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September 15, 1991

Hubbard wins USTA grass-court title

Rob Hubbard of Cockeysville upset No. 4 Wesley Jackson of Corrales, N.M., 6-4, 6-3, yesterday to win the U.S. Tennis Association Men's 35 Grass Court Championship at the Meadow Club in Southampton, N.Y. Dan Hansen of Newport Beach, Calif., and Tom Smith of Walnut, Calif., held off Jeff Aarts of Pound Ridge, N.Y., and Pete Bromley of Greenwich, Conn., 6-3, 7-6 (10-8), for the doubles title.

* Fourth-seeded Horst Skoff of Austria defeated Jordi Arrese of Spain, 7-6 (10-8), 6-2, in the semifinals of the Geneva Open. In the other semifinal, Thomas Muster defeated Andrei Medvenev of the Soviet Union, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5), setting up an all-Austrian final today. Skoff, the defending Geneva Open champion, leads Muster, 5-3, in head-to-head competition, but Muster won their last match in June in Florence, Italy.

* Javier Sanchez of Spain and Andres Gomez of Ecuador will meet in the final of the Philips Open in Brasilia, Brazil, after winning semifinal matches. Sanchez, the tournament favorite, rallied to beat unranked Bryan Shelton of the United States, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (8-6), and Gomez defeated Danilo Marcelino of Brazil, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Hockey

The NHL's top draft pick, Eric Lindros, says his snub of the Quebec Nordiques has nothing to do with politics, but his father isn't quite as diplomatic. Carl Lindros again has linked his son's refusal to play for the Nordiques with language tensions and the threat of Quebec separation -- but, this time, he did it on a major French-language television network.

"We've got a referendum possibly coming up," Carl Lindros told Radio-Canada in an interview taped earlier this week. "We're going to go through a lot of turmoil. There's going to be a lot of friction before things get better. We're absolutely solid in the position that Eric will not play hockey for the Nordiques."

In June, the last-place Nordiques drafted Lindros first overall, hoping he could lead them out of the league basement. But reports of extravagant salary demands and public accusations that Lindros is unsympathetic toward French Canadians have poisoned relations between the two sides.

Basketball

Roy Tarpley, suspended by the Dallas Mavericks, may be cleared to rejoin the team by the start of training camp, the director of the NBA's anti-drug and alcohol program said. Dr. David Lewis said he is not aware of any information that would prevent him from lifting Tarpley's suspension, imposed after the forward's March 30 arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

A Dallas County jury on Sept. 4 found Tarpley not guilty of the DWI charge. But Tarpley's indefinite suspension without pay remained in place for failure to adhere to the conditions of his NBA-mandated, after-care program. Tarpley admitted to drinking three beers before his arrest.

Boxing

Julio Cesar Chavez scored a one-sided, 12-round decision over Lonnie Smith for the World Boxing Council super-lightweight title. Julian Jackson also scored a first-round knockout of Dennis Milton in defense of the WBC middleweight title in the card at Las Vegas.

Champion Park Yong-kyun (20-1-1) of South Korea outpointed Eloy Rojas (22-1-0) of Venezuela to defend his World Boxing Association featherweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision in Seoul, South Korea. It was the 24-year-old champion's second defense of the title he wrested from Antonio Esparagoza of Venezuela in March. The three judges scored it 118-110, 116-111, 118-114.

After downing Rojas with a powerful right hook in the first round, Park launched a relentless attack and overpowered the challenger throughout. Rojas, backpedaling along the ropes, failed to halt Park's undefended attack.

Golf

Jamie Spence of England, a modest name in a field of stars, took the lead in the Lancome Trophy tournament in St. Nom La Breteche, France. Spence shot a 6-under-par 64 in the third round on the 6,756-yard Saint-Nom course for an overall total of 10-under 200.

Eleven players are clustered within three shots of the lead, shooting for the $129,000 winner's check. British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch of Australia shot 68 to finish in a four-way tie for second at 201. Former British Open and Masters champ Nick Faldo shot a 68 to finish in a five-man group two shots back at 202.

* Bob May led all the way in defeating American compatriot David Duval, 3 and 2, in the semifinals of the British Amateur Championship in Ganton, England. May's opponent in today's 36-hole final will be Gary Wolstenholme of Britain, who defeated Scotland's Wilson Bryson, 5 and 4, in the other wind-swept semifinal.

* American George Archer shot a 6-over-par 78 in strong winds to hold a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Shinko Cup Senior tournament in Kasai, Japan. Archer, who opened with a 9-under 63 on Friday, has a 3-under 141 total on the 6,549-yard Kasai Country Club course in western Japan.

Track and field

Although Michael Johnson won the 200 meters in the season-leading time of 19.89 seconds Friday in Brussels, Belgium, he probably will need a world record at the Mobil Grand Prix final to wrest the men's overall Grand Prix title from pole vaulter Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union. Because he set a world record in Grand Prix competition, Bubka, with 51 points, will hold a six-point advantage over Johnson and four others -- high hurdler Renaldo Nehemiah, long jumper Mike Powell, miler Noureddine Morceli of Algeria and javelin thrower Jan Zelezny of Czechoslovakia -- going into Friday's Grand Prix final in Barcelona, Spain.

If Bubka wins the pole vault at the final, only a world record by one of the others could deny him his first overall title.

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