TAC lifts Reynolds' 2-year suspensionButch Reynolds, world...

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October 05, 1991

TAC lifts Reynolds' 2-year suspension

Butch Reynolds, world record-holder in the 400-meter --, had his two-year suspension lifted by The Athletics Congress yesterday.

Reynolds, 27, the 1988 Olympic silver medalist, was suspended in November 1990 by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the world governing body of track and field, after tests taken at a meet at Monte Carlo on Aug. 12, 1990, showed the presence of the anabolic steroid nandrolene. The suspension was retroactive to the date of the meet.

He was exonerated by a three-man Doping Control Board of TAC, the national governing body for the sport. The next step for Reynolds will come Nov. 16 in Stuttgart, Germany, before the IAAF Council.

If the IAAF also exonerates Reynolds, he then would be free to run internationally.

* A triple jumper who tested positive for cocaine and a race walker were suspended, each for two years, by The Athletics Congress.

David McFadgen, 31, of Newburgh, N.Y., old tested positive for cocaine on July 19 during the U.S. Olympic Festival in Los Angeles, TAC said. Dan Pierce, 35, a race walker from Boulder, Colo., was suspended for failing to appear for an out-of-competition drug test during the week of June 3.

Tennis

Goran Ivanisevic used a career-high 27 aces to beat Andre Agassi, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), in the quarterfinals of the Australian Indoor Championship in Sydney.

Ivanisevic will play top seed Stefan Edberg, who beat Michael Chang, 6-4, 7-5. The other semifinal will pit ninth seed Brad Gilbert against third seed Pete Sampras.

* Second seed Martina Navratilova beat unseeded Sabine Appelmans, 6-2, 6-3, and qualified for the semifinals in the Milan (Italy) Ladies Indoor tournament.

The victory, her 1,309th, tied the match record set by the retired Chris Evert. Navratilova can equal a record of 157 tournament wins, also held by Evert, if she reaches and wins tomorrow's final.

Navratilova will meet Mary Joe Fernandez today.

* Top seed Sergi Brugera defeated Renzo Furlan, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals of the Athens (Greece) International.

* Third seed Jana Novotna of Czechoslovakia defeated Germany's Anke Huber, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals of the Leipzig (Germany) International.

* Boris Becker, who has been out for five weeks with a thigh injury, says he plans to rejoin the ATP tour in Tokyo next week.

Wrestling

Chris Campbell of Fayetteville, N.Y., upset five-time world champion Makharbek Khadartsev of the Soviet Union at the world wrestling championships in Varna, Bulgaria.

Golf

Golfers may ground their clubs in a hazard under limited conditions, but they no longer will be allowed to fix spike marks around the hole under a new rule adopted by the U.S. Golf Association and Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

The two organizations, which together define the rules of play throughout the world, made the announcement yesterday. The rule change goes into effect Jan. 1.

High schools

The Rhode Island Supreme Court delayed a lower court ruling that would have allowed a 17-year-old boy to play on his high school's all-girl field hockey team.

The Rhode Island Interscholastic League had appealed a

Superior Court judge's ruling that would have allowed Brian Kleczek to take the field with South Kingstown High School's Lady Rebels yesterday.

The lawsuit was filed by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Kleczek and his parents.

Tennis

Goran Ivanisevic stunned Andre Agassi with a career-high 27 aces and beat the American, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), in the quarterfinals of the Australian Indoor Championship in Sydney.

Ivanisevic will play top seed Stefan Edberg today. Edberg beat Michael Chang, 6-4, 7-5, in his quarterfinal.

The other semifinal will pit ninth seed Brad Gilbert against fellow American Pete Sampras, the third seed.

* Second seed Martina Navratilova tied a tennis record as she breezed past unseeded Belgian Sabine Appelmans, 6-2, 6-3, and qualified for the semifinals in the Milan (Italy) Ladies Indoor tournament.

The victory was a record-tying 1,309th tournament victory for Navratilova, 34. She matched the career record of retired American Chris Evert.

Navratilova can equal a record of 157 tournament wins, also held by Evert, if she reaches and wins tomorrow's final in the $225,000 tournament.

In today's semifinals, Navratilova takes on fellow-American Mary Joe Fernandez.

* Top seed Sergi Brugera of Spain defeated Renzo Furlan of Italy, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals of the Athens (Greece) International.

* Third seed Jana Novotna of Czechoslovakia defeated Germany's Anke Huber, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals of the Leipzig (Germany) International.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain will be Novotna's opponent after breezing past Wimbledon junior champion Barbara Ritter of Germany, 6-1, 6-1, in 58 minutes.

Steffi Graf, who was flown to Heidelberg for treatment of a wrist injury, returned yesterday and said she would play in today's semifinals.

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