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May 23, 1990

TERAMO, Italy (AP) _ Italy’s Fabrizio Convalle won Tuesday’s sixth stage of the Tour of Italy and Gianni Bugno retained the overall lead.

Bugno, also of Italy, was in a pack of cyclists who finished about one minute behind the winner. He has led the race since it began on Friday.

Greg LeMond, who has struggled for most of the past few months, is 14 minutes behind Bugno. LeMond captains the Z team, which offered him a record contract last year following his double triumph in the French Tour and the world championship.

″I am certain that Greg will do something good in the final stages of the Giro. He will be in peak condition by the start the (French) tour,″ said Gilbert Dusclos Lasalle, a teammate who is third in the overall standings.

Frenchman Laurent Fignon, the winner of last year’s race, suffered cuts and bruises following a spill but completed the race in the same time as Bugno.

The Frenchman, who fell in a tunnel which cyclists said had insufficient lighting, held fourth place in the overall standings, 1:08 behind the leader.

Convalle, 25, scored his first professional victory, taking the lead a half-mile from the finish.

Andrei Tchmile of the Soviet Union was second, ahead of Duclos Lasalle.

The winner covered the 145-mile course from Sora to Teramo in 5 hours, 52 minutes and 11 seconds.

The stage included two tough mountain passes, but Bugno’s rivals did not carry any serious challenge to his overall lead.

″Difficult stages still must come,″ Bugno said. ″Certainly the pink jersey has boosted my morale and determination.″

The Italian cyclist is bidding for his first victory following a win in the Milan-San Remo classic last March.


DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Former baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti will be awarded an honorary degree posthumously from Centre College during commencement June 3.

Giamatti had been scheduled to deliver Centre’s commencement address before he died Sept. 1 of a heart attack.

Also receiving honorary degrees will be Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus, Yale theologian Abraham J. Malherbe and businessman George P. Crounse of Paducah, Ky.

Mabus will be the commencement speaker. Malherbe will give the baccalaureate address. Centre expects to confer 182 bachelor’s degrees during the ceremony.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Eric Griffin, world champion at 106 pounds, heads the 48 fighters named on Tuesday to compete for 24 berths on the U.S. boxing team for the Goodwill Games.

Another world champion in the competition will be Isaac Brown, at 201 pounds.

The elimination will be held June 8-9, at the Mirage in Las Vegas, with a format slightly different than the one used to select the Pan Am and Olympic Teams. This time, each boxer will fight only once, with the winner advancing to the team.


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Nearly 200 board sailors, including top U.S. competitor Nevin Sayre, will compete for more than $70,000 in cash and prizes starting Thursday when the U.S. Open Pro Am Sailboard Regatta begins in Corpus Christi Bay.

The five-day event will include long-distance, slalom and freestyle events for men’s and women’s divisions, professional and amateur.

More than 15,000 fans watched last year’s competition.

Defending champion Robbie Naish decided to remain at home in Maui, Hawaii, after a sluggish start in competition this year.

Sayre, last year’s third-place finisher, will be joined by the 1989 runner- up, Tom Luedecke of Australia, and Canadian Bruce Peterson, the reigning Gorge Pro-Am champion.

On the women’s side, defending U.S. Open champion Janet Lenaburg will be challenged by familiar rivals Lisa Neuburger of the Virgin Islands and Rhonda Smith-Sanchez, a five-time world champion.

The event, sponsored by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, concludes Monday with amateur competition.

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