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Vasser wins Bosch GP

Jimmy Vasser won the Bosch Grand Prix on Monday, keeping his car in a straight line on a chilly morning when a cold track caused several contenders to spin out in Nazareth, Pa.

In a race delayed a day because of rain, Vasser beat teammate Alex Zanardi by 1.4 seconds at Nazareth Speedway to give Target Chip Ganassi Racing its first victory on a short oval track.

Vasser, the 1996 CART PPG Cup champion who was succeeded last year by his teammate, won for the first time this year and sixth in his career. The 32-year-old Californian averaged 108.839 mph.

Using just two pit stops in a race slowed by caution six times for 78 of its 225 laps, Vasser won in a Reynard Honda.

He took the lead when Greg Moore pitted for the third time on the 194th lap. Zanardi pitted for the third time three laps earlier.

Moore, forced by mechanical difficulties to go to a backup car just before the race, wound up third in a Reynard Mercedes, followed by the Reynard Hondas of Gil de Ferran and defending champion Paul Tracy.

Bobby Rahal was sixth in his Reynard Ford, followed by the Reynard Toyota of Robby Gordon. His finish gave Zanardi the points lead, 50-49, over Moore.

Adrian Fernandez, who came into the race with the points lead, was the first of many victims on a day when temperatures struggled to reach 50 degrees.

He spun out on the first lap. Then Michael Andretti, seeking a record-tying third career victory in his hometown, took control of the first half of the race.

But he cut a tire and hit the wall as the field went back to green with 102 laps left. His car spun entering the third turn, hit the outside wall, slid across the track and caught fire.

Andretti escaped without being burned. Crash victims Mauricio Gugelmin and Mark Blundell were taken to Easton Hospital for precautionary tests.

The race had been scheduled for Sunday, but an all-day rain led to the first postponement of a CART event in 12 years.

NFL: The New York Court of Appeals refused to review the sexual assault case of Falcons linebacker Cornelius Bennett, clearing the way for a 60-day jail term. Bennett's lawyers claimed the sentence was too harsh for his guilty plea to misdemeanor sex abuse. Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli had surgery to remove bone chips in his right ankle. Boselli should complete his rehabilitation before the start of training camp on July 24, the team said. The Jets signed defensive tackle Shannon Brown, who didn't play last season, and rookie cornerback Ed Gibson. Rookie cornerback Jameal Woods was waived.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Miami running back Dyral McMillan, who is hoping to get released from his scholarship so he can play at South Florida this fall, said he will meet this week with a Miami appeal board. Miami coach Butch Davis has refused to release McMillan _ who was switched from tailback to fullback in the spring. McMillan said Davis told him if he left it would hurt the team. The former Bradenton Southeast standout said he would rather play tailback and said he will leave Miami no matter what happens.

COLLEGES: Olympic gold medalist and former Florida standout Anthony Nesty was hired as assistant swim coach at Florida. Participation in women's sports led to growth in NCAA athletics programs in 1996-97, with women's soccer leading with 66 new teams. The number of participants in men's and women's sports increased 1.6 percent to a record-high 328,836 from 323,499 in 1995-96, according to the NCAA annual participation statistics report. Of the 248 total athletic programs added in 1996-97, 227 were for women. Florida State's Nick Stocks, a former Jesuit star, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the week. In wins against Southwestern Louisiana and Clemson, he allowed one run and struck out 16 in 15 combined innings. He leads the Seminoles, now ranked No. 12 by Baseball America, with a 1.36 ERA. The NCAA reprimanded UCLA assistant soccer coach David Vanole and withheld $1,441 in expense money because he used profanity while arguing with a referee in December. North Carolina State basketball player Luke Buffum is leaving the team to pursue a graduate degree.

SOCCER: An extra 60,000 World Cup tickets will be sold to European fans by telephone after several national federations returned their unsold allocation.

YACHTING: EF Education won a protest filed against Whitbread competitor Toshiba, skippered by Dennis Conner. EF Education, the all-female Swedish entry, accused the U.S. boat of a right-of-way violation on April 20. The jury docked Toshiba two places, moving the boat to last place for the leg, and advancing EF Education to eighth place in the nine-boat field. The overall standing of the boats remains the same.

OLYMPICS: The IOC intends to ban marijuana and other recreational drugs in time for the 2000 Olympics, director-general Francois Carrard said. IOC vice president Dick Pound said the IOC had taken a moral stand on the issue even though there was no evidence they were performance-enhancing. Swimming's world governing body will introduce semifinals in the 2000 Games.

WEIGHTLIFTING: Melanie Pritchard-Kosoff set a world mark of 248.6 pounds in the clean-and-jerk portion of the 116.6-pound class at the national championships in Flagstaff, Ariz.

COURTS: The nation's largest architectural firm agreed to design new stadiums and arenas so spectators in wheelchairs still have a full view when other fans stand up. The agreement settles a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department in October 1996 charging that the Ellerbe Becket firm had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act with its designs.

TENNIS: Jan-Michael Gambill, Jason Stoltenberg and Wayne Black won first-round matches at the AT&T Challenge in Atlanta.

GOLF: Steve Dodson and David Anthony combined to shoot 67 to beat Rick Othmer and John Tighe by a stroke for the first Florida State Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Port St. Lucie.

_ SHARON GINN, TIMES WIRES

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