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September 07, 1991

Becker likely to sit out Davis Cup

Boris Becker apparently will miss this month's Davis Cup competition between the United States and Germany because of a thigh muscle injury.

Nikki Pilic, the German Davis Cup captain, said Becker called him yesterday to say he was suffering from the injury and was told to rest it for about two weeks. Becker is being treated in Munich, Germany, where he went following his third-round loss to Paul Haarhuis in the U.S. Open last week.

Pilic said he will make a decision today on who will replace Becker on the team, which consists of Wimbledon champion Michael Stich, Carl-Uwe Steeb and Eric Jelen. It is expected that Pilic will select Udo Riglewski. The Davis Cup semifinal is scheduled for Sept. 20-22 in Kansas City, Mo.

The USA cable network got its highest rating for a sporting event Thursday night for Jimmy Connors' victory over Paul Haarhuis in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

The network said it got a 5.9 cable rating, which means the match was watched by 3.4 million households. Because the USA Network is received by approximately 57.6 million of the 92.1 million homes with sets, it translates to an overall 3.7 rating.

The match was watched by 10 percent of the people with sets on at the time that received USA, which translates to an overall 6 share.

Boxing

special grand jury is expected to decide Monday whether boxer Mike Tyson will be indicted in the alleged rape of a beauty pageant contestant, the Marion County prosecutor said.

Almost three weeks after it was convened, the grand jury resumed its investigation, hearing testimony from several witnesses.

An 18-year-old contestant in the Miss Black America pageant accused the former heavyweight champion of raping her July 19 in a downtown hotel room while he was in town to promote the TTC Indiana Black Expo. Tyson has denied the allegations. He and his accuser, who is from the East Coast, both have testified before the grand jury.

Auto racing

Rusty Wallace, seeking to rebound from back-to-back 32nd-place finishes, edged Alan Kulwicki last night to win the pole for the Miller Genuine Draft 400 at Richmond.

Kulwicki's 120.353 mph were good enough to put him alongside Wallace, who had a fast lap of 120.590 mph, on the front row in tonight's 400-lap race, the first Winston Cup event run under the lights since the facility was rebuilt in 1988.

Track and field

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, forced to withdraw from the heptathlon at last month's world championships with a hamstring injury, will resume training in the next two weeks, her husband and trainer Bob Kersee said.

Joyner-Kersee won the long jump at the worlds in Tokyo. But the injury caused her withdrawal after the 200 meters in the heptathlon.

Karate

Karate has been admitted to the Pan American Games as a full sport, the Pan Am Union of Karatedo Organizations said.

The Pan American Sports Organization voted at the recent games in Cuba to approve the sport for inclusion in the next games, at River del Mar, Argentina.

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