Ruling reversed on Pan Am brawlgameThe appeals committee...

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August 12, 1991

Ruling reversed on Pan Am brawlgame

The appeals committee at the Pan American Games overturned a decision by the technical committee and awarded last week's brawl-marred baseball game to Mexico.

The game was stopped in the sixth inning with Mexico leading, 7-5, after both teams were involved in a bench-clearing fight. The Mexicans claimed the incident was spurred by racist comments made by a Canadian player.

Canada appealed to the technical committee, which announced the game would be continued Wednesday from the point it was halted.

Dan Pedersen, the American umpire in the game who was suspended by the technical committee, had that suspension overturned by the appeals committee. He said he was returning home today, however, and would not work any more Pan Am games.

Football

Barring a last-minute snag, Barry Sanders will rejoin the Detroit Lions today as one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL, Knight-Ridder News Service reported yesterday.

Sanders and his attorneys -- David Ware of Atlanta and Lamont Smith of Denver -- are expected to meet with Lions chief operating officer Chuck Schmidt to finalize the details.

The deal, including a $2.1 million signing bonus, is believed to be worth an estimated $10.1 million over the next four seasons.

* Ron Meehan's 4-yard touchdown pass to Rickey Green (Maryland) lifted the Baltimore Bears (2-0) to a 7-0 victory over the Brooklyn Kings (0-2) in a semipro game at Patterson High School. Meehan (Towson State) completed 11 of 20 passes for 180 yards.

Tennis

Jennifer Capriati won her second straight tournament and improved her world ranking to No. 7 yesterday by trouncing Bulgarian Katerina Maleeva, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the Player's Challenge tennis tournament in Toronto.

* Guy Forget, making the most of his power serve and newly found self-confidence, beat U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, to win the ATP Championship in Mason, Ohio.

* Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia defeated top-seeded Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, to win the Czechoslovak Open in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Sailing

The American yacht Bravura took advantage of steady winds to move into the lead in the two-ton class on the second day of the Fastnet Race.

Bravura, skippered by Bob Towse, held a lead of one minute over the Italian yacht Larouge as the boats rounded Land's End after almost 30 hours of racing in the final event of the Admirals Cup. The race of 605 nautical miles around the Fastnet Rock in Ireland is expected to end Wednesday.

Television

NBC Sports commentator Paul Maguire remained in critical condition after suffering a heart attack, but hospital officials said he spent a pain-free night and was resting comfortably.

Maguire, 53, in Buffalo for Saturday night's preseason game between the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills, suffered a heart attack and was taken to Buffalo Memorial Hospital at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Baseball

Steve Peter (Franklin) and Brian Matz (Calvert Hall) combined on a five-hitter, as the Yankee Rebels from Baltimore edged Puerto Rico, 1-0, in nine innings, in the AABC Mickey Mantle World Series in Waterbury, Conn.

The Yankee Rebels won the game on Ron Hartman's RBI single.

Five teams remain in the double-elimination tournament. The Yankee Rebels will meet the winner of the Waterbury-Corpus Christi, Texas game tonight at 8.

Capriati jumps to 7 in world rankings

Jennifer Capriati won her second straight tournament and improved her world ranking to No. 7 yesterday by trouncing Bulgarian Katerina Maleeva, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the Player's Challenge tennis tournament in Toronto.

The win followed last Sunday's three-set breakthrough against Yugoslav teen-ager Monica Seles in the final of the Mazda Classic in San Diego.

Capriati's $100,000 first prize was the biggest payday of her 17-month career, surpassing the $86,000 from her Wimbledon semifinal appearance.

* Guy Forget, making the most of his power serve and newly found self-confidence, beat U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, to win the ATP Championship in Mason, Ohio.

The $170,200 winner's check was the biggest ever for Forget, 26, who has played on the French Davis Cup and Olympic teams but until this year never cracked the top 10 rankings.

* Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia defeated top-seeded Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, to win the Czechoslovak Open in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

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