Sabatini beats Seles, wins Italian Open
Gabriela Sabatini beat top-ranked Monica Seles, 6-3, 6-2yesterday in Rome to win her third Italian Open tennis championship.
Sabatini dominated the rain-delayed match, keeping Seles off balance with sharply angled ground strokes and rushes to the net.
Sabatini, ranked third in the world, was leading, 5-3, when rain interrupted play at the Foro Italico.
When the players returned to the court after a 1-hour, 25-minute delay, Sabatini broke Seles to take the first set, then won the first three games of the second set.
* Seventh-seeded Jaime Yzaga defeated Jimmy Arias, 6-3, 7-5, to win the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Charlotte, N.C.
Yzaga, who had not won a tournament title since 1988, did not lose a set all week on the green clay courts. The fifth-seeded Arias has not won a title since 1983.
* Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia lost a two-set lead, then came back and beat Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden to win the German Open in Hamburg.
Novacek outlasted Gustafsson, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 0-6, 6-1, in 2:56 for his second victory of the year and the fifth of his career.
Gustafsson was bidding for his second straight title after winning in Munich last week.
Lynn Jennings broke away from Susan Sirma in the closing stages and raced to an 8-kilometer world record in winning the Nike Women's Race in Washington.
Jennings, the two-time world cross country champion, finished in 25:02, breaking the mark of 25:03 held by Grete Waitz of Norway.
Germany's Rolf Aldag out-sprinted a group of 19 riders to win the third stage in Arlington, Va., and American Greg Oravetz finished second to move into the overall lead of the Tour Du Pont.
Aldag, who rides for Switzerland-based Helvetia, completed the 80-mile Arlington circuit in 2:55:36.
The field faces the only double stage of the 11-day race today During stage 4, the cyclists will progress 87 miles from Fredricksburg, Va., to Richmond, Va. This evening, the entourage will compete in the 32-mile, stage 5 Richmond criterium, a .9-mile circuit in downtown Richmond.
The Boston Celtics' Larry Bird will start in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Detroit Pistons, but the return of Pistons point guard Isiah Thomas remains questionable.
Bird, who often has been absent at practices in the past six weeks because of his chronically injured back, donned his workout gear, as the Celtics went through their paces at The Palace at Auburn Hills to prepare for tonight's game.
An hour earlier, Thomas -- with a sore hamstring, a sprained right foot and a surgically repaired right wrist that caused him to miss 34 regular-season games -- suited up but did not practice.
* Mike Morrison (Loyola College) scored 26 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Erie Wave over the Halifax Windjammers, 114-109, in a World Basketball League game.
Michelle Gilman defeated Lynn Adams, three games to two, at the Merritt Athletic Club/Security to win the Diet Pepsi Women's Professional Racquetball Champions pro tour stop.
David Hoggan scored the game-winning goal early in the fourth quarter and goalkeeper P.J. Johns preserved Cleveland's 4-3 victory over the San Diego Sockers and tied the Major Soccer League championship series, 1-1.
Tony Baker's 6-yard touchdown rallied the Frankfurt Galaxy to a 10-3 victory over the Birmingham Fire in a World League of American Football game in Frankfurt, Germany.
Baker's score with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter broke a 3-3 tie and gave Frankfurt its sixth victory in eight games. The Galaxy are third in the league's European Division, two games behind the undefeated London Monarchs.
Terrence Alli dominated the final round to earn a split decision over Charles Murray and win the United States Boxing Association junior welterweight championship in Rochester, N.Y.
Judge Don Ackerman scored the fight, 115-113, in Alli's favor, and Billy Costello called it, 113-112, for Alli. Judge Don Nodecker scored it, 114-113, for Murray, of Rochester, who had won all 20 of his previous professional bouts, 13 by knockouts.
* A six-bout dinner-boxing card featuring young and old locafighters is scheduled at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie on Wednesday night.
Matchmaker Josh Hall has scheduled eight bouts, including five six-rounders. Annapolis junior welterweight George Pindell (8-2) will meet Elvin Kemp (5-3-1) of Washington in the feature bout. Baltimore sheriff Lou Benson, making yet another comeback, battles Larry Edwards of Cleveland in a cruiserweight match.
Tickets are priced at $35 and $30. The buffet starts at 6 p.m. Fo tickets, call 760-2699.