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July 07, 1991

Elliott outlasts pack to capture Dream Mile

Peter Elliott, after two previous second-place finishes, finally won the Dream Mile in the Bislett Games track and field meet in Oslo, Norway, last night. The Briton, a former holder of the world indoor mile record, held off Wilfred Kirochi of Kenya, Jim Spivey of the United States and Simon Doyle of Australia down the stretch. Only .45 of a second separated the top four.

Elliott, second in the Dream Mile last year behind Joe Falcon of the United States, was clocked in 3 minutes, 49.46 seconds, tops in the world this season.

Merlene Ottey of Jamaica won her 50th straight 100-meter final, edging Irina Sergeeva of the Soviet Union, in the fastest time of the year. Ottey, who hasn't lost a final in the past two years at 100 or 200, was timed in 10.88 seconds, .10 faster than Sergeeva.

Winter sports

The FBI is investigating the unexplained loss of $200,000 to $400,000 from the accounts of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. Special agent Harry Grogan said the U.S. Attorney's office suggested the investigation after reports that an audit of the federation's finances in December showed $200,000 to $400,000 in expenses could not be accounted for.

The U.S. Olympic Committee demanded a review of the federation's finances for the last three months of 1988 and all of 1989 and 1990 after the group failed to file mandated reports. Allegations of sloppy bookkeeping, mismanagement, political infighting and fraud have been leveled at the federation by current and former members since the audit was announced.

A joint task force of USOC and federation officials is working to restructure the national governing body for bobsledding. All 17 federation directors resigned in March.

Rowing

A University of Pennsylvania eight rowed to two victories and advanced to the Thames Cup final at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-On-Thames, England. The Penn "A" crew was the only survivor of 28 American entries into the final day.

The Philadelphia crew avenged the defeat of its "B" crew by Britain's Rob Roy Boat Club when it rowed to a 1 1/2 -length semifinal victory in the 152-year-old Henley rowing festival.

It hopes to become the first American crew since 1955 to win the Thames Cup when it meets the London University freshmen in today's final.

Soccer

In a semifinal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Friday, the United States scored two goals in the second half to defeat Mexico, 2-0, in Los Angeles. The victory sent the Americans into the tournament final today against Honduras. In an earlier game at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Honduras defeated Costa Rica, 2-0.

Bowling

Ray Edwards overcame nervousness to win his first PBA title, beating Bob Benoit, 216-180, in the title match of the El Paso (Texas) Open. "I didn't know what to expect," said Edwards, of Centereach, N.Y. "I couldn't get an ounce of sleep last night, thinking about bowling on national TV for a title."

The top-seeded Edwards never trailed in the final. Benoit opened with a strike, but Edwards rolled two consecutive strikes. Benoit then missed makeable spares in his next two frames, giving Edwards a 42-pin lead through three frames.

Edwards then cruised, winning $20,000. Benoit of Topeka, Kan., earned $10,500.

Drag racing

Darrell Alderman earned $50,000 for little more than 7 seconds' work in the Budweiser Pro Stock Challenge, a special event during the final day of qualifying for the NHRA Mopar Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J. Alderman drove his Dodge past Bruce Allen in the final of the eight-car elimination event.

Frank Hawley unseated Joe Amato in the final round of qualifying in the Top Fuel category. Jim White and Warren Johnson held onto their No. 1 qualifying positions in Funny Car and Pro Stock, respectively.

Boxing

Former World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Jesus Salud (29-4, 20 knockouts) won a 10-round decision over Vicente Gonzalez (13-12-2, 5 KOs) in a featherweight bout Friday night in Del Mar, Calif.

* Sakda Sorpadki of Thailand won the vacant World Boxing Council super bantamweight title by stopping Danny Abela of the Philippines after the fourth round of their scheduled 12-round bout in Bangkok, Thailand.

* Abela, after taking a barrage of lefts and rights in the fourth round, told the referee he could not come out for the fifth.

Cycling

Edward Gragus of Boulder, Colo., survived a punch and a protest and advanced with three other heat winners and 118 others during men's road race qualifying at the U.S. Senior National Cycling Championships in Jeremy Ranch, Utah.

Gragus, who has been racing in France the past two years, won his heat in 1:22:21. While approaching the finish line, Gragus was punched by Peter Stubenrauch, who finished second.

Stubenrauch said Gragus cut him off as the two cyclists sprinted toward the uphill finish. He filed a protest, but his claim was denied by officials.

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