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February 20, 1990

NEW YORK (AP) _ Keith Johnson was named the referee of the U.S. Open tennis championships and the U.S. Men’s Clay Court championships Tuesday by the United States Tennis Association.

Johnson, who is from Honolulu, served as a supervisor for the Men’s Tennis Council from 1981 until his retirement in 1987.


MILAN, Italy (AP) - Milan’s indoor sports palace on Tuesday was named as the site for the World Boxing Organization heavyweight title fight between champion Francesco Damiani of Italy and South African challenger Pierre Coetzer on March 12.

The bout originally was scheduled for Puerto Rico but was called off twice.

Damiani will be making the second defense of the title he won last year by knocking out South-African Johhny Du Plooy.


TESERO, Italy (AP) - Soviet skiers swept the top five places in a 10- kilometer women’s World Cup cross country race Tuesday.

World champion Elena Vialbe was the winner with a time of 24 minutes and 18 seconds.

Ljubov Edorova, Svetlana Nageikina, Larisa Lazutina and Tamara Tikhonova were next across the finish line.

Italy’s Manuela Di Centa, winner of a World Cup race in Switzerland Sunday, finished sixth.

The victory moved Vialbe into third place in the overall World Cup cross country standings.


VIKERSUND, Norway (AP) - Three former world champions, including defending title holder Ole Gunnar Fidjestoel of Norway, are entered in the World Championship of Ski Flying this weekend.

Torstein Haugerud, president of the organizing committee, said jumps of 600 feet are expected because the jumping hill has been extended.

The longest jump in the old hill was 534 feet, 9 inches by Pjotr Fijas of Poland three years ago. Fijas also set the listed world record of 636-6 in a 1987 World Cup event in Yugoslavia’s Planica hill, where Fidjestoel won the world championships title in 1988.

Only two other ski flying hills exist allowing jumps longer than 600 feet - Kulm and Oberstdorf, both in Austria.

About 70 jumpers from 16 nations were expected for Friday’s three rounds of trial jumps. Each nation can enter a maximum four jumpers Saturday and Sunday when the two best of three jumps are counted.


EAST BERLIN (AP) - Henry Maske, the 1988 Olympic and 1989 world champion, will be the first East German fighter to turn professional, according to the fight manager who said he will handle the light-heavyweight’s career.

Wilfried Sauderland said Maske will make his debut June 2 in Duesseldorf, a couple of days after being discharged from the East German army.

No opponent has been selected.

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