South Africa likely for 2006 World Cup
South Africa is the obvious choice to play host to the 2006 World Cup soccer finals, Issa Hayatou, the head of the Confederation of African Football, said at the end of a fact-finding trip.
Hayatou, also a vice president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's world governing body, said Cameroon's impressive showing in the 1990 tournament had persuaded FIFA to award the 2006 tournament to an African nation.
Nelson Mandela toured the site of the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain, and gave his conditional support for South Africa's participation.
The president of the African National Congress visited the facilities three days before South Africa was expected to get an official invitation to participate in its first Olympics since 1960. South Africa is being allowed back in international sports competition because it has begun to scrap its system of racial separation.
Patrick Ewing's contract was the subject of seven hours of testimony at an arbitration hearing that could determine the future of the New York Knicks' All-Star center.
Arbitrator Daniel G. Collins, a New York University law professor, will weigh the evidence and is expected to announce a decision on Ewing's free agency next week.
At issue is whether Ewing was among the top four highest-paid players in the NBA. His 10-year contract, signed in 1985, stipulates that he can become a restricted free agent after his sixth season if he is not among the top four highest-salaried players on June 1, 1991.
* The Chesapeake Hurricanes girls 15-and-under team, with Lauren Szczepaniak (Mercy), Gale Belz (Mercy) and Jen Jasculski (Institute of Notre Dame), won the Youth Basketball Organization of America Tournament in Kenner, La. Szczepaniak was selected to the all-tournament team.
Jenny Chuasiriporn of Hunt Valley Golf Club birdied the first extra hole with a 4-foot putt at Kenwood Country Club to edge Emily Johnson of Bethesda for the only available girls berth in the Maxfli/PGA National Junior championship, scheduled for Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Aug. 20-23. Chuasiriporn, 14, recorded 85-82167, and Johnson, 86-81167.
In the boys division of the Middle Atlantic PGA Section's qualifier, Jimmy Duke, 17, of Potomac and Congressional CC, parred the first extra hole to defeat John Reese of Waldorf, after they had returned respective scores of 75-69144 and 72-72144. A field of 121 participated in the 36-hole program.
The Washington Capitals and Baltimore Skipjacks will play host to a preseason doubleheader Sept. 28 at Baltimore Arena. The Skipjacks will play the Hershey Bears at 4 p.m., and the Capitals will face the Philadelphia Flyers at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $16 (lower and middle concourses) and $12 (end zone and upper deck).
There will be a card and memorabilia festival from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the upper and lower concourses. The hockey doubleheader ticket will serve as admission to the festival.
World University Games
Carolyn Jones scored 23 points, as the United States beat China, 79-76, to reach the women's basketball final in Sheffield, England. Spain defeated Canada, 81-74, in the other semifinal.
Paul Warwick, 22, a British racing driver, died Sunday night of extensive injuries suffered in a 140-mph crash during a Formula 3000 race in Manchester, England.
Warwick, who started from the pole position, was leading at the time of the crash. He was awarded victory posthumously because the race was halted when he crashed.
Daredevil Robbie Knievel, 29, has broken his world record by jumping 24 trucks at Bonneville Raceway Park in West Valley City, Utah.
Knievel is the son of Evel Knievel, who made several famous jumps in the 1970s, including an ill-fated attempt to ride a rocket-bike across the mile-wide Snake River Canyon Gorge in 1974.