Accola leads Swiss trio to men's Super-G sweepPaul Accola...

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February 02, 1992

Accola leads Swiss trio to men's Super-G sweep

Paul Accola won a men's super-giant slalom yesterday in Megeve, France, leading a 1-2-3 Swiss sweep. Marco Hangl finished second, just ahead of downhill specialist Franz Heinzer.

It was Accola's third individual victory of the season but first since November. He also has won three combined events, adding results of a downhill and a slalom.

The victory increased Accola's lead in the men's World Cup standings. He has 1,370 points, compared to 1,060 for runner-up Alberto Tomba of Italy. Marc Girardelli, a four-time overall winner, is third with 743 points.

* In an event often decided by hundredths of seconds, Sabine Ginther won the final World Cup downhill before the Olympics by whopping 1.27 seconds over Miriam Vogt of Germany at Grindelwald, Switzerland.

It was by far the biggest margin of victory in any of the five #F women's downhills this season. The widest previous margin was less than two-thirds of a second.

Ski jumping

Olympian Jim Holland, third after one jump, came back with the longest effort of the day to win his third-straight 70-meter event at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at Brattleboro, Vt. Holland soared 90 meters on his final attempt to vault past first-round leader Bob Holme of Littleton, Colo.

Nordic combined national champ Tim Tetreault had a strong second jump of 88.5 meters and finished second with 215.4

points. Holme came in third with 211.9 points.

Boxing

Former heavyweight champion George Foreman will meet contender Alex Stewart in Las Vegas on April 7, it was announced yesterday.

Foreman, 42, will be fighting for only the second time since losing a decision to world champion Evander Holyfield last April.

Foreman, champion in 1973 and 1974, has a record of 70-3, and a mark of 26-1 since beginning his comeback in 1987 following a 10-year layoff.

Stewart, 25, has a record of 27-3 with 27 stoppages. His defeats, all by knockout, are to former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Holyfield and undefeated prospect Michael Moorer.

"He can punch," said Foreman. "But I'm not going to let him hit me."

Tennis

Martina Navratilova defeated Magdalena Maleeva, 6-2, 6-2, in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open at Tokyo. The victory put Navratilova one step from setting a record for career tournament victories. She is tied with Chris Evert at 157 titles, the most by a woman player.

Navratilova will go for the record today against Gabriela Sabatini the final. Sabatini defeated Japan's Kimiko Date, 6-3, 6-0, in just one hour.

Navratilova paired with Pam Shriver to beat fellow Americans Peanut Harper and Cammy MacGregor, 6-2, 6-3, to earn a berth against Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain and Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia in the doubles finals.

* Unseeded American Robin White advanced to the final of the Nutri-Metics Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Petra Thoren of Finland. White's opponent will be top-seeded Andrea Strnadova of Czechoslovakia, who made it to the title match for the second year in a row by beating No. 3-seed Larisa Savchanko-Neiland, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

* Top-seeded Bryan Shelton defeated Mikael Pernfors, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4, to move into the finals of the Humana Hospital-Abilene Pro Indoor tournament at Abilene, Texas. Shelton will meet Ken Flach, who defeated defending champion Steve Bryan, 6-4, 6-4, in today's final.

Auto racing

Kevin Cogan, whose shattered right leg has not properly healed since a crash in last year's Indianapolis 500, will undergo further surgery this month and likely miss the race in May. Cogan sustained multiple fractures of his right arm and leg in a crash with Roberto Guererro.

Hockey

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Brian Noonan will be out at least four to six weeks and could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Doctors on Friday found a partial tear in the medial collateral ligament in Noonan's left knee. He will have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow to determine whether he has cartilage damage or a torn anterior cruciate ligament, either of which would keep him out of action for three months.

Noonan was injured in the first period Thursday in Vancouver when a Canucks defenseman pinched in along the boards and hit Noonan on the knee.

* The Quebec Nordiques, already mired in last place in the Adams Division, may be without without All-Star center Joe Sakic for up to a month. Sakic returned to Quebec City on Friday from the Nordiques' current road trip because of a swollen and inflamed left ankle that may require surgery. If that's the case, Sakic could be out for almost a month.

* With the fans chanting "Denny, Denny" and cheering throughout, the New York Islanders retired Denis Potvin's uniform No. 5 yesterday. The Hall of Fame defenseman was greeted by an emotional crowd at the Nassau Coliseum prior to the Islanders' game with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Golf

Ian Palmer of South Africa took sole possession of the lead in the Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok, Thailand, with a 5-under-par 67 for a 54-hole score of 200. One stroke back were Australian Brett Ogle and Bernhard Langer of Germany.

Seve Ballesteros shot a 69 for a 208, Ian Woosnam of Wales had a 71 for a 215, and defending champion Nick Faldo of England was at 216 after a 72 in the third round.

* Alison Nicholas of Britain shot a 2-under-par 70 and won the Malaysian Women's Open with a 212 total.

Soccer

U.S. World Cup player John Harkes assisted on the tying goal and scored the go-ahead goal with 5 minutes remaining as host Sheffield Wednesday beat Luton, 3-2, in the English first division.

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