Johnson fifth in 100-meter returnBen Johnson faded and...

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May 26, 1991

Johnson fifth in 100-meter return

Ben Johnson faded and finished fifth yesterday in his first NTC 100-meter -- since the 1988 Summer Olympics.

American Dennis Mitchell bolted past Johnson halfway through the race and won in 10.18 seconds at an international track and field meet in Granada, Spain.

Johnson got off to a good start, but seemed to tire toward the end and finished in 10.54. Nikolai Antonov of Bulgaria was second in 10.49, followed by Luis Rodriguez of Spain and Patrick Stevens of Belgium. American Calvin Smith was sixth in 10.56.

* Mary Decker Slaney won a race for the first time in two years, holding off PattiSue Plummer in the 1,500 meter run at Bruce Jenner's Symantec Classic in San Jose, Calif.

In the men's 200 meters, Leroy Burrell finished first in 20.02 seconds, equaling the fastest time this year, but his time was ruled to be wind-aided at 2.9 meters per second.

Steve Lewis, a 1988 Olympic gold medalist in the 400 meter and the 4x400 meter relay, finished well in front of seven rivals in 400 meter, clocking 45.28 seconds.

* Navy senior Marty Shue placed eighth in the 3,000 meters at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Women's Championships in San Angelo, Texas. Shue's time of 9 minutes, 49.44 seconds was good enough to earn her All-America status. Junior Rachelle Smith finished ninth in the javelin with a throw of 134 feet, 3 inches. The Black Coaches Association said it will challenge new NCAA regulations that would reduce the number of coaches in college sports. Ron Dickerson, head of the coaches group, said the rules unfairly single out coaches for cuts.

"The NCAA is neglecting to treat coaches as the educators we are," said Dickerson, an assistant football coach at Penn State. "If this was the English department, they wouldn't be cutting down on the number of English professors. We want to be equal with other educators."

The regulations, approved in January and scheduled to take effect in August 1992, would require coaching cutbacks in all sports.


John Mazza routed Parker Bohn III in the championship match of the Professional Bowlers Association's Celebrity Denver Open. Mazza had strikes on nine of his first 10 shots and rolled past Bohn, 269-190. The win was worth $18,000.

It was Mazza's third win of the year and second in three weeks. He captured the Fresno (Calif.) Open two weeks ago. Bohn earned the title berth after getting past Mike Shady, 226-204, in the semifinal. Bohn earned $9,500, and Shady made $7,000.


The United States won three of the last four bouts, including a controversial final decided by penalty points, to salvage a 6-6 tie and end a 15-match dual losing streak to Cuba in Fort Bragg, N.C. It was the first meeting between the countries since 1988.

Super heavyweight Larry Donald of Cincinnati benefited from two penalty points for holding assessed against Cuba's Freddy Rojas by U.S. referee George Benedetto to win a 2-1 decision in the final bout to create the tie.

College football

Auburn football coach Pat Dye's condition was upgraded to good from satisfactory yesterday, a day after major circulatory surgery, a school spokesman said. Dye remained in the intensive care unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, sports information director David Housel said. Surgeons performed a three-hour procedure to reduce the blood flow to Dye's spleen.


Bernhard Langer shot his second 67 and moved into a share of the lead with Wayne Riley after two rounds of the British PGA championship in Virginia Water. Riley, who set a course record with a 63 in the opening round, managed only a 71 in the second round.

* Ray Daue and partner Grayson Boyce dovetailed shot 30-3060 to take a one-stroke lead among 96 teams in the 41st annual member-guest tournament at Green Spring. Hill Michaels-Ken Sappington finished at 61, followed by Kevin Bell-Thomas Coates, 29-3362. Par is 35-3772 for the 6,489-yard course. Play concludes today with a round at the Elkridge Club.


Top-seeded Boris Becker defeated second-seeded Pete Sampras, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, to advance to the final of the Dutch World Tournament in Ede, Netherlands. Todd Woodbridge of Australia upset fifth-seeded Ronald Agenor of Haiti, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1, in the other match.

* Defending champion Yugoslavia defeated Switzerland, 2-1, on singles victories by Goran Prpic and Goran Ivanisevic to win the Blue Group title and qualify for the final of the World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, Germany. Ivanisevic defeated Jakob Hlasek, 6-4, 6-3, and Prpic beat Marc Rosset, 6-3, 6-4, to assure Yugoslavia a berth against Sweden in today's title match.

The United States, eliminated from the finals earlier, defeated Germany, 2-1.

* Helen Kelesi of Canada upset top-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, in the semifinals of the European Open in Geneva, and second-seeded Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere defeated American Tami Whitlinger, 6-1, 6-3.

* Paolo Cane of Italy defeated American Jeff Tarango, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Bologna ATP tournament. Cane will play the winner of a night match between Italy's Omar Camporese and Jan Gunnarsson of Sweden.

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