HAVANA -- As Pan American Games officials considered a protest by the Canadian baseball team, that nation's sports minister said yesterday that his government will review the bench-clearing brawl between the Canadian and Mexican teams.
"I've asked my officials to look into the situation in order to determine the facts and exactly what happened," said Pierre Cadieux, who is attending the Conservative party's biennial policy convention in Toronto.
"I'll make whatever decisions, if necessary, at the appropriate time. I won't decide before knowing what the facts are," he said, adding it was "premature" to say if the team would be pulled from the competition.
Mexican coaches said a racial slur touched off the incident Thursday in which coaches and players from both teams rushed onto the field, where they traded punches and kicks.
Canadian coach John Upham collapsed after the melee and was taken to a hospital suffering from angina, a heart condition. He was released yesterday morning.
"Obviously, I'm disappointed that such a brawl occurred. I don't think that's the purpose of the games," Cadieux said.
"I can understand on the other hand that, seeing that both teams were trying to get a slot for the Olympics, that perhaps tempers flared, but . . . I find that extremely regrettable that it turned out to such an outburst."
Pan Am officials awarded the victory to the Mexicans, who were leading 7-5 when the American umpire Dan Pederson halted play after the sixth-inning brawl. Canada filed a protest yesterday, and games officials were considering it on the day off in the competition.
Pam Shriver of Lutherville, Md., continued her dominance of the women's singles with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Isabel Petrov of Mexico.
Elizabeth Callahan of Upper Marlboro, Md., won a silver medal behind Sharon Cozzarin of Canada in air pistol, then combined with Connie Petracek of Nashville, Tenn., and Susy Miller of Loxhatchee, Fla.. to take the gold in team air pistol.
Don Nygord of La Crescenta, Calif., set a Pan Am record in winning the center fire pistol with 582 points. He surged past teammate Ed Suarez on the final round, as did Darius Young, an American living in Canada, who got the bronze. The Americans won the team title.
Cuba's Jorge Rios won the mixed running target, ahead of Scott Swinney of Manchester, Tenn. Cuba also won the team gold, and the United States was second.
Jay Barrs of Mesa, Ariz., scored 331 points to lead the quarterfinal round of men's competition, with Ed Eliason of Stansbury Park, Utah, one point behind and Darrell Pace, Hamilton, Ohio, in third place.
For women, Jennifer O'Donnell of Farmington Hills, Mich., led with 334 points. Denise Parker, South Jordan, Utah, was second with 328.
Mexico routed Canada, 79-66, in men's play. That dropped the Canadians to 0-4.
Two Americans led the individual chase for gold through six games. Jon Juneau of Baton Raton, La., was first with 1,351 pins. Julie Gardner of Huntington Beach, Calif., was in front among women with 1,268 pins.
Rich Fellers of Wilsonville, Ore., riding El Mirasol, took the lead on the first day of show jumping. Debbie Shaffner, Ambler, Pa., aboard Poor Richard, was in third place.
The U.S. men tied Argentina, 1-1, getting their only goal on a penalty corner by Drew Stone of Weatogue, Conn.
Venezuela edged the Bahamas, 1-0, in women's play, with Zuleima Ciremele providing the game-winning hit in the third inning. Puerto Rico then took the Netherlands Antilles, 3-2.
Canada's men remained unbeaten with their seventh successive victory, an 8-0 romp past Argentina. Darren Zack (3-0) threw a one-hitter and Dale Dirks homered.
Cuba's men routed Panama 11-0, collecting 16 hits and getting three-hit pitching from Carlos Fernandez.
The United States was upset by Canada, 26-19, and did not qualify for the gold-medal game -- and thus will not be at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The Americans (2-2) play Canada again for the bronze medal.
Cuba edged Brazil, 22-20, and wound up 4-0 in round-robin play. The hosts will play Brazil again in the gold-medal game.