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September 1, 1994

NEW YORK (AP) _ Undefeated WBC lightweight champion Miguel Angel Gonzalez will make his seventh title defense Oct. 29 when he faces Marty Jakobowski.

Gonzalez, 23, from Mexico City, is 34-0 with 28 knockouts. The fight, at the Mystic Lake Casino/Resort in Prior Lake, Minn., will be Gonzalez’s first defense in the United States.

Gonzalez won the title by stopping Colombia’s Wilfredo Rocha on Aug. 24, 1992 in Mexico City.

Jakobowski, 25, from Hammond, Ind., is the USBA lightweight champ. He has lost only once in 76 fights, a non-title bout against then-undefeated Julio Caesar Chavez.


PADUA, Italy (AP) - U.S. defender Alexi Lalas made his debut with Padova on Wednesday night in a 3-0 loss to Internazionale of Milan in the first leg of the second round of the Italian Cup.

In Milan, European champion AC Milan was upset 1-0 by Palermo on Giuseppe Iachini’s goal in the first half.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Bryon Russell, a second-round pick in the 1993 draft, has signed a new contract with the Utah Jazz.

Details were not released but The Salt Lake Tribune quoted sources it did not identify as saying the contract was for three years, including an option year, and eventually could be worth about $1 million.

Russell, from Long Beach State, played in 67 games last season, and averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - John Vecchiarelli scored a playoff-record seven goals and added three assists Wednesday night as the Buffalo Stampede opened the RHI championship series with an 11-8 victory over the Portland Rage.

Len Soccio, Jay Neal, Alex Hicks and Vecchiarelli scored six minutes apart in the second quarter as the Stampede opened a 7-3 lead.

Game Two will be Friday in Buffalo, with a 12-minute mini-game to follow if Portland wins. If the mini-game is tied, a shootout will determine the champion.


FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) - Current U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Wendy Ward and two past USGA champions have been named to the U.S. squad for the Women’s World Amateur Team competition Sept. 28-Oct. 1, at the National Golf Club, in Versailles, France.

Ward, 21, of San Antonio, who was named to the team for the first time, defeated 1993 champion Jill McGill, of Denver, Colo., in the Women’s Amateur match play final. She also was runner-up at the 1994 NCAA Championship, and was a semifinalist at last year’s Women’s Amateur.

She is joined on the team by Carol Semple Thompson, 45, of Sewickley, Pa., and Sarah LeBrun Ingram, 28, of Nashville, Tenn. Former USGA Women’s Committee chairman Ann Beard, of Essex Fells, N.J., was named non-playing team captain.


MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Championship polo is returning to Long Island after a 40-year hiatus.

Eleven polo clubs, with players from a variety of countries, will compete in the U.S. Open Polo Tournament beginning Saturday at Bethpage State Park, with the championship on Sept. 25.

Deborah Couples, of Los Angeles, ex-wife of pro golfer Fred Couples, will be the second woman to compete in the tournament’s 90-year history.


MONZA, Italy (AP) - Forumula One driver Gerhard Berger of Austria was hospitalized briefly Wednesday night after a taxi he was riding in was rammed by another car, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Berger, who drives for the Italian team Ferrari, sustained slight whiplash but was released shortly before midnight as X-rays didn’t show any trauma, ANSA said.

Berger is third in the Formula One standings with 27 points, trailing Michael Schumacher of Germany, who has 76, and David Hill of England, second with 45.


QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (AP) - Goaltender Stephane Fiset signed a three-year contract, believed to be worth about $2.2 million, with the Quebec Nordiques on Wednesday.

Fiset, entering his fourth season, is Quebec’s No. 1 goaltender. Fiset appeared in 50 games last year, compiling a 3.39 goals-against average.

Also coming to terms with the NHL club were defenseman Steven Finn and forward Chris Simon. Finn signed a long-term deal, while Simon’s was a one- year contract.


PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Two Washington State football players have been charged with forgery and will not play in tonight’s season-opener against Illinois.

Brandon Moore and Bryant Thomas are accused of paying for video games at a Moscow, Idaho, mall with a forged check, said Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson.

Last week, Washington State coach Mike Price issued a statement saying the two players had been suspended for breaking team rules.

Moore is a reserve sophomore running back and Thomas a reserve redshirt freshman wide receiver.


BEIJING (AP) - China is not ruling out a boycott of the Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan, if Taiwan’s President Lee Teng-hui attends, a Foreign Ministry spokesman suggested today.

Spokesman Shen Guofang would not say whether a boycott was planned, but made it clear Beijing would not accept Lee’s participation.

Lee’s attendance would cause ″political trouble, and we hope the organizing committee will be prudent about it,″ Shen said at a weekly briefing.

The president of the Chinese National Olympic Committee, He Zhenliang, has said the Olympic Council of Asia’s invitation to Lee was ″highly inappropriate″ and China was opposed to it.


ST. PAUL (AP) - Dave Christian, one of the last active players from the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won a gold medal in Lake Placid, N.Y., will sign a contract to play with the expansion Minnesota Moose of the International Hockey League, a newspaper reports.

Christian, 35, who grew up in Warroad, Minn., will sign a contract today, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press reported today.

Christian, a right wing, has scored 340 goals and 773 points in 1,009 NHL games playing for Winnipeg, Washington, Boston, St. Louis and Chicago over 14 seasons.

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