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Edberg, Becker meet in showdown today

Top-ranked Stefan Edberg overcame a shaky start to beat Alexander Volkov 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 Saturday, setting up a dream final against No. 2 Boris Becker in the Stockholm Open in Sweden. Becker reached today's final with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras. Edberg struggled with his serve-and-volley game early in the semifinal and had to rally from a 5-2 deficit in the opening set before winning the tiebreaker. Second-seeded Jennifer Capriati of Saddlebrook used an overpowering baseline game to oust No. 6 Gigi Fernandez 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals of the $150,000 Puerto Rico Open in San Juan. Top-seeded Zina Garrison also advanced to the final with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Carrie Cunningham. Capriati is seeking her first official tournament title since turning professional last March. Top-seeded Steffi Graf defeated Catrina Lindqvist 6-2, 7-5 in a WITA indoor tournament in Brighton, England, and will play Helena Sukova in the final. Sukova, the third seed, outlasted second-seeded Katerina Maleeva 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3. John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl and Stefan Edberg will be in an eight-man field for The Tennis Shootout, where the first round will be a series of tiebreakers. The first player to reach seven points will win the match and advance to the semifinals. Also in the field for the $500,000 event on Nov. 11 in Milan, Italy, will be Andre Agassi, Yannick Noah and Mats Wilander.Runnin' Rebels will make

final pitch to NCAA

Nevada-Las Vegas officials are to meet with NCAA representatives in Chicago today, hopeful a second appeal could allow the Runnin' Rebels to defend their national basketball championship next year. UNLV president Robert Maxson flew to Chicago with coach Jerry Tarkanian, interim athletic director Dennis Finfrock, university counsel Brad Booke and Danny Tarkanian, the coach's son who is an attorney. They will meet with the NCAA's five-member Committee on Infractions, hoping to reverse a penalty the committee handed down July 20 that would prevent the Rebels from competing in post-season play next year. A settlement has been reached in the $6.9-million lawsuit former Kentucky assistant basketball coach Dwayne Casey filed against Emery Air Freight, Casey's lawyer said. Details of the settlement were not released. "I'll be comfortable for a long, long time," said Casey, who sued Emery over its handling of an envelope that allegedly popped open at an Emery terminal in Los Angeles. Emery employees have said they discovered $1,000 in cash and a videotape inside the envelope, which had been sent to the father of a UK basketball recruit in Los Angeles. The envelope bore Casey's name. Casey denied the allegations.

USF sweep Sun Belt

cross-country crowns

The University of South Florida captured both team titles at the Sun Belt Conference cross-country championships at Charlotte, N.C. The Bulls outran South Alabama, ranked No. 14 in the country, to win the men's race 40-46, and the USF women cruised to an easy 45-60 victory over North Carolina-Charlotte. USF's Chris Payne, in a time of 24 minutes, 17 seconds, was second in the five-mile men's race. Payne was joined by teammates Robin Rogers (fourth, 24:44) and Paul Burnett (seventh, 25:00) in the top 10 to gain all-league honors. Three USF women won all-league honors: Monica Scarborough (fourth, 17:57), Renee Cook (seventh, 18:24) and Alison Titcomb (10th, 18:29). (Full results, 2C).

N.M. prep football streak

falls short of national record

The enemy's footsteps that Animas High School coach Bill Henson sensed four years ago finally caught up. Lordsburg High School, Animas' only competitive neighbor in the desert of New Mexico's Hidalgo County, Friday night stopped Animas' 69-game winning streak _ longest in the nation in prep football. Lordsburg's 9-8 victory ended Animas' bid to break the all-time national record of 72 consecutive wins by East Hudson High of Michigan from 1968 through 1975.

Runnin' Rebels will make

final pitch to NCAA

Nevada-Las Vegas officials are to meet with NCAA representatives in Chicago today, hopeful a second appeal could allow the Runnin' Rebels to defend their national basketball championship next year. The UNLV group, including coach Jerry Tarkanian, will meet with the NCAA's five-member Committee on Infractions, hoping to reverse a penalty the committee handed down July 20 that would prevent the Rebels from competing in post-season play next year. A settlement has been reached in the $6.9-million lawsuit former Kentucky assistant basketball coach Dwayne Casey filed against Emery Air Freight, Casey's lawyer said. Details of the settlement were not released. "I'll be comfortable for a long, long time," said Casey, who sued Emery over its handling of an envelope that allegedly popped open at an Emery terminal in Los Angeles. Emery employees have said they discovered $1,000 in cash and a videotape inside the envelope, which had been sent to the father of a UK basketball recruit in Los Angeles. The envelope bore Casey's name. Casey denied the allegations. The NCAA is investigating Clemson forward Wayne Buckingham, a former all-state basketball player at Southside High in Atlanta, for possible recruiting violations and tampering with his high school transcript, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in Saturday's combined editions. It also reported the NCAA is investigating whether Southside coach David Jones received money from a Clemson booster.

WBA champ Hill captures

29th straight victory

Champion Virgil Hill remained undefeated in 29 fights when a bloodied Frankie Minton threw in the towel after the eighth round of their non-title bout Saturday night in Bismarck, N.D. Hill, holder of the World Boxing Association light-heavyweight title, pounded Minton with lefts and rights.

Also worth

mentioning

Nick Buoniconti, an all-pro linebacker for the Miami Dolphins in the 1970s, was named Man of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Buoniconti, now an attorney, business executive and sports show host, devotes much of his time to raising funds for paralysis victims since his son, Marc, suffered paralyzing spinal injuries while playing football for the Citadel. . . Jack Naughton carded a hole-in-one Saturday at Heath Golf and Country Club in Spring Hill. The ace came on the ninth hole with Naughton using a 1-iron. . . The University of Florida men's tennis team advanced two players in the pre-qualifying stages of the Volvo Championships in Athens, Ga. Junior Gary Finnegan defeated Mark Hoppenjans of Illinois 6-3, 6-4 to advance, and junior Doug Proudian defeated Cincinnati's Eric Toth 6-3, 6-2.

Winston Cup drivers Jimmy Spencer and Morgan Shepherd won 25-lap qualifying races Saturday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway as the field was completed for today's $205,000 Winston Classic, part of a NASCAR tripleheader. . . Italy edged Brazil in a five-set thriller and Cuba routed the Soviet Union Saturday to advance to the finals of the men's volleyball world championship in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

_ Gino Strippoli

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