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Going once, going twice, sold to the rich fan

It took 15 minutes and $11,000, but with the judge's words "Sold to No. 4," Harold Bentley successfully bid for two prime sets of University of Arizona football and basketball season tickets Saturday. More than 50 people crammed into a courtroom to watch Bankruptcy Judge Lawrence Ollason auction two Arizona Stadium 40-yard-line tickets and a pair of basketball tickets behind the Arizona bench in McKale Center. Bentley, president of an environmental consulting firm, said the basketball tickets were his prime concern. "We have a lot of clients throughout virtually all the Pac-10 cities. They visit us frequently, and this is the biggest game in town," he said. Arizona is expected to be a national contender this season. The tickets belonged to David Randall Jenkins, a real estate syndicator and developer who filed for bankruptcy three years ago. The judge ordered the proceeds to help pay creditors.Filly Go For Wand is buried at Saratoga Race Course

It was the scene of two of her greatest triumphs, and so if was fitting that Go For Wand returned to Saratoga Race Course in New York to be buried in the infield. The 3-year-old champion filly was buried Sunday night, a day after she broke down just steps from the finish in a duel with Bayakoa in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park. Trainer Billy Badgett said it was an honor to have Go for Wand buried at Saratoga. Only two other horses have been buried at Saratoga _ A Phenomenon and Mourjane.

Marv Albert turns thespian with Oscar the Grouch

NBC-TV announcer Marv Albert will appear on an upcoming Sesame Street segment. Gordon, the show's host, misses his bus to a New York Knicks game and accepts a ride in Oscar the Grouch's "Sloppy Jalopy," which Oscar purposely drives in the wrong direction. Worse, Oscar's radio plays nothing but static. Gordon misses the game altogether when the jalopy breaks down. Albert, on his way home, happens by and saves Gordon's day with a dramatic recap of the game. This will be Albert's second appearance on the show. Of his first appearance, he said: "I did an episode five years ago with Gladys the Cow, and it was my best work to date."

Powerboat driver

improves to serious

Tom Thomson, a 53-year-old powerboat driver from Savannah, Ga., who was injured Sunday, has improved from critical to serious condition, said Tampa General Hospital spokeswoman Emily Stehle. Thomson crashed at nearly 100 mph and was trapped in the water-filled cockpit of his vessel for five minutes after it flipped backward in a race on Seddon Channel.

Also worth mentioning

Tickets for the NCAA Division I men's soccer final four on Dec. 1-2 at the University of South Florida will go on sale Thursday at all TicketMaster outlets and the Sun Dome box office. . . . Mike Tyson's latest bout began Monday in a New York courtroom where jurors considered claims that the former heavyweight champion assaulted a woman at a dance club. Tyson disputes all allegations in the $4.5-million civil lawsuit, which his attorney called a "stickup." . . . Jeanne Maiden has the first-round lead in the Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour's Hammer Western Open in Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Tampa Bay area baseball stars Dave Magadan, Fred McGriff and Tino Martinez highlight the speakers and award-winners scheduled to attend the Florida Diamond Club's annual banquet at the Holiday Inn-Busch Gardens on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased by Thursday at the Holiday Inn or the Brandon Recreation Center. . . . Tennessee swept the men's and women's Southeastern Conference cross country championships in Gainesville. The University of Florida men finished third and the women were fifth.

_ Compiled by Mike Kern.

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