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Fernandez loses at Ameritech

Sixth-seeded Mary Joe Fernandez was upset by Sabine Appelmans at the Ameritech Cup in Chicago, falling 6-2, 6-1 Wednesday.

Appelmans even apologized after getting all the breaks in the 63-minute tennis match.

"Everything I tried went my way," said Appelmans, who is ranked 19th in the world. "It's not normal. I don't do this every match."

Appelmans found the lines and corners when she needed, winning all six games that went to deuce. Fernandez could not convert on several game points.

In other matches, Yayuk Basuki defeated Lilia Osterloh 6-0, 6-3 and Ai Sugiyama defeated Tara Snyder 6-4, 6-3.

MORE TENNIS: Daniel Vacek upset fourth-seeded Gustavo Kuerten 6-2, 6-4 in the Kremlin Cup, eliminating Kuerten from the ATP Tour Championship next week. No.

1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov defeated Byron Black 6-4, 6-3, and No.

2 Petr Korda downed Kenneth Carlsen 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4. Sargis Sargsian advanced when Bohdan Ulihrach withdrew because of an ankle injury. Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Enqvist, expected to lead Sweden in the Davis Cup final against the United States this month, won their opening matches in the Stockholm Open. Karol Kucera upset Thomas Muster. Cedric Pioline and top-seeded Pat Rafter won.

BOXING: Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (29-7) stopped Bryan Yates (15-16) in the eighth round of Tuesday night's scheduled 10-round bout at Nashville. Roy Jones Jr. will relinquish his WBC light heavyweight title rather than defend it against Michael Nunn in a bout not televised by HBO-TVKO, according to release by Square Ring Inc., his promotional company. "In the event the Jones-Nunn fight does not take place, the Square Ring Team feels there are a number of formidable opponents for Jones," the statement said.

AUTO RACING: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 23, will race full time on NASCAR's Busch Grand National circuit in 1998, driving a car owned by his father, a seven-time Winston Cup champion. Penske Motorsports said the North Carolina Business Court in Charlotte dismissed a lawsuit by Bruton Smith that challenged the proposed merger of Penske and North Carolina Motor Speedway. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, after cutting in half the time for Indianapolis 500 practice and qualifications, restored a separate April testing period that will be mandatory for rookie drivers and voluntary for veterans. The Indy Racing League will offer provisional starting spots at each of its events except the Indianapolis 500. The IRL announced a new point system, race weekend format and minimum starting fields for its 11-race series in 1998. The winner of each race will get 50 points toward the series championship, decreasing to one point for 29th place and below. The pole starter will receive three bonus points, the second-place starter will get two points, the No. 3 starter will get one point, and the top lap leader will get two points. Tim Steele, a three-time ARCA champion testing a Winston Cup car at Atlanta Motor Speedway, came away from a hard crash with only a sprained left ankle.

COURTS: A retired Hialeah firefighter who says he had an affair with the victim in the Marv Albert assault case said the woman asked him on several occasions to bite her "so it leaves a mark" and to slap her face. Jack Reynolds said he refused to bite her hard or slap her because he thought she might be setting him up.

SOCCER: The Mutiny has added two more exhibition matches to its November schedule. Tampa Bay will play Colombian First Division team Deportivo Cali at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pompano Beach Stadium. Deportivo Cali, for whom Carlos Valderrama played from 1985-88, leads the First Division with a 12-4-4 record. The second exhibition match will be against Largo United at 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at Largo High School. Already scheduled was an exhibition Nov. 16 in San Antonio against the San Antonio Pumas. Dutch and British supporters clashed repeatedly in Rotterdam ahead of the Champion's League match between the local club, Feyenoord, and Manchester United.

BOAT RACING: Matt Alcone drove Alcone Motorsports to victory in the Superboat class in the first of two heats that comprise the season-ending Key West World Championship. They averaged 111.42 mph in their 2,400-horsepower, 46-foot Skater. Jack Carmody piloted Carlos'n Charlies to a Superboat Limited class victory, and David Branch of Sarasota placed first in the Super Vee class with XXX Muscle. Forest Barber won the modified class at an average speed of 106.79 mph.

BOWLING: Amleto Monacelli rolled three strikes in the final frame to come from behind to win the Ebonite Challenge in Chesapeake, Va., his second title in three weeks. Monacelli captured the Professional Bowlers Association event by defeating Steve Hoskins 222-213 in the title match at the Virginia Beach Pavilion. Monacelli pocketed $25,000.

SOFTBALL: John D. Carroll, a former CEO of USA volleyball, was named interim president of Women's Professional Fastpitch.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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