard McCowan and Garlyn Coleman, a baseball player at Los Angeles Southwest College.

Auto racing

Jimmy Hensley led 13 drivers who broke a year-old track record in qualifying for the $138,885 Pontiac 200 NASCAR Grand National race at Pennsylvania International Raceway in Nazareth, Pa.

Hensley, of Ridgeway, Va., turned a 126.205 mph lap in an Oldsmobile on the mile oval, breaking Davey Allison's mark of 124.146.

Pro football

The National Football League Players Association on Tuesday filed suit in Superior Court in Washington seeking a temporary restraining order against Pro Set, the official card of the NFL. The suit asks for the recall of all series I Pro Set card packs and boxes, including those already sold. Dallas-based Pro Set's football cards have been available for about three weeks.

The NFLPA wants 13 cards that show its logo on the back removed from the series and destroyed because the players pictured aren't association members.

Bowling

John Mazza won all eight of his games to secure the No. 1 seed for today's finals of the Professional Bowlers Association $125,000 Fresno (Calif.) Open. Mazza was one win short of tying the PBA's 24-game match-play record of 22-2.

Diving

Australian Simon McCormack scored an upset victory on the 1-meter springboard at the Alamo International in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

McCormack, who finished eighth at the World Championships in Perth, earned his title by beating two premier U.S. divers, Mark Bradshaw and Mark Lenzi.

Baseball

A woman fatally shot by former Texas Rangers president Mike Stone yesterday morning had been implicated in a church break-in hours earlier, Fort Worth, Texas, police said.

Kenice Miller, 46, was shot once in the neck with a .38-caliber handgun after she ignored Stone's warnings to "get the hell out" and kept climbing a staircase toward his bedroom, police said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 5 a.m.

Boxing

Michael Carbajal (21-0) retained his International Boxing Federation light-flyweight title with a 12-round decision over Hector Luis Patri (41-23-11) of Argentina in Davenport, Iowa.

Bowling

John Mazza rolled a 300-game to take the lead through five rounds of the PBA Fresno (Calif.) Open. Mazza, who began just two pins behind Marshall Holman, totaled 8,084 pins.

Brian Berg moved into second, 222 pins behind Mazza. Berg is seeking his first championship round appearance.

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