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Muster's upset in straight sets

Unseeded Emilio Alvarez upset Thomas Muster 6-1, 7-5 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Generali Open in Kitzbuehel, Austria, sending the world's No. 2 player to only his third loss on clay this year.

Alvarez was one of four Spaniards to advance to the semifinals.

He played the match of his life, racing to 5-0 in the first set before Muster changed to a tighter racket.

Even then, Alvarez took the first set 6-1 in just 29 minutes and was up 2-0 in the second before Muster managed to rebreak and pull even at 3.

At 5-5, Muster was up 40-0 when Alvarez blasted a series of good returns and broke the favored Austrian.

"I didn't have a chance," Muster said. "He barely made any mistakes, and set an enormous pace.

Alvarez's opponent is fifth-seeded Alberto Berasategui, the highest-ranked player left in the tournament. He dropped a set before beating unseeded Franco Squillari 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

Unseeded qualifier Juan-Albert Viloca beat Nicholas Kiefer 7-5, 6-4. He meets Alex Corretja, seeded 11th, who beat Filip Dewulf 6-3, 6-1.

HORSE RACING: Kelly Kip rolled to his third straight victory, beating a field of 2-year-olds to win the $100,000 Sanford on the opening day of racing at Saratoga.

In the co-feature, How About Now, ridden by Richard Migliore, pulled off an upset in the $100,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies.

How About Now rallied from eighth to post a 1\-length victory in 1:12.37. Move, the 4-5 favorite in the field of 11, finished eighth.

Kelly Kip, ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, got the early jump on his seven rivals, shook off an early challenge from the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Boston Harbor, then widened his lead through the stretch to hit the wire 10{ lengths in front in 1 minute, 10.31 seconds.

COLLEGES: Spartanburg Methodist has eliminated an athletic department policy calling for the recruitment of more racially diverse basketball players, university president George Fields said.

The announcement came about a week after reports surfaced the private school was looking to add more white players. Men's basketball was the only sport to end last season with an all-black team.

Tennessee senior tight end Scott Pfeiffer has decided to give up football. Pfeiffer, a 6-foot-5, 245-pounder from St. Louis, played in 32 games, nine as a starter, in his three-year career. He caught 16 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.

Arkansas quarterback Barry Lunney will play a fifth year for the Razorbacks _ as a pitcher on a partial baseball scholarship.

Lunney, who completed his fourth and final year of football eligibility in December, is a left-handed pitcher and took a baseball redshirt last season to prepare for the NFL draft. Lunney was a walk-on with the San Francisco 49ers and was cut.

Texas-Pan American men's basketball coach Mark Adams, who escaped sanctions from the NCAA for violations within his program, may not be reinstated by the university. It suspended Adams last year after the NCAA launched its investigation. He responded by suing the school and won a temporary restraining order reinstating him as coach until after the NCAA's decision.

That decision, announced Thursday, was to place the university's athletics program on four years' probation. Adams, who was not sanctioned, said the ruling vindicated him. Whether university officials agree is not clear. UTPA president Miguel Nevarez would not comment on Adams' future with the university.

BASEBALL: John Kruk, the beer-drinking, wisecracking, unshaven former first baseman, thought he might enjoy a second career in the movies, playing _ what else _ a baseball player.

Kruk, however, had nothing but complaints after appearing in The Fan, a sports thriller starring Robert DeNiro.

"I don't know why I did the movie," Kruk said. "Hollywood s----."

He said his director, Tony Scott, was a perfectionist.

"This guy has to get the best shot possible. He would have me sitting for 14 straight hours, call me at the hotel at 3 a.m. and expect me to knock one out of the park. Not even Babe Ruth can do that!"

OBIT: Harness racer Don McIlmurray died Wednesday, two days after he was thrown from his sulky in a training accident at Hazel Park Harness Raceway in Detroit. He was 65.

_ Complied from Times wires.

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