Agassi upset in Italian Open 1st roundUnseeded Eric Jelen...

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May 15, 1991

Agassi upset in Italian Open 1st round

Unseeded Eric Jelen of Germany stunned second-seeded American Andre Agassi, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), in a first-round Italian Open match last night in Rome.

Top seed Boris Becker withdrew and returned home to Germany to consult his doctor about a back injury he suffered 10 days ago.

In other upsets: No. 10 seed Michael Stich was eliminated by Mark Koevermans of the Netherlands, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; No. 12 Guillermo Perez-Roldan was ousted by fellow Argentine Christian Miniussi; and No. 16 Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia lost to Italian qualifier Massimo Cierro.

* Three-time French Open champion Ivan Lendl said he intends to play in this month's Grand Slam tournament despite having had hand surgery Monday. A small incision was made at the base of Lendl's thumb on his right hand to remove scar tissue. Only one stitch was needed.

* Yvonne Smart of Columbia lost to Jan Bailey of Highland Village, Texas, 6-3, 6-0, in the women's quarterfinals of the U.S. Tennis Association's 30-and-over championships in Oceanside, N.Y.

* Terry Solins of Owings Mills defeated Simmie Pell of Washington, 6-1, 6-2, to win the Mid-Atlantic 35-and-over women's championship Monday night at the Cabin John Indoor tennis club in Rockville. Solins turned back Margaret Russo of Vienna, Va., 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, to reach the finals.

Pro football

The seven members of the National Football League's expansion and realignment committee will meet today in New York with commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who has said the league will expand by 1993.

The members -- Art Modell of the Cleveland Browns, Dan Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hugh Culverhouse of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ed DeBartolo of the San Francisco 49ers, Norman Braman of the Philadelphia Eagles and Tom Benson and Jim Finks of the New Orleans Saints -- will present a report to all the owners next week in Minneapolis.

Braman, Finks and Culverhouse have said they favor expansion in 1993; Rooney has said he wants to wait until 1994; Modell has said he has an open mind; and DeBartolo, who wants to expand by four teams when the league does expand, and Benson have said they have concerns about the economy and the ownership structure.


The Ladies Professional Golf Association announced it will require that tournaments be held only at courses or clubs that do not discriminate in their membership policies on the basis of race, religion, gender or national origin.

Tournament sites that do not conform to the policy will be given until their 1992 event to conform or be dropped from the calendar, LPGA deputy commissioner Jim Webb said.

* Mike McGinnis and Craig Rhoderick of Holly Hills Country Club combined for 30-3363 at Hog Neck Golf Course in Easton to win the Middle Atlantic Pro-Superintendent tournament for the third straight year.


Evander Holyfield says his business partner and estranged manager manipulated him into buying his car business and then hid the dealership's decline from him until he was in severe financial trouble.

In his first comments since his business was placed in receivership, the heavyweight boxing champion told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was duped into an investment that will require $1.5 million to rescue.

In the past month, Holyfield has sued and been countersued by business partner Herb Newton over the demise of Evander Holyfield Buick-Subaru in the south Atlanta suburb of Morrow.

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