Earnhardt nears Winston Cup titleDale Earnhardt all but...

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November 04, 1991

Earnhardt nears Winston Cup title

Dale Earnhardt all but clinched his fifth NASCAR Winston Cup championship with a ninth-place finish yesterday, as Davey Allison overpowered the field for an easy victory in the Pyroil 500 in Phoenix. Earnhardt, the defending series champ, needs only to start the season finale on Nov. 17 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to nail down the title that will move him within two of seven-time champion Richard Petty. They are the only drivers to have won the title more than three times.

* Ayrton Senna won the shortest Formula One race ever and led McLaren-Honda to the manufacturers championship when a chaotic Australian Grand Prix was stopped after torrential rain in Adelaide caused a series of wild crashes. The street-course race was halted after 17 laps and called off an hour later as the heavy rain continued.

College football

Former Auburn player Eric Ramsey got cash from assistant coaches and told one of them he received money from coach Pat Dye, according to secret tape recordings made by Ramsey. The Birmingham (Ala.) News published a copyrighted story that detailed the contents of a second batch of tapes released by Ramsey and his lawyer.

Tennis

Guy Forget of France rallied from a set down to beat former U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras, 7-6 (11-9), 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, and win the Paris Open. American Sampras and Forget are almost sure to be picked up to represent their countries in the Davis Cup championship matches Nov. 29-Dec.1 in Lyon, France.

Semipro football

Ron Meehan's 35-yard touchdown pass to Tom Minor with 11:17 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Baltimore Bears a 9-3 win over the Peninsula Poseidon in a Mason-Dixon League semifinal played before a crowd of 5,717 at Newport News, Va., on Saturday. The Bears advance to Saturday's championship game against the Washington Stonewalls at Spingarn High School at 7 p.m. Meehan (Towson State) completed 20 of 33 for 218 yards.

Olympics

The NBA has agreed to pay for its players to travel with and play for the U.S. Olympic team at the 1992 Games. U.S. Olympic Committee deputy secretary general John Krimsky said about 80 percent of the mail being received by the USOC is from citizens concerned that the Olympic movement will be paying for the NBA players.

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