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North Korean delegation heads south to talk sports

A 78-member North Korean sports delegation arrived in South Korea on Sunday for a historic five-day visit. The group is the first sports delegation from the Communist North to visit South Korea since the division of the peninsula in 1945. Their trip is in return for a five-day trip to the North by South Korean soccer players 13 days ago. "I felt from the minute I stepped on the ground of the southern side that we are of one people," North Korean sports minister Kim Yu Sun said. "We should not live apart but together in unison."Perestroika doesn't alter

Petrenko's iron will

As much as things have changed in the Soviet Union, they remain the same for Viktor Petrenko. Communism might be crumbling, but as long as there is a world championship to win, Petrenko's resolve remains unshakable. He won a gold medal Saturday night at Skate America in Buffalo, N.Y. "In Odessa, many things in life have changed," the 21-year-old Ukranian figure skater said. "There is more freedom. But, as for skating, nothing has changed." Petrenko won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics, a bronze at the '88 World Championships, finished sixth while skating hurt at the 1989 Worlds and was second at this year's Worlds.

Mellanby makes the most of return to Flyers' roster

Tim Kerr's absence from the Philadelphia Flyers' lineup after his wife's tragic death has given struggling winger Scott Mellanby the chance to redeem himself. Mellanby spent the better part of the Flyers' first few games watching from the seats; on Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal as the Flyers dumped the Montreal Canadiens 5-3. "It was discouraging because I'd worked hard this summer," Mellanby said of his benching by coach Paul Holmgren. "It's fun to be able to play and contribute."

UF volleyball squad claims 15th consecutive game

The University of Florida volleyball squad won its 15th consecutive game by sweeping Mississippi State 15-7, 15-4, 15-10 and North Carolina 15-12, 15-11, 15-5 in doubleheader action at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Sunday. The victories extended the Gators' winning streak to five, evened their record at 11-11 overall and improved their Southeastern Conference record to 3-2. The University of Florida women's golf team dropped from first to a tie for third in the final round of action at the PING Tour Tulsa Invitational. Tulsa successfully defended its tournament title, while Kentucky finished second and the Lady Gators tied 1990 NCAA champion Arizona State for third. The University of South Florida finished sixth.

Jimmy Certain takes PBA Treasure Coast lead

Jimmy Certain took a 14-pin lead over Travis Smith on Sunday after two rounds of the PBA Treasure Coast Senior Open in Fort Pierce. The reigning PBA Senior Player of the Year, Certain toppled 3,536 pins. He captured his only senior title at last year's Showboat Senior Invitational in Las Vegas. George King was third at 3,499 and he was followed by Paul Busch, 3,488, and Mike Kench, 3,459.

Douglas enters Holyfield fight in familiar spot

In a way, not much has changed for Buster Douglas, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. When he went to Tokyo last February to challenge Mike Tyson, one of the few casinos to post odds on the fight made him a 42-1 underdog. The fight looked so bad, promoter Don King had to ship it to Japan because no one in the United States wanted it. Now, eight months later, Douglas will defend his championship Thursday for the first time, against Evander Holyfield. And once again, Douglas will be the underdog; Holyfield was an 8-5 favorite Sunday.

Nice and easy does it for Fly Till Dawn at Laurel

Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.'s main concern Sunday was to get Fly Till Dawn to relax. Fly Till Dawn relaxed just enough to win the biggest payday of his career, the $750,000 Grade I Budweiser International at Laurel (Md.) Race Course. It was his fifth victory in 18 career starts. "If he can relax in the first part of the race, he's a much better horse," Pincay said. "He was doing it nice and easy today, and when I asked him to move, he really accelerated." Fly Till Dawn, a California-based 4-year-old who had been running in allowance races as late as July, covered 1\ miles in 2:01/ to win by 1\ lengths.

Also worth mentioning

Bobby Wetzork's first-half goal gave South Florida (10-2-2, 3-1-1) the only scoring it needed as the Bulls posted their fifth shutout of the season, blanking Virginia Commonwealth (5-9-3, 2-3-2) Sunday in a Sun Belt Conference soccer match. . . . Tsutomu Itoh drove in four runs and Orestes Destrade knocked in two, leading the Seibu Lions to a 9-5 victory over the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Japan Series.

_ Compiled by Greg Kerr.

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