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June 18, 1991

1994 World Cup schedule in U.S. set

The 1994 World Cup, the first to be played in the United States, will begin on June 17 and the final will be played on July 17, the third-latest ever.

World Cup USA 1994, the organizing committee for soccer's world championship, announced the schedule yesterday, three years before the 24-team tournament is scheduled to start.

Second-round games will be played July 1-4. The semifinals probably will be July 12-13.

Only two World Cup finals have been played later. The 1930 World Cup in Uruguay -- soccer's first championship -- and the 1966 World Cup in England both ended on July 30.

* No more soccer matches will be played at Heysel Stadium, where 39 people died during riots in 1985, after violent incidents damaged the facility during the Belgian Cup final Saturday, officials said.

Olympics

South Africa moved closer to rejoining world sports by this summer by abolishing its last major apartheid law yesterday, but a snub by the All-Africa Games showed the road back will not be easy.

The South African Parliament voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Population Registration Act of 1950, which classified citizens on the basis of race and served as the foundation for virtually all apartheid measures.

It was the last of the three major apartheid laws whose repeal had been demanded before South Africa could re-enter international sports after a 20-year ban.

In Cairo, organizers of the All-Africa Games, set for late September, said South Africa will not be invited despite the vote.

* Robert Helmick, president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, said the past three sites chosen for Winter Games -- Albertville, France, in 1992; Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994 and Nagano for 1998 -- have been based more upon political than sports considerations.

In the aftermath of Saturday's 46-42 International Olympic Committee vote for Nagano over Salt Lake City, Helmick said it may be time to consider limiting votes on Winter Olympics venues to winter-sports countries.

Nagano is thought to have won the 1998 Games over Salt Lake City on Saturday largely because Asia hasn't held a Winter Olympics since 1972 and because the 1996 Summer Games are in Atlanta, another U.S. venue. But many IOC members said they thought Salt Lake City's bid was technically superior to Nagano's.

* Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova of the United States and world No. 3 Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina effectively have ruled themselves out of next year's Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, by declining to play in the Federation Cup world team championship in Nottingham, England, July 21-28. World No. 1 Monica Seles changed her mind about the Federation Cup and will play for Yugoslavia. Steffi Graf will lead the German team.

Tennis

Top seed Pete Sampras struggled to a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Christian Bergstrom in the first round of the Manchester Open grass-court tennis tournament in England. The only upset came when Amos Mansdorf of Israel defeated fifth seed Goran Prpic of Yugoslavia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

* Top seed Navratilova easily won in the first round of a grass-court tournament in Eastbourne, England, beating Amanda Coetzer, 6-0, 6-1, in 34 minutes.

Fifth seed Zina Garrison pulled out with a strained stomach muscle and eighth seed Amy Frazier lost to Jo Durie of Britain, 6-2, 6-3. Second-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario defeated Claudia Porwik, 6-1, 6-4, but third seed Mary Joe Fernandez needed three sets to defeat Nathalie Herreman, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. Fourth seed Jana Novotna beat Akiko Kijimuta of Japan, 6-2, 6-2.

Golf

Mike Hartman shot 36-4076 at Mount Pleasant Golf Course and took a one-stroke lead halfway through the annual Publinx Junior golf championship. The final round will be played Monday at Pine Ridge GC.

* No criminal charges will be filed after a golfer was speared in the head by the shaft of a broken club in a freak accident last week on a course in Hamilton, Ontario, police said.

Rick Pearce, 39, was playing with three friends on June 9 at King's Forest Golf Club when one of the foursome took a swing at a tree in anger over a botched shot on the 14th tee. The 8-iron snapped in two, hurtling the shaft through the air. It entered Pearce's head at the temple with the head of the club still intact. Pearce, a trucker, is listed in fair condition at Hamilton General Hospital.

Broadcasting

Howard Cosell, who underwent cancer surgery on June 10, returned to his spot behind the ABC Radio microphone yesterday. Cosell, 73, underwent a three-hour operation at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for removal of a tumor, which was later determined to be malignant.

Colleges

Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money to the family of former University of Florida pitcher Steven Georgiadis, who died after routine shoulder surgery last year at age 19.

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