HAVANA -- Canada's and Mexico's baseball coaches were hospitalized yesterday after their players engaged in a brawl involving charges of racial insults during a qualifying game at the Pan American Games.
Canadian first-base coach John Upham, 49, who played for the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies in the 1960s, was in hospital with angina, and Mexican coach Antonio Pollorena needed four stitches to close a cut over his left eye.
Mexican officials said the fight, which lasted several minutes and forced U.S. umpire Dan Pedersen from San Diego to suspend the game with Mexico leading, 7-5, in the top of the sixth inning, was caused by racial comments against them.
Mexico was awarded the game, but Canadian officials said they were protesting.
The Canadians said at least three of their players were hit by bats during the brawl, and pitcher David Krug suffered a possible broken nose.
According to the Mexicans, Canadian catcher Alex Andreopoulos, who was drafted this year in the 20th round by the San Diego Padres, set off the incident when he called Mexican catcher Alberto Vargas, the first to bat in the top of the sixth, a "Third World chili eater, a tortilla eater."
In another game, the United States needed Chris Roberts' two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to avert an upset against Netherlands Antilles. With a 5-4 victory, the Americans improved to 4-0 in the round-robin stage of competition. Netherlands Antilles fell to 0-5.
The U.S. women's team (3-1) cruised past Cuba, 91-71, behind Katrina McClain's 23 points and 12 rebounds. The U.S. team will meet Cuba (2-2) again tomorrow in the semifinals.
Brazil (4-0), which ended the U.S. women's 42-game international winning streak Sunday, will meet Canada (1-3) in the other semifinal. The gold-medal game will be played Sunday.
Brazil beat Argentina, 83-56, to move to 4-0. Marta de Souza led Brazil with 19 points.
In men's play, Ramon Rivas, who went to Temple University, scored 17 points, as Puerto Rico beat Uruguay, 98-78.
Track and field
Hammer thrower Jim Driscoll of Inver Grove, Minn., men's 800-meter runner Ocky Clark of Sanford, Fla., and pole vaulter Pat Manson of Aurora, Colo., gave the beleaguered U.S. team its first three-gold-medal day of the games, but Cubans Ana Quirot and Liliana Allen and Brazilian Robson da Silva completed double victories.
Quirot matched the 400-meter and 800-meter double she executed at the 1987 Pan Am Games at Indianapolis -- and again won both races in record time. Winner of the 400 Monday night, she added the 800 title, smashing her games record with a time of 1 minute, 58.71 seconds.
Clark led a 1-2 U.S. sweep in the 800, winning in 1:46.91, just ahead of Terril Davis of Austin, Texas. Manson, a seven-time All-American at Kansas, cleared 18-0 1/2 in winning the pole vault. Earl Bell, 35, of Jonesboro, Ark., the 1975 Pan Am champion, missed winning a medal.
Allen swept the women's sprints by winning the 200 in 23.11. Da Silva, who upset Andre Cason in the 100 on Monday, won the 200 by seven meters over Kevin Little of Ankeny, Iowa, in 22.15.
Pam Shriver of Lutherville, Md., teamed with Donna Faber of Hilton Head, S.C., to defeat Tayna Manibo and Anita Venner of the U.S. Virgin Islands, 6-2, 6-0.
In the third round of men's play, Dave Di Lucia of Norristown, Pa., defeated Oliver Fernandez of Mexico, 6-1, 6-4.
The U.S. duet of Dina Ulrich of Oxon Hill, Md., and Tia Harding of Longwood, Fla., won the gold medal, finishing ahead of Mexico and Canada.
The U.S. women's team racked up another no-hitter in a 6-0 victory over Venezuela, this one with a twist -- a perfect game in relief by Lisa Fernandez after she came in for Michelle Granger, who threw nine straight balls before leaving with a blister.
The U.S. women have allowed only three singles to 126 batters, striking out 80 in six games.
Cuba's Rogelio Marcelo stopped American Bradley Martinez with a crushing left hand with 44 seconds left in the first round to win the first U.S.-Cuba boxing matchup of the games.
U.S. boxer Michael DeMoss forced Horacio Riviera of Mexico t take a standing-8 count in the second round, but then got rocked himself later in the round and had to pull out the 165-pound fight in the final three minutes. His win gave the U.S. team three victories in four bouts.
The United States swept the 30- and 50-meter archery events.
Early in the day, Janet Dykman of El Monte, Calif., and Denise Parker of South Jordan, Utah tied for the women's 50 gold, with Dykman getting first place on the strength of more bull's-eyes.
Eric Brumlow of Hickory Creek, Texas got the men's 50 gold.
Then Parker won the 30-meter title and Kitty Frazier of Cross Lanes, W. Va., got the silver. The men's gold went to Ed Eliason of Stansbury Park, Utah, with Jay Barrs of Mesa, Ariz., second.