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Sampras looks rusty in beating qualifier

Pete Sampras, playing his first ATP match since winning the U.S. Open, struggled to a three-set victory over Swedish qualifier Rikard Bergh on Tuesday in the Stockholm Open in Sweden. Sampras, seeded fourth, won the second-round match 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-7), 6-3. Bergh, ranked 426th in the world, used to practice with Sampras. Dade City's Jim Courier blew five match points and fell 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to No. 10 Andrei Chesnokov. Michael Chang, the No. 12 seed, beat Martin Jaite 6-4, 6-3. Steffi Graf and Katerina Maleeva, the top two seeds, won their opening-round matches in the Brighton (England) WITA indoor tournament. The International Tennis Federation has selected referee Stefan Fransson (Sweden) and umpires Bruno Rebeuh (France) and Sultan Gangji (Great Britain) for the Davis Cup final at the Florida Suncoast Dome, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Volvo North America ended its sponsorship of the Hall of Fame tennis tournament (Newport, R.I.), citing a slump in auto sales as the reason.Unity on field; strife off it

as two Koreas play soccer

The two Koreas met on the soccer field Tuesday in a game at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul that was watched by more than 80,000 people, the largest crowd to see a sports event in South Korea since the 1988 Olympics. South Korea won 1-0 in only the second game between the two nations since World War II. The first was two weeks ago in North Korea, when the North won 2-1. At the end of Tuesday's game, spectators rose for a standing ovation as the athletes jogged around the stadium holding hands. But off the field, North Korea's official radio accused Seoul of launching a propaganda campaign to smear the North's socialist system. A South Korea's national news agency quoted a North Korean official as saying the game could be "the last time we do this."

Indy 500 officials sticking

by pace car built in Japan

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is sticking by its decision to use a Japanese-made vehicle as the 1991 pace car, saying it reflects the growing ties between domestic and foreign automakers. Last month, the speedway named the Dodge Stealth RT Turbo as the pace car for next year's race. The Stealth's exterior was designed by Chrysler Corp., but the car is built in Japan by Mitsubishi. Leaders of the United Auto Workers union, saying the race and its pace car should be symbols of the American auto industry, are organizing a protest.

USC's Marinovich

gets 1-game suspension

Southern Cal quarterback Todd Marinovich has been suspended from Saturday's game at Arizona State because he skipped classes, coach Larry Smith announced Tuesday. "We had an agreement that I wouldn't miss class anymore," Marinovich said. "I didn't uphold that agreement." Senior Shane Foley will start in Marinovich's place. Ohio State coach John Cooper plans to direct his team against Minnesota on Saturday despite being hobbled by back surgery. Raghib "Rocket" Ismail says he will not enter the NFL spring draft. Seven football officials who were suspended for mistakenly giving Colorado a critical fifth down against Missouri have been reinstated.

Also worth mentioning

The $2.5-million Nabisco Championships, which has been a pot of gold at the end of the PGA Tour for four years, will line the pockets of the tour's top 30 money winners for the last time this week. Although Nabisco is ending its sponsorship, the event will continue as a $2-million final in 1991. It will be called the TOUR Championships and be played at Pinehurst, N.C. Greg Kraft of Clearwater fired a 67 in the first round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at DeBary Plantation Golf Club. Steve Ford of Melbourne tied the course record of 66 and leads by one. Brazil celebrated the 50th birthday Tuesday of its most famous son _ soccer legend Pele. Defending champion Nikki Gianulias held a 20-pin lead over Robin Romeo after three rounds of the LPBT Lady Ebonite Classic in Houston. Dick Weber maintained his lead after four rounds in the PBA Treasure Coast Senior Open in Fort Pierce. Frenchman Christophe Auguin was declared the winner in the first leg of the BOC round-the-world yacht race even though compatriot Alain Gautier beat him to Cape Town, South Africa. Gautier was given a time penalty last month because he was not at the starting line in Newport, R.I., in time for inspection. Auguin took 38 days, 18 hours and 29 seconds to complete the 6,800-mile leg. . . . The Seibu Lions took a 3-0 lead in the Japan Series in Tokyo by beating the Yomiuri Giants 7-0. Orestes Destrade had a two-run double for the Lions. . . . The 11th green at Augusta National, washed out in heavy rains last week, will be restored well before the 1991 Masters Tournament, club officials said.

_ Compiled by Pete Couture.