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Chang Among Beaten in New Haven

From Staff and Wire Reports

Third-seeded Michael Chang lost Wednesday at the Volvo International tennis tournament in New Haven, Conn., where there was a string of upsets.

Kenneth Carlson defeated Chang, 7-5, 6-4. MaliVai Washington and Jan Siemerink were also upset victims, Nicolas Pereira beating Washington, 6-3, 6-2, and Mats Wilander knocking off Siemerink, 6-4, 6-4.

Michael Stich withdrew after he pulled a stomach muscle while serving against Albert Chang of Canada. Stich had won the first set, 6-4, and dropped the second, 3-6, before the match was called.

Stich said the injury was not serious and he would be ready for the U.S. Open.

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“It’s not that bad,” he said. “I’ve never had it before. I think it’s just exhaustion from the past few weeks and the heat. Just a few days of rest and I should be back.”

The defending champion, Boris Becker, beat Rodolphe Gilbert, 6-4, 6-4.

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Defending champion and third-seeded Wayne Ferreira lost in the second round of the RCA Championships at Indianapolis, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), to unseeded Richey Reneberg.

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Goran Ivanisevic cruised, 6-4, 6-2, over Marcos Ondruska, and Thomas Enqvist defeated Jeff Tarango, 7-5, 6-1.

Jurisprudence

Two Armenian wrestlers charged with shoplifting from a Georgia department store were freed from jail at the request of an Atlanta Olympics official and then left the country, a judge said.

The chief of Olympic security denied that the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games had intervened in the case.

Araik Bagdadian and Armeh Zimonian were arrested at Rich’s store at posh Lenox Square mall on Saturday and charged with shoplifting, said Sgt. Melvin Denson of Atlanta police. They were taken to jail and were about to be fingerprinted and photographed when W.J. Taylor, ACOG’s deputy security chief, called Municipal Court Judge Andrew Mickle at home and persuaded him to allow jailers to release the athletes on their own recognizance.

“I told him . . . ‘Just make sure they show up in court,’ ” Mickle said. “It has just come to my attention they did not make their court appearance. That’s not good, and I’m not happy.”

In another case, an Iranian wrestler, Yari Kalyan Behrouz, was arrested Monday at the downtown Macy’s store after allegedly putting 20 items in a shopping bag, a police report said.

The report indicated that the store wanted to prosecute. The wrestler was taken to jail, fingerprinted and photographed. Fellow athletes were eager to pay the $1,000 bond for his release so they could catch their flight home that afternoon, city corrections director Tom Pocock said.

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But the athlete was released after four hours in jail and the case was dropped because store officials changed their minds.

Hockey

The Kings signed goalie Byron Dafoe and defenseman Chris Snell to one-year contracts.

The club also announced that forwards Pat Conacher, Gary Shuchuk and Kevin Todd, and defenseman Arto Blomsten, each of whom was offered a termination contract, will return for 1995-96.

Miscellany

The NBA may challenge Dominique Wilkins’ planned move to the Greek team Panathinaikos this fall, even though the Boston Celtics may be happy to see him go. The Boston Globe reported that the league is concerned about letting a player under contract leave for an overseas team without the league’s being properly notified. . . . Tomas Brolin scored on a penalty kick with five minutes left to give Sweden a 1-0 victory over the United States in a soccer exhibition at Norrkoping, Sweden.

Nebraska receiver Riley Washington, jailed Aug. 3 on a charge of attempted second-degree murder, was released after someone posted $10,000 bail in cash. Jail officials declined to disclose who posted the money, which was 10% of the $100,000 bond. Washington has denied shooting Jermaine Cole outside a Lincoln, Neb., convenience store on Aug. 1.

Pete Rose will throw out the first pitch at the Richmond (Ind.) Roosters’ final game of the season. Rose, banned from baseball in 1989 for gambling, will also sign autographs at Richmond’s Aug. 26 game against Zanesville in the Class A independent Frontier League.

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