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January 23, 1992

ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) _ Russian skiers finished 1-2 in the men’s 20-kilometer event of the men’s World Cup biathlon on Thursday. The Russians dominated the cross country ski and did well on the shooting range.

Valery Kirienko edged teammate Sergei Tchepikov with an aggregate time of 57 minutes, 43.5 seconds. The runnerup had 58:16.8.

Norwegian Geir Einang was third.

Andreas Zingerle of Italy held his lead in the standings with 78 points after five events despite a seventh-place finish Thursday.

Tchepikov had the fastest time in the cross country ski, but he had one more penalty on the shooting range than Kirienko.


ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) - Nadejda Alexieva of Bulgaria clocked one of the fastest times in cross country and made a single error from the shooting range to win Thursday’s 15-kilometer biathlon event of the women’s World Cup.

With an aggregate time of 51 minutes, 31.9 seconds, Alexieva edged France’s Anne Briand and Russian Yelena Golovina, who were second and third.

Beth Coats was the best American finisher, in 29th place, with an aggregate time of 56:24.6 minutes, including a single penalty.

Germany’s Petra Schaaf stayed atop the overall Cup standings with 102 points, seven ahead of teammate Antje Misersky.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Cubs have a tentative agreement to buy the Rockford Expos of the Midwest League, Expos owner Bill McKee said.

Cubs media relations director Sharon Panozzo confirmed that the National League club signed a letter of intent to buy the franchise.

The purchase price was not made public.

Rockford has been affiliated with the Montreal Expos since joining the Midwest League as an expansion franchise in 1988. The club had 66,524 in paid attendance last season - third-lowest in the 14-team league.


TORONTO (AP) - Former Canadian sprinter Marvin Nash is facing cocaine trafficking charges after an undercover police officer bought a small amount of the drug.

Marvin Nash, now 38 and homeless, came within .15 of a second of running in the 100-meter final of the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He placed fifth and was eliminated.

Det. Doug Yarenko said an officer went the into an alley with a man and a youth and bought a small amount of crack.

Both suspects were arrested. Police seized a bored-out starter’s pistol loaded with .22-caliber bullets.

A 15-year-old boy is also facing various charges, including possession of cocaine for trafficking.


NEW YORK (AP) - Minor league players will be showing up on more baseball cards under an agreement announced Thursday between Major League Baseball Properties and the Upper Deck Card Company.

Upper Deck will produce a minor league set of 350 cards to be sold in packages of 10-15 cards. Also, the company was authorized to include up to 25 minor league cards in its major league set.

The company is not the first to issue minor league cards.

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