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SPORTS TODAY COMPILED BY MAURY MAY

Lendl, Becker register French Open victories

Top-seeded Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia battled through a one-hour opening set, then blasted Patrick Kuhnen of West Germany, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1, as the second day of the French Open tennis championships got under way today in Paris.

Joining the 29-year-old three-time champion in the second round was two-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, who crushed Jim Pugh of the United States, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

Becker's victory was followed by the tournament's first major upset as Natalia Zvereva of the Soviet Union, last year's losing women's finalist, was defeated by Raffaella Reggi of Italy, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Also advancing was Alberto Mancini of Argentina who defeated Australia's Simon Youl, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.

Another Argentine seed, No. 16 Guillermo Perez-Rolden, a quarterfinalist last year, thrashed Sergio Casal of Spain, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0.

Winners Monday included Grand Island native Jimmy Arias, who defeated Michael Pernfors of Sweden, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

Reports say Pitino will leave the Knicks

Rick Pitino will leave the New York Knicks of the NBA to become coach of the troubled University of Kentucky basketball program, according to published and broadcast reports.

The 36-year-old Pitino, who has coached the Knicks for two seasons after leaving college coaching, will announce his decision Thursday at a news conference in Lexington, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Courier-Journal of Louisville and WCBS-TV in New York reported.

"I'm leaning strongly to going to Kentucky," Pitino told the New York Post.

W. Carolina's Waters dies; coach had Gehrig's Disease

Bob Waters, who continued to coach at Western Carolina University while he battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), died at his home in Cullowhee, N. C. He was 50. Waters, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who was removed as head coach of Western Carolina in March, had carried on a highly publicized fight against the disease.

Testimony by doctor could shake IOC

In testimony that could shake the highest levels of the Olympic movement, Ben Johnson's doctor said he was told the president of the International Olympic Committee was prepared to hide the star sprinter's failed drug test at the Seoul Games.

Dr. Mario (Jamie) Astaphan, testifying at a government inquiry into drugs in sports, said Johnson's coach, Charlie Francis, spoke with IOC Vice President Richard Pound of Canada about the sprinter's positive test for anabolic steroids last September.

During that conversation, Astaphan testified, Pound said IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch would have covered up the drug test had the results not been leaked. Pound, a lawyer who served as Johnson's counsel in Seoul, made no mention of this in his earlier testimony at the inquiry.

Samaranch was not immediately available for comment.

Brother-sister pair first to reach finals

Tim Doyle, 20, and his sister, Cindy, 19, of Williamsville became the first brother-sister pair to reach the finals of the National Amateur Racquetball Championships in its 21-year history in Houston. Tim defeated Andy Roberts of Nashville, Tenn., 15-10, 8-15, 11-5, while Cindy lost to Michelle Gilman of Portland, Ore., 15-5, 3-15, 11-3.

Charlie Garfinkel, 50, of Buffalo, lost his first Masters Veterans division match in 28 outings when he was defeated by Chicago's Barry Holt in the semifinals, 15-14, 15-12. Then Garfinkel won a playoff for third with a 15-5, 15-4 victory over Seattle's Charlie Hamon.

Around & About

Detroit Red Wings forward Petr Klima, 24, reportedly was arrested for drunken driving by Bloomfield Township Police while driving in a subdivision about 10 miles north of Detroit and was being held in the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac. Police would not comment on the arrest, but WXYZ-TV reported Klima was taken into custody for drunken driving. Klima was arrested for drunken driving twice before, last Oct. 9 and in September, 1987. . . . Awe Inspiring is expected to run in the Belmont Stakes after an impressive 3 1/4 -length victory in the $500,000 Jersey Derby Monday at Garden State Park . . . Proper Reality won the $589,000 Metropolitan Mile in a three-horse photo finish at Belmont Park. Seeking the Gold was second by a nose with Dancing Spree another nose back.

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