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Rafter upsets Courier

Patrick Rafter, a 21-year-old Australian ranked 49th in the world, upset Jim Courier 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 Tuesday in the second round of the $1.72-million Champions Cup at Indian Wells, Calif. Rafter won 84 percent of the time he made his first serves during the 93-minute match. Courier, seeded second and ranked third in the world, lost the last four points of the tie-breaker.

"He played good and I didn't play good," said Courier, who has won this tournament twice. ""He served very well and I wasn't able to get my returns."

MORE TENNIS: Gabriela Sabatini and Steffi Graf won in straight sets to advance to the third round of the Virginia Slims of Florida at Delray Beach. Sabatini beat Elena Savoldi 6-4, 6-2 and Graf won a 6-0, 7-5 decision over Marianne Werdel. Anders Jarryd upset Jonas Svensson 6-3, 6-1, eliminating the second seed in the opening round of the $188,750 Copenhagen Open at Copenhagen, Denmark. No. 7 Brett Steven was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Alex Antonitsch.

AUTO RACING: Jeff Purvis will take over the Winston Cup ride of Neil Bonnett, who died in a crash last month at Daytona International Speedway. Purvis has won 350 races in a 20-year career, but has limited Winston Cup experience.

FOOTBALL: The Baltimore Colts are back _ sort of. Jim Speros, owner of the Canadian Football League's new Baltimore franchise, announced his team would be named the "CFL Colts." He said the nickname would likely please backers of the old Baltimore Colts while enabling him to avoid a legal battle with the NFL.

BOXING: Daniel Dothard, an associate of boxer Michael Nunn, was arrested after he walked into the Quad-City Times newsroom and punched sports writer Craig Cooper, who wrote a column criticizing Nunn's management after the boxer lost his WBA super middleweight title. Police said Dothard was arrested on suspicion of assault with injury, an aggravated misdemeanor.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Florida freshman left-handed pitcher John Kaufman of Tampa is one of nine players invited by USA Baseball to the 1994 National Team tryout camp in June.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Kristy Fuentes struck out six in her first no-hitter of the season as Florida State (13-0) won 5-0 to sweep a doubleheader from Mercer in Macon, Ga. Marla Looper (5-0) allowed two hits and struck out six in game one to win 6-0.

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