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Bailey Tops Tough 100 Field; Jones Wins 100, Long Jump

July 30, 1998|From Staff and Wire Reports

Olympic champion Donovan Bailey won the 100 meters in the Gaz de France track and field meet Wednesday at Paris, beating a star-packed field that included Ato Boldon, Maurice Greene and Frankie Fredericks.

Bailey won in 10.02 seconds, followed by Boldon in 10.10 and Fredericks in 10.11. Greene, the world champion, was never in the race, finishing eighth and last in 10.39.

Greene, Bailey and Boldon competed against each other barely a week ago in the Goodwill Games 100, Greene edging Boldon in 9.96.

Marion Jones set a meet record of 10.88 in the women's 100. It was the 12th time she has been under 11.00 this season but far from her best of 10.71.

Jones completed a double--as she did at the U.S. championships--by winning the long jump in 22 feet 10 1/2 inches.

"I am happy with the [long jump] performance because I don't have a chance to work on it so much," she said.

Tennis

Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport, ranked third in the world, took less than an hour to defeat Kimberly Po, 6-1, 6-3, and become the first player to advance to the quarterfinals in the Bank of the West tournament in Palo Alto.

In other matches, second-seeded Monica Seles outlasted Fang Li of China, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, and fourth-seeded Steffi Graf of Germany defeated Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-4, 6-0.

Bernd Karbacher of Germany upset fourth-seeded Alberto Berasategui of Spain in the $535,000 Generali Open at Kitzbuhel, Austria. Karbacher, whose ranking has dropped from 22nd to 178th the past three years, reached the third round with the 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory. Thomas Muster of Austria also moved into the third round by beating Jan Kroslak of Slovakia, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. . . . Third-seeded Karol Kucera of Slovakia advanced to the quarterfinals of the $400,000 Croatia Open tournament at Umag, defeating Slovenia's Borut Urh, 7-5, 6-2. In the quarterfinals on Friday, Kucera meets sixth-seeded Magnus Norman of Sweden, who defeated Stefano Cobolli of Italy, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-2.

Pro Football

The Pittsburgh Steelers reached terms with Alan Faneca, their first-round draft choice, ending their longest rookie holdout since the NFL adopted free agency in 1993. Faneca, a guard from Louisiana State, reached terms on a five-year deal worth about $5.3 million.

Defensive tackle Shane Bonham will be lost to the San Francisco 49ers for two to three months after tearing his left biceps muscle in a training camp drill. The loss of Bonham was another blow to San Francisco's defensive line. Gabe Wilkins, a free-agent acquisition from Green Bay, is recovering from off-season knee surgery and has not been able to practice yet.

Olympic gold medalist Quincy Watts, who was trying to make the San Diego Chargers as a cornerback, cleaned out his apartment and left training camp without talking to anyone. Watts, 27, who won the 400 meters in the 1992 Olympics at Barcelona, was a longshot to make the roster in his first try at pro football.

Miscellany

The U.S. men's basketball team, made up of little-known players because of the NBA lockout, opened the world championships at Athens with an 83-59 victory over Brazil. Eleven of 12 players scored for the U.S., led by Wendell Alexis, a 33-year-old veteran of European leagues, who had 13 points.

Senate leaders say they have solved the last issues in a bill that would revise professional baseball's 76-year-old exemption from federal antitrust laws. The bill would revoke that exemption for labor relations in the major leagues, while keeping it for relocation and the minor leagues.

A throwing error by pitcher Lisa Fernandez in the bottom of the 12th inning allowed the winning run to score and the United States lost to Australia, 2-1, in the women's world softball championships at Fujinomiya, Japan. The loss ended the Americans' winning streak at 42 games, but did not eliminate them from a chance at their fourth consecutive world championship.

Iowa State introduced Larry Eustachy as its basketball coach, a week after Tim Floyd left to become director of basketball operations and coach-in-waiting for the Chicago Bulls. Eustachy, 42, had a five-year record of 98-53 at Utah State.

David Price, associate commissioner of the Pacific 10 Conference, has been named by the NCAA to head the enforcement and student-athlete reinstatement staff. Price was named by NCAA President Cedric Dempsey to replace David Berst as group executive director for the association's enforcement's staff.

A proposal to reduce the limit on football scholarships at Division I schools was rejected by the NCAA Division I Management Council.

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