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Italy, England play ties in World Cup qualifying

Italy and England, two of the most powerful soccer nations, were held to ties Wednesday night as they began qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. Stefano Eranio and Roberto Baggio scored in the final 10 minutes to give three-time champion Italy a 2-2 tie with Switzerland at Cagliari. Cristophe Ohrel and Stephan Chapuisat had scored first-half goals for the Swiss (2-0-1), who lead Group One with five points. Because Italy was the host nation for the 1990 World Cup, it had not played a qualifier since 1985. England tied Norway 1-1 in London in its opener.

MORE SOCCER: Napoli was fined $11,000 by the Italian soccer league because of unsportsmanlike behavior by its fans during a game against Juventus of Turin. Some of the spectators threw objects at Julio Cesar as the Juventus player was being carried off the field on a stretcher after breaking his right leg. University of South Florida senior midfielder Steinar Kvifte has been named the Metro Conference male student athlete of the month for September. Kvifte, a finance major from Lillesand, Norway, has a 3.8 grade-point average.

TENNIS: Top seed Stefan Edberg beat Jim Grabb 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Seiko Super tournament in Tokyo. Top seed Gabriela Sabatini and No.

2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario advanced to the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany.

ET CETERA: Marion McInerney of Dedham, Mass., beat Ann Lacy of St. Petersburg 5 and 4 in the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens. B&H Beverages made an oral agreement with Alpha Omega track club officials to act as sponsor for youth runner Char Foster, 12, of Clearwater. Foster also will function as a spokesperson for B&H products, said co-owner William H. Berring, and the company will cover the expenses for Foster's next meet in December. Heavyweight Tony Tubbs scored a unanimous, 10-round decision over Bruce Seldon in Atlantic City, N.J.

_ Compiled by Michael Kern