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March 30, 1992

Yamaguchi triumphs for world skating title

Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi yesterday became the first American woman to win consecutive world figure skating championships since Peggy Fleming in 1968.

Nancy Kerrigan, the Olympic bronze medalist, added a silver medal to the bronze she won in last year's worlds. Tonya Harding-Gillooly, the world runner-up in 1991, plummeted to sixth. China's Lu Chen got the bronze.

Sailing

The New Zealand America's Cup team, sailing in favorable conditions, defeated Japan's series-leading Nippon by 1 minute, 43 seconds in the opening race of the America's Cup challenger semifinal series at San Diego.

In the day's second race, Italy's Il Moro di Venezia cruised to victory by 1:24 over France's Ville de Paris on the Pacific Ocean off Point Loma.

Gymnastics

Towson State's women's gymnastics team won the ECAC team championship Saturday night in Durham, N.H., totaling 191.90 points to New Hampshire's 188.90.

Towson's Gabby Linarducci won the beam with a 9.75, and the Tigers got second-place finishes from Joan Reitz in the vault (9.80), Kim O'Keefe in the bars (9.70) and Wendy Weaver in the beam (9.65) and floor exercise (9.65). Weaver also was second in the all-around.

Olympics

South Africa will participate in the Barcelona Olympics, International Olympic Committee director-general Francois Carrard said. An IOC delegation will be sent on a three-day visit to South Africa and will work out details of the nation's return to Olympic competition after a 32-year ban.

Pro football

The Washington Redskins came to terms with Plan B free agent tight end Gary Wilkins of the Atlanta Falcons yesterday. Wilkins, 28, was the second Plan B player to agree to a Washington offer this year. They earlier reached agreement with offensive lineman Steve Gabbard of the Green Bay Packers.

The Redskins also retained their backup quarterback when Jeff Rutledge turned down an offer from the Denver Broncos. Rutledge is expected to battle Cary Conklin for the Redskins backup job because Stan Humphries is likely to be traded before training camp opens.

* Former Dallas Cowboys president and general manager Tex Schramm underwent quintuple bypass heart surgery to remove blockage from 90 percent of his arteries.

* Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eric Thomas was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after a one-car crash on Interstate 75 in southern Ohio, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

* Arthur Hunter returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown, as the Birmingham Fire beat the mistake-prone San Antonio Riders, 17-10, in a World League game in Birmingham, Ala.

* George Bethune recovered an Ohio fumble and ran 1 yard for a touchdown, as the Sacramento Surge spoiled the Glory's first World League home game with a 17-6 victory at Columbus, Ohio.

College basketball

Florida State coach Pat Kennedy says he turned down an offer from Nevada-Las Vegas that added up to $700,000 a year, including a new home. Kennedy, 118-66 in six seasons at Florida State, said he was contacted by UNLV athletic director Jim Weaver two weeks ago about filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Jerry Tarkanian.

* Coach Dale Brown narrowly averted an arrest for intimidating a police officer last November during a dormitory brawl between LSU football and basketball players, according to police reports.

Brown later apologized to the campus officer for allegedly threatening to have her fired after she told him that she wanted to question All-American center Shaquille O'Neal, according to reports released Friday. The reports also allege Brown used profanity and said he would "knock the hell" out of the officer if she was not a woman.

Pistol

The Navy pistol team set three national records en route to the NRA National Collegiate Pistol Championship at Colorado Springs, Colo. Navy set a national record with an aggregate score of 6,480. The Mids finished first in free pistol, shooting a national-record, 2,073. The Mids won the air competition with a national-record 2,250.

Track and field

William Mutwol of Kenya set a world record in the 5,000 meters, winning the Carlsbad 5000 at Carlsbad, Calif., in 13 minutes, 11.7 seconds.

* Navy's men's track and field team captured five first-place finishes at the La Salle Relays at Philadelphia this weekend. The Mids were first in: 4x1,600 with Todd Washburn, Jeff Leuenberger, Frank Flores and Peter Lundblad in a time of 17:58.36; 4x200 relay with Tom Dixon, Mike Wilson, Brian Proctor and John Fox in a time of 1:28.24; and 4x400 relay with Chris Novak, Matt Niedzwiecki, Mike Wilson and John Fox with a time of 3:20.13. In field events, Joel Robertson placed first in the long jump (21-9 3/4 ), and Mark Spencer captured first in the shot put (43-7 1/2 ).

Pro basketball

San Antonio Spurs coach Bob Bass says he probably will not seek a roster replacement for David Robinson, who will be out least six weeks recovering from hand surgery.

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