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March 19, 1993

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Mark Woodforde’s fourth-round victory over top-ranked Jim Courier in the Lipton Championships has given Australian Davis Cup captain Neal Fraser a problem.

Woodforde, a member of the team that will face the defending champion United States in a first-round match starting March 26 in Melbourne, is missing a chance to prepare on Kooyong’s grass courts.

″It’s a nice problem to have,″ Fraser said today. ″It was a fantastic win. It’s tremendous to beat the No. 1 player in the world, especially as we haven’t had many of those wins in such big tournaments. He’s obviously been in good form all year.″

Fraser said if Woodforde, who beat Courier 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 on Thursday, kept advancing he would have little time to adapt to the pace of the grass courts.

″But we can’t have everything to perfection,″ he said. ″I’d rather him beat the No. 1 player in the world than lose in the first round and be back here.″

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - John McEnroe agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to an airline worker who claimed he shoved her against a wall when she refused to hold a flight for him and his family, according to a court settlement.

Diane Lempke, who said she sustained a broken finger in the December 1990 incident at San Francisco International Airport, was ″pleased and relieved″ by the agreement, said her lawyer, Tom LaLanne.

The compromise was reached after a closed, three-hour conference Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court. Judge Gene McDonald ordered the terms to remain confidential.

Lempke, a customer service representative for United Airlines, claims that McEnroe became angry when she refused to hold a Hawaii-bound flight until McEnroe’s wife, actress Tatum O’Neal, their two children and nanny arrived at the gate.

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - It was a night to remember for Ted Drury.

The Harvard junior center, who led the Crimson to the ECAC regular-season hockey title, was named as one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award and also captured ECAC player of the year honors Thursday night.

The other nine finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to college hockey’s top player, include: ECAC scoring champion Mark Kaufmann of Yale; senior center Greg Johnson of North Dakota; freshman left wing Paul Kariya and senior center Jim Montgomery, both of top-ranked Maine; senior center Derek Plante of Minnesota-Duluth; sophomore center Brian Rolston of defending national champion Lake Superior State; senior forward Dave Sacco of Boston University; junior center Brian Savage of Miami, Ohio; and senior center Bryan Smolinski of Michigan State.

The winner will be announced April 2 in Milwaukee.

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