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Webb plays Peoria perfectly for PBA title

Wayne Webb successfully defended a title for the first time in his 22-year career Saturday, beating Steve Jaros 268-203 in the championship match of the PBA Peoria Open.

Webb, who has won his last three tournaments in Peoria and has seven of his 19 career victories in Illinois, struck on 10 of 12 balls in the final match to earn $18,000.

Mark Williams needed only a spare and five pins to win in the semifinal match. Williams left the 3-6-10 in the 10th frame, a relatively easy spare for one of the most consistent spare shooters on tour. Williams left the 3 standing and Webb won the match 202-196.

"I was struggling in practice before the telecast," Webb said. "But I made a ball change on the sidelines before my first match and it actually made the pair of lanes easier."

MORE BOWLING: Don Howell and Charles Claunch from Glendale, Ariz., lead the amateur $250,000 Doubles Challenge in Las Vegas by 196 pins after 16 games. Vordie Mathis and Alfred Walker from Blytheville, Ark., were in second and Dwayne Ferrell and Roland Cantu of Texas were in third.

WRESTLING: Iowa captured its sixth crown in the past seven years at the NCAA championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Hawkeyes won a record 23 consecutive matches to pull away from the field and advanced six wrestlers into the finals.

Iowa had 150 points after the consolations and threatened its record of 158 points set in 1986. Top-ranked Oklahoma State, which had three in the finals, lost all four third-place matches. The Cowboys had 105.5 points, followed by Minnesota (71), Iowa State (66), Lock Haven (50), Edinboro (45), Oklahoma (44{), Cal-Bakersfield (43{), Illinois (42{) and Penn State (36).

WORLD CUP SOCCER: U.S. coach Steve Sampson says his players, despite what happened three months ago, are anxious to return to Saprissa Stadium today to play Costa Rica in a qualifier to the final.

"This team is not afraid of anybody," Sampson said told a news conference. "As crazy as it may sound, our players are excited about the idea of playing here again. They have the right attitude. They thrive on this kind of situation."

The last time the team played in Costa Rica in December, rowdy fans threw bottles and other objects into the field hitting one American player. The United States lost, but advanced to the second round with Costa Rica.

Tight security will surround the match in 19,000-seat stadium, where the closest stands are 15 feet from the playing area.

Three of the six teams in the regional round will go to France for the Cup final next year. The others are El Salvador, Jamaica and Canada. Each team plays the others twice.

WINTER SPORTS: After two days of watching Tommy Moe dominate, youngsters Sacha Gros and Dane Spencer finished first and third in the giant slalom in the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf/USA in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Moe was not entered in the event.

Gros, 22, of Vail, Colo., a member of the U.S. ski team B squad, fourth after the first run, finished the second run in 1 minute, 13.21 seconds to win in 2:25.91. Spencer, 19, of Boise, Idaho, a C team member who was second after the first run, had an overall time of 2:26.67, for third. Uros Pavlovcic of Slovenia, the leader after the first run, finished second at 2:26.59.

JAI ALAI: Former Tampa star Arra II teamed with backcourter Iru as the Orlando duo moved into a tie with Dania's Alberdi-Cuvet for first place at 31 points after the second round of the $150,000 Florida Tournament of Champions in Miami. Michelena and Tampa native Daniel, from Miami Jai-Alai, were in third with 28 points and Tampa's Areitio-Iruta was fifth with 20.

_ Compiled from Times wires.