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March 21, 1994

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) _ Russ Johnson scored at 4:44 of the third period as Wisconsin-River Falls beat Wisconsin-Superior 6-4 Saturday for the NCAA Division III hockey championship.

Fredonia State, N.Y., finished third by beating Salem State, Mass., 7-4.

Wisconsin-River Falls (22-7-4) led 4-2 after two periods. Johnson scored off a pass by Brandon Ferraro, who had scored River Falls’ second goal.

Wisconsin-Superior (21-8-4) closed to 5-4 but Brian Wilson added a goal with 2:27 remaining.

It is the Falcons’ second Division III championship, the first was in 1988.


KYOTO, Japan (AP) - Uta Pippig of Germany won the women’s race Sunday, and Valdenor Dos Santos of Brazil won the men’s race Sunday in the Kyoto International Half Marathon.

Pippig, the 1993 New York City marathon champion, had a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes, 59 seconds, ahead of Lisa Weidenbach of the United States, second in 1:12:15. Hiromi Suzuki of Japan was third in 1:12:19.

In the men’s race, Santos spurted in the final stage to edge Moses Tanui of Kenya by four seconds. Santos’ winning time was 1:01:53 to Tanui’s 1:01:57.

Stephan Freigang of Germany, the gold medalist at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, placed third in 1:02.00.


ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - John McEnroe defeated old rival Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-3 Sunday in an emotional final of an exhibition tournament.

Tempers ran high during the match, watched by about 6,000 fans at the Yubileiny sports complex. Both players freely uttered obscenities after missed shots.

The match ended a two-day Champions’ Challenge event, which brought together some of the all-time great tennis champions.

On Saturday, McEnroe defeated Swedish star Bjorn Borg and Connors beat colorful Romanian Ilie Nastase.

Another highlight was Saturday’s spectacular and humorous doubles match, which teamed Connors and Borg against McEnroe and John Lloyd.

Connors played part of the match wearing one shoe, and McEnroe hit the ball while sitting and lying on the court and shook hands with the ball boys.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Connie Kalitta claimed his first NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series victory since 1986 on Sunday when he beat his son Scott in the Top Fuel finals at the 25th Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Kalitta’s victory was the first-ever father-son finals in Top Fuel.

Warren Johnson, a winner Sunday in Pro Stock, defeated his son Kurt four times in six races last year.

John Force was Sunday’s other winner, finishing first in the Funny Car event.

Kalitta, 56, covered the quarter-mile in 4.794 seconds at 290.79 mph to defeat his 32-year-old son, who finished in 4.954 seconds at 271.65 mph.

Force, of Yorba Linda, Calif., claimed his third straight Gatornationals victory and second of the season when he took the Funny Car title over K. C. Spurlock at 5.347 at 263.00.

Johnson, of Sugar Hill, Ga., also collected his fourth straight victory here as his opponent, Darrell Alderman, had a red light. Johnson had a 7.136 at 195.14.


HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England (AP) - Cambridge won the women’s version of the University Boat Race Sunday with a one-length victory over Oxford.

Cambridge, the heavy favorite, led from the start and completed the 2,187- yard Thames River course in 6 minutes, 11 seconds.

It was the 47th staging of the women’s race. Cambridge has won six of the last eight.


RENO, Nev. (AP) - Virgil Rife and Tom Russell teamed to win Sunday’s $250,000 Miller Genuine Draft Doubles Bowling Challenge with a 479-474 victory over Drew Gagne and Greg Hamm.

Rife, of Weston, Ohio, and Russell, of Napoleon, Ohio, split the $20,000 top prize while Gagne and Russell settled for the $12,000 runner-up check.

Other top finishers, in order, were Rita Davis and Jane Ray of Sullivan, Ill., Tammy and Richard McFadden, of Evanston, Wyo., and Carrie Lynn Boldt, of Torrington, Conn., and Louis Pepice, of Waterbury, Conn.

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