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Panel elects Courier to tennis Hall of Fame, report says

Dade City native Jim Courier, Yannick Noah and Jana Novotna will be announced as the newest members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame today, the New York Times reported.

A fourth, elected by a separate panel, will be Earl Buchholz, a former player and administrator.

Courier, 34, was No. 1 in the world for 58 nonconsecutive weeks. He won 23 singles titles, including the French Open in 1991 and 1992 and Australian Open in 1992 and 1993.

In 1983, Noah, 44, became the first Frenchman in 37 years to win the French Open. Novotna, 36, won Wimbledon in 1998 and 12 doubles majors. Buchholz, 64, was ranked as high as No. 5, helped start the first players association and was a commissioner of World Team Tennis from 1977-78.

The induction is scheduled for July 9 in Newport, R.I.


AUTOS: Spanish motorcyclist Jose Manuel Perez, injured last week in the Dakar Rally, died. After an accident Thursday in Mauritania, an African nation, surgeons removed Perez's spleen and kidney before he was transferred to a hospital in Alicante, Spain. But Perez, 40, developed a fever that led to his death.

BOXING: Former WBA super middleweight champion and IBF lightweight champion Vinny Paz will lose his driver's license for three months as part of a deal resulting from his refusal to take a breath test last month. A judge dismissed a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest against Paz, who changed his name from Pazienza and retired in March, as part of the agreement.

SKIING: Andrew Johnson and Rebecca Dussault won pursuits at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Midway, Utah. Johnson won the 30K (15K classic then 15K freestyle) in 1:22:31.5, 54.9 seconds faster than Dave Chamberlain. Dussault won the 15K (7{K classic then 7{K freestyle) in 47:08.2, 1:36.5 faster than Wendy Wagner.

Compiled from Times wires.