Auto racingMark Martin, the hottest driver on the Winston...

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August 18, 1993|By From Staff and Wrie Reports

Auto racing

Mark Martin, the hottest driver on the Winston Cup circuit with victories in the past two races, was the first driver on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track yesterday and one of three involved in a crash during an impromptu race in the last formal sessions before next year's inaugural Brickyard 400. John Andretti lost control in the first turn and triggered a collision with Martin and Jimmy Spencer. None of the drivers was hurt.

Recently retired Richard Petty drove four ceremonial laps and presented his No. 43 Pontiac to the Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

Tennis

Tracy Austin, playing in a tournament she won 12 years ago, took another step in her comeback with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Audra Keller in the first round of the Matinee Ltd. Canadian Open in Toronto. In a second-round match, Jennifer Capriati, the No. 6 seed and 1991 Canadian Open champion, advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Chanda Rubin.

* Boris Becker, pleased that his foot on the mend, defeated Canada's Andrew Sznajder, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the second round of the $1.04 million U.S. Hardcourt Championships in Indianapolis.

Jim Courier had an easier time, celebrating his 23rd birthday with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jaime Oncins in a night match. "I'm feeling pretty good," said Courier, the No. 2 seed. "It's good to get one under the belt."

Baseball

ABC won the coin toss with NBC and will televise the 1994 World Series, the first under the new joint venture between the two networks and Major League Baseball.

As the loser of the coin toss, NBC gets the rights to the 1994 All-Star Game and the league playoffs.

* Former major-league baseball star Steve Garvey has lost a court battle to force his ex-wife to help pay $500,000 in back taxes to the federal government. A U.S. Tax Court judge ruled last week that he wouldn't interfere with an agreement between the Internal Revenue Service and Garvey's former wife, Cynthia Garvey.

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