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Ex-Gator makes Taiwan final

Unseeded American Shaun Stafford, a former University of Florida star, upset top-seeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the final of the $100,000 Taiwan Women's Tennis Open in Taipei. Stafford will meet second seed Ann Grossman, who defeated Nana Miyagi 6-2, 3-0 after the Japanese player felt sick from the heat and retired. . . . Steffi Graf and Jana Novotna won their semifinal matches at the Volkswagen Grand Prix tournament in Leipzig, Germany, and will play for the title for the second straight year. Graf, seeded first, won last year and needed just 65 minutes to defeat Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria 6-1, 6-1. Fourth-seeded Novotna beat Helena Sukova 6-3, 6-2. . . . Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere and Nathalie Tauziat, the top two seeds, breezed into the Bayonne (France) Open final. Maleeva beat Pascale Paradis, the sixth seed, 6-2, 6-1. Tauziat, the second seed, defeated No. 5 Rachel McQuillan 6-3, 6-2. . . . Top-seeded Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia defeated Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the final of the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel against second-seeded Boris Becker, who beat Marc Rosset 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Jeremy Gilkes returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns to lead visiting Shorecrest (2-1, 2-0) to a 26-13 win over Lakeland-Santa Fe Catholic (1-2, 1-1) in a key class A, District 10 game. With the score tied at 13 late in the fourth quarter, Gilkes intercepted a pass by Zach Diaz and raced 25 yards down the sidelines for the go-ahead touchdown.

ET CETERA: The team of Patrick Venerucci and Maura Ferri won the pairs event at the World Artistic Roller Skating Championships at Tampa Convention Center. Five-year-old Canadian-bred Sky Classic won the Turf Classic at Belmont Park, N.Y., in 2:24/ to break Secretariat's record for 1{ miles on the Widener course. Deion Sanders' endorsement contract with Nike athletic shoes would drop from $1-million annually to about $100,000 if the two-sport star decided to play only baseball or football, an Atlanta newspaper reported. Nike also has an option to drop the contract completely if Sanders chooses one sport. The Pinellas County Athletic Conference swim meet at Southwest Recreation Complex in Largo was canceled Saturday because of tornadoes in the area. A makeup date has not been determined.

Tampa's top-ranked soccer team crushed Rollins 5-1 to up its record to 7-0 and 3-0 in the Sunshine State Conference. _ Compiled by Anthony Epifano

Army, a 56-point average for nine games in 1944.

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