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January 04, 1992

Foreman, Holyfield agree to March rematch

George Foreman, who said he was cheated out of a rematch with Evander Holyfield last summer, may get his chance to meet the undisputed heavyweight champion again.

The two camps said yesterday that they had agreed "in principle" to a rematch on March 20 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Holyfield captured a unanimous decision over Foreman on April 19.

Tennis

Switzerland rode wins by Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere and Jakob Hlasek to victory over Czechoslovakia and its first title in the Hopman Cup team tournament in Perth, Australia. Maleeva-Fragniere took the women's singles, beating Helena Sukova, 6-2, 6-4, in 65 minutes, then Hlasek won the men's

singles, needing only an hour to defeat Karel Novacek, 6-4, 6-4.

Switzerland was the No. 4 seed. Czechoslovakia, the 1988 champion, was seeded fifth.

* Top seed Goran Ivanisevic reached the semifinals of the Australian Hardcourt championships in Adelaide, then said he may have to withdraw. Ivanisevic advanced to a meeting against unseeded American Bryan Shelton by defeating Marc Rosset of Switzerland, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in the quarterfinals, then said he was suffering from tennis elbow and would make a decision today on whether to continue.

* Debbie Graham of the United States defeated Mana Endo of Japan, 6-2, 6-3, and reached the semifinals of the Danone Queensland Open in Brisbane, Australia.

Biathlon

Rich Gross of Bend, Ore., nipped Josh Thompson of Gunnison, Colo., to win the third biathlon Olympic tryout race in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 7.9 seconds. The 14-member Olympic team will be named today after the final event.

Bobsledding

Bobsledders Edwin Moses, Willie Gault, Brian Shimer and Greg Harrell asked the U.S. Olympic Committee for an arbitration hearing to win places on the U.S. Olympic team. The four failed to win a place during the bobsled trials in March and July 1991, though Shimer earned a spot on a two-man team. They say the trials were not conducted fairly and asked that an arbitrator either place them on the team or order the trials re-staged by Jan. 19.

Soccer

Real Madrid (Spain) midfielder Robert Prosinecki, 22, one of the world's highest-paid players at $15 million over five years, underwent surgery to repair a torn thigh muscle. He is expected to be fully recovered in two months.

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