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February 16, 1992

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Courier reaches final, keeps No. 1 ranking

Boris Becker and Jim Courier reached the final of the Donnay Indoor Championship yesterday in Brussels, Belgium.

Becker, the No. 3 seed, defeated top seed Stefan Edberg, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Courier, the world's top player and the second seed, eliminated fifth seed Guy Forget, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4.

The victory assured Courier of retaining the No. 1 ranking, which he took from Edberg last week. Courier would have lost the top spot if he had been beaten by Edberg in today's final.

* MaliVai Washington, the 14th seed, moved within a step of his first professional title as he ended 16th seed Jimmy Connors' stunning run in the $780,000 Federal Express International in Memphis, Tenn., with a 6-2, 7-5 victory. Washington, a former Michigan All-American who turned pro in 1989, will play seventh seed Wayne Ferreira of South Africa, who beat unseeded Amos Mansdorf of Israel, 6-2, 6-3.

* Second seed Martina Navratilova rallied behind her serve and beat Lori McNeil, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the Virginia Slims of Chicago semifinals. Navratilova tries for her 12th Chicago Slims championship today against Jana Novotna, who beat Steffi Graf, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5. If Navratilova, 35, wins, it would be her 158th singles title, a record. She and Chris Evert, who retired in 1989, have 157 each. Connors has most singles men's singles titles, 109.

* Pascale Paradis-Mangon and Natalya Medvedeva scored straight-set semifinal victories in the EA-Generali indoor tournament in Linz, Austria.

Track and field

Andre Cason missed a world indoor record in the 50-meter -- by one-hundredth of a second in the Sunkist Invitational in Los Angeles after flying all day from Madrid, Spain, where he broke the 60-meter record Friday night. The 50 record of 5.61 was set by Manfred Kokot of East Germany in 1980 and matched by James Sanford the following year.

* Navy (8-0) concluded its men's dual-meet season with winover Rutgers and Fordham in Annapolis, running its unbeaten streak to 17.

* Irv Kintisch, who won the AAU shot put title while at NYU in 1947 with a toss of 52 feet, 6 1/4 inches, has died in Miami. He was 69.

Pro basketball

The Dallas Mavericks are negotiating a deal that would send guard Rolando Blackman, 32, to the New York Knicks for guard John Starks, 26, by Thursday's trading deadline, according to The Dallas Morning News. The Mavericks are insisting on also receiving a first-round draft pick, the paper reported.

Sailing

All five America's Cup races were postponed as the third in a series of storms battered the Southern California coast. Meanwhile, the Russian Red Star '92 syndicate announced it will sponsor a series of unofficial races the third week of March, during the break between the third and fourth rounds.

Auto racing

Nelson Piquet of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, says he will try for the Indianapolis 500 and will not race on the Formula One circuit this year. The three-time world driving champion says he was not interested in continuing to drive Formula One cars for Benetton-Ford and could not find another team with a decent car.

Golf

English rookie Gary Evans shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a three-shot lead over Anders Forsbrand of Sweden after three rounds of the Turespana Masters in Malaga, Spain.

* Greg Norman, hoping to end a 20-month victory drought, shot a 2-under 71 and leads Peter Senior and Bradley Hughes by one in the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

Wrestling

Navy and North Carolina won five pairings each, but the host Tar Heels took a 16-6 lead and prevailed, 16-15, in a dual meet that matched nationally ranked teams in Chapel Hill. Navy is ranked No. 16 in the latest Amateur Wrestling News poll, and North Carolina, No. 14.

* Delaware Valley College (15-1), ranked fifth in the final NCAA Division III regular-season poll, shut out Western Maryland and Susquehanna in a tri-meet at Western Maryland. The Aggies beat Western Maryland, 53-0, and Susquehanna, 50-0. Susquehanna (7-8) earned a split with a 46-6 romp over Western Maryland (3-11).

Swimming

Senior Brad Baell won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, as Navy (5-7) defeated Columbia in a men's meet in Annapolis, 128-113.

* Jennifer Hemler won the 100 backstroke in 1 minute, 2.68

seconds, as the Loyola women finished in second place with 280 points after two of the three days of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships at La Salle.

* Dickinson College swept Western Maryland, the men winning, 114-72, and the women winning, 117-68. The Green Terrors men got double wins from Matt Cook in the 50 and 100 freestyle and Trevor Wysong in the 200 breast stroke and the freestyle relay.

Gymnastics

Navy (1-9) finished fourth in a four-team women's meet at George Washington University. Kendra Williams led the Mids with an all-around score of 33.00.

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