From Staff and Wire Reports

The United States will play Austria in a first-round Fed Cup tennis match April 22-23 at Aventura, Fla.

The tournament, the women’s equivalent of the Davis Cup, is going by a new name and streamlined format. The international women’s team championship was formerly known as the Federation Cup. The name was shortened for marketing purposes.

The new format consists of a World Group of eight nations competing at home and away, the final to be held in November. The event has previously been contested during one week at one site.


The 12-year-old star of a church basketball team collapsed and died of heart failure during a tournament in Brooklyn on Sunday.

Steven Riley, a 6-foot-2 seventh-grader from Queens, had just passed the ball to another player when he suddenly dropped to the court, said Carlos Aguirre, the boy’s coach.

A Japanese court ordered a high school and its baseball coach to pay $487,000 to the parents of a boy who died of heart failure after collapsing at a strenuous baseball practice.

The Mito District Court ruled that the coach and Tsuchiura Nihon University High shared responsibility in the 1988 death of Hiroyuki Saito, who was 16 at the time.

Saito collapsed on the field after running a series of 200-meter dashes without rest, along with about 20 teammates. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Nigeria’s military ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha, gave more than $500,000 to the national soccer team that was eliminated by Italy in the second round of the World Cup tournament last summer.