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Sampras loses match

BARCELONA, Spain - Pete Sampras, two days after losing his No. 1 ranking, was beaten by the world's 84th-ranked player in the Conde de Godo.

Oliver Gross of Germany won 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in Sampras' first match since being overtaken by Andre Agassi on Monday for the top spot.

And in Tokyo, Agassi overcame a sore back and a 1-4 second-set deficit to beat Canada's Sebastien Lareau 6-3, 7-5 today in the third round of the Japan Open.


Those are fightin' words

HOUSTON - If George Foreman is trying to talk Mike Tyson into a fight, he's using the right fighting words.

The IBF heavyweight champion unleashed a volley of taunts, including accusations that Tyson is "hiding from a 46-year-old man," on Wednesday while delivering the public challenge to the newly freed former heavyweight champion.

Meeting with reporters to pronounce himself ready for an April 22 title defense against Axel Schulz of Germany, Foreman said he contacted Tyson in prison to set up a $100 million title fight.

But Tyson declined the offer, which would have resulted in a $50 million paycheck for each fighter, Foreman said.

"Mike Tyson was afraid of a 46-year-old man," Foreman said. "Fifty-million bucks Tyson could make right now . . . Tyson is hiding."

Neither Tyson, who was reported to be busy buying luxury cars and a multimillion-dollar home in Las Vegas, nor his representatives could be reached Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Retirement buildup

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Joe Montana's retirement announcement is getting the long buildup usually reserved for a Super Bowl, the game he won four times with the San Francisco 49ers.

Kansas City Chiefs officials had no comment to The Associated Press report that Montana would announce his retirement early next week. The AP quoted sources in International Management Group, the quarterback's agent.

Montana, 38, is expected to make the announcement Tuesday in San Francisco and then travel to Kansas City on Wednesday.

Pro Bowler arrested

DALLAS - Erik Williams, a Pro Bowl offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested today after a 17-year-old girl accused him of sexually assaulting her, police said.

Dallas police said Williams was taken into custody after police responded to a telephoned request for help by the girl.

Stadium plans announced

CHICAGO - The Chicago Bears said they plan to build a new $285 million grass-field stadium and leave Soldier Field, their home for the last 24 years.

Bears president Michael McCaskey said the team would push for legislation to fund the new facility and hoped to play its first season there in 2000.

Graf is now 15-0

HOUSTON - Steffi Graf, playing her first clay-court tournament this year, improved to 15-0 in 1995 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Maria Strandlund in the second round of the Houston Women's Tennis Championships.

Graf, who regained the No. 1 spot in the WTA Tour rankings from Arantxa Sanchez Vicario on Monday, also extended her string of consecutive set victories to 30.

Oates likes new contract

BOSTON - Boston Bruins center Adam Oates agreed in principle on a five-year contract that would pay him about $10 million.

The contract would run through the 1998-99 season and would pay Oates, 32, a prorated $1.85 million for the current season; $1.95 million next season; $2.05 million for 1996-97; $2.15 million for 1997-98, and, depending on his production that season, the same amount for 1998-99.

Tulsa hires new coach

TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa hired Kansas assistant Steve Robinson to coach its men's basketball team with hopes of continuing the momentum created by Tubby Smith. Robinson, 37, takes over a program that has won consecutive Missouri Valley titles and reached the final 16 in the NCAA tournament the past two years. Smith left two weeks ago to coach Georgia.

Conner loses to time

SAN DIEGO - Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes was nearly 15 minutes ahead of America3's Mighty Mary in an America's Cup defender finals race when the time limit expired because of a lack of wind.

The race was to be resailed today and officials from Team New Zealand and Bertrand's oneAustralia were to meet this morning to decide if they'll resail their challenger race Friday.

`Dreams' star drafted

JONESBORO, Ark. - Arkansas State's Arthur Agee, a star of the acclaimed documentary "Hoop Dreams," was the first pick of the Florida Sharks in the United States Basketball League draft Wednesday.

"Hoop Dreams" followed Agee and a classmate at Chicago's Marshall High School from the eighth grade to college.

The USBL also drafted NCAA women's player of the year, Rebecca Lobo, who led Connecticut to an undefeated national championship season. She was chosen by the Jersey Turnpikes in the eighth and final round of the U.S. Basketball League draft.

Two other women - Cheryl Miller of Southern Cal in 1986 and Sheryl Swoopes of Texas Tech in 1993 - were selected in USBL drafts.

Eyestone to race

Ed Eyestone, two-time Olympian from Layton, will compete in the 10,000 meters at the Mt. Sac Invitational this Friday in preparation for making his third Olympic team.

His goal is to exceed the qualifying standard of 28:10 for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. His best time is 27:41, set while winning at Mt. Sac in 1985.

"I think I'm ready to go under 28 min. right now. We'll go out at 14:00 for the first 5K and if the conditions are right, we'll go for it."

Wolverines in hot water

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan football players William Carr, Marcus Ray and Sam Sword - were arraigned Wednesday in District Court on charges of possessing a credit card without the owner's consent, a four-year felony. They were released on personal bonds after being charged with credit card fraud.