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November 9, 1991

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Monica Seles, the world’s top-ranked player, has been installed as the top seed in the $350,000 Virginia Slims of Philadelphia tennis tournament.

Seles, who has won nine singles titles this year, including victories in the Australian, French and U.S. opens, tops a singles field that features seven of the top 10 women’s players.

″We have the fourth-strongest field of any tournament in 1991, surpassed only by the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the French Open,″ said tournament director Barbara Perry of International Management Group.

The tournament, which is being held in Philadelphia for the first time after being moved from Worcester, Mass., begins Monday, one week before the season-ending $3 million Virginia Slims Championship, to be played in New York, which is the main reason for the strong field.

Seeded second was Argentina’s Gabriela Sabatini, ranked third in the world and winner of four tournaments this year, including a triumph over Seles in the Italian Open final.


TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) - Tiffin University’s head football coach apoligized for yelling racial slurs at two freshman players, but a black students’ organization said he should be fired.

Coach Bob Wolfe said he wouldn’t resign.

″I feel I’m trying to get help for this temper. I don’t go around calling kids names. You can’t do that in a position of leadership,″ Wolfe said.

″I feel very bad about the incident and I’m going to do my very best to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’m grateful that Tiffin has stuck behind me,″ he said.

Paul Walker, president of the Black United Students Organization, said it was ″inexcusable″ that Wolfe shouted slurs.

The coach was suspended for two weeks because of the remarks, but Walker said he should have been fired.

University president George Kidd said he wouldn’t fire the coach.

Wolfe wound up shouting at players Ty Witherspoon and Kush Flournoy on Oct. 23 after a discussion of why the two had stopped attending practices and study halls.


ENSENADA, Mexico (AP) - The motorcycle team of Larry Roeseler, Ted Hunnicutt Jr. and Marty Smith finished first in the SCORE Baja 1,000 off-road race.

Roeseler, of Mission Viejo, Calif., Hunnicutt of Moorpark, Calif. and Smith of San Diego, covered 754.1 miles across this Mexican peninsula in 13 hours, 37 minutes and 25 seconds. The team’s average speed was 55.35 mph.

It was the fourth straight Baja 1,000 win for Roeseler, third for Hunnicutt and first for Smith, a three-time motocross national champion.

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