CHICAGO (AP) _ Gabriela Sabatini says she's back to top form and ready to make a strong bid for the title in this week's Ameritech Cup women's tennis tournament.

The Argentine said she is recovered from a back injury that led to her elimination in the first round of last month's Australian Open.

``My game is back,'' she said. ``I've seen a lot of improvement with my game. I can have great results again.''

She went 43 tournaments without a title until the 1994 Virginia Slims Championship produced her first championship since the 1992 Italian Open.

``It was exactly what I needed,'' she said. ``I couldn't break the wall.''

Sabatini, 24, is the top name and No. 2 seed at the event, which begins Monday at Chicago's UIC Pavilion.


DORTMUND, Germany (AP) _ In an effort to combat the growing professionalism in the sport, the International Skating Union will consider giving prize money, its president said Sunday.

``Prize money is part of the game today,'' Ottavio Cinquanta said. ``I can't understand with so much money to the ISU, such as in TV rights ... we can't give some money back to the skaters.''

Cinquanta said that the next ISU Council Meeting in Birmingham, England, during the World Champions next month, will be looking into various proposals. Then they will be recommended for the ISU congress in 1996 to accept.


DALLAS (AP) _ The Dallas Stars have recalled right wing Mark Lawrence from their Kalamazoo farm club in the International Hockey League.

Lawrence, 23, played in 49 games with the Kalamazoo Wings, getting 12 goals and 16 assists. He was tied for the club lead with three game-winning goals.

This season had been Lawrence's third with Kalamazoo. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound forward was the Stars' sixth-round selection and 118th overall in the 1991 NHL entry draft.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Seven of the world's top players will battle for supremacy on the hard courts of the Aviation Club as the $1 million Dubai Open gets under way Monday.

This third edition, to run to Feb. 12, has attracted Wimbledon finalist and world No. 5 Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia, who is seeded second. World No. 4 and French Open champion Sergi Bruguera is the top-seeded player.


BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ A 23-year-old Brazilian soccer player died after suffering a heart attack while playing in a Belgian second division match.

Calmito Augusto of Boom FC collapsed 10 minutes into the second half of his team's match against Geel on Saturday night. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Geel Hospital, the Belgian news agency Belga reported.

The referee halted the game, which Boom FC was winning 3-0.