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November 20, 1991

Heinrichs scores in U.S. rout of Brazil

University of Maryland coach April Heinrichs scored two goals as the United States routed Brazil, 5-0, last night and clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the first world women's soccer championship, in Canton, China.

Carin Jennings, Michelle Akers-Stahl and Mia Hamm scored one goal each for the United States, which beat Sweden, 3-2, Sunday in its opener and plays Japan tomorrow in its final first-round game.

The Americans (2-0) broke open the game in the final five minutes of the first half, scoring three goals to take a 4-0 lead.

"I think our performance was the result of our being much more relaxed than in the first game," said Heinrichs, the U.S. captain. "It was very nerve-wracking to play in the game we had waited six months to play, and getting that game out of the way was a tremendous release."

In the other Group B game, Sweden routed Japan, 8-0. In Group A, China tied Denmark, 2-2, and Norway beat New Zealand, 4-0. In Group C, Germany beat Taiwan, 3-0, and Italy beat Nigeria, 1-0.

China, Denmark, Germany and Italy also have clinched spots in the quarterfinals.

* San Diego Sockers midfielder Brian Quinn, on loan from the U.S. national team, will miss two Major Soccer League games so that he can play in the U.S. squad's exhibition against Costa Rica on Sunday in Dallas. Quinn left the Sockers on Sunday after scoring a goal and three assists in two weekend games. He will miss San Diego's games at St. Louis on Friday and at Wichita on Saturday, and rejoin the team after the U.S. exhibition.

Hockey

Howard Baldwin and Morris Belzberg, the new owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins, promised again they won't dismantle the Stanley Cup champions. But they refused to promise that there won't be changes, particularly to an ever-escalating payroll that clearly threatens their ability to ever make a profit in Pittsburgh.

"We're coming in with a great deal of enthusiasm and we're anxious to prove ourselves as owners," Baldwin said, one day after the NHL Board of Governors finally approved the deal after initially rejecting it Nov. 6.

DTC Baldwin said Penguins' fans needn't worry that Mario Lemieux or Paul Coffey will be sold to help finance the $65 million deal, which relies heavily on borrowed money and former owner Edward J. DeBartolo's pledge to underwrite a portion of any losses.

Boxing

Vinny Pazienza assured his fans that he would box again despite two spinal fractures. Dr. Walter Cotter, a neurosurgeon, said the World Boxing Association junior middleweight champion suffered two broken vertebrae in a Nov. 12 auto accident, but he said the fractures should heal.

Pazienza appeared at a news conference at Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick, R.I., where he has been a patient since the traffic accident. He was wearing a device that immobilized his neck and head. Cotter said the fighter would spend three months in the device.

The doctor also said there was a good chance Pazienza will box again. He said boxing shouldn't aggravate the fractures once they heal.

College football

Eric Ramsey's attorney said he would not release any more of the former Auburn player's secretly recorded tapes until after the Nov. 30 Alabama-Auburn game.

Donald Watkins said a number of people he respects had asked him to delay releasing the last set of tapes, which include conversations Ramsey had with coach Pat Dye.

Ramsey contends the last set of tapes will prove that Dye knew he received cash and other gifts in violation of NCAA rules while playing at Auburn.

The attorney said the requests came in part from "people around the state who are concerned that there is such an emotional fervor, particularly since it is the Alabama-Auburn game."

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