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Courier, Edberg advance easily

Jim Courier and Stefan Edberg, the world's top-ranked players, breezed to opening-round victories Tuesday at the Eurocard Classics ATP tournament at Stuttgart, Germany. Courier, a Dade City resident, took 66 minutes to beat Italian qualifier Diego Nargiso 6-3, 6-3. Edberg overwhelmed fellow Swede Magnus Larsson 6-2, 6-2. Courier took the first set against Nargiso, ranked No. 122, in 29 minutes. "I'm happy to have that match out of the way. It's always good to have a comfortable start in new surroundings," said Courier, who lost a five-set thriller to Boris Becker in Brussels on Sunday. "As for being No. 1, nothing much has changed except that I have to sign a few more autographs and do more interviews." . . . Michiel Schapers of the Netherlands overcame two-time tournament winner Tim Mayotte of Bradenton 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the U.S. Pro Indoor tennis tournament at Philadelphia. It was the first opening-round loss in this tournament for Mayotte, who won in 1987 and 1988.

GOLF: Gary Player will play an exhibition at 9:30 a.m. today on the nine holes he helped redesign on the Lake Course at Countryside Country Club, Clearwater. . . . Player has lent his name and financial support to the inaugural European Seniors Tour. Golfers 50 and over will play April 24-26 in the Gary Player Senior Classic at London. The tour has eight events.

SAILING: New Zealand took sole possession of first place in Round 2 of the America's Cup Challenger Selection Series, beating Japan's Nippon by 2 minutes, 21 seconds. Nippon dropped to third. In the Defender Selection Series, Round 2 ended with Bill Koch's America3 downing Defiant by 38 seconds. Defiant, skippered by Bill Campbell, won a second race by 1:05. America3 leads the series with 16 points, followed by Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes at seven points.

NCAA: A feud between the NCAA and state legislatures that want to regulate college investigations could reach the Supreme Court, NCAA chief Dick Schultz said. The NCAA has filed suit in federal court in Las Vegas challenging the constitutionality of a Nevada law that would regulate enforcement proceedings and guarantee due process. A similar law has passed the state Senate in Kansas and comes up for hearings in the Kansas House today. Illinois and Florida also have passed similar laws, which, Schultz said, are "meant to gut the enforcement process." On the Nevada case, Schultz said, "If we lose, we'll appeal. If we win, I'm sure the other side will appeal. It's the kind of legal issue I think the Supreme Court will want to take a look at. This could go a couple of years."

TRACK AND FIELD: Germany's Social Democratic Party will propose a law that would consider criminal the use of performance-enhancing drugs and include a maximum penalty of two years in prison, a prominent party member said. It was the latest reaction to the Katrin Krabbe furor. Germany's track federation barred Krabbe from competition for four years, ruling she and two other sprinters tampered with urine samples used in drug-testing. Krabbe, world champion at 100 meters and 200 meters, was one of Germany's major hopes for the Summer Olympics. The German track federation suspended the three athletes Saturday. The government coalition, the national sports federation and the national Olympic committee rejected the proposed criminal penalties.

BOXING: Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, former co-holder of the world lightweight title, and Greg Haugen, a former lightweight champion, will fight a 12-round junior welterweight match April 3 at Reno, Nev. Mancini, 30, hasn't fought since March 3, 1989.

COURTS: University of Nebraska football player Scott Baldwin is competent to stand trial on charges stemming from an attack on a Lincoln, Neb., woman, a judge ruled. Baldwin will be arraigned today in Lancaster County Court on two assault charges. He is accused of beating a 23-year-old woman in an unprovoked attack. Doctors said the woman, who suffered brain damage, is recovering in a Lincoln hospital.

ET CETERA: Jacksonville (2-2-1) led 5-0 after two innings and went on to beat visiting South Florida 10-3 in college baseball. Starting pitcher Nick Tsamis (0-1), formerly of Countryside High, was touched for five hits and two walks as JU led 5-0. The teams play today at 1:30 p.m. . . . Jamaican Merlene Ottey won the 60 meters in 7.03 seconds at the International Columbus Games indoor track and field meet at Genoa, Italy. She was within .07 seconds of breaking her world record. . . . Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, former co-holder of the world lightweight title, and Greg Haugen, a former lightweight champion, will fight a 12-round junior welterweight match April 3 at Reno, Nev. Mancini, 30, hasn't boxed since March 3, 1989.

_ Compiled by Mike Sappington

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