Seles tops Navratilova, wins Milan titleNo. 1 Monica Seles...

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October 07, 1991

Seles tops Navratilova, wins Milan title

No. 1 Monica Seles fought off a challenge by second seed Martina Navratilova to win the Milan indoor tennis championship, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, yesterday.

The 1-hour, 40-minute victory by Seles kept Navratilova from equaling Chris Evert's record of 157 tournament titles.

A semifinal win by Navratilova, 34, over Mary Joe Fernandez was her 1,310th match victory, breaking Evert's all-time record of 1,309 accomplished over a 20-year career.

* Stefan Edberg, playing aggressively from the outset, breezed to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Brad Gilbert in the final of the Australian Indoor tennis tournament in Sydney.

* Top-seeded Sergi Bruguera of Spain beat countryman Jordi Arrese, 7-5, 6-3, to make the Athens (Greece) International Championship his third tournament victory this year.


Dana Miller-Mackie, the 1990 U.S. Open champion, took a 35-pin lead after the first round of the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Hammer Eastern Open at Country Club Lanes in Middle River.

Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., led Dede Davidson of San Jose, Calif., 1,470-1,435, after six games of qualifying.


Bernhard Langer of Germany beat Rodger Davis of Australia on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday to win the German Masters Golf Tournament in Stuttgart for the second straight year.

College soccer

Navy (7-4) suffered its first shutout of the season, dropping a 2-0 decision to West Virginia in Morgantown.

The Mountaineers scored their first goal two minutes into the second half after a defensive struggle in the first stanza. West Virginia sealed the win with its final score, which came at the 62-minute mark.

Road racing

Australian and first-time marathoner Malcolm Norwood and local favorite Janis Klecker won the 10th annual Twin Cities Marathon.

Norwood outlasted a challenge from another rookie marathoner, Bob Kempainen of Minnetonka, to win by two seconds in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 10 seconds. Klecker, a Minnetonka resident running in her sixth Twin Cities Marathon, recorded a personal best of 2:30:31 to coast to the women's championship by more than three minutes over Marcia Narloch of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Pro basketball

Doc Rivers, the guard the Los Angeles Clippers acquired on draft day for a No. 1 pick, has left training camp and wants to be traded.

Rivers, obtained by the Clippers from the Atlanta Hawks, earlier had been requesting a renegotiation of his $1.1 million a year contract, which has four years remaining. He said he wants to be traded, regardless of whether he gets a new deal.

College football

Offensive guard Bill Britt, a two-year starter for Northwestern Louisiana, broke his back in a hunting accident.

Britt, a senior from Magnolia, Ark., was paralyzed from the waist down and doctors believe the damage is permanent, coach Sam Goodwin said. Britt, who is pursuing a degree in wildlife management, was injured when he fell from a deer stand on Saturday morning.

Powerboat racing

Eike Batista, the Brazilian gold mining magnate, locked up the Offshore Professional Tour's national championship in the Ultra Slim-Fast New York race on the Hudson River that left the old course speed record in shreds.

Batista, who finished first in four out of seven Superboat offshore races run this year, came in second. The winner, Russell Wilkin of Bluffton, Ind., drove Powerboat Marine Products, a twin engine 40-foot Skater, to a 114.4 mph average over the choppy 151.2-mile course. This breaks the old Offshore course record by almost 7 mph.


What Pernell Whitaker believes was his best lightweight fight also may have been his last.

Whitaker set his sights on the junior welterweight division after successfully defending his undisputed lightweight title Saturday night with a bruising 12-round decision over former featherweight champion Jorge Paez in Reno, Nev.

"It was the best lightweight fight I ever had, but I set out to make this fight special," Whitaker said.

It was the eighth title defense for Whitaker, who has had increasing trouble making the 135-pound weight and who has run out of lucrative opponents.

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