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November 18, 1991

Damiani out, Cooper in as Holyfield foe

Francesco Damiani has withdrawn from his Saturday title fight against heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield because of an ankle injury.

Instead, Holyfield will fight Bert Cooper of Salem, Va., promoter Mike Boorman said yesterday. Cooper, 25, is 26-7 with 23 knockouts. He won his last four fights by knockout, including a fourth-round knockout of Joe Hipp in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 18.

Duva said Bob Lee of the International Boxing Federation and Elias Cordova of the World Boxing Association indicated their groups would sanction the bout as a title fight.

Football

Playing before their largest home crowd in eight years, 50,380, the Toronto Argonauts routed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 42-3, and advanced to the Grey Cup for the first time since 1983.

Rocket Ismail returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown to make the score 22-0 but suffered a mild concussion while taking a hit and didn't play the last 35 minutes. He is expected to be OK by Sunday, when Toronto will meet the Calgary Stampeders for the Canadian Football League championship in Winnipeg. Calgary advanced to its first Grey Cup since 1971 with a 38-36 victory at Edmonton.

Pro basketball

The Chicago Bulls are looking for a center to replace Bill Cartwright, who will sit out about six weeks with a broken hand. He suffered the injury when the Milwaukee Bucks' Jay Humphries accidentally kicked him Friday night.

Will Perdue will start in the 17 games Cartwright is scheduled to miss, the team announced.

Track and field

The International Amateur Athletic Federation formally reinstated Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as official members. The decision allows the Baltic states to compete individually in the 1992 Olympic Games after 41 years of general representation under the Soviet Union.

College field hockey

Laura Harmon and Maureen Scott scored unassisted goalsas Maryland (16-4-1) advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 1987 with a 2-1 win over Iowa (17-2-1) at College Park. The Terps will face Old Dominion on Saturday at Villanova.

Tennis

Five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg, 35, who failed in a comeback attempt earlier this year, will play on a new Association of Tennis Professionals over-35 circuit next year, his management company said.

Soccer

Cologne soccer star Maurice Banach died in a car accident outside Remscheid, Germany, police said. Banach, 24, was a member of the Cologne team since 1990. He scored 10 of Cologne's 24 goals in First Division matches this season.

* April Henrichs, Carin Jennings and Mia Hamm scored for a three-goal lead midway through the second half and the United States hung on Sunday night for a 3-2 victory over Sweden in the first world women's championship, in Punyu, China.

Speed skating

A Chinese women's team set a world record in the 3,000-meter relay for short-track events in a pre-Olympic competition in Albertville, France. Yanmei Zhang led the Chinese team to a time of 4 minutes, 33.49 seconds, just under the 4:33.82 record it had set Saturday during preliminaries.

Baseball

The New York Mets had their first meeting with free agent Bobby Bonilla. Bonilla and his agent, Dennis Gilbert, conferred with new general manager Al Harazin and outgoing GM Frank Cashen in Manhattan for nearly three hours, and though the Mets didn't talk money, Harazin called the face-to-face "delightful." Harazin said he would make an offer within 10 days.

Cycling

Isabelle Nicoloso of France bettered her world record for the women's indoor 1-kilometer race at the Six Days of Bordeaux (France).

Nicoloso set the mark from a standing start with a time of 1 minute, 11.708 seconds. The old record was 1:11.976, which she set a year ago at the same competition.

Golf

Australia's Roger Mackay became the Japanese golf tour's highest earning foreigner in one season at $802,000 with a two-shot victory in the $1.15 million Taiheiyo Club Masters in Gotemba, Japan.

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