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Agassi's 1st win at No. 1

TOKYO - In his first match as the world's top-ranked player, Andre Agassi beat Tommy Ho 6-3, 6-2 today in the second round of the Japan Open.

Agassi, who overtook Pete Sampras in the rankings Monday, was slowed a bit by a lower back injury sustained two week's ago in the United States' Davis Cup victory in Italy, but had little trouble with the 103rd-ranked Ho.


Tyson settles in

LAS VEGAS - Mike Tyson's new digs could be a bargain at $3.7 million.

Mike Tyson was expected Tuesday to become the owner of the home, just down the street from Wayne Newton's ranch, but no word was immediately available if the cash deal actually closed.

The 11,000-square-foot home, patterned after a French castle, has been listed at $5 million, said Phyllis Schwartz, the realtor handling the deal.

Carter gets new contract

NEW YORK - Minnesota Vikings receiver Cris Carter, who set an NFL record with 122 catches last season, agreed to a contract extension worth $11.5 million through 1998.

The deal is the higest in team history, eclipsing the five-year, $8.75 million contract Chris Doleman signed in 1991.

Meanwhile, linebackers Darryl Talley and Pat Swilling and defensive end Keith McCants switched teams and Washington released linebacker Andre Collins.

Gill back with Sonics

SEATTLE - Seattle SuperSonics guard Kendall Gill returned to the team after a week off for treatment of clinical depression. He said he would practice this week, and hoped to play Saturday at Golden State.

Smith may go pro

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland center Joe Smith said he is leaning toward entering the NBA draft instead of staying in school for his junior year. Smith, The Associated Press player of the year, averaged 20.8 points and 10.4 rebounds last season.

Alford hires his dad

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Steve Alford, hired as Southwest Missouri State's coach March 30, hired his father, Sam, a longtime high school coach in New Castle, Ind., as an assistant.

Conner sails to victory

SAN DIEGO - Left for dead at the end of the semifinals, Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes handed PACT 95's faltering Young America its second straight loss in the three-boat Citizen Cup defender finals.

Conner, a three-time America's Cup winner, finished the semifinals with three straight losses and survived only because of a compromise among the syndicates. Stars & Stripes, which beat Young America by 1 minute, 15 seconds, trails America3's Mighty Mary and Young America 2-1.

In the opening race of the challenger finals, Team New Zealand's Black Magic 1 beat oneAustralia by 4:55.

2 golfers advance

LAKE OCONEE, Ga. - Corey Pavin beat Phil Mickelson 3 and 1 and Loren Roberts defeated Tom Kite 3 and 2 to advance to the United States Section semifinals in the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf.

Pavin and Roberts will join Paul Azinger and Mark McCumber in the semifinals July 31 at Kohler, Wis. Azinger and McCumber advanced Monday.


Predators to hold camps

The Utah Predators will be holding a series of volleyball camps and clinics this summer for men, women and youth. The first session, for players 16 and older, will take place at Liberty Park on April 29. The cost is $35. For more information call 485-9770 or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Utah Predators, P.O. Box 520385, Salt Lake City 84152-0385.

Lacrosse going strong

The Utah High School Lacrosse League has completed its first week of play.

Last night, Judge knocked off North, 12-9.

Last Tuesday, Park City edged North, 7-6. On Wednesday, Alta beat Provo, 9-7. This past Friday, North defeated South 6-2 and Judge routed Park City 16-4.

Tonight's game matches Alta against South. Provo takes on Judge Thursday.

For more information on game times and locations, call the league at 568-3661.