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October 13, 1991

Red tops White in Blast's last tuneup

Rookie midfielder Doug Miller scored three goals and veteran defender Doug Neely scored twice yesterday to lead the Red to a 7-5 victory over the White in an intra-squad game for the Baltimore Blast at Myers Pavilion.

It was the final tuneup for the Blast for Saturday night's Major Soccer League season opener at the Baltimore Arena against the Dallas Mavericks at 7:35.

Billy Ronson and Mark Mettrick scored once each for the Red. The White's five goals came from Waad Hirmez (three) and Domenic Mobilio (two).

Blast vice president Drew Forrester said yesterday that the team has an advance sale of 10,000 tickets for the opener, including an opening-game club record of 6,200 group sales tickets.

Pro football

Tight end Don Warren, who suffered a broken fibula in training camp July 24, was activated yesterday by the Washington Redskins for today's game against the Cleveland Browns. To make room for Warren on the roster, the Redskins put tight end Jimmie Johnson on injured reserve. Johnson became just the latest Redskin to be put on IR, even though he never made the injury report. For the record, the Redskins said his injury was a pinched nerve in his neck.

* Craig "Ironhead" Heyward will return as soon as possible to New Orleans -- and miss today's NFL game in Philadelphia -- to deal with a complaint by two women that the New Orleans Saints fullback assaulted them at a send-off rally, the team said last night.

The women said Heyward assaulted them at the Friday-night rally in the parking lot of Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Jefferson Parish authorities said.


John Bland defeated Curtis Strange and David Frost beat Steve Pate to give South Africa a 2-1 victory over the top-seeded United States in the quarterfinals of the Dunhill Cup at St. Andrews, Scotland. Bland edged Strange, 68-69, and Frost beat Pate, 70-71. The Americans' only point came on Fred Couples' 67-74 victory over Gary Player.

The South Africans, playing in their first international team event in 11 years, returned to the Old Course in the afternoon and beat Scotland, 3-0, to reach the finals. The other semifinal between Wales and Sweden was suspended by darkness with two of the matches tied after 18 holes.

* Sandy Lyle shot a 71 and barely hung on to his lead in the International Open in Munich, Germany, when defending champion Paul Azinger shot an 8-under-par 64 to move within one stroke of the Scot. Lyle reached the 54-hole mark with a 201 total. Sweden's Magnus Sunesson was a stroke behind Azinger after a 68. Tony Johnstone of Zimbabwe, David J. Russel of England and Rodger Davis of Australia were tied at 204. Among the group at 205 were Americans Payne Stewart and Tom Purtzer.


Chris Evert and former Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill had their first baby yesterday, an 8-pound, 6-ounce boy named Alexander James Mill.

Mill was in the delivery room with the former tennis champion throughout the labor and when the 22-inch-long baby was born by Cesarean at 5:01 a.m., a spokeswoman for Broward (Fla.) General Hospital said.

"We're all fine, all three of us are doing great," Evert told her business assistant, Peggy Gossett. Mill said he was "overwhelmed with joy," Gossett said.

* Derrick Rostagno, scoring his second upset in two days, beat Ivan Lendl and will meet top seed Stefan Edberg in the final of the $1 million Seiko Super Tennis Tournament in Tokyo. Rostagno, the No. 7 seed, beat the third-seeded Lendl, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. In the other semifinal, Edberg, ranked No. 1 in the world, defeated Goran Ivanisevic of Yugoslavia, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.

In today's men's doubles final, top-seeded Americans Scott Davis and David Pate will face compatriots Jim Grabb and Richey Reneberg.

* Top-seeded Steffi Graf overcame a nagging wrist injury and turned in a 6-4, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Helena Sukova in the semifinals of the European Indoors tournament in Zurich, Switzerland. Sixth seed Nathalie Tauziat of France outlasted fourth seed Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5), in the other semifinal.

* Fourth seed Petr Korda defeated seventh seed Anders Jarryd, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, and Arnaud Boetsch defeated Patrik Kuehnen, 6-2, 6-3, in the semifinals of the Berlin ATP tournament.

Pro basketball

Larry Johnson's one-day visit to Charlotte apparently wasn't enough to sway negotiations with the Hornets. Johnson, the NBA draft's No. 1 pick, flew back to Dallas Friday night without signing a contract.

The Hornets are holding firm at an offer of $15.6 million over five years -- an average of $3.12 million per season. Johnson's agent, Steve Endicott, had hoped the Hornets would break the impasse by finding some money to pump his first-year salary above $1.95 million.

Auto racing

Bobby Labonte, second in the Busch Grand National points race, qualified 31st in his Oldsmobile, as the field of 46 was completed for today's Chevy Dealers of New England 250.

Ricky Craven, from nearby Concord, N.H., won the pole for the $279,000 event at the New Hampshire International Speedway. Craven, driving a Chevrolet, averaged 121.800 mph around the

one-mile oval during Friday's qualifying laps.


American James Toney defended his International Boxing Federation middleweight title by knocking out Italian Francesco Dell'Aquila in the fourth round of a scheduled 12-round fight in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Toney is 28-0-1 with 20 knockouts. It was the second defense of the title he won by upsetting Michael Nunn. Dell'Aquila is 31-2-2.


Americans, led by John Mazza, took all six positions for the finals of the Japan Cup, a competition between the United States and Japan. Mazza took a 33-pin lead in the five-game stepladder elimination with 7,710 pins. Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Stockton, Calif., was second with 7,677 pins.

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