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February 09, 1992

German sprinters get reprieve in drug tests

German track and field officials yesterday temporarily lifted a ban on sprinters Katrin Krabbe, Grit Breuer and Silke Moeller, who were suspended because of suspicions of a drug test.

The move enabled Breuer to compete in the German Indoor Track Championships at Karlsruhe, Germany. Krabbe and Moeller also could have competed, but they were not scheduled to run until today.

Results of new drug tests on the three athletes are to be announced today, and if they are guilty of wrongdoing they could be suspended for up to four years.

However, Helmut Meyer, president of the German Track Association, said he feared the new tests could prove inconclusive and a long legal battle could ensue.

* Heike Henkel of Germany set a world record in the women's indoor high jump, leaping 6 feet, 9 1/2 inches, at the German Indoor Championships. Henkel's performance surpassed the previous mark of 6-9, by Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria Feb. 20, 1988.

Bowling

Eric Forkel of Chatsworth, Calif., won his first Professional Bowlers Association title when he rolled three strikes in the final frame of the Flagship City Open at Erie, Pa. Forkel beat Dave Husted of Milwaukie, Ore., in the final game, 204-192, to earn the $27,000 first prize and a berth in the Firestone Tournament of Champions later this year. Husted won $14,000 for second.

Forkel held a 16-pin lead through five frames. He saw his lead cut to two pins when he failed to mark in the seventh frame. Husted struck in the eighth frame and spared in the ninth, forcing Forkel to get three strikes in the 10th.

Boxing

James Toney retained his International Boxing Federation middleweight title by scoring a split decision against a relentless David Tiberi in a 12-round bout at Atlantic City, N.J.

Both fighters stayed within inches of each other the entire fight, trading combinations to the body and the head that wearied Toney first and then Tiberi.

Judges Bill Lerch scored the bout 115-111 and Frank Garza had it 115-112, both for Toney. Judge Frank Brunette saw it 117-111 for Tiberi.

Tennis

Second seed Michael Chang defeated Brad Gilbert, 6-0, 7-5, and advanced into the final of the Volvo San Francisco tournament.

Top seed Jim Courier was to take his shot at becoming the first American in 6 1/2 years to be ranked No. 1 in the world in a semifinal match against Derrick Rostagno of Pacific Palisades later last night.

* Mary Joe Fernandez and Monica Seles will have a rematch of their Australian Open final when they play for the title in the Nokia Women's Tournament today at Essen, Germany. The top-seeded Seles advanced Saturday with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of Mary Pierce, a 17-year-old American playing out of France. The match took only 47 minutes. Fernandez beat Barbara Rittner of Germany 7-5, 6-4.

* Goran Ivanisevic used a booming serve to overpower Stefano Pescosolido, 6-2, 6-2, and reach the finals of the Milan indoor tennis tournament. Ivanisevic will play his doubles partner, Omar Camporese of Italy, in today's final. Camporese beat Andrei

Cherkasov of Russia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Golf

Seve Ballesteros shot a 3-under-par 69 and held his one-stroke lead in the Dubai Desert Classic with a 54-hole score of 202. Northern Ireland's Ronan Rafferty, who shared the first-round lead with Ballesteros, had a 67 in the third round and moved into second place.

* PGA champion John Daly birdied the fifth hole to earn $11,250 on the first day of the Australian Skins competition at Port Douglas, Australia. Australian Greg Norman won $7,500 on the doubled-up second hole. Ian Baker-Finch of Australia and Japan's Hideki Kase were shut out of first-day prize money in the four-man exhibition.

Cycling

Belgian cyclist Johan Museeuw's strong sprint gave him the edge and he won the fifth stage of the Tour of Andalusia, which ended at Jaen, Spain. Miguel Angel Martinez of Spain held onto the overall lead going into the race's final leg.

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