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December 26, 1994

LONDON (AP) _ In triumph and tragedy, 1994 was the year of Brazil in international sports.

In a poll of Associated Press subscribers in more than 30 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, Africa and South America, Brazil accounted for the top two sports stories of the year. Brazil’s World Cup soccer victory was voted the No. 1 story, followed by the death of Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna.

George Foreman’s heavyweight championship and Diego Maradona’s drug scandal were the other top vote-getters.

Brazil’s record fourth World Cup championship - decided in a penalty shootout against Italy - received 15 first-place votes and a total of 323 points.

A close second with 305 points, including 13 first-place votes, was Senna’s death. The three-time Formula One champion was killed in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix May 1, capping a horrific weekend in which Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger also died at the wheel.

Tied for third with 201 points were Foreman’s knockout of Michael Moorer to become IBF heavyweight champion at age 45, and Maradona’s ban for a positive drug test at the World Cup.


TURKU, Finland (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins star Tomas Sandstrom scored two goals, giving Malmo IF a 4-2 victory over the Slovakian team Dukla Trencin Monday.

Sandstrom’s first goal at 12:45 in the first period tied the score 1-1 after Dukla’s Lubomir Kolnik opened the scoring at 10:58.

Kolnik also scored the Slovaks’ second goal late in the second period. The score was 2-2 until the 16th minute of the final period, when Malmo went ahead on a goal by Raimo Helminen.

Sandstrom scored the final goal with 3 seconds left.

Malmo, the only team to beat Wayne Gretzky’s All-Stars who recently toured Sweden, face Russia’s Lada Togliatti in Group 2 of the European Cup finals Tuesday.

At Helsinki, Winnipeg’s Teemu Selanne scored for the Finnish team Jokerit in a 6-1 victory over Olomouc of the Czech Republic in a Group 1 game.


KEMPTON PARK, England (AP) - Algan gave French trainer Francois Doumen a fourth victory in the $144,000 King George VI Chase Monday after favored Barton Bank tumbled near the finish while eight lengths ahead.

English-trained Barton Bank, the favorite and last year’s winner, was pulling away from the field going to the last of the 19 hurdles in the 3-mile race.

But he mistimed his jump, hit the top of the hurdle with his front legs and fell. Jockey Adrian McGuire was thrown from the horse and, although he tried to remount, the rest of the field had overtaken him.

Algan, considered Doumen’s second-string horse behind two-time winner The Fellow, won by 2 1/2 lengths over Monsieur Le Cure and Irish-trained Second Schedual.

The 6-year-old winner, who gave rider Philippe Chevalier a triumph in his debut in the race, was a 16-1 shot.


HAARLEM, Netherlands (AP) - Southern University suffered its second straight loss in the Haarlem Basketball Week tournament, losing to the Netherlands 99-75 Monday.

Tim Roberts and Luther Dilworth led Southern with 16 points apiece.

Marcel Huybens topped the Netherlands with 24 points and Hein Triemstra scored 20.

Southern trailed 52-31 at halftime and never threatened in the second half.


CINCINNATI (AP) - Tony Rubello, the scout who signed catcher Johnny Bench to a Cincinnati Reds contract, died Sunday at Fort Worth, Texas, after a long illness. He was 81.

Robello began his career in professional baseball in 1930. He was a player, minor league manager and scout.

He played with the Reds in parts of the 1933 and 1934 seasons, and began scouting in 1941. He was the Reds’ scouting supervisor from 1964-79, and in June 1965 signed Bench.

He was named the Reds’ senior advisor for player personnel in October 1992.

Robello is survived by his wife, Ann; son, Larry, and five grandchildren.

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