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LaChappa Remains Hospitalized

From Staff and Wire Reports

A 20-year-old minor league pitcher remained hospitalized in critical condition Sunday in Upland after collapsing of a heart attack during a game the night before.

Matt LaChappa of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes collapsed while warming up in the bullpen Saturday night in the fourth inning of a home game against the San Bernardino Stampede.

The heart attack was due to an enlarged heart, said Patti Geye, the team’s director of marketing.

A nursing supervisor at San Antonio Community Hospital said LaChappa’s condition had not changed overnight. No other information was being released at the request of LaChappa’s family.

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Tennis

After a decade of trying, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario finally won the Family Circle Cup, beating surprise finalist Barbara Paulus at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Sanchez Vicario won, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, to earn the $200,000 first prize in the year’s opening clay court tournament.

Paulus made the final by topping two-time defending champion and No. 1 seed Conchita Martinez, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4. Sanchez Vicario defeated Jana Novotna in the semifinals, held the same day because rain washed them out a day earlier.

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Sanchez Vicario started playing Hilton Head as a 15-year-old in 1987. But even after becoming known as an elite clay court player, she never won here.

Sanchez Vicario had almost an hour more rest than Paulus coming into the finals. But instead of the powerful forehands of Martinez, Sanchez Vicario had to deal with Paulus’ speed and spin.

Paulus, a tall, thin Austrian, continually pounded running forehands into the deep corners. It was a strategy that wore down Martinez, but couldn’t hold up against Sanchez Vicario, known for long rallies and her ability to return almost any shot.

In the third set, Sanchez Vicario sent back shot after shot until Paulus made a mistake. Three errors put the Spaniard up 3-1 and she ran out the set from there.

On match point, Sanchez Vicario punched a short stroke for the victory while Paulus was left helpless on the right side of the court.

Miscellany

Dallas Comegys, a former NBA player now with a Turkish team, vowed to play again after recovering from a gunshot wound that left him in critical condition at Ankara, Turkey.

“I’ll be back with my club, soon,” Comegys said in a telephone interview from the intensive care unit of Uludag University Medical School Hospital in Bursa.

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Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno used two scoring spurts to defeat Liz Masakayan and Angela Rock, 15-8, to win the $50,000 MCI Open women’s pro beach volleyball event at Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Trailing, 5-2, McPeak and Reno scored seven consecutive points to take the lead. Mazakyan and Rock cut the margin to 10-8, before the champions scored the final five points of the match.

Glen Dubis and Rob Harbison shot their way onto the U.S. Olympic 3x40 rifle team at Atlanta.

Dubis finished the three-day match with an overall score of 3692.2 points out of a possible 3818 and Harbison was second overall with 3679.1.

During the shooting trials at the Wolf Creek Shooting Complex, 16 qualified for Olympic team berths.

U.S. shooters will return to Wolf Creek on April 15-17 for the North American Shooting Championships, in which up to 10 shooters will earn berths on the U.S. Olympic pistol team.

One of two women indicted with Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin on drug charges is now accused of misdemeanor assault following a traffic accident in Dallas, police said.

Jasmine Nabwangu, 21, of Irving, likely will be issued a citation for allegedly slapping a woman motorist after a collision Saturday, police said.

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On April 1, the Dallas County grand jury indicted Irvin, Nabwangu and Angela Renee Beck, 22, in connection with a drugs found March 4 in an Irving motel room.


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