Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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Seles Will Compete In Toronto Next Week

Monica Seles will return to tournament tennis next week, facing a strong field in the Canadian Open in Toronto in her first competition since being stabbed 28 months ago, her manager announced.

Seles, who began her comeback with an exhibition against Martina Navratilova on July 29, will compete in the outdoor hardcourt tournament along with Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Mary Pierce and other top 10 players.

The one-week, $800,000 event opens Monday. Under an agreement with the women's tour, Seles will share the No. 1 ranking and top seed with Graf.

***** TENNIS Sampras Advances; Edberg Upset

Second-ranked Pete Sampras beat Petr Korda in the second round of the $1.8 million ATP Championship in Mason, Ohio, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Eleventh-seeded Jim Courier beat Vince Spadea 7-5, 7-6 (9-7). Earlier, Sandon Stolle of Australia upset 16th-ranked Stefan Edberg of Sweden 6-3, 6-1 in a first-round match.

- Conchita Martinez tuned up her hardcourt game with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over German Christina Singer in the Acura Classic at Manhattan Beach, Calif.

No. 8 Naoko Sawamatsu of Japan became the first seeded player to lose. She was beaten 6-3, 6-1 by Nathalie Baudone of Italy.

***** BASEBALL Phillies Release Duncan; Reds Claim Him

Utility infielder Mariano Duncan, 32, was released from the Philadelphia Phillies and claimed on waivers by the Cincinnati Reds, his former team. The Phillies acquired infielder Brian Koelling from Class AA Chattanooga as compensation.

- Tony Phillips, leadoff hitter for the California Angels, will serve a three-game suspension during the current series at Kansas City.

Phillips originally appealed the suspension imposed by league president Gene Budig for an altercation with Boston catcher Mike Macfarlane on June 8.

- Dennis Martinez, 40, agreed to a one-year contract that will keep him in Cleveland for the 1996 season, his 20th in the major leagues.

***** BASKETBALL NCAA Is Investigating California

The NCAA is investigating the University of California at Berkeley's recruitment of Georgia high school basketball star Shareef Abdur-Rahim, a newspaper reported.

A Sept. 29 hearing is scheduled for the university to present its case to an infractions committee, The Oakland Tribune reported in a copyright story.

At issue is the involvement of Cal graduate student Hashim Ali Alauddeen. …

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