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February 18, 1992

Il Moro di Venezia sails away from Ville de Paris

Italy's America's Cup team, Il Moro di Venezia, staged an 11-second comeback victory yesterday over France's Ville de Paris on the second race day of Round 2 of the challenger trials in San Diego.

In the defender series, Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes defeated Defiant for the second time in a row in Round 2, winning by 47 seconds. Stars & Stripes completed the 22.6-mile Pacific Ocean course off Point Loma in 2 hours, 42 minutes, 51 seconds.

Il Moro's win, the closest race yet in preliminary rounds, also evened the score between the two European yachts. Ville de Paris won the first match by 25 seconds. The tie-breaking match will be in Round 3 in March, with eight points going to the victor. Yesterday's race was worth four points.

Stars & Stripes solidified its second-place spot in the defender series, advancing to seven points to Defiant's two points. Defiant stablemate America3 remained the leader with 14 points. Victories in defender Round 2 are worth two points each.

Track and field

German Sprint star Katrin Krabbe turned in suspect drug tests even before she won two world championships in Tokyo last year, German sports officials confirmed. But they denied covering up for one of their top athletes, although one former anti-doping official acknowledged that "mistakes were made."

Krabbe, Grit Breuer and Silke Moeller were suspended for four years on Saturday after second tests showed that their urine samples -- though drug-free -- had come from the same person. Similiar results were found in tests taken of Krabbe and Breuer in July 1991, shortly before Krabbe won the 100-meter and 200-meter championships in Tokyo.

* Three Baltimore runners won races at the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Championships at the University of Delaware on Sunday. Anita Manning, 17, won the 17-18 age group 1,500 meters in 4:59 and the 400 in 1:02, Lolita Manning, 11, won the 11-12 1,500 in 5:15 and Sevetra Wheeler, 12, won the 11-12 800 in 2:36.

Auto racing

Nelson Piquet of Brazil, a three-time Formula One champion, agreed to drive a 1992 Lola-Buick for Team Menard in the Indianapolis 500 on May 24. Piquet, the Formula One champion in 1981, 1982 and 1984, has 24 Grand Prix victories.

Pro football

City and business leaders of Lynn, Mass., met with National Football League officials to propose a 70,000-seat, $200 million domed stadium for the New England Patriots. The presentation came during a meeting before the NFL's finance committee in Orlando, Fla., which also considered a dispute over the ownership of the New England franchise.

There was no immediate decision on the plan by Lynn officials for a stadium, the latest to be proposed by a community intent on luring the Patriots away from Foxboro Stadium while keeping them in New England.

College basketball

East Carolina's women's basketball team set an NCAA

Division I single-game record for most free throws in a game when it made 48 of 58 during its 100-81 win over American Saturday, the NCAA said. The previous NCAA Division I record was 46, set by Northern Arizona on Jan. 31, 1987. In that game, Northern Arizona was 46-56 from the line.

For the Pirates, Gaynor O'Dell was 14-of-14 from the line, Rhonda Smith was 11-of-13 and Tonya Hargrove made eight of 11.

Tennis

Jeff Tarango defeated Paul Annacone, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-3, in the opening round of the U.S. Pro Indoor championship in Philadelphia. Arnaud Boetsch of France beat Ronald Agenor of Haiti, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), and Rodolphe Gilbert of France scored a 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 victory over Patrick Baur of Germany. The 16 seeded players drew byes in the first round and will see action either today or tomorrow.

* Richard Krajicek of The Netherlands beat Jordi Arrese of Spain, 6-3, 6-2, to move into the second round of the Eurocard Classics tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. In other first-round matches, Jan Siemerink of The Netherlands beat Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden, 6-1, 6-4, and Olivier Delaitre of France beat 13th-ranked Sergi Bruguera of Spain, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-1.

* Peanut Harper scored a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Wendy Prausa in a first-round match of the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma tournament. Ann Grossman also advanced into the second round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Stella Sampras, and Erika de Lone defeated Mary Lou Daniels, 6-2, (3-6), 6-3.

Boxing

WBA junior middleweight champ Vinny Pazienza said he plans to defend his title by the end of the year, despite fracturing two vertebrae in a November car accident.

Pazienza said his doctors had given him a "glimmer of hope" that he might box again and "when you give me a glimmer of light, that's like giving me the sun."

The 29-year-old boxer's January title defense was canceled after a Nov. 12 accident when a car in which he was riding skidded across a Warwick, R.I., highway and hit another car. Pazienza wasn't wearing a seat belt.

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