Tennis `Nervous' Navratilova victorious in return to...

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May 24, 2000

Tennis

`Nervous' Navratilova victorious in return to doubles play

Martina Navratilova returned to pro tennis yesterday after a 5 1/2 -year break, winning a doubles match at the Madrid (Spain) Open that she hopes to use as a tuneup for the French Open and Wimbledon.

The 43-year-old tennis great teamed with Mariaan de Swardt to beat Rika Hiraki and Meghann Shaughnessy, 6-3, 7-5.

"I was much too nervous to have fun. But from now on it will get easier," said the owner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles.

Navratilova has won 167 singles titles, more than any man or woman, and 165 in doubles. She has won 19 Wimbledon titles, and another doubles title would tie Navratilova with Billie Jean King for most championships at the All England Club.

College baseball

Mount St. Joe's Teixeira named ACC's top player

Georgia Tech's Mark Teixeira (Mount St. Joseph) was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Year after leading the league in batting average and home runs and placing second in RBIs.

The sophomore third baseman hit .420 with 16 homers and 73 RBI.

Teixeira was named ACC Player of the Week three times this season, and is only the third former Rookie of the Year to be named the league's Player of the Year.

Colleges

Jarvis disputes interest in Big Ten coaching job

St. John's men's basketball coach Mike Jarvis disputed claims made by his agent that he has interest in a Big Ten job after turning down the NBA's Washington Wizards.

Jarvis broke off negotiations with the Wizards on Monday, when several publications quoted his agent, Rob Ades, as saying his client had interest in other jobs."In addition to a couple of other NBA possibilities, he's also considering a major college coaching position in the Big Ten," Ades said.

Yesterday, Jarvis said: "Anything that is said, in regards to any job regarding Mike Jarvis, will be made by me and only me," he said. `The statements that are attributed to Rob Ades are false and inaccurate.

* "NCAA REINSTATEMENT: College athletes and recruits who received impermissible expenses to attend high school or prep school will be subject to a reduced penalty if they disclose the expenses to the NCAA.

An NCAA subcommittee on student-athlete reinstatement advised all Division I members last week that those who disclose the payments before Aug. 1 will be kept out of 10 percent of their regular-season games without having to repay the expenses.

The university must submit a request for reinstatement within 30 days of the date the athlete signs a disclosure statement.

Et cetera

Niner Account brings top price at Fasig-Tipton

A colt named The Niner Account brought top price of $350,000 yesterday as Fasig-Tipton Midlantic concluded its spring sale of 2-year-olds in training at Timonium.

By Unaccounted For out of a Forty Niner mare, the colt was purchased by Jeff Jacobs, who is headquartered in Kentucky.

Two unnamed fillies, the first by Mountain Cat and the second by Unaccounted For, sold for $200,000 and $175,000, respectively, at a brisk sale in which the average price increased by approximately $7,000.

OLYMPICS: Mario Vazquez Rana of Mexico, perhaps the most influential figure in the movement in the Western hemisphere, bowed out of the developing race to succeed IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who retires next year.

Vazquez Rana, a wealthy industrialist who holds any number of titles within Olympic circles - president of Mexico's Olympic committee, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees, and so on - said he "obviously (has) the merits" to be IOC president.

But, speaking to reporters at the onset of meetings here between the IOC and the 199-member Assn. of National Olympic Committees, the 67-year-old Vazquez Rana said the IOC deserves a younger leader.

The quiz

Mr. October

The New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, who went on the disabled list last week, has hit in 17 straight postseason games, tying the major-league record. Who did it from 1956 to 1958 with the Yankees? Hint: He has a prominent place in Orioles history. (Answer,10D)

Quiz answer

Hank Bauer, the Orioles' manager in 1966, the year they won their first World Series title.

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