TennisSteffi Graf, in the second match of...

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Steffi Graf, in the second match of her comeback from injuries, defeated 14-year-old Martina Hingis of Switzerland in a quarterfinal match at the Paris Open, 6-2, 6-3.

In another match, Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic defeated Alexia Dechaume-Belleret of France, 7-5, 6-3.

Germany's Boris Becker defeated Haitian qualifier Ronald Agenor, 6-4, 6-4, and advanced to the quarterfinals against doubles partner Guy Forget at the Muratti Time Indoor tournament in Milan, Italy. Forget of France defeated Russian Alexander Volkov, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

The Women's Tennis Assn. tour said that it has retained International Management Group to replace Advantage as the tour's agent for marketing and television rights.


Ram owner Georgia Frontiere updated NFL owners in Grapevine, Tex., on her franchise's proposed move from Anaheim to St. Louis, but a transfer vote won't be taken until the league's winter meetings March 12-17 in Phoenix.

Frontiere revealed that visiting teams will receive $900,000 in St. Louis--they got $400,000 in Anaheim--but owners are interested in sharing more in the Rams' revenue windfall and are also concerned about the lack of an NFC presence in Southern California.

San Diego Charger secondary coach Willie Shaw was named the Rams' new defensive coordinator by Coach Rich Brooks. . . . Pro Bowl defensive tackle Michael Dean Perry was released by the Cleveland Browns, who said they had to unload his $3.2-million contract to get under the salary cap. . . . Penn State, criticized for playing a weak nonconference schedule during a 12-0 season, is renewing its series with Miami. The Nittany Lions will visit Miami in 1999 and play host to the Hurricanes in 2001.


The United States will bid to stage the third FIFA Women's World Championship in 1999. U.S. Soccer Federation officials will meet with FIFA representatives this weekend in Helsingborg, Sweden, where the draw for the second Women's World Championship will be held Saturday.


The America's Cup trials hit the doldrums when all four races were abandoned after the boats were becalmed off Point Loma by light, shifty winds. It marked the ninth day since the regatta started Jan. 12 that some or all races have been abandoned because of light wind, rough conditions or fog.

If the wind held, Morning Glory owner Hasso Plattner, who started a day earlier than his rivals, was projected to finish late Thursday, about two hours ahead of Richard Blatt's Holua, in the Del Rey Yacht Club's race from Marina del Rey to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


Luis Ramon Campas (57-1) of Sonora, Mexico, knocked out Cassius Clay Horne (29-8-2) of Phoenix in the fourth round of their scheduled 12-round junior-middleweight bout before 6,000 at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. . . . Former major league pitcher Bob Stoddard was acquitted of three counts of child molestation involving a teen-age girl in Seattle. . . . Margaret Wade, the first woman inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, died at 82 in Cleveland, Miss. . . . Defending champion Corey Pavin, 1993 PGA champion Paul Azinger, John Daly, Peter Jacobsen and 11 other former tournament champions head the field for the $1.2-million Nissan L.A. Open Feb. 19-26 at Riviera Country Club. . . . Mitsuyo Hirata, a Japanese golfer making her debut in the United States, and Dawn Coe-Jones shot five-under-par 67s to share the first-round lead at the Hawaiian Ladies Open in Honolulu.

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