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November 22, 1993

LONDON (AP) _ Tennis officials are considering adopting a round-robin format for the Davis Cup.

The International Tennis Federation said Monday the change will be discussed during the Dec. 3-5 Davis Cup final between Germany and Australia at Dusseldorf.

″Round-robin formats have tremendous benefits,″ ITF general manager Mike Davies said. ″They reduce the number of ‘dead’ Sunday ties (matches) and make planning and promotion better for players, organizers, sponsors and television.″

Under the proposed change, there would be a World Group Championship Division, a World Group First Division and three zonal groups.

One proposal envisions a Championship Division with eight nations and a First Division with 16. A second proposal would have 16 nations in each.

Both the Championship Division and Division One would be divided into groups of four nations and played on a round-robin basis. The zonal groups would continue to play by the present knock-out format.

The change would ensure that each nation in the top two divisions would play at least three matches a year, with dates and opponents known at the start of the year. Every nation would have at least one home match.

Under the present format, there is a World Group with 16 nations. Losers are eliminated. Winners advance to the next round, with the home venue going to whichever country played away in the previous match between the two.

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ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) - All random drug tests during the qualifying rounds for the 1994 World Cup were negative, soccer’s international governing body said Monday.

Of 88 random tests at the 490 preliminary matches, none suggested that a player used illegal performance boosters, a FIFA statement said.

The qualifying tournament began in the summer of 1992 and ended last week after determining the remaining 24 finalists for next year’s tournament in the United States.

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HOUSTON (AP) - Matt Galante has been retained as the Houston Astros third- base coach.

Galante has been in the Houston system since 1980, including nine years with the Astros as first-base coach, third-base coach and bench coach.

Galante applied for the manager’s job after Art Howe was fired last month, but former Pittsburgh Pirates coach Terry Collins got the job last week.

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TOKYO (AP) - Shinji Takehara of Japan defended the Orient-Pacific Boxing Federation middleweight title by stopping Indonesian Nico Toriri at 2 minutes, 37 seconds, of the sixth round of a scheduled 12-rounder Monday night.

Takehara knocked down Toriri in the second round with a left hook.

In the sixth round, Takehara connected with a straight right and a series of combinations before the referee stopped it.

Takehara weighed 159 pounds and Toriri 157.

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MILAN, Italy (AP) - Unbeaten Stefanel Trieste, helped by Lemone Lampley’s 14 points, defeated Burghy Rome 100-90 for its eighth victory in the Italian basketball league.

Defending champion Buckler Bologna and Benetton Treviso also won over the weekend to remain tied for second place.

Winston Garland scored 22 points and Pace Mannion had 20 in Benetton’s 98-89 victory over Onyx Caserta. Charles Shackleford had 30 points and 22 rebounds for Onyx.

Cliff Levingston, with 13 points, helped Buckler Bologna to an 82-71 victory over Baker Leghorn.

Henry Williams of Glaxo Verona held the league scoring lead with an average of 28.8 points per game. He had 20 points in Sunday’s 81-69 victory over Venice.

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MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (AP) - Nobody was around to comment on fraud and bribery allegations at the MVV soccer club Monday because its administrators all were in jail.

Police arrested four of the First Division club’s board of directors Saturday on suspicion of fraud and tax evasion, said Jules Nabben, a spokesman for the Maastricht public prosecutor’s office.

″Several hundreds of thousand of guilders (dollars)″ of profit from selling numberless tickets went undeclared, police spokesman Jack Van Kleef said.

No sales tax was paid on the $1.78 million earned from the spring transfer of star striker Erik Meijer to top Dutch club PSV or on proceeds from two other big transfer fees, Van Kleef said.

The four were chairman Karel Dittrich, secretary Alfons Cremers, treasurer Peter Broekhof and technical advisor Harry Brouwers, the Amsterdam daily De Telegraaf reported.

A fifth board member, managing director and ex-MVV player Ron Weyzen, was arrested last week on the same charges.

The arrests were the result of a three-month investigation by the country’s internal revenue service. The investigation began after the MVV board accused the club’s administrator, Wim Keunen, of embezzling up to $523,000.

Keunen was arrested but subsequently released pending trial.

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