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April 20, 1992

Seles routs Garrison in Houston Slims final

Monica Seles breezed past Zina Garrison, 6-1, 6-1, in 65 minutes yesterday to win the Virginia Slims of Houston tennis tournament and the $70,000 first-place prize.

Seles, 18, the world No. 1 and top seed, showed no sign all week of an injured wrist suffered last month.

Garrison, 28, forced out of last year's event due to a leg cramp, took her only lead of the match with a service break to begin the second set. But Seles regained control and ran off the final six games for her 24th career title.

* Top seed Jim Courier won two matches to capture the Hong Kong Salem Open and maintain his status as the world's top-ranked player.

Courier beat fellow American Michael Chang, 7-5, 6-3, in the final after beating No. 4 seed Brad Gilbert in a semifinal postponed from Saturday because of rain.

* Unseeded Gabriel Markus of Argentina won his first title on the men's tennis tour, beating Spain's Javier Sanchez, 6-4, 6-4, in the Nice (France) Open.

Markus, 22, is ranked 78th in the world. He eliminated top seed Pete Sampras, ranked No. 4, in the semifinals for his first victory over a top 10 player before beating Sanchez. He earned $33,800 for the win.

* Jaime Yzaga, seeded fourth, overcame a six-hour rain delay and beat third seed MaliVai Washington, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the final of the $260,000 USTA Men's Clay Courts of Tampa (Fla.).

Canoeing

Norman Bellingham of Bethesda and Greg Barton of Bellingham, Wash., gold medalists in the 1988 Olympics, are among 11 1988 Olympians selected to the 21-member American team for flatwater canoe and kayak racing in the 1992 Olympics.

The team was selected during trials which concluded yesterday on Lake Wheeler in Raleigh, N.C.

Bellingham was second at 1,000 meters yesterday after winning at 500 Saturday. Also making the team were Michael Harbold, of Washington, D.C., men's kayak, and Alexandra Harbold, of Washington, D.C., women's kayak.

College basketball

Top high school prospect Othella Harrington says he plans to visit the University of Kentucky before deciding where he will attend college.

Harrington, a 6-foot-9 1/2 center from Jackson, Miss., said he was attracted to Kentucky because coach Rick Pitino "knows what it takes to play on an upper level." Harrington's short list of choices also has Louisiana State, Arkansas, Georgetown and Mississippi State.

Hockey

ARKAdy Chernyshev, who coached the Soviet team to gold medals in four Olympic Games, died Saturday at age 78, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. Chernyshev coached the Soviet Olympic team from 1948 to 1972. Under his leadership, the team won golds 1956, 1964, 1968 and 1972.

Lacrosse

Julie McGravey scored three goals and Lydia Donley had two goals and an assist to lead William & Mary (10-3) over Loyola (10-2), 7-5, in the women's championship of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Norfolk, Va.

Gina Roberts' three goals led the Greyhounds, who had won 10 straight.

College wrestling

Iowa State officials expect to know whether Arizona State's Bobby Douglas, the U.S. Olympic coach, will accept an offer to become Cyclones coach. The Des Moines Sunday Register reported that Douglas would take the job.

Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre banned opposing players from the clubhouse, a day after two of his players came to blows over the subject.

On Saturday, relief pitcher Todd Worrell and first baseman Pedro Guerrero each threw a couple of punches after Guerrero brought the Cubs' Sammy Sosa into the clubhouse about a half-hour after Chicago's 5-4 victory.

"There just won't be people coming in this clubhouse," Torre said.

Football

Tracy Bennett kicked three field goals and the Orlando Thunder turned back a late scoring threat by the Montreal Machine for a 16-8 victory at Orlando, Fla., in the World League.

* Gary Richard returned one of San Antonio's four interceptions for a 53-yard touchdown, helping the Riders to a 17-0 victory over the Ohio Glory in the World League.

College baseball

New Mexico University sophomore Mark Gulseth hit two grand slams and drove in 10 runs, as the Lobos defeated San Diego State, 13-5, in Albuquerque, N.M., in the Western Athletic Conference.

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