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February 1, 1995

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) _ Sixth-seeded Silvia Farina of Italy beat Hungarian qualifier Virag Csurgo 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 6-2 today to advance to the quarterfinals of the Amway Classic.

``It was very difficult to play in the strong wind,″ Farina said. ``She started to play better and I lost my game a little. In the third set, I tried again to put pressure on her.″

Defending champion Ginger Helgeson Nielsen of the United States and seventh-seeded Natalia Medvedeva of Ukraine also advanced. Helgeson Nielsen, seeded second, beat Elna Reinach of South Africa 6-4 6-3 and Medvedeva defeated Ludmila Richterova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.


TORONTO (AP) _ Telemedia Radio Network, which has the rights to Toronto Blue Jays games, will not broadcast games involving replacement players.

``We’re not going to do any of those games,″ Telemedia vice president Paul Williams said Monday. ``There’s a two-word answer: common sense. We’ve got 18 years of equity and goodwill with our advertisers and we’re not going to insult their intelligence.″


NEW YORK (AP) _ Major League Soccer said Tuesday that two top college players have committed to play when the proposed U.S. first division gets under way in April 1996.

Midfielders Todd Yeagley and Brian Maisonneuve, teammates who helped Indiana University to a runner-up finish in the 1994 NCAA tournament, are the second and third players to sign with the new league, headed by U.S. Soccer Federation president Alan Rothenberg.

U.S. national team midfielder Tab Ramos, playing in the Mexican first division, was the first to commit.


DALLAS (AP) _ The Dallas Stars acquired left wing Iain Fraser from the Quebec Nordiques on Tuesday for an undisclosed pick in the 1996 draft.

Fraser, 25, did not play in Quebec’s first five games this season after scoring 17 goals and 37 points in 60 games last season.


CLEVELAND (AP) _ Cleveland Stadium should be renovated by lowering the playing field, moving 25,000 seats closer to the action and making the 64-year-old stadium more fan-friendly, a task force recommended.

Mayor Michael R. White’s hand-picked stadium committee last week recommended a $130 million renovation of the home of the Cleveland Browns. The panel detailed its proposals Tuesday but steered clear of the politically sensitive issue of how to pay for the face lift.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Oakland Athletics sold first baseman Troy Neel’s contract to the Orix Blue Wave of the Japanese Pacific League.

Neel, 29, also a designated hitter, has played for the Athletics for three seasons, hitting .280 in 230 games. He hit .266 in 83 games last season.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Golden State rookie Clifford Rozier was suspended for Tuesday night’s game with the New York Knicks after missing a shootaround.

Rozier, a 6-foot-11 forward-center, overslept Tuesday morning and missed the practice, team spokeswoman Julie Marvel said.

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