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November 17, 1991

Boggs threatens to file for free agency in '92

The agent for Boston Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs said that if the five-time American League batting champion does not have a contract extension before spring training, Boggs would file for free agency after next season.

"I know if we can't get this done during the off-season, Wade and I are both very adamant about not doing it at all," Alan Nero told the Boston Herald.

The Red Sox, who would still be able to sign Boggs as a free agent, have said they want to extend Boggs' contract beyond the 1992 season.

Boggs, 33, will earn $2.7 million next season in the final year of a three-year deal. He hit .332 last season and is a lifetime .345 hitter. He also became a 10 and 5 player (10 years in the major leagues, five years with the same team), which gave him veto rights on any trade.

* Bobby Bonilla, beginning a series of meetings with teams, sat rTC down with the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday to explore the possibility of making Veterans Stadium his new home. Bonilla, who became a free agent after six seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, has meetings arranged with the Pirates, Phillies, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and California Angels, according to agent Dennis Gilbert. The San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees also have expressed interest in Bonilla, according to Brian Cohen, an associate of Gilbert's.

Pro football

Offensive tackle Ed Simmons of the Washington Redskins, who missed the past eight games with a knee injury, was activated from the injured-reserve list yesterday for the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers today.

The Redskins have used up three of the five moves they are allowed off the list. They wanted to activate Simmons because Russ Grimm has an ankle injury and will play only in an emergency.

* The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported yesterday that running back Herschel Walker won't return to the Minnesota Vikings in 1992. Walker, acquired from the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 for eight high draft choices and five players, will not re-sign with the Vikings unless that's necessary to facilitate a trade to a team he likes, the Star Tribune reported, quoting an unidentified source.

* The NFL is exploring the possibility of instituting a uniform voluntary AIDS testing and education program after the disclosure by NBA star Magic Johnson that he tested positive for the virus that causes the disease. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue talked several times last week with NBA commissioner David Stern about the subject.

Bowling

Jess Stayrook beat Ron Palombi Jr., 234-215, to win the Professional Bowlers Association World Open title in Chicago. Palombi took a 20-pin lead in the second frame after opening with three consecutive strikes. He then failed to strike in the next four frames. Stayrook bowled four strikes in the third through sixth frames.

The key to the match came in the next frame, when Stayrook struck on an apparently high shot, giving him five in a row and a

19-pin lead.

Boxing

Three U.S. boxers were scheduled to be in action at the World Amateur championships in Sydney, Australia, today. They were Eric Griffin, who won the 106-pound title at the 1989 World Championships in Moscow; 18-year-old Oscar de la Hoya, 132, a golden boy of the sport in the United States, and Raul Marquez, 156, who was a bronze medalist at 18 in Moscow.

In the first 90 matches of the 256-bout competition through last night, the U.S. record was 6-2.

Soccer

Liu Ailing scored twice, as China beat Norway, 4-0, in the opening match of the first world women's championship in Canton, China. The United States, one of the favorites in the 12-team tournament, opens tonight against Sweden.

Tennis

Top-seeded Gabriel Markus of Argentina and Ecuador's Raul Viver won semifinal matches at the Hudson Open in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Viver advancing when second-seeded Roberto Azar quit in the third set because of the flu. Markus oustlasted Cassio Motta of Brazil, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), in just under two hours in a tense clay-court battle.

College basketball

Svetlana Trzgeskaya made six three-pointers and scored 28 points, as Elektrasalia of Russia defeated Loyola, 89-66, in a women's exhibition game. Loyola was led by Mia Vendlinski, who came off the bench to score 13 points.

College cross country

Navy women, led by seventh-place finisher Susie Stewart (18 minutes), captured the 21-team East Coast Athletic Conference Championship in Bethlehem, Pa., while competing for the first time on the Division I level. The top four teams were Navy (89), Delaware (145), St. John's (159) and Yale (174).

College swimming

Western Maryland's men opened their season with a 78-17 loss to Catholic University in Westminster. The Green Terrors women dropped their meet also, 63-31, to Catholic.

College squash

Navy ran its record to 3-0 with a 9-0 rout of Ohio Wesleyan in Annapolis. Navy won eight of the nine matches in three straight sets. No. 1 Rob Patrick, No. 2 Mo Curran, No. 4 Eric Green, No. 5 Andre Stephano, No. 6 David Miller, No. 7 Rob Wirth and No. 8 Steve Maier improved to 3-0.

College pistol

Navy improved to 4-0 with a tri-meet win over Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue. Navy finished first with 6,530, Purdue second with 5,722, and MIT third with 5,592. Navy's Chris Alvarez was the top individual in the meet winning ** the free (542), standard (572) and air.

Volleyball

Cuba clinched the Women's World Cup championships with a 15-9, 15-12, 2-15, 15-11 victory over Peru in Osaka, Japan.

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