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March 28, 1992

Petrenko takes gold at figure skating worlds

Olympic champion Viktor Petrenko of the Commonwealth of Independent States won the gold medal in the men's competition at the world figure skating championships last night in Oakland, Calif.

Petrenko received two perfect marks of 6.0 for artistic impression and was scored highest by all nine judges.

Canadian Kurt Browning, the three-time defending world champion, won the silver, and Canadian Elvis Stojko took a surprising third.

Czechoslovakia's Petr Barna, who entered the long program in second place, dropped to sixth.

U.S. champion Christopher Bowman seemed ready to challenge for a medal, but he twisted his knee and slid into the boards. The United States failed to win a medal in the men's competition for the first time since 1979.


Diann Roffe-Steinrotter captured the women's giant slalom yesterday in Winter Park, Colo., to become the first three-event winner in the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships in 27 years. In the men's slalom, favorite Matt Grosjean defeated nine-year ski team veteran Sandy Williams, who was competing in the final race of his career. Roffe-Steinrotter, duplicating the three-win feat of Canada's Nancy Greene in 1965, beat teammate Eva Twardokens by more than a second.

Indoor lacrosse

Rick Sowell of the Baltimore Thunder has been named first-team all-pro in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League for the third straight season. Sowell, who had 13 goals and 22 assists during the regular season, leads the Thunder into its first-round playoff game tomorrow night at Philadelphia against the Wings. He is retiring after the season. Thunder forward Jeff Jackson made the second team after leading the team in goals (23) and points (36).

The first team: Sowell, Paul Gait (Detroit), Gary Gait (Detroit), John Tucker (Philadelphia), Dave Pietramala (Pittsburgh) and Sal LoCascio (New York). The second team: Jackson, Derek Keenan (Buffalo), Darris Kilgour (Buffalo), John Nostrant (Philadelphia), Jim Veltman (Buffalo), Dallas Eliuk (Philadelphia).

Women's college basketball

Yetisha Mackey scored 40, but the New Community College (23-12) lost for the second straight day at the double-elimination National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament in Bismarck, N.D., falling in the second round to Southwestern Community College of Creston, Iowa, (34-3), 98-74. The losers will face Genesee Community College of Batavia, N.Y., for seventh place today at 3 p.m.


Junior lightweight Eugene Speed (22-0, 16 knockouts) of Palmer Park will challenge Bernard Taylor (43-2-2, 21 KOs) of Knoxville, Tenn., for the vacant United States Boxing Association title tonight at the Washington Armory.

* Frank Tate (30-2) kept his light-heavyweight title hopes alive by stopping Tim Johnson (10-3) in St. Louis. Tate is ranked as the No. 1 contender by three sanctioning bodies. It was his seventh consecutive victory since he joined the division after losing his world middleweight title to Michael Nunn in July 1988.

* Former world junior lightweight champion Joey Gamache (28-0) won a unanimous 10-round decision over unranked Tommy Hanks (19-9) in Portland, Maine.

* Light heavyweight Kevin Watts (23-6-1) outworked Tyrone Frazier (19-5-4) and scored a 10-round unanimous decision in Atlantic City, N.J.

* Former IBF featherweight champion Calvin "Silky" Grove (41-4) scored a 10-round split decision over third-ranked Regilio Tuur (27-2-1) for the New York State lightweight championship in Catskill.


The 1992 Arbutus Little League Baseball Coaches Clinic will be held today at Cardinal Gibbons High from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Lunch will be provided.

College swimming and diving

Stanford's Jeff Rouse lowered his American record set a day earlier in the 100-yard backstroke and the Cardinal nearly doubled its lead over four-time champion Texas in the NCAA men's championships. Rouse, who qualified for the U.S. Olympic team earlier this month, won the 100 backstroke in 46.12 seconds, bettering his day-old American record of 46.22. Rouse set his first record Thursday during the backstroke leg of Stanford's 400 medley relay.

Auto racing

Sterling Marlin started first and finished there thanks to a record qualifying run for the TranSouth 500, giving him his first pole at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Marlin raced around the 1.366-mile oval in 30.157 seconds, or 163.067 mph, breaking the track mark set by Geoff Bodine in 1990.


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