Sampras tops Gilbert, makes Pro Indoor final
No. 2 seed Pete Sampras reached the final of the U.S. Pro Indoor Tennis Tournament in Philadelphia for the third straight year yesterday, as he scored a 6-4, 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded Brad Gilbert.
Sampras will meet the winner of last night's semifinal between Amos Mansdorf of Israel and Francisco Clavet of Spain in today's final for the $141,500 first prize.
Sampras, 20, won this tournament two years ago and reached the final round last year, only to lose in five sets to Ivan Lendl.
Sampras reached the final with a first-round bye and wins over David DiLucia, Stefano Pescosolido of Italy and Aaron Krickstein. Gilbert advanced with a bye and wins over Glenn Layendecker, Martin Laurendeau of Canada and Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands.
* Stefan Edberg battled into the final of the Eurocard Classic at Stuttgart, Germany, for the second straight year, and will play Goran Ivanisevic for title. Edberg rallied from a service break behind in the second set to beat Czech Petr Korda, 6-4, 6-4, in their semifinal.
Ivanisevic, the No. 7 seed, downed unseeded Alexander Volkov of Russia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
* No. 3 seed Lori McNeil gained her fourth appearance in the finals of the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma by defeating Manon Bollegraf of the Netherlands 6-3, 7-5. McNeil, who won the Oklahoma City tournament in 1988 and was second in 1986 and 1987, ran her record to 18-3 in the four appearances. McNeil will face the winner of yesterday's late match between No. 1 seed Zina Garrison and 1990 Virginia Slims of Oklahoma champion
Steve Grissom broke the Hickory Motor Speedway track qualifying record in winning the pole position for today's Mountain Dew 500 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race at Hickory, N.C. Grissom, driving an Oldsmobile, toured the .363-mile track at a speed of 89.354 mph, breaking the old record of 88.659 set last year by Chuck Bown. Seven other drivers also broke the track record.
* Davy Jones put the new Jaguar XJR-14 on the pole for today's Miami Grand Prix, out-dueling the Nissan of Geoff Brabham and the Chevrolet GTP of Tommy Kendall in a record-breaking battle. Jones toured the 1.873-mile downtown street circuit at an average of 103.098 mph, burying the previous mark of 98.658 mph. He cut 3 seconds off the record lap last year by Wayne Taylor in a Chevrolet Intrepid.
But Jones was just one of six drivers quicker than the old mark. Brabham, driving a Nissan NPT-92, turned a lap at 101.783 mph, followed by Kendall's 101.522 in the Chevy, Juan Fangio II at 100.966 in a Toyota Eagle, Chip Robinson at 100.824 in the other new Nissan and P.J. Jones at 100.824 in the other Eagle.
Track and field
Noureddine Morceli, the Algerian miler, broke the world indoor record for 1,000 meters and Liz McColgan of Scotland shattered the world mark for the women's 5,000 meters at an international meet in Birmingham, England.
Morceli took the lead with two laps of the five-lap race to go and finished in 2:15.26. He broke the record set four-years ago by Rob Druppers of the Netherlands at 2:16.4 seconds. McColgan, with a time of 15:03.17, shaved more than 10 seconds off German Uta Pippig's record for the 5 kilometers.
Grant Waite, a New Zealander living in Cleveland, took the third-round lead in the New Zealand Open by shooting a 5-under-par 66 for a 54-hole score of 199 at Paraparaumu, New Zealand. Waite had a one-stroke edge on Australians Peter Fowler and Grant Kenny.
Fowler shot a 68 yesterday, and Kenny had a 67 over the 6,491-yard Paraparaumu Beach course. Fowler led going into the round, with Kenny and Waite tied for second place.
Bill Wyker had four goals, Jeff Peek, three, and John Stahl, two, to lead P.J.'s Pub to a 14-4 victory over the Chicago Lacrosse Club in the Illes Capital Mardi Gras Lacrosse tournament in New Orleans. The victory moved P.J.'s into the semifinals of the 16-team tournament. Goalkeepers Chris Erhardt and Barney Aburn had eight saves apiece for the P.J.'s.
Denver Broncos fullback Robert Perryman, accused of beating his wife on Feb. 10, would enter a domestic violence program under a tentative plea bargain agreement, attorneys said. An officer with the city attorney's office will decide this week whether Perryman qualifies for the 36-week program, said Gene Ciancio, Perryman's attorney.
Under the proposed plea bargain agreement reached Friday, Perryman would complete the domestic violence program and one year of counseling. After that, the case would be dismissed.
Terry Norris successfully defended his World Boxing Council super welterweight title against Carl Daniels with a technical knockout at 2:37 of the ninth round in San Diego. The referee stopped the fight after Norris (31-3) pinned Daniels (26-1) to the ropes and then knocked him to the canvas with a pair of combinations.
* John Molina of Puerto Rico stopped South African Jackie Gunguluza in the fourth round and won the International Boxing Federation junior lightweight title at Sun City, South Africa. Molina (27-3) knocked down Gunguluza three times in fourth round.