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November 22, 1991

Novotna upsets 2nd seed Graf in Slims

Eighth seed Jana Novotna upset second seed Steffi Graf, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, last night to reach the semifinals of the Virginia Slims Championships in New York.

Novotna lost only two points on her serve in the final set. She converted 43 of 49 first serves in the match.

"She had such a strong serve, I barely could do anything," Graf said. "I made just too many forehand errors. It was uncharacteristic."

Novotna will play fourth seed Martina Navratilova, who rallied past fifth seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, to move a step closer to her fifth title in this season-ending tournament.

* Top seeds Anders Jarryd and John Fitzgerald defeated Canadians Grant Connell and Glenn Michibata, 7-6 (10-8) 6-4, in the second round of the ATP World Doubles Final in Johannesburg, South Africa. There were no repeats of the anti-apartheid protests that interrupted play Wednesday.

Nicknames

The Atlanta Braves and representatives of the American Indian Movement opened negotiations that eventually could lead the club to change its name. Braves president Stan Kasten said, "As of today, there are no plans to change the name." But he added, "It's fair to say I'm not seriously ruling anything out."

Some Indians say they are offended by the fans' wearing of war paint and headdresses, by the use of tomahawks on the team logo and by the tomahawk chop and war chant.

* Seminole Tribal Chairman James Billie says he is happy to share his tribe's name with Florida State.

"The word 'Seminole' means 'untamed.' Nothing can hold them back," he said. "We are proud to be Seminoles, and we are proud of the Florida State University Seminoles. We are all winners."

Baseball

A federal jury in Birmingham, Ala., ruled in favor of Oakland Athletics outfielder Jose Canseco in a fraud lawsuit filed by a former card show promoter, but found that Canseco's agent should pay $207,000. Pitts was seeking $11.3 million.

* Curtis Roosevelt Fair, 32, of East St. Louis, a coach who shot at a teen-age umpire during a game in Belleville, Ill., was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempted murder.

Boxing

Gianfranco Rosi (53-3) retained his IBF junior middleweightitle in Perugia, Italy, with a unanimous decision over American challenger Gilbert Baptist (23-12).

College soccer

Essex and Catonsville scored first-round victories at the National Junior College Athletic Association championships at Mercer County (N.J.) College.

Essex (20-3-1) used goals by John Pillion and Roberto Ascenzi for a 2-1 win against Mitchell College (14-5). Angie Forace scored in a 1-0 victory by Catonsville (11-8-1) over Champlain College (20-2). The area teams will both play Mercer County in today's semifinals, the women at 11 a.m. and the men at noon.

Bowling

Curtis Odom of Winston-Salem, N.C., moved into the lead after three rounds of the Professional Bowlers Association $150,000 Chevy Truck Classic in Rochester, N.Y. Mark Bowers of Aberdeen finished 36th, earning $1,010.

Soccer

Michelle Akers-Stahl scored two goals, as the United Statebeat Japan, 3-0, and finished the opening round of the first world women's championship in Foshan, China, with a 3-0 record. The United States is assured of reaching the quarterfinals.

High schools

Louisiana's first female wrestler, Verona Weaver of Higgins High School, won her debut because the other team didn't have anyone in the 145-pound weight class.

Golf

American Mark Brooks shot a 6-under-par 66 and took one-shot lead after the opening round of the $1.54 million Dunlop Phoenix in Miyazaki, Japan. Tied for second were Americans David Ishii and Nolan Henke.

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