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Graf is runaway choice for Female Athlete of the Year

Steffi Graf, the runaway choice Monday as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for 1989, made a lot more money than the male winner, Joe Montana, without all the bruises. Graf won 83 of 85 matches last year and brought in $1.96-million, not counting endorsements, compared with Montana's salary of $1.2-million for the Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers. Graf easily outpolled the runner-up, golfer Betsy King.Fleurian downs Flach

in U.S. Pro Indoor

Andrew Sznajder of Canada fought off six match points to defeat John Fitzgerald of Australia 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7) in the opening round of the U.S. Pro Indoor tennis championship. Jean Fleurian of France defeated Ken Flach 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 6-4. Patrick Kuehnen of West Germany upset seventh-seeded Thomas Muster of Austria 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 in the first round of the $1-million ATP tournament in Stuttgart, West Germany. But another West German Davis Cup player, Michael Stich, made an early exit, losing 7-6, 7-5 to Jonas Svensson of Sweden. Sixth-seeded Laura Gildemeister rallied to defeat Sylvia Hanika 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the opening round of the Virginia Slims of Washington. And second-seeded Rafaella Reggi of Italy and No. 8 Estuko Inoue of Japan advanced in the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma.

Douglas keeping options open on fight location

Heavyweight champion James "Buster" Douglas says he'd like for his first title defense _ against Evander Holyfield _ to be in Las Vegas, but he's keeping his options open until a meeting later in the week with billionaire Donald Trump. An organized effort is underway to oust World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman and replace him with former treasurer Steve Crosson, according to a report in the Dallas Times-Herald.

South Carolina's "steroid scandal' report released

South Carolina uncovered six instances of possible rule violations and found "widespread experimentation" by football players with steroids from 1983 to 1987, according to the school's report to the NCAA on its "steroid scandal." The report found that at least two coaches paid for the drugs for players on four occasions.

Johnson says he'll retire

from amateur ski racing

1984 Olympic gold downhiller Bill Johnson, 30, says he will retire from amateur ski racing by the end of this year, meaning the U.S. Alpine Championships under way in Crested Butte, Colo., will be his last race of any consequence. "It's been a long, good career," Johnson said. Skip Merrick won the men's downhill, and Canadian Lucie LaRoche captured the women's title at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships.

Sportsalute tickets available for Wednesday

A limited number of tickets remain for the St. Petersburg Times Wednesday evening Sportsalute, featuring Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden as the keynote speaker. Tickets cost $18. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45. For information, call Rose Theodore at 893-8611.

Also worth

mentioning ...

Louisiana Tech lost its unanimous status but not its No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press women's basketball poll. Stanford, which finished No. 3, received the other first place vote. (See complete rankings, this page.) Rookie Jill Albrecht of Burlington, Wis., took a 37-pin lead over Cheryl Daniels of Detroit at the end of the fourth round of the $30,000 Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Garland Open in Garland, Texas. Zeke Bratkowski, quarterback coach for the New York Jets for the past five seasons, was named quarterback coach for the Cleveland Browns.

Compiled by Jan Boutte.

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