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Court orders O.J.
to do community service

O.J. Simpson, fined and ordered to perform community service after pleading no contest to wife beating in Los Angeles, claims the city attorney turned a family squabble into a media event.

"This was an isolated and unfortunate incident," Simpson and his wife, Nicole, said in a prepared statement Wednesday. "We indicated to the follow-up investigator that we wished to take care of this matter privately and that prosecution would not be necessary or welcome."

Simpson, an actor and former star college and professional football player with the Buffalo Bills, Wednesday was ordered by Municipal Court Judge Ronald Schoenberg to pay a $700 fine, perform 120 hours of community service and continue psychiatric counseling.

Struggling Evert
may quit pro tennis

Chris Evert said she may forego next week's French Open and not finish this year's circuit after an unseeded opponent ousted her Wednesday in the second round of the Geneva (Switzerland) European Open Tennis Tournament.

"I'm not in the right frame of mind for Paris," the top-seeded Evert, 34, said immediately after losing, 6-4, 6-1, to Barbara Paulus of Austria.

"I'll decide soon about the French Open, but if I'm not motivated, I'm not going. I would like to finish up the year, but if it's a struggle, I won't." The 34-year-old Evert, a veteran of 18 years on the circuit, said she will have to feel "100 percent eager, hungry and enthusiastic" to play in the French Open.

Meanwhile, Grand Island native Jimmy Arias lost, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, to fifth-seeded Goran Ivanisevic, a 17-year-old Yugoslavian left-hander who advanced to the quarterfinals of the City of Florence (Italy) tournament. The Yugoslav practically blew Arias off the court in the first set with a heavy service and hard baseline drives, but in the second set Arias managed to slow down the pace. The tactic confused Ivanisevic, knocking him off balance and shaking his confidence. In the third and decisive set, Ivanisevic rediscovered his powerful first serve and broke Arias twice to take a 5-2 lead. Ivanisevic worked his first match point and fired a clean ace to clinch the victory.

Kulwicki earns pole;
Indy practice ends today

Alan Kulwicki posted a lap of 173.021 mph to earn the pole position for this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Kulwicki's second pole this season was worth $38,500.

Meanwhile, at Indianapolis, practice for the 73rd Indy 500 was to end today with a two-hour testing session preparing men and their machines for Sunday's race.

Bradley's comeback
goes on at Corning

Pat Bradley, the all-time LPGA money-winning leader who conquered Graves disease, will continue her comeback in the $325,000 Corning Classic, which was to begin today at the 6,006-yard par-71 Corning Country Club course.

Nancy Lopez, the 1989 leading money-winner, is absent, but Betsy King, No. 2 on the money list and a winner three times this year, is ready to tee off along with Beth Daniel (No. 3) and Juli Inkster (No. 4).

Cheryl Daniels wins
LPBT Denver Classic

Cheryl Daniels of Detroit swept four matches, including a 258-199 victory over top-seeded Leanne Barrette, to win the $35,000 Denver Classic on the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour at Littleton, Colo.

Daniels, seeded fifth in the final round, won $7,000 in recording her second title of the year. She started the finals with a 201-147 win over Carol Norman, then defeated amateur Sharon Owen Todd, 210-200, and posted a 203-195 triumph over Lorrie Nichols to advance to the title match.

Meanwhile, in Fresno, Calif., Mark Baker hung onto the lead after Wednesday night's second round of the Professional Bowlers Association $125,000 Fresno Open. Baker amassed 2,699 pins for his 12 games to take a 29-pin lead over Tony Marrese. Joe Berardi was third with 2,641 pins. Curtis Odom was fourth at 2,616 and Art Trask fifth with 2,600. Tom Baker of Buffalo was 19th with 2,533 pins.

Around & About

Ben Johnson's doctor testified that the athlete told him he had been taking banned muscle-building steroid drugs since 1981. Dr. Jamie Astaphan also told a government hearing into the use of drugs in sports he considered it his duty as a physician to administer a drug program for at least 14 Canadian track and field stars who wanted steroids. . . . The Super Bowl and the World Series will abandon free television and join major boxing matches as pay-per-view attractions within 10 years, predicts one of the nation's foremost boxing promoters. Bob Arum made his forecast during a panel discussion at the National Cable Television Association convention in Dallas. . . . The trimaran Great American, skippered by George Kolesnikovs, 46, of Niagara Falls, Ont., fought stiff headwinds up the California coast Wednesday, but hopes to arrive Friday at the Golden Gate Bridge to break the record for the 14,500-mile sail from New York to San Francisco around stormy Cape Horn.

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