Chesnokov wins Canadian Open titleAndrei Chesnokov...

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July 29, 1991

Chesnokov wins Canadian Open title

Andrei Chesnokov defeated Petr Korda, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, yesterday in the final at Montreal to become the first Soviet player to win the Canadian Open. Chesnokov had stunned Ivan Lendl in Saturday's semifinals.

Chesnokov collected $155,000. Korda, who earned $81,620, lost while playing in only the fourth final of his six-year career. He was beaten a week ago by Andre Agassi in Washington.

* Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden came from behind to beat Jordi Arrese, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, in the final of the Duth Open ATP at Hilversum, Netherlands.

* Unseeded Isabelle Demongeot of France won her first tour title, beating second-seeded Lori McNeil, 6-4, 6-4, in the Weschester Ladies Cup at Purchase, N.Y.

Pan Am Games

Fidel Castro says Cuba would not be the host of the 1991 Pan American Games if his country's bleak economic situation had arisen earlier.

The president of Cuba spoke on ABC-TV yesterday, in an interview with Jim McKay taped in June.

"If we were to make the decision now, with respect to our expenditures on the games, of course, we would not have made the decision," Castro said of Cuba's status as host of the Pan Am Games. "But this was a decision that was made five years ago.

"Five years ago we started working along these lines. When our serious economic problems arose in 1990, we had advanced tremendously in building the facilities."

And while Castro acknowledged Cuba's financial plight, he hinted that the communist country may be ready to host a future Olympics.

Pro football

Contract negotiations between the Miami Dolphins and first-round draft choice Randal "Thrill" Hill remained deadlocked after a meeting yesterday. Drew Rosenhaus, the wide receiver's agent, and Dolphins personnel director Charlie Winner were optimistic but disappointed at the continued logjam. Rosenhaus said the sticking points are length and incentives. He said Hill wants a three-year contract and the Dolphins want a four-year deal.

* Troy Aikman passed for 202 yards and three touchdowns, as the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Houston Oilers, 24-6, in a controlled scrimmage in San Antonio. The Cowboys scored two touchdowns in their first 15-play series. Aikman completed a 46-yard pass to wide receiver Alexander Wright for a touchdown on the fourth play. Aikman completed an 11-play, 65-yard drive with another touchdown pass, a 5-yarder to fullback Daryl Johnston.

* There are no signs of a breakthrough between the Cleveland Browns and Pro Bowl lineman Michael Dean Perry. Perry is seeking about $2.2 million a year, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. The Browns are believed to be offering a base salary of $1 million.


Payne Stewart took his first European PGA title with a final-round 70, romping to a nine-stroke victory in the Dutch Open at Noordwijk, Netherlands. Stewart finished 21 under at 267. Tied for second were Per-Ulrik Johansson of Sweden and Bernhard Langer of Germany. Johansson finished with a 69. Langer closed with a 73.


Jose Ortiz, formerly of the Utah Jazz, scored 26 points to lead Puerto Rico to a 93-86 victory over a team of USBL all-stars in the championship game of the Winston World Basketball Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was the first time a team of professionals from the United States played in a tournament sanctioned by the International Amateur Basketball Federation.


World lightweight champion Pernell "Sweetpea" Whitaker chased challenger Poli Diaz of Spain around the ring for 12 rounds Saturday night in Norfolk, Va., and retained his title with a unanimous decision.

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