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March 29, 1992

Yamaguchi, Chen 1-2 going into free skate

Kristi did her part. Nancy and Tonya fell apart.

Still, chances for a second consecutive medals sweep by American women was strong after the original program at the World Figure Skating Championships yesterday in Oakland, Calif.

Olympic and defending world titlist Kristi Yamaguchi waltzed to the top spot, as expected. Using the same flowing program to "Blue Danube" that catapulted her to her first national crown in January and to the Olympic gold medal last month, Yamaguchi was as polished as ever.

Nancy Kerrigan, the Olympic bronze medalist, and Tonya Harding-Gillooly, who was fourth in Albertville, France, both botched their required combination jumps. That dropped them to third and fourth, respectively, behind Yamaguchi and Lu Chen of China.

OC Today's free skate will be worth two-thirds of the total score.

College basketball

DePaul players received $100,000 in perks from a former bank executive and team booster, according to a Chicago Sun-Times copyright article.

Quoting unidentified sources, the newspaper reported that Jeffrey Tassani provided recruits summer jobs, arranged for players to have free meals and used his firm's money and media on the team's behalf.

DePaul officials called the report old news.

"The NCAA is not investigating, the CIA is not investigating, the FBI is not investigating, the AFL-CIO is not investigating," athletic director Bill Bradshaw said.

Tassani, a former high-ranking executive of First Chicago Corp., is serving 2 1/2 years in prison for bank fraud unrelated to DePaul's activities. He pleaded guilty last fall, admitting he had taken at least $750,000 in kickbacks on bank contracts.

* Yetisha Mackey and Monica Dailey each made two free throws in the closing 30 seconds to lift the New Community College of Baltimore to a seventh-place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament in Bismarck, N.D., with a 78-75 overtime victory over Genesee (N.Y.).

Mackey, who made the all-tournament team, scored 29 points, Dailey had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Marla Hill added 18 points, Kim Hunsucker had 10 points and Vicki Williams had eight rebounds for NCCB (24-12), which rallied from 11 points down midway through the second half.

Speed skating

Dan Jansen reclaimed his track record in the 500-meter event of the World Cup speed skating finals in Butte, Mont. Two other track records fell during the second and final day of competition in the meet, which marked the end of the World Cup speed skating season for men.

Jansen, whose 500-meter track record was broken Friday by Japan's Yasunori Miyabe, covered the distance in 36.61 seconds, just .20 of a second off his world-record 36.41 set at Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 25. Miyabe's time Friday was 36.66 seconds.

Pro football

Former Dallas Cowboys president and general manager Tex Schramm was hospitalized with heart trouble, according to a television report. Schramm, 71, was listed in serious but stable condition at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, a hospital spokesman said. He was admitted Friday.

WFAA-TV in Dallas reported that Schramm suffered cardiac distress, but that doctors were unsure whether he had a heart attack.

Tennis

Martina Navratilova defeated her close friend and longtime doubles partner, Pam Shriver, to reach the finals of the U.S. Women's Hardcourts Championships. Shriver, of Lutherville, lost 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals after struggling through a punishing three-set match against Houston's Lori McNeil, winning in a final-set tie-breaker, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

"It's always hard to play against a good friend," Navratilova said. You want to win, but then you feel bad for your friend." Shriver and Navratilova have met in singles 42 times, with Navratilova winning 39. Navratilova plays in the final against Nathalie Tauziat.

* Top-seeded Larisa Savchenko-Neiland and Jana Novotna advanced to the $175,000 Light n' Lively Doubles in Wesley Chapel, Fla., by beating Jennifer Capriati and Gigi Fernandez, 6-2, 7-5.

Savchenko-Neiland and Novotna today face No. 2-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Natalia Zvereva, who defeated Gretchen Magers and Robin White, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the other semifinal.

Swimming

Stanford's Jeff Rouse set his fifth American record of the meet in the 200-yard backstroke, and the Cardinal scored the most points ever in winning the team title at the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis.

Stanford won for the first time since 1987 with 632 points to 356 for four-time champion Texas. UCLA was third with 310 points. The Cardinal's 276-point advantage was the largest victory margin in the 69-year-old meet.

Rouse was unbeatable during the three-day meet. The senior from Fredericksburg, Va., won the 200 backstroke final in American-record time of 1 minute, 40.64 seconds. He set an American record of 46.12 seconds in winning the 100 backstroke.

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