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It's a Long Day for the Martinas

October 15, 1994|From Staff and Wire Reports

Anke Huber spoiled Martina Navratilova's final European tournament, beating the 37-year-old tennis great, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, Friday in the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix at Filderstadt, Germany.

The other Martina, 14-year-old Swiss prodigy Martina Hingis, lost in her second tournament as a pro. Showing inexperience, Hingis squandered four match points before Marianne Werdel beat her, 0-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

In other quarterfinal matches, top-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain was upset by unseeded Karina Habsudova of Slovakia, 6-4, 6-1. Martinez, the Wimbledon champion, played despite an ankle injury that was treated courtside several times and badly hampered her game. Third-seeded Mary Pierce of France needed only 44 minutes to beat Gigi Fernandez, 6-0, 6-1.

Baseball

Toronto and St. Louis hired new general managers but the Cincinnati Reds didn't. In fact, owner Marge Schott gave her general manager, Jim Bowden, 33, a five-year contract extension.

The Blue Jays hired former ticket seller Gord Ash, 42, as only the second general manager in club history. Ash will take over from the retiring Pat Gillick at the end of the month.

The Cardinals announced that Walt Jocketty, 43, who worked his way up the administrative ranks in Oakland and Colorado, would be their new general manager, replacing fired Dal Maxvill.

Hockey

NHL players have decided to resume working out while they await the start of the season, but they will pay for the use of practice facilities and will not use club-owned dressing rooms.

A spokesman for the NHL Players Assn. said the decision, made during a conference call among union representatives, should not be taken as a sign players are preparing to play.

No talks have been scheduled in the dispute, which is in its 15th day. NHL officials continue to call the work stoppage a postponement instead of a lockout, but that term might change today. The league had proposed delaying play until today if an agreement could be reached, but that was withdrawn and the start has been delayed indefinitely.

The Vancouver Canucks will not prevent Pavel Bure from playing in Europe during the NHL strike.

Canuck Vice President George McPhee said players have a legal right to play elsewhere during the labor dispute, but the club will be unhappy if its top player risks injury and a lucrative future by joining a European team.

Bure, who last spring signed a $24.5-million, five-year contract to stay with the Canucks, has received offers from teams in Germany and Switzerland.

Teemu Selanne, one of the NHL's brightest young stars, has received permission from the Winnipeg Jets to rejoin his old Finnish club, Jokerit, during the lockout.

Horse Racing

Mike Smith rode longshot Conveyor to victory by a nose over fast-closing Personal Merit in the $500,000 Meadowlands Cup at East Rutherford, N.J.

Conveyor covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 4/5 and paid $51.80, $21.20 and $8.60. The victory was the 60th in a stakes this year for Smith, who owns the national record of 62.

Personal Merit, ridden by Jorge Chavez and sent off at 53-1, paid $38.80 and $16.40.

Names in the News

Lee Trevino will be out of action indefinitely because of a bulging disk. Trevino, who leads the Senior PGA Tour with six tournament victories this year, withdrew from this week's Senior Gold Rush at Rancho Murieta, citing a nerve problem in his neck.

Race car driver Page Jones, 22, of Torrance, who suffered a severe head injury in a sprint car race on Sept. 25, has been transferred from Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, to Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood.

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield says a diagnosis of sarcoidosis, a disease that often attacks the lungs and heart, will not interfere with his plans to make a comeback. He said that he plans to fight either in November or December before trying to get a title bout.

Miscellany

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich introduced a motion barring the county from using any funds on the construction of a new football stadium proposed by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

The downhill run at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where Austrian Ulrike Maier was killed in a spill earlier this year, will not be part of the 1995 World Cup program because it would cost organizers too much to make it safe.

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