John Bertrand turned back an early challenge Friday by America3's historic women's team and sailed oneAustralia to a runaway victory in the opening race of the second International America's Cup Class World Championship off the coast of San Diego. Bertrand was the only skipper in the six-yacht fleet who did not cross the starting line early. America3 and Age of Russia turned back for the mandatory restart, but Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes, Nippon 92 and PACT 95's Spirit of Unum did not and were disqualified. America3, the first all-women crew in America's Cup history, was second.
BOXING: WBC super-bantamweight champion Hector Acero Sanchez (31-2-2) won a unanimous 10-round decision over Barrington Francis (21-6-4) of Canada in a non-title bout in Bushkill, Pa.
TRACK & FIELD: British national shot put champion Paul Edwards was banned four years after the confirmation of a second positive test for steroids. Edwards, 35, tested positive at the European Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in August. He failed a second test two days later.
BOWLING: Aleta Sill beat Tish Johnson 219-195 to win the Columbia 300 Delaware Open and become the fourth player in history to reach $100,000 in earnings in a season. Sill won $13,500 to increase her season total to $102,340.
FOOTBALL: The Arena League has scheduled a 4 p.m. news conference Monday at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg to announce relocation of the league headquarters to Florida. The Las Vegas Posse will relocate in 1995 after the league took away its final home game of the regular season following a crowd of only 2,350 on Oct. 15.
HORSE RACING: Devil His Due will be retired after the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 5 if an IRS lien is thrown out. Doug Arnold, who bought a one-quarter interest in the horse from Edith LiButti, said the horse's retirement is contingent on a ruling regarding hidden ownership. The lien stems from tax evasion charges against LiButti's father, Ralph.
DEATHS: Former Walsh College basketball coach and AD Mark LaMoreaux died in Columbus, Ohio, after an eight-month bout with cancer. He was 49. Jock Richardson, the last survivor of the 1924 New Zealand rugby union team known as "The Invincibles," died in Australia at age 95. Walter Halder, 74, an Olympic gold medalist in hockey died in Toronto with cancer.
ET CETERA: Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Jay Gruden and wide receiver/defensive back Jeff Mays, former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher John Cerutti, singer Connie Stevens and local sportscasters Chip Carter and Randy Harris will be among those participating in the Marty Lyons Foundation Celebrity Fashion Show on Friday night at the Wyndham Harbour Island Hotel in Tampa. Lyons, a former New York Jets defensive lineman, established the foundation in 1982 to grant special wishes to children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. Tickets ($40 donation) are available through Ticketmaster. For information, call 784-4501. Russia beat the United States 15-9, 9-15, 15-9, 16-14, and Cuba remained unbeaten with a three-set sweep of Germany in the quarterfinals of the Women's World Volleyball Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
COLLEGES: Kentucky defeated the University of South Florida soccer team 2-1 on goal by striker Toby McComas with 35 seconds left in the opening game of the USF Sun Classic. Justin Walker scored USF's goal on a assist from Jeff Cunningham. No. 8 Florida (20-3, 10-0) defeated Kentucky (10-13, 7-4) 15-5, 11-15, 15-11, 15-7 in Gainesville for its 46th straight SEC win. In swimming and diving at Statesboro, Ga., the FSU men's team won 12 events and defeated Georgia Southern 154-75 and the women lost 146-90. Chip Haberstroh won three events and Derek Banta swept the diving for the FSU men. No. 18 Duke beat FSU 15-4, 15-9, 15-7 in women's volleyball. Duke is 16-3, 8-1. FSU is 10-12, 4-5.
_ Compiled from Times wires