Shriver beaten, 6-0, 6-1, in Eastbourne
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 19, the French Open champion in 1989 and runner-up this year, crushed Pam Shriver of Lutherville, 6-0, 6-1, on the Eastbourne, England, grass yesterday to reach the semifinals.
"She surprised me how well she played on grass," Shriver said. "I think the biggest thing that really surprised me was the pace of the ball off her racket. I can't remember a racket head traveling through the ball that quickly. There's no way to judge a shot, you have to guess."
Shriver, a three-time Wimbledon semifinalist, said Sanchez Vicario's speed, improving first serve and good backhand volleys make her a tough grass-court opponent.
Sanchez Vicario won the first 11 games of her match.
Shriver became so exasperated in the second set that she started mimicking Sanchez Vicario and raised her arms in mock triumph when she finally won the 12th game after saving two match points.
* U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras, the defending titlist and top seed, defeated Australian Wally Masur, 7-5, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the Manchester, England, grass-court tournament.
Nolan Ryan's son has asked for a release from his baseball scholarship at the University of Texas, saying he needs more playing time to improve.
Reid Ryan and his father, who pitches for the Texas Rangers, said they were disappointed that the younger Ryan did not get more opportunities to pitch during his freshman season with the Longhorns.
Reid, who appeared in only two games last spring, is considering transferring to Texas Christian University, Blinn Junior College or Pepperdine University in California.
The next time Magic Johnson meets Michael Jordan on a Chicago basketball court, a state lawmaker wants to make sure that Illinois tax officials are waiting in the locker room.
Under a proposal tentatively approved by the state Senate, many out-of-state professional athletes such as the Los Angeles Lakers star would have to pay Illinois income tax when they play in the state.
Sponsoring Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said it would target only members of sports teams from California, Wisconsin, Ohio and anywhere else where a similar tax is imposed on out-of-state professional athletes.
Cullerton said he got the idea after reading that Jordan and other members of the Chicago Bulls had to pay California income taxes when they played the Lakers for the NBA championship.
Cuba became the first Latin American nation to win a gold medal in fencing, upsetting Germany, 9-6, in the final of the men's team foil event at the 44th World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
L France defeated the Soviet Union, 9-6, for the bronze medal.
Hungary, Great Britain and Austria also qualified for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
Laws forcing the NCAA to apply rules of criminal due process are unnecessary, NCAA executive director Dick Schultz told The Associated Press Sports Editors national convention in San Antonio.
"We're not opposed to due process, we feel we have that," Schultz said. "Our concern is that our national organization has members in all 50 states.
"If we have four or five states that have some type of due process legislation, then it's impossible for us to evenly apply the rules."
* Women basketball players have a higher graduation rate than their male counterparts -- and higher than the student body as a whole, according to a USA Today survey.
As part of a continuing series on graduation rates for Division I basketball programs, the newspaper found that 60 percent of the women players at the 257 schools are graduating, while 46 percent of the men get their diplomas. Overall, 48 percent of the student body at those schools are graduating.
Those women's programs with no NCAA tournament appearances from 1981-90 are graduating 64 percent of their players. Those schools that made the tournament in that span, ** even if just once, have graduated 56 percent.
Texas A&M officials will accept NCAA findings that list 10 rules violations in the school's program, two more than the school reported, A&M vice president Robert Smith said.
The NCAA's letter of inquiry alleges that New York talent scout Rob Johnson, acting as a representative of A&M, violated NCAA rules by lending $125 to former player Tony Scott.
The NCAA letter also said former A&M head coach Kermit Davis Jr. and former assistant coach Fletcher Cockrell violated NCAA rules by providing false and misleading information to A&M investigators, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.
An honorable mention All-American lacrosse player at Syracuse University was arrested on drug charges stemming from a four-month police investigation.
State police narcotics investigators arrested Erik Holbrook, 23, of Syracuse, on charges of sale of a controlled substance, conspiracy and possession of marijuana.
Holbrook, who graduated in May, played defense for Syracuse and was a member of two national championship teams.