STRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vt. (AP) _ Jarle and Edwin Halsnes of Norway, America’s Cary Adgate and Francois Vuilett of France are the favorites in the U.S. Men’s Pro Ski Championships this weekend at Stratton Mountain.
A field of more than 60 international racers will attempt to qualify for the 32 positions in the slalom and giant slalom competition. Total prize money is $50,000, with $5,000 going to the winner of each discipline.
Jarle Halsnes, the two-time defending world pro ski champion, has battled his brother for the tour lead all season, and currently tops the list with 400 points, 35 better than Edwin, who was the 1986 tour winner.
Vuillet, second at last year’s world event, is the hottest skier on the circuit right now, with four victories in the last five slalom races. Adgate, the defending U.S. National titlist, has climbed to seventh in the tour standings.
Following Stratton, the skiers will take a two-week break before finishing the 1987 campaign in Aspen, Colo.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Top Fuel dragster driver Dick LaHaie broke the Gainesville Raceway elapsed time record to lead the qualifiers in the $866,100 18th annual National Hot Rod Association Gatornationals.
LaHaie, of Lansing, Mich., was timed in 5.356 seconds at 268.25 mph Thursday. The time broke last year’s record of 5.409 seconds set by Don Garlits of Ocala, Fla.
Garlits, the defending Gatornationals and Winston world champion, broke the track speed record with a quarter-mile run of 275.65 mph, but his time of 5.528 seconds was good enough for only fourth place.
Joe Amato of Old Forge, Pa., trailed LaHaie at 5.414 seconds, 272.06 mph, and Darrell Gwynn of Miami, was third at 5.433, 256.19 mph.
Kenny Bernstein of Newport Beach, Calif., was the No. 1 Funny Car qualifier. His Buick LeSabre posted a time of 5.623 seconds at 255.17 mph. Veteran driver Don Prudhomme of Granada Hills, Calif., was second at 5.741 seconds, 256.92 mph.
In Pro Stock, the leader was Bob Glidden of Whiteland, Ind. Glidden’s Ford Thunderbird was timed in 7.505 seconds at 184.31 mph. Butch Leal of Blacklick, Ohio, was No. 2 at 7.532, 186.06 mph.
Qualifying continues today and Saturday with eliminations Sunday.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The First KAL Cup Korea Open Tennis Championships will be held in Seoul April 20-26 , the Korea Tennis Association announced today.
It said 91 men from 15 coutries will compete in the $104,900 meet for singles and doubles titles.
Korean tennis officials said the field includes top-seeded Ramesh Krishnan of India, who is ranked 33rd in the world, Todd Witsken of the United States, ranked 58th, France’s Jean Floeurian, 73rd, and Japan’s Toru Yonezawa, 309th.
They said the championships are sponsored by the tennis association and Korea Air Lines.
Other countries represented in the Korea Open include Canada, England, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, West Germany, Brazil and Peru.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sisters Manuela and Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria, Catarina Lindqvist of Sweden and West Germany’s Bettina Bunge will play in the Virginia Slims of Washington March 23-29 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.
The young Europeans join a field of top players that includes Hana Mandlikova and Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia, Australia’s Wendy Turnbull and Americans Zina Garrison, Pam Shriver and Kathy Rinaldi.
NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) - Marty Riessen defeated John Newcombe 6-3, 7-5 in the opening match of the $50,000 Merrill Lynch Tennis Classic at the New Canaan Racquet Club.
In men’s 45-and-over play Thursday, Owen Davidson defeated Mal Anderson 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
In other matches to be played tonight, Stan Smith meets defending champion Bob Lutz in the 35-and-over division, and Cliff Drysdale meets Roy Emerson in the 45-and-over group.
The final in the 35-and-over category is scheduled for Saturday night, and the 45-and-over final will be played Sunday afternoon.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Yankees superstar Don Mattingly is the newest member of Team Nabisco.
Mattingly, who batted .352 last year, scoring 117 runs and hitting 31 homers, joins a group including Frank Gifford, Dinah Shore, Rod Laver, Bobby Orr and Jack Nicklaus. The athletes and celebrities are actively involved in corporate, marketing and charitable programs on behalf of Nabisco Brands, Inc.
ATLANTA (AP) - Former University of Georgia football player and Atlanta attorney Billy Payne has announced the formation of a group which will try to lure the Summer Olympics to Atlanta.
Payne is chairman of the state-incorporated, non-profit Georgia Sports Foundation. He said Thursday that Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and other business, sports, civic and political leaders belong to the group.
He said private sources will be asked to contribute $3 million needed to fund the initial stages of a bid to the U.S. Olympic Committee, which met last week in Colorado Springs, Colo. with representatives of 13 cities interested in hosting the 1996 games.
Formal bids must be submitted by Sept. 17, and Payne said the committee will narrow its list of prospective U.S. hosts by February or March 1988. After the U.S. group selects one American city, the International Olympic Committee will choose from that and other candidates worldwide.