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'56 St. Petersburg Open winner Hebert dead

Lionel Hebert, the 1956 St. Petersburg Open and 1957 PGA Championship winner, died early Saturday at his home in Lafayette, La. He was 72.

Mr. Hebert won six PGA Tour titles during a career in which he and his late brother, Jay, became the most successful brother duo on the tour.

Mr. Hebert beat Dow Finsterwald 2 and 1 in final of the 1957 PGA at Miami Valley in Dayton, Ohio, the last time the tournament was contested at match play.

Mr. Hebert also won the 1958 Tucson Open, 1960 Cajun Classic, 1962 Memphis Open and 1966 Citrus Open.

After retiring, Mr. Hebert worked as a golf instructor. He served as national vice president of the PGA twice and as chairman of its Tournament Committee in 1962-63 and 1972-73.

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday at the Martin & Castile Funeral Home.

The family has requested memorial contributions in Mr. Hebert's name be made to the Kidney Foundation of Louisiana and the American Diabetes Association.

SOCCER: A fence collapsed during a championship game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, crushing spectators at a crowded stadium and leaving 90 fans injured. There were no immediate reports of deaths. The injured were taken to Rio's Souza Aguiar Hospital, where the holiday medical staff was reinforced. Three fans were reported seriously injured. The state governor, Anthony Garotinho, suspended the second leg of the Havelange Cup final between Vasco da Gama and Sao Caetano.

AUTO RACING: Allan McNish's car is on the pole for today's American Le Mans Series season finale in Adelaide, Australia, but the driver who has dominated the sports car endurance racing series this season may miss the race and could lose the series title in the process. McNish injured his back during a photo shoot in Scotland last week, then reinjured it when he arrived for the race. He drove only a handful of laps in practice and was not at the circuit when teammate Rinaldo Capello qualified the car on the pole for the six-hour race on the 2.4-mile track.

HORSE RACING: American Halo, a long shot who had not won in 18 months, took the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap at Calder. Owned by Jose Paparoni, the horse paid $154 after winning by a half-length. The winner covered a 1[ miles in 1:51 3/5 . . . Spain, the Breeders' Cup Distaff winner, beat Cover Gal by three-quarters of a length in the $200,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, the filly ran seven furlongs in 1:22 1-5, and paid $9, $6 and $9.40 for her fifth victory in eight starts. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained horse earned $120,000 to boost her career total to $2.1-million. SKIING: Brendan Doran won the New Year's Jump at Lake Placid, N.Y., scoring 239.0 points on jumps of 120 and 119 meters. Karla Keck won the women's competition with 174.0 points on jumps of 103 and 71 meters. Logan Gerber, 17, took the junior division with 241.0 points on jumps of 119 and 122 meters. Sonja Nef won her third giant slalom of the season, maneuvering on a difficult course and leading Switzerland to a 1-2 finish in the World Cup event in Semmering, Austria. She was timed in 2:23.16. Bjarte Engen Vik won the last Nordic combined event of the year, soundly beating defending champion Samppa Lajunen by 28.6 seconds in Lillehammer, Norway.

SPEED SKATING: Defending champions Jennifer Rodriguez and Derek Parra won races in Butte, Mont., to maintain their overall leads in the U.S. Allround Championships. Rodriguez of Miami won the 3,000 meters in 4:22.48, 11 seconds faster than Catherine Raney. Rodriguez has 125.712 points to lead the competition, but will not compete in today's 5,000 at the U.S. High Altitude Sports Center. Skaters in the top four positions after three events in the men's and women's standings qualify for the North American/Oceania Regional Qualifier on Jan. 12-14 in Milwaukee. Parra won the men's 5,000 in 6:58.11, edging KC Boutiette.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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