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September 30, 1992

Rockets sign Herrera, restricted free agent

The Houston Rockets yesterday signed restricted free agent Carl Herrera, general manager Steve Patterson said. Terms of the contract were not released.

Herrera, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, is entering his second NBA season. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.6 rebounds and shot .516 from the field in 43 games with Houston last season. He started seven games. Herrera, 25, also played for the Venezuelan team that went 2-5 in the Olympics.

* The Washington Bullets will put individual game tickets on sale tomorrow, including the Nov. 7 home opener against the Orlando Magic and the Nov. 27 Baltimore Arena contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tickets may be ordered through TicketMaster. For information, call (410) 837-DUNK.

Tennis

Jakob Hlasek, who helped lift Switzerland into the Davis Cup final, was upset by Sweden's Jonas Svensson, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, in the first round of the $775,000 Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel.

* Top seed Steffi Graf swept past Petra Begerow, 6-1, 6-0, and No. 3 Anke Huber beat Barbara Rittner, 7-6, 6-0, in the first round of the $225,000 Volkswagen Grand Prix women's tournament in Leipzig, Germany.

* A rain delay allowed Gianluca Pozzi to compose himself and the Italian wasted little time after the 70-minute break in knocking Patrick McEnroe out of the Queensland Open in Brisbane, Australia. Pozzi won, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

* Carlos Costa and Sergi Bruguera of Spain, the top seeds, lost one set apiece in first-round matches at the $315,000 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, a clay-court event in Palermo, Sicily.

Costa fell behind Lars Jonsson 6-4 before he rallied to beat the unseeded Swede, 6-1, 6-2. Bruguera, seeded second, beat countryman Jordi Burillo, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

* Unseeded Shaun Stafford upset fellow American Monique Javer, the fourth seed, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, in the first round of the Taipei (Taiwan) Women's Tennis Championship.

College basketball

The NCAA infractions committee restored the eligibility of Wayne Buckingham because of a procedural violation.

According to NCAA bylaws, a Clemson representative should have been present during the entire interview the NCAA had with Buckingham. The NCAA has been investigating Clemson's program, including lack of institutional control in the academic certification of Buckingham, who was accused of lying to investigators.

America's Cup

The One Australia sailing syndicate under skipper John Bertrand is mounting a campaign for the 1995 America's Cup and will become the sixth official challenger for the next races in the prestigious series.

One Australia general manager John Harvey said that his group, representing the specially formed Southern Cross Yacht Club, had sent off the $75,000 fee to the defending San Diego Yacht Club.

College football

Bryan Fortay, the University of Miami transfer who was to help Rutgers become a regional power, has lost his starting quarterback job.

Coach Doug Graber said that redshirt freshman Ray Lucas will start Saturday night when Rutgers (3-1) puts a three-game winning streak on the line against No. 8 Penn State (4-0) at Giants Stadium.

* Brigham Young quarterback Steve Clements, knocked out for the year with a shoulder injury, will undergo surgery next week.

* A neurosurgeon was called in to examine hospitalized Jon McGee, the Southern Cal football player who was wounded on the practice field by a stray bullet.

McGee, who was taken to California Medical Center with a superficial wound, was expected to be released from the hospital today, said spokeswoman Lisa Fitch.

* Eastern Michigan coach Jim Harkema resigned after the team's fourth straight loss. Harkema, 50, who was in his 10th year at the school, compiled a 41-57-5 record.

Golf

Alice Miller will replace Kathy Whitworth as captain of the U.S. team competing this weekend in the Solheim Cup women's tournament in Edinburgh, Scotland. Whitworth withdrew because her mother died.

Softball

Betty and Jake's Tavern, a men's over-50 team, finished fifth in the Senior Softball World Series held in Wayne County Michigan last weekend. John Powell hit five home runs and was named outstanding player of the tournament. Betty and Jake's Tavern compiled a 96-5 record. They will compete in the U.S.S.A. Softball tournament in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 16 and 17.

Lacrosse

A service in memory of Olyure Faber is to be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at University United Methodist Church on Campus Drive in College Park. She was the wife of John E. Faber, the former lacrosse coach at Maryland. She died Sunday.

Bowling

Les Zikes, a former amateur champion, finished with a 298 game to lead 218 bowlers through 16 qualifying games in the $60,000 Don Carter PBA Senior Classic at Vista Lanes in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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