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September 21, 1988

BARI, Italy (AP) _ Third-seeded Lawson Duncan, of Asheville, N.C., rallied to beat unseeded Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia in three sets Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the $123,400 Puglia tennis tournament.

Duncan, 24, struggled before defeating Novacek 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in a second-round match.

The match was hampered by intermittent rain which made the clay courts slippery.

In another second-round match, Christian Miniussi of Argentina breezed past Spain’s Eduardo Luis Osta 6-3, 6-3.

Osta will face Duncan in the quarterfinals.

The winner of Sunday’s final will earn $18,680.


PARIS (AP) - Marie-Christine Damas of France defeated West Germany’s Veronica Martinek 4-6, 6-4, in Wednesday’s second round of the $50,000 Clarins Open.

In other matches on the clay courts of the Racing Club de France, Cathy Carverzasio of Italy beat countrywoman Federica Bonsignori, 6-2, 6-1, and Sabine Hack of West Germany beat Nathalie Herreman of France, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.


ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - Frenchman Alain Ambrosini, driving a Nissan 200 SX, jumped to an early lead Wednesday in the 20th Ivory Coast Safari Rally as drivers faced difficult conditions on rain-drenched roads.

Ambrosini and navigator Daniel Le Saux took the lead from Austrian Rudy Stohl, driving an Audi Quatro Coup, on road penalty points.

Stohl and navigator Reinhardt Kaufman had been given the starting position after finishing a torturous 6.1 mile test course Tuesday with the fastest qualifying time.

The 38 teams took off Wednesday morning for the first leg, a 500-mile circular course that takes them north and west of Abidjan.

Following Stohl was Belgian Pascal Gaban, who led all production cars in his four-wheel-drive Mazda 323.

The five-day race covers 2,087 miles.

--- ATLANTA (AP) - WTBS announced Wednesday that it will broadcast the Alabama-Kentucky game on Oct. 1.

The 13th-ranked Crimson Tide visits Kentucky in a Southeastern Conference matchup scheduled to start at 12:30 EDT.