Navratilova stopped in final by Sabat

Sports briefly

February 03, 1992

Martina Navratilova's bid for a record 158th tournament title was foiled yesterday in Tokyo by Gabriela Sabatini's stream of pinpoint service returns and passing shots. In a repeat of last year's final of the Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament, the top-seeded Sabatini beat the second-seeded Navratilova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

"She played well, and I didn't," Navratilova said. "My serves did not have good placement, so she made good returns, forcing me on the defense." Navratilova, 35, beat Monica Seles in the 1991 Virginia Slims of California for her 157th career title, tying the record held by Chris Evert.

Navratilova also lost in the doubles final. She and Pam Shriver of Lutherville, Md., were beaten, 7-5, 6-1, by Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain and Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia.

* Jaime Oncins beat Markus Zoecke, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 7-5, giving Brazil a first-round Davis Cup upset victory over Germany, the 1989 champion, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Zoecke, who failed to win a match point in the fifth set, was a replacement for Boris Becker, who dropped out because of intestinal problems and exhaustion after grueling matches Friday and Saturday.

* Pete Sampras, ranked No. 4 in the world, used his dominating serve to beat Alberto Mancini, 6-4, 6-1, in a meaningless singles match in a first-round Davis Cup series against Argentina in Kohala Coast, Hawaii. Andre Agassi completed an American sweep by beating Martin Jaite, 7-5, 6-3. The United States clinched the series Saturday when John McEnroe and Rick Leach beat Javier Frana and Christian Miniussi in four sets.

Track and field

American Danny Everett broke the world indoor 400 meters record at a meet in Stuttgart, Germany. Everett, 25, clocked 45.02 seconds to break 1987 German world outdoor champion Thomas Schoenlebe's mark of 45.05 set in February 1988. Two years ago, Everett bettered Schoenlebe's mark in Stuttgart, but the record was not recognized after he was disqualified for running out of his lane.

* Marchell Payne of Maryland set a women's meet record at the Princeton Relays in the triple jump at 41 feet, 6 inches. Morgan State's women also set a meet record of 3:59.47 in winning the sprint medley. The Mount St. Mary's 4x400-meter men's relay team finished first at the Princeton Relays. Andre Smith, Malcolm Poole, Jim Stevenson and Robert Douglas finished in 3:17.11, edging Lincoln University by 0.38 of a second.

Skiing

Didrik Marksten of Norway leaped into the pre-Olympic spotlight by winning the giant slalom in St. Gervais, France, beating Italian star Alberto Tomba. Marksten, 20, whose previous best in a World Cup race was sixth, started 39th in the first run and finished third. He was runner-up in the second run and

wound up timed in 2:43.32.

Tomba, winner of two giant slaloms this season, led after the first run and finished second overall in 2:43.59. Markus Wasmeier of Germany was third in 2:44.02. It was the final World Cup event before the Winter Olympics. Paul Accola of Switzerland, who won Saturday's super giant slalom, dropped out early in the second run after being 15th-fastest in the first. He leads the overall season's standings with 1,370 points, with Tomba second with 1,140.

* Monika Maierhofer of Austria, often a runner-up but never a winner, won a World Cup slalom in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Maierhofer, 25, who had finished second in eight slaloms since 1987, won the final race before the Olympics with a time of 1:13.99 for the two runs.

Pro football

Mel Hein, the Hall of Fame center-linebacker who was the iron man and captain of the New York Giants teams that won seven division titles and two league championships in the 1930s and 1940s, died Friday night at his home in San Clemente, Calif. He was 82 and died of stomach cancer, his family said.

Boxing

In a double billing in Las Vegas with fellow unbeaten heavyweight Michael Moorer, Lennox Lewis may have come off second best. Lewis was forced to go 10 rounds for the first time in his career Saturday night before beating journeyman Levi Billups in a performance that failed to cement his claim to be the leading heavyweight contender.

Moorer, meanwhile, went 10 rounds himself, but was more impressive in knocking down Mike "The Giant" White two times while winning a lopsided decision.

Soccer

Marcelo Balboa converted a penalty kick with 15 minutes remaining, as the United States beat the Commonwealth of Independent States, 2-1, in an exhibition game in the Pontiac (Mich.) Silverdome. The Silverdome is bidding for games during the 1994 World Cup and is considered a favorite by international soccer officials, who plan to install grass over the artificial turf.

Bowling

The William Paterson men and the University of Florida women won the team titles in the 12th Ebonite Fair Lanes Collegiate championships at Fair Lanes Kings Point in Randallstown. Essex Community College finished seventh in the men's competition and sixth in the women's.

* Tish Johnson defeated Cheryl Daniels, 203-180, to win the LPBT's Las Vegas Western Open. Johnson earned $6,000 for first place in the $35,000 event. She struck in four of the first five frames, taking a 30-pin lead she would never relinquish.

Track and field

* The Mount St. Mary's 4x400-meter relay team finished first at the Princeton Relays. Andre Smith, Malcolm Poole, Jim Stevenson and Robert Douglas finished in 3:17.11, edging Lincoln University by 0.38 of a second. In the pentathlon, Stevenson placed third with 3,788 points, 60 points behind winner Steve Dunphy of Virginia.

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