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October 20, 1991

Ailing Ballesteros in Match Play final

Four-time winner Seve Ballesteros ignored a painful right foot to defeat Billy Andrade, 3 and 2, in yesterday's semifinals of the World Match Play golf tournament at Virginia Water, England, setting up a final against Nick Price.

Ballesteros had two injections of painkillers before the match and said the foot hurt throughout the 36-hole semifinal.

"I had a hard time walking and I also missed some shots because I couldn't follow through," said the Spaniard, who won the title in 1981, 1982, 1984 and 1985 and has never lost in the final.

Price defeated Nick Faldo, 5 and 3, in the other semifinal. Price won five of the first 10 holes and never trailed.



Alisa Hill, the only American in the field, won the women's Fifth Avenue Mile and Britain's Mathew Yates took the men's event yesterday in New York. Hill, the 1991 Pan American Games 1,500-meter gold medalist, seized the lead from a tiring Leah Pells of Canada with about a quarter mile remaining and coasted across the finish line for an easy victory in 4 minutes, 31.57 seconds.

In the men's race, Yates burst into the lead with less than a quarter-mile remaining and held off a late charge by Frank O'Mara of Ireland and Han Kulker of The Netherlands. Yates was timed in 3:56.75.


David Wheaton defeated Michael Chang, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), and qualified for the final of the Marlboro Championships in Hong Kong. Wheaton will play defending champion Ivan Lendl, a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) winner over Australian Todd Woodbridge.

Wheaton was eliminated on Friday when he finished behind Japanese Shuzo Matsuoka in group play. However, Matsuoka became ill yesterday, giving Wheaton the chance to play in the semifinals. The 16 players in the tournament were divided into four groups, with the winner in each advancing to the semifinals.

* Pete Sampras beat Brad Gilbert, 6-1, 6-2, in less than an hour in their semifinal match at the Lyon Grand Prix. Sampras, the No. 2 seed, will play French wild-card entry Olivier Delaitre for the title today. Delaitre beat No. 3 seed Sergei Bruguera, 6-4, 6-4.

* Michael Stich advanced to the final of the CA Trophy tournament at Vienna, Austria, with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia. Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands won the other semifinal, beating Carl-Uwe Steeb, 6-3, 6-2.

* Martina Navratilova defeated Judith Wiesner of Austria, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), to advance to the final of the WTA tournament at Filderstadt, Germany, against 16-year-old Anke Huber. Huber defeated seventh-seeded Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).

* John McEnroe, a four-time Stockholm Open winner, withdrew from the tournament because of a foot injury, organizers said yesterday.

7/8 Courtney Bennett of Coppin State set a course record at the Cheyney (Pa.) Invitational, winning the 5-mile race in 25 minutes, 50 seconds. Bennett broke the old mark of 26:03 set last year by Lincoln's Vernon Miller. Coppin State won the team competition with 27 points, followed by Delaware (44) and Lincoln (49).

Pro football

Quarterback Jim McMahon went through his first workout in three weeks Friday, as the Philadelphia Eagles returned to workouts after a three-day break. McMahon wore a brace on his right knee, which he injured on Sept. 30 against the Washington Redskins. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out the joint and is expected to start the Eagles' next game, Sunday against San Francisco.



Mark Allen won his third straight Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, tying six-time winner Dave Scott's record for consecutive victories.

Allen, 31, of Cardiff, Calif., finished the 140.6-mile endurance test in 8 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds, behind his own 1989 record of 8:09:15.

* The sport of triathlon received a boost for its chances o becoming an Olympic event yesterday when it was admitted as a full member of the General Association of International Sports Federations. The International Triathlon Union was previously a provisional member of GAISF but was upgraded to full membership in recognition of increased interest and participation, the association said.

Only sports having international federations that are full members of GAISF may take part in the Olympics, and only athletes under the federations' banner are accepted.


Kathy Boswell was the leader with a score of 1,273, in the qualifying of the Women's National Duckpin Association Grand Prix at Fair Lanes Owings Mills. The top 24 qualified for this morning's semifinals, which begin at 9:30.



Israel Contreras of Venezuela captured the World Boxing Association bantamweight title by knocking out champion Luisito Espinosa of the Philippines in the fifth round at Manila, Philippines. Contreras survived two knockdowns in the second round and put Espinosa down twice in the fifth.

* International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Charles Williams threw three sharp rights to the head of Fred Delgado to score a second-round technical knockout at Williamson, W.Va.


Sean Kelly beat Martial Gayant in a two-man sprint and won the Tour of Lombardy, the next-to-last event of the 1991 World Cup circuit, at Monza, Italy. Maurizio Fondriest, who finished in the pack nearly three minutes behind the winner, kept his narrow lead in the overall World Cup standings, ahead of Laurent Jalabert and Rolf Sorensen.

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