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November 25, 1991

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union, the only 20-foot pole vaulter in history, will make his only United States appearance of the 1992 indoor track and field season Feb. 15 at the Sunkist Invitational.

The Sunkist meet has a rich pole vault tradition, with world records set by John Pennel, Steve Smith, Dan Ripley and Billy Olson.

Bubka broke the 20-foot barrier indoors this year and now holds the world indoor record of 20-1. He reached 20 feet outdoors in August.

His entry was announced Monday by meet director Al Franken.


MILAN, Italy (AP) - Il Messaggero Roma fired coach Valerio Bianchini and lost to Philips Milan in the Italian basketball league.

Bianchini, one of the most successful Italian coaches, was dismissed Saturday following a series of defeats and feuds with the team’s leading players.

With deputy coach Carmine Di Fonzo on the bench and without its suspended American player Rick Mahorn, Il Messaggero lost 83-75 to Philips Sunday at Milan.

The sixth defeat in 10 games dropped Il Messaggero to eighth place, 10 points behind first-place Knorr Bologna, which has a 9-1 record.

Darryl Dawkins, former NBA center, scored 20 points for Philips.

Knorr beat Ticino Siena 106-63, while Benetton Treviso, with Yugoslav star Toni Kukoc back after a two-month absence, moved into second place by defeating defending champion Phonola Caserta 101-73. Kukoc, recovered from a serious ankle injury, scored 26 points.

His American teammate Vinny Del Negro scored 19.

Benetton trails Knorr by two points, at 16, with a record of 8-2.

Brazilian Oscar Schmidt stayed atop the scoring race with an average of 39.7 points per game, scoring 39 points as his team, FernetBranca Pavia, lost to Trapani 120-114 in overtime.


MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippines, led by three swimmers, won nine gold medals Monday, taking the lead on the first day of competition in the Southeast Asian Games.

Indonesia trailed the Philippines with six golds, followed by Thailand with four and Burma one.

Akiko Thomson, a 17-year-old of American and Japanese descent, led the Philippines by winning the women’s 100-meter backstroke in a Games record time of 1 minute, 5:00 seconds.

Leo Najera of the Philippines won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.50, and teammate Eric Buhain won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.10.


BRESCIA, Italy (AP) - Scuderia Italia announced it will have a new driver, Pierluigi Martini, and new Ferrari engines for the 1992 World Formula One championship.

Martini will team with Finnish driver Jirky Jarvy Lehto, whose contract was extended through 1992.

Martini, who drove with the Minardi team this year, replaces another Italian, Emanuele Pirro, at Scuderia Italia.


HELSINKI, Finland (AP) - World javelin champion Kimmo Kinnunen was voted the best Finnish athlete this year, by the Sportswriters’ Association.

In the poll, made public Monday, Kinnunen topped another javelin thrower, Seppo Raty, who recently was stripped of his world record set this year as the javelin used was ruled unacceptable.

Kinnunen won the javelin title at the World Championships at Tokyo in August. Raty was the runner-up.

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