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March 21, 1992

Bernstein first to hit 300 mph in dragster

Kenny Bernstein became the first drag racer in history to reach the 300 mph during qualifying for the NHRA's 23rd annual Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway.

Bernstein recorded a speed of 301.70 mph in his top-fuel dragster and established another record by covering the quarter-mile distance in 4.823 seconds.

* Formula One driving champion Ayrton Senna was injured when he crashed his car into a wall today during a preliminary to the Mexican Grand Prix. X-rays showed a badly bruised left leg but no broken bones. It was not known if he would race in tomorrow's main race.

* Al Unser Jr. scorched around the Gold Coast road circuit to take the pole position for tomorrow's 1992 Indy-car series opener in Surfers Paradise, Australia.

* Ricky Craven of Newburgh, Maine, ran a 90.599 mph lap to capture the pole for tomorrow's 200-lap Busch Grand National portion of the Miller 500 Tripleheader in Martinsville, Va.

College wrestling

Navy's Tom Storey fell to the top seed at 190 pounds, Rex Holman of Ohio State, 12-4, in the quarterfinal round of the Division I championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., and was entered in the consolation round.

Navy's Jamie Cummings was still alive at 167 pounds after decisioning John Harms of Wisconsin, the eleventh seed, 3-1. The Mids' Brad Gazaway and Dan Hicks were eliminated in the second round of consolations.

Iowa leads Oklahoma State in the team standings, 115 3/4 -96 1/2 .

College swimming

Florida's Nicole Haislett and Stanford's Summer Sanders broke the two oldest American records, and Crissy Ahmann-Leighton of Arizona broke her own national mark in the second day of the NCAA championships in Austin, Texas.

Haislett won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 43.28 seconds, breaking the record of 1:44.10 set in 1979 by Cynthia Woodhead.

Sanders defended her 400-yard individual medley title in 4:02.28, eclipsing Tracy Caulkins' 1981 American and U.S. Open mark in the 400-yard IM by 2.35.

Ahmann-Leighton defended her 100-yard butterfly title by finishing in 51.75 -- .61 of a second quicker than her American record time set in last year's NCAA meet.


Thierry Jacob (30-3) of France, cheered on by a hometown crowd, bloodied Mexican Daniel Zaragosa (44-6-1) and knocked him down in the 10th round in Calais on his way to taking the World Boxing Council super-bantamweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision.


Don Giffin, former president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, has died after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 76.

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