Sweden beats U.S. in Davis Cup doubles
GOTEBORG, Sweden - Sweden kept the United States from clinching a berth in the Davis Cup finals today by winning the doubles match.
Jan Apell and Jonas Bjorkman beat Jared Palmer and Jonathan Stark 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
The victory cut the Americans' lead to 2-1 in the best-of-5 series after Todd Martin and Pete Sampras each won Friday's opening singles in four sets.
Sampras, the world's top-ranked player, will play former world No. 1 Stefan Edberg in Sunday's first reverse singles, and Martin goes against Magnus Larsson.
The winner of the U.S.-Sweden series will play Russia, which reached the Davis Cup final for the first time ever by winning the doubles match today in Hamburg for an unbeatable 3-0 lead over defending champion Germany.
Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Andrei Olhovskiy beat Michael Stich and Karsten Braasch 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-7 (3-7), 10-8, ending the hopes of the three-time champion.
Pritchard may be back before season's end
DENVER - Mike Pritchard's lacerated kidney is not as serious as first believed, and the Denver Broncos wide receiver could be back with the team later this season, coach Wade Phillips said Saturday.
Phillips said Pritchard, in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital, would not require surgery and that physicians told him the kidney would heal itself.
Beggarly wins Goody's 200
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Barry Beggarly grabbed the lead on the first lap and stayed in front the rest of the way Saturday to win the Goody's 200 late model stock car race at Martinsville Speedway.
Beggarly, who won 18 races on the way to this year's Mid-Atlantic championship in NASCAR's Winston Racing series, held off pole-winner Johnny Rumley. The Pelham, N.C., driver averaged 67.042 mph in the 200-lap race that was slowed by eight caution flags for a total of 48 laps on the half-mile oval.
Lasorda given extension through 1995
LOS ANGELES - Manager Tom Lasorda, whose future with the Los Angeles Dodgers had been subject to speculation, was given a contract extension through the 1995 season Friday.
Lasorda, who turned 67 a day earlier, has spent 45 years in the Dodgers organization as a player, coach, scout and minor league and major league manager. He has managed Los Angeles for the last 18 seasons.
The surprising Dodgers were leading the NL West with a 58-56 record when players went on strike Aug. 12, eventually causing owners to cancel the rest of the season. Under Lasorda, the Dodgers had finished first in six previous years and won the World Series in 1981 and 1988.
New pro volleyball team needs a name
The yet unnamed Utah Professional Women's volleyball franchise, which begins play in November, is seeking community help in choosing a name for the team.
From now until Sept. 28, local fans can call 485-9799 and leave a suggested nickname for the team, along with their name, address and phone number. All fans suggesting names will be sent one free game ticket, and the finalists and winner will receive season tickets and other prizes.
The team is the newest addition to the National Volleyball Association, a league that includes the San Diego Spikers, the Las Vegas Vipers, the San Jose Storm and the Sacramento Stars. It includes every player on the U.S. National Team (Olympic team during Olympic years), as well as stars from the beach.