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Set down just setup for Agassi

Andre Agassi rallied from a set down for the second straight day to beat fellow American Todd Martin and reach the Stockholm Open quarterfinals.

Agassi's 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-1 victory Thursday earned him a berth against No. 2 seed Goran Ivanisevic in the final eight.

Top-seed Pete Sampras advanced without hitting a shot as Marc Rosset withdrew because of the flu. Sampras, the world's top-ranked player, will face Magnus Larsson of Sweden in the quarters.

The other quarterfinal matches will feature Yevgeny Kafelnikov against No. 4 Sergi Bruguera and No. 6 Boris Becker against defending champion and No. 3 seed Michael Stich, who knocked off Jim Courier 7-5, 6-3.

MORE TENNIS: Fourteen-year-old Martina Hingis routed fourth-seeded Sabine Hack 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Nokia Grand Prix in Essen, Germany. The victory will move Hingis into the top 100 in women's tennis. Also advancing were Jana Novotna, Anke Huber, Natalia Medvedeva and Brenda Schultz.

COLLEGES: A new conference could take as many as three schools from the current Metro Conference, home of the University of South Florida. Metro member Louisville has agreed to move to the new conference; school president Donald Swain and the presidents of Cincinnati, Memphis, Houston, Southern Mississippi and Tulane will meet again during a convention of NCAA presidents in Chicago the first weekend in November. Southern Mississippi and Tulane also are Metro Conference members. Conference competition in all sports except football could begin next fall, with football starting in 1996, Swain said.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: North Carolina-Charlotte guard Andre Davis, the Metro Conference freshman of the year in 1992, has withdrawn from school for personal reasons, the school announced. Florida's men's basketball team will scrimmage Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the O'Connell Center. Admission to the intrasquad workout is free.

AUTO RACING: Neil Bonnett's widow is suing two companies she says are illegally selling toy cars bearing the late NASCAR driver's name. Susan Bonnett, executor of her husband's estate, is seeking $5-million in damages and wants to stop the sale of 50,000 defective miniature cars. Dick Trickle has been hired to drive for veteran car owner Bud Moore in 1995. Trickle will replace Lake Speed, who plans to form his own team next year. Mike Dunn, Tom Hoover, Darrell Alderman and David Schultz led their respective pro categories after the first round of qualifying for the NHRA Winston Select Finals in Pomona, Calif.

SOCCER: The new first division league in the United States almost definitely won't start until 1996, FIFA general secretary Sepp Blatter said. FIFA's executive committee voted to give the Confederation of North and Central American Football (CONCACAF), which includes the United States, one additional World Cup berth in 1998 for a total of three, almost ensuring the United States will qualify.

BOXING: Promoter Dan Duva underwent surgery to remove a small growth from his skull. Biopsy results are not expected for several days. Duva should be released sometime next week, his younger brother Dino said.

FOOTBALL: Orlando is one of the potential markets that might be tapped by the Canadian Football League next year, league commissioner Larry Smith said. Expansion is still possible, Smith said, although at least two franchises _ Las Vegas and Sacramento _ will be looking for new homes. Smith identified Birmingham, Ala.; San Antonio, Texas; Oakland, Calif.; and Columbus, Ohio, as other possible expansion or relocation sites in 1995.

_ Compiled from Times wires