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September 23, 1985

BERLIN (AP) _ The racket used by Boris Becker to become Wimbledon’s youngest winner was auctioned Sunday for $12,750 with proceeds going to handicapped children.

The lowest bid for the 17-year-old West German tennis star’s racket was $258. The racket was auctioned in West Berlin by the LTTC Red-White Tennis Club, for which Becker plays.

Becker instructed that the money go toward ″helping the lives of mentally handicapped children,″ said auctioneer Hans Rosenthal.

Becker, whose underdog victory at Wimbledon in July stunned the tennis world, on Friday signed a 183,000-mark (63,100-dollar) check for aid to the handicapped.


DUNCAN, British Columbia (AP) - Defenseman Dale Dunbar of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League suffered a severe concussion Sunday when struck by a deflected puck during the warmup prior to a rookie game.

Dunbar, 22, a free agent from Boston University, was taken semi-conscious from the ice to Cowichan General Hospital for X-rays and then flown by helicopter to Vancouver for additional tests.

None of the tests revealed hemorrhaging or a skull fracture, but the injury is expected to keep the collegiate free agent out of action for at least three weeks, said a member of the Canucks medical staff.


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A group of 16 Soviet judoists and officials arrived here Monday to mark the first official visit by Soviet athletes to South Korea since the division of the Korean peninsula in 1945.

The Soviet squad is part of about 230 athletes from 49 countries competing in the 14th World Judo Championships for men in Seoul from Sept. 26 To 29, including East Germany, Hungary and other Soviet allies, which joined in boycotting the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Organizers said entries also included those from France, West Germany, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria and several Latin American countries.

The four-day meet will be held at Chamshil Gymnasium, one of the sites for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, breaking into eight divisions.

This will be the biggest sports event here involving so many athletes from the Soviet Union and its allies. South Korea maintains no diplomatic ties with any Communist countries.

Some Korean sports officials said the soviet presence in the Judo championships enhanced the chance of Soviet participation in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

In March, Soviet and East European figure skaters made an unprecedented visit here as part of the International Skating Union’s exhibition tour.


TOKYO (AP) - All scheduled games in Japan’s two professional baseball leagues were rained out Monday.


TORONTO (AP) - Martine Le Moignan of England defeated Heather Wallace of Scotland, 10-9, 9-10, 9-2, 9-1 to win a women’s squash tournament Sunday.

Le Moignan, ranked second in the world, won her semifinal match with Barbara Diggens of England 9-1, 9-4, 9-1. Wallace advanced by eliminating Alison Cumings of England, the champion last year, 9-1, 9-2, 9-2.


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Over 800 Asian athletes are expected to compete in the five-day Asian track and field meet opening here Wednesday, organizers said Monday.

A spokesman of the organizing committee said that 28 of 37 member countries of the Asian Amateur Athletic Association have confirmed participation. But Afghanistan, Burma, Bhutan, Laos, Mongolia, North Yemen, South Yemen, Syria and Vietnam have not notified the committee of their intentions.

The organizing committee said it expected all contingents to arrive in the city by Monday night at the latest.

China, the overall champions of the last championships held in Kuwait, came up with a team, arriving Saturday, of 55 athletes - the third-largest contingent after Indonesia’s 80 athletes and India’s 71 athletes.

Chinese coach Qi Zu Tan predicted that his team would grab at least 10 of 41 goal medals contested.

The spokesman said the championships will also serve as a selection for an Asian team to a World Cup meet to be held in Australia later. He did give an exact date.

The Asian team will be headed by Bob Hassan, the President of the Indonesian Athletics Association.

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