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On a day marked by slow times and close finishes, America's deepening pool of track talent upheld its tradition and fortified for the future.

The second day of track and field competition at the Goodwill Games belonged to American stars like sprinter Leroy Burrell, hurdler Roger Kingdom and heptathlete Jackie Joyner Kersee.The U.S. won a total of 14 medals Monday - five gold, five silver and four bronze - including a sweep in the 100, where the 21-year-old Burrell handed two-time Olympic champion and world record holder Carl Lewis his first defeat this season.

Kingdom, the Olympic gold medalist at Los Angeles and Seoul, led another U.S. sweep in the 110-meter hurdles, and edged closer to the form that made him the top track and field athlete in the world last year by edging fellow American Tony Dees in a race so close a photo decided the gold medal.

"It should have been called a dead heat," Dees said. "I don't consider it a loss."

And Joyner-Kersee re-established her dominance in the heptathlon with a runaway win over Soviet Larisa Nikitina. Joyner-Kersee won five of the seven events over two days in scoring 6,783 points, well short of her world record mark of 7,291 points set in the 1988 Olympics. It was the best in the world this year.

It was Joyner-Kersee's 12th straight heptathlon victory, her last defeat coming in 1984.

Kingdom also did not come close to his world record of 12.92 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles. He hit the finish in 13.47, .01 seconds ahead of Dees.

Lewis, who generally comes up big in big competition, as attested by his six Olympic gold medals, couldn't match Burrell in the 100.

Burrell, the fastest sprinter in the world the past two years, used a strong midrace surge in winning in 10.05. Lewis, the only sprinter to win two Olympic golds in the 100 and the world record-holder at 9.92, finished second in 10.08.

Burrell's victory was the product of his ability to overcome the prerace media hype and a late Lewis challenge.

"I managed to stay pretty calm today, considering all the hype about the race," Burrell said. "I tried to not let the hype get to me."

"I have no excuses," Lewis said. "I was as prepared to run as I could be. You don't bring excuses to the starting line."

The win was the 12th straight this year for Burrell. For Lewis, it was only the second defeat in two years in international competition.

Burrell's victory confirmed his status as No. 1 in the world this year . . . for now. The two will meet at least once more this season.

The U.S. men's basketball team, which meets the Soviets tonight in a rematch - sort of - of the 1988 Olympic semifinal won by the USSR, beat Puerto Rico in its opener 100-94. The Soviets took Italy 88-85.

Starting center Alonzo Mourning, of Georgetown, was ejected along with Puerto Rico's Jose Ortiz for fighting in the first half. Then Billy Owens and Kenny Anderson took charge. Owens had 34 points, Anderson finished with 21, nine in the last 2:54.

The United States set an American record in the women's 400-meter medley relay at 4:06.95 and beat the East German women in a relay for the first time since the 1978 world championships. Even the American "B" team finished second.

"It's very, very satisfying to beat the East Germans after 12 years of American women being beaten by them," said Betsy Mitchell, who swam the backstroke leg. "It's truly a great thing for the four of us and for our team."

The other members were Tracey McFarlane in the breaststroke, Janel Jorgensen in the butterfly and Nicole Haislett in the freestyle.

Janet Evans easily won her third gold of the games, in the 1,500-meter freestyle with the second-fastest time ever, 15:54.23. Summer Sanders, who upset Evans in the 400-meter individual medley Saturday, took her second gold of the games, winning the 200 individual medley in 2:14.06.