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March 24, 1991

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Not much of a party by this city’s standards.

The women’s Final Four Saturday and Sunday will be more of a tasteful gathering in a gem of an arena on Lake Pontchartrain - a soiree, rather than the rowdy all-night parties usually associated with big sporting events in New Orleans.

Nothing like Mardi Gras in the stratosphere when 64,959 fans watched the 1987 men’s Final Four in the Superdome. Nothing like the 61,612 who helped persuade the NCAA in 1982 that the men’s Final Four could generate excitement in big arenas, despite having spectators seated 10 stories up two blocks away from the court.

The University of New Orleans’ Lakefront Arena provides perfect sight lines for 9,000 fans, and there were 1,200 tickets left at midweek.

So it’s also nothing like the 20,023 who watched the women’s Final Four at Thompson-Boling Arena at Knoxville, Tenn., last year.

A sellout would double the average attendance at women’s tournament games over the 10 years that the NCAA has sponsored the playoffs, even including last year’s big crowd.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Babe Ruth ... Lou Gehrig ... Ty Cobb.

They are among the 330 great baseball players featured in a new 330-card set put out by the Sporting News.

The set, honoring players from 1905-42, features 26 cards from the 1927 New York Yankees, 16 cards honoring the 1916 Boston Red Sox, more than 25 cards commemorating all-time batting and pitching leaders, and most valuable players.

Mark Koenig, shortstop for the 1927 Yankees and the only living member of that great team, was presented with the first set.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Fred Lebow, president of the New York Road Runners Club and director of the New York City Marathon, continued his improvement Sunday after having a malignant tumor removed from his thyroid.

″I feel very good, much better than yesterday,″ Lebow said at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where his condition was listed as fair.

″I’m doing so much better today. I have no temperature. Yesterday, I had a temperatue.″

Lebow, 58, expects to be released Monday.

The thyroid problem is not related to the brain cancer Lebow suffered a year ago, his doctors said. Half of Lebow’s thyroid was removed during the surgery.

Lebow launched the New York City Marathon in 1970; the New York Games in 1989; the Mini Marathon, the largest all-women’s long distance race in the world, and the Fifth Avenue Mile.

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VEMDALEN, Sweden (AP) - Brandy Haddick of the United States won the men’s dual slalom final Sunday, preventing a Norwegian sweep of all titles at the World Telemark Ski Championships.

Haddick beat Oivind Bakken of Norway and Andre Prtic of Sweden. Earlier, Haddick was 21st in the regular slalom competition and 34th in the telemark classic event, which consists of slalom, moguls and a cross-country portion.

Heidi Edvardsen of Norway dominated among the women’s competition, winning four events and finishing second in the other.

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OSAKA, Japan (AP) - Hawaiian Akebono, after five days on the edge of failure, set a sumo record Sunday by completing his 18th consecutive tournament with a winning record.

The 21-year-old komusubi (junior champion second class) finished the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with an 8-7 record by pushing No. 8 maegashira (senior wrestler) Daishoyama out of the ring.

After 10 days, Akebono, whose real name is Chad Rowan, had a 3-7 record. One more loss would have spoiled his chance for the record and cost him a demotion in rank. But he won his last five matches of the tournament.

Akebono broke the record set in 1968 by Takanohana, then in the second- highest division, juryo. Takanohana later rose to ozeki sumo’s second- highest rank. He retired in 1981.

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