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.
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.
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.
Samson Pouha lost to super-heavyweight Roberto Balado, as the third U.S.-Cuba matchup of the games boxing turned into a third American loss.In another bout, American Denard Trapp was stopped with 15 seconds to go by two-time Pan Am gold medalist Orestes Solano.
Pouha, wilting under the combined effects of a 15-pound weight loss and the sweltering heat inside the Kid Chocolate boxing arena, let a promising start get away and dropped a 15-7 decision to reigning world champion Balado.