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July 17, 1991

Breukink drops out of Tour de France

Their numbers reduced by fever, Dutch cyclist Erik Breukink and his PDM team withdrew yesterday from the Tour de France, leaving leader Greg LeMond in a powerful position entering the Pyrenees.

Breukink pulled out before the start of the 11th stage with a bacterial infection that dropped him from second to third and forced five of his PDM teammates to withdraw Monday.

Breukink had been second overall behind LeMond on Monday, but struggled to finish the 10th stage as he rode with a fever of 100 degrees.

Breukink and his three remaining team members -- Sean Kelly of Ireland, Raul Alcala of Mexico and Joseph Van Aert of the Netherlands -- withdrew before the start of the 154-mile leg from Quimper to St. Herblain.

LeMond finished 22nd in the 11th stage, and his lead shrunk to 51 seconds over Djamolidine Abdoujaparov of the Soviet Union. France's Charly Mottet captured the stage in a quick ride that finished an hour ahead of schedule.

The cyclists have their only day off today. (Results, 8D)

The Major Soccer League's Kansas City Comets folded after the ownership group couldn't solidify a plan to save the financially ailing 10-year-old franchise.

They closed just one day after the Comets added one of two minority owners needed to keep the club afloat. The MSL granted the Comets a 17-day extension on Monday to piece together an ownership group.

The Comets' attendance has averaged nearly 12,000 in the past nine seasons, but last season the average dropped to 7,103.

The MSL expects to operate eight teams next season, including a new franchise in Pittsburgh.

Prominent Comets players who will become free agents include midfielder Carl Valentine, who played for the Baltimore Blast from 1988-90, forward Jan Goossens and defender Kim Roentved.

Bobsledding

Football star Herschel Walker, who secured a spot on the U.S. bobsled team last week, will have to win a special head-to-head push-off against a teammate to make the 1992 Olympic team, bobsled officials in Lake Placid, N.Y., said.

Walker has indicated that he will apply for a competition waiver this fall because he is committed to play in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, said Jim Hickey, executive director of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.

Football

Lyle Alzado, former All-Pro defensive end who has inoperable brain cancer, underwent tests in Los Angeles after being hospitalized for possible dehydration, his agent said. Alzado was admitted to an undisclosed hospital Sunday after two days in which he could not hold down food or liquids, said agent Greg Campbell. The agent said it was expected Alzado would be able to leave the hospital in a few days.

Tennis

Andrea Leand of Baltimore set up a second-round match with Monica Seles tomorrow by defeating Pam Casale-Telford, 6-4, 5-7, 6-0, in the $150,000 Pathmark Women's Tennis Classic in Mahwah, N.J..

Seles, who has not played since winning the French Open in early June and has not been seen since unexpectedly deciding to skip Wimbledon, is the top seed, and Jennifer Capriati, runner-up last year, is seeded No. 2. Capriati, who like Seles drew a first-round bye, will face Stacey Martin of Largo tonight.

Seles, who was to hold a news conference today, has rescheduled it for tomorrow morning.

* Fabrice Santoro of France advanced to a second-round match with Wimbledon champion Michael Stich by beating Stich's longtime doubles partner, German Udo Riglewski, 6-0, 6-1, in the $1 million Mercedes Cup tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.

In second-round matches, Soviet Alexander Volkov, the 12th seed, defeated Germany's Jens Woehrman, 6-2, 6-3, and unseeded Lars Koslowski of Germany upset 15th seed Martin Jaite of Argentina, 6-3, 6-4. Other second-round winners were No. 7 Goran Prpic of Yugoslavia, No. 9 seed Horst Skoff of Austria and Spain's Javier Sanchez.

In other first-round matches, German Eric Jelen rallied to beat countryman Carl-Uwe Steeb, 0-6, 6-3, 6-2; Spain's Francisco Clavet breezed by Austria's Thomas Muster, 6-4, 6-2; and Frenchman Cedric Pioline defeated countryman Yannick Noah, 6-3, 6-2.

* Laura Garrone of Italy, the fifth seed, defeated countrywoman Sabrina Lucchi, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the San Marino tournament.

* Martina Navratilova said in sworn testimony that she did not read the "non-marital cohabitation agreement" at issue in her court battle with former companion Judy Nelson, attorneys for Nelson said. The lawsuit, filed in Fort Worth, Texas, last month, claims Navratilova breached a non-marital cohabitation agreement. She and Nelson moved in together in 1986 and lived together until splitting up in April.

Golf

Mark McCumber, one of five Americans whose non-appearance at the British Open golf qualifying last weekend went unexplained, has cleared up the situation with the organizers.

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