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Judge backs Graf in suit over song lyrics

Published Apr. 14, 1994|Updated Oct. 6, 2005

The state superior court in Karlsruhe, Germany, on Wednesday spoke in favor of a ruling that ordered the German pop group Die Angefahrenen Schulkinder to pay tennis player Steffi Graf 60,000 marks (around $40,000) for "hurtful" lyrics. The group, a quartet whose name translates as "The Run-Over Schoolkids," recorded a song that says: "I'd like to make love to Steffi Graf, like her father has a thousand times before." "The question is not whether damages should be paid or not, but how much," judge Wolfgang Seidel said, adding that final judgment will be announced in two weeks. Graf's lawyers have had the recording banned and forced the group not to perform the song.

MORE TENNIS: Mikael Pernfors, the No. 2 seed and two-time defending champion, lost to qualifier Roberto Jabali 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 at Birmingham, Ala., in the first round of the $288,750 Eddleman U.S. Clay Court Championships. Monica Seles is not among the entries for the May 23-June 5 French Open. It will be the fifth Grand Slam event Seles has missed since she was stabbed in the upper back April 30 by a Graf fan at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany. The top 100 male players are entered. Stefan Edberg beat Emilio Alvarez 6-0, 6-3 in first round of the Nice (France) Open.

COLLEGES: For the second time in seven months, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor refused to order the University of Southern California to reinstate its former women's basketball coach while she pursues a sex-bias lawsuit over being paid less than the men's coach. Marianne Stanley had sued USC and athletic director Mike Garrett for $8-million. She did not renew her $96,000-a-year contract after four years, demanding pay equal to that of men's coach George Raveling, who reportedly is paid $150,000 a year. Cheryl Miller was hired to replace Stanley. U.S. District Judge John G. Davies in August ruled that the men's and women's coaches perform different duties and Stanley had not shown discrimination.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Doug Mientkiewicz's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning gave second-ranked Florida State a 5-4 victory over Mercer. FSU (35-9) trailed 4-2 in the third inning but completed a two-game series sweep of the Bears (21-17). David Yocum (4-1) retired the only hitter he faced in the ninth and got the win. Florida's game at Jacksonville was rained out.

BOWLING: Kelly Coffman had a 12-game pinfall of 2,823 at Markham, Ontario, to lead the Bowling ForMiracles Open. Coffman, seeking his first PBA title, enters the third round nine pins ahead of Amleto Monacelli and first-round leader Mark Mosayebi. Defending champion Pete Weber is fourth at 2,794.

SAILING: The Japan-New Zealand yacht Yamaha rounded the eastern tip of Brazil and extended its lead in the Whitbread Round the World Race's fifth leg, 5,914 miles from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to Fort Lauderdale. Yamaha, a Whitbread 60 boat, led the Swiss Maxi entry Merit Cup by 22 miles. American entry Winston was third, 50 miles off the lead.

GOLF: The Presidents Cup, a team competition with a Ryder Cup format, will debut Sept. 16-18 in Hilton Head Island, S.C. A 12-man American team will face an international squad, PGA Tour deputy commissioner Tim Finchem announced. The PGA named Arnold Palmer to receive its Distinguished Service Award for 1994.

OLYMPICS: About 150 members of the United States' 1994 Winter Olympic team visited the president, first lady and vice president at the White House. All the Olympians were invited except Tonya Harding, who recently pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in the Jan. 6 attack on Nancy Kerrigan.

ET CETERA: University of Florida women's basketball coach Carol Ross announced the signings of three players: point guard Mahogany Hudson of Gainesville, center Murriel Page of Bay Springs, Miss., and shooting guard Danelle Liles of Manteca, Calif. Promoters in New York said former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe (34-1, 29 knockouts) will meet unbeaten Buster Mathis Jr. (13-0) June 11 in the first of three fights for Bowe this summer against up-and-coming opposition. Florida's baseball game at Jacksonville was rained out. Roger Penske, the most successful owner in the history of IndyCar racing, announced he will use a new Mercedes-Benz engine to power his cars in this year's Indianapolis 500.

_ Compiled from wire reports.

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