Aussie breaks mark in 800-meter freestyleAustralian Keiren...

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February 17, 1992

Aussie breaks mark in 800-meter freestyle

Australian Keiren Perkins broke his world record in the 800-meter freestyle swimming event at the New South Wales state championships yesterday in Sydney, Australia.

Perkins, 18, clipped 1.25 seconds off his mark with a time of 7 minutes, 46.60 seconds. He had set the old mark in August.

He is the first Australian to set a world record in Australia since Tracey Wickham broke the women's 1,500-meter freestyle record in 1979 in Perth.

* UMBC, with eight swimmers, won 13 of 20 events, including five Saturday, and tied with Towson State for second place in the women's portion of the East Coast Conference swimming and diving championships, which concluded Saturday night in Buffalo, N.Y. The University of Buffalo won the men's and the women's team titles. UMBC's men finished second, followed by Towson's. Three-event winner Mark Haynes of Towson State was the meet's top male. UMBC's Megan Malchak, a three-event winner, was the top female. UMBC's Sid Burkot was named women's Coach of the Year.

Running

Tim Sautar, 36, a Scottish lawyer living in Hong Kong, won Vietnam's first major marathon, the Ho Chi Minh City International, in 2 hours, 43 minutes, 26 seconds. American Bill Rodgers, 44, led most of the race but wilted near the 22-mile mark, suffering from severe dehydration in the 90-degree heat. Rodgers said that he would stick to cooler, or shorter races, but that he still intends to compete in the Boston Marathon, which he has won four times.

Pro basketball

New York Knicks vice president for player personnel Ernie Grunfeld declined to confirm or deny a report by NBC's Peter Vecsey that the club was close to trading rookie point guard Greg Anthony to the Charlotte Hornets for backup shooting guard Dell Curry and backup center Eric Leckner. Any deal would have to be made before the trading deadline Thursday.

Boxing

Tommy Morrison (29-1) stopped journeyman Bobby Quarry (10-11-2) in the second round of a scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout in Las Vegas.

Donovan "Razor" Ruddock (26-3-1) stopped Greg Page (34-10) after eight rounds of a scheduled 10-round fight Saturday night in Las Vegas. Ruddock, the World Boxing Council's third-ranked heavyweight, hadn't fought since losing twice to Mike Tyson. Also on the card, Julian Jackson (43-1) stopped challenger Ismael Negron (16-9-1) in 50 seconds to successfully defend the WBC middleweight title; heavyweight Bert Cooper (27-8) stopped Cecil Coffee (20-4-2) in the second round; former heavyweight champion Tony Tucker knocked out Kimmuel Odum in the second round; and heavyweight James "Bonecrusher" Smith (32-9-1) won a unanimous 10-round decision over Mark Wills (15-10-1).

Baseball

Deion Sanders, a .191-hitting outfielder with the Braves and an All-Pro cornerback with the Falcons, announced Saturday that he is leaning toward a full-time career in baseball. "The only way ++ I'm going to be successful in baseball is to do it full time," he said.

College basketball

Two free throws by Aquila Matthews with less than two minutes left helped Bowie State (6-17, 3-7) upset Virginia Union, 51-48, Saturday night at home, avenging a 92-59 loss to a team that has been ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division II. Virginia Union (19-3, 9-2) leads the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association-North.

Track and field

Former Texas A&M star Andre Cason missed a world indoor record in the 50-meter -- by one-hundredth of a second in the Sunkist Invitational on Saturday night 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.

* Mount St. Mary's Rob Pendergist and Laurie Smith were named the men's and women's outstanding performers at the Northeast Conference Indoor Championships in Teaneck, N.J. The Mount placed second to Fairleigh Dickinson in the men's and women's meets.

Golf

Craig Parry shot a 5-under-par 68 to overtake six-time champion Greg Norman and win the Australian Masters in Sydney. Parry finished with a 9-under 283, three ahead of Norman, who shot a final-round 76 and remained winless since June 1990. Norman bogeyed the 15th, 16th and 17th holes after Parry had tied him for the lead.

* Vijay Singh of Fiji made a 30-foot putt for an eagle at the 16th hole en route to a 6-under-par 66 that won him the Turespana Masters in Malaga, Spain. Third-round leader Gary Evans of England finished two shots back.

* Alison Nicholas of England won a three-way playoff with Li Wen-Lin of Taiwan and Corinne Dibnah of Australia in the Takano Yuri Classic women's championship in Perth, Australia.

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