Chesnokov ousts Stich in semifinal upset
Unseeded Andrei Chesnokov of Russia stunned No. 3 seed Michael Stich, 1-6, 7-6, (7-4), 6-3, yesterday in the semifinals of the Champions Cup tournament at Indian Wells, Calif.
Chesnokov's victory over Stich, the reigning Wimbledon champion, moved him into today's final against 12th-seeded Michael Chang, who defeated Francisco Clavet, 6-0, 6-1, in the other semifinal.
* Fourth-seeded Conchita Martinez rallied to defeat Amanda Coetzer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, in the semifinal of the Virginia Slims of Florida at Boca Raton. Martinez will play top seed Steffi Graf, who defeated No. 3 Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-0, 7-5, in a match that was delayed for more than three hours because of rain.
* Anders Jarryd and Magnus Larsson of Sweden, the only seeds who survived the round of eight, won semifinal matches in the Copenhagen Open. No. 4 seed Jarryd defeated Diego Nargiso of Italy, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, and No. 8 Larsson beat Christian Saceanu of
Germany, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
Track and field
Jackie Joyner-Kersee broke her American indoor record in the women's long jump at Yokohama, Japan, and the men's event was jolted with an upset of world champion Mike Powell by a Chinese athlete.
Joyner-Kersee leaped 23 feet, 1 1/4 inches in her sixth and last try at Yokohama Arena, breaking her record of 23-0 1/2 , set in 1988. Huang Geng soared 26-7 to beat Powell by about 2 inches in the men's long jump.
Sled dog racing
Martin Buser pulled into Nulato, Alaska, first while Susan Butcher led several mushers in pursuit down the Yukon River ice in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Buser, who finished second last year, pulled into Nulato at 2:40 p.m. with 17 dogs -- the most of any musher in the current top 10.
Butcher, a four-time Iditarod champion, had left the previous checkpoint of Galena, 52 miles upriver, about three hours after Buser, at 12:45 p.m. Also out of Galena by mid-afternoon were DeeDee Jonrowe, Tim Osmar, Jeff King and Bruce Lee.
Defending champion and five-time winner Rick Swenson was in Galena, with Matt Desalernos, Frank Teasley, Ketil Reitan and
International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch appointed world athletics chief Primo Nebiolo to the committee. Nebiolo, who has been president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation since 1981, was appointed under an IOC ruling last month that Samaranch could nominate two members for their services to sport and the Olympic movement.
Tom Watson held his seven-stroke lead in the Hong Kong Open by shooting a 2-under-par 69 despite a double bogey on the last hole. Ronan Rafferty of Northern Ireland remained in second place by shooting a matching 69 on the 6,732-yard Royal Hong Kong Golf Club championship course. Defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany also had a 69 to move into third place at 209, one stroke ahead of Taiwanese Chen Tze Chung, who had a 70.
* Patty Sheehan tied a course record with a 6-under-par 66 and took a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Daikin Orchid tournament at Tamagusukuson, Japan, with a 140 total. First-round leader Kumiko Hiyoshi had a 70 and slipped to second.
Daniel Mahrer of Switzerland won a World Cup downhill at Panorama, British Columbia, after two second-place finishes on the same hill, seven years apart. Mahrer was clocked in 2 minutes, 4.45 seconds. Norway's Jan Einar was second in 2:04.49 and AJ Kitt third in 2:04.72.
* Katja Seizinger of Germany held off Olympic gold medalist Kerrin Lee-Gartner to win a women's World Cup downhill at Vail, Colo., and clinch the downhill title for the season. Seizinger, 19, captured her third victory of the season by .03 of a second.
Cross country skiing
Torgny Mogren of Sweden beat triple Olympic champion Bjorn Dahlie by 15.3 seconds in a 30-kilometer World Cup race at Funasdalen, Sweden. Mogren's victory ended a 10-race winning streak by Norwegian male skiers in the World Cup this winter.
Dan Jansen won the 500 meters and Russian Igor Zelezovski took the 1,000 meters at a World Cup meet at Savalen, Norway. Jansen was timed in 37.19 seconds and beat runner-up Yasunori Miy of Japan by .26.
* Emese Hunyady of Austria took the first-day lead at the women's world championship at Heerenveen, Netherlands, finishing fourth in the 500 meters and second in the 3,000 meters. Hunyady had a combined score of 85.313 points, putting her in front of all-round champion Gunda Niemann of Germany.
Frode Loberg of Norway shot clean and beat runner-up Ludwig Gredler of Austria by more than 30 seconds in the 10-kilometer race at Oslo, Norway, for his first World Cup victory.