Sampras takes big check,
then makes a big gift
His big serve brought Pete Sampras the biggest paycheck in tennis. Then Sampras showed he also has a big heart.
After winning $2 million with a straight-set victory over Brad Gilbert in the Grand Slam Cup final at Munich, Germany, the U.S Open champ said he was donating $250,000 to a cerebral palsy foundation.
"This is something my father, Sam, and I talked about for a long time," Sampras said after his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Gilbert. "His two sisters passed away from the disease and it's the least I could do when I win $2 million."
Sampras never lost his serve and took only 1 hour, 43 minutes to beat Gilbert, who received $1 million of the record $6 million purse.
Gilbert came to the tournament as a replacement for the injured Andre Agassi.
"I'll send him a Christmas card," Gilbert said after reaching the final.
The 19-year-old Sampras, ranked fifth in the world, served 15 aces and broke Gilbert in the third and seventh games of the third set as he beat Gilbert for the first time in three career meetings.
The controversial event saw Boris Becker and John McEnroe decline invitations, with Becker calling the $6 million purse "perverse."
Cubs sign Astros' Smith;
Samuel accepts arbitration
The Chicago Cubs signed free agent Dave Smith, a right-handed relief pitcher, to a two-year contract with a club option for a third year.
Smith, 35, has spent his 11-season major-league career with the Houston Astros. Smith was 6-6 last season with 23 saves and a 2.39 ERA in 49 games.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
To make room for Smith on the 40-man roster, the team has placed right-handed pitcher Randy Kramer on waivers to give him his unconditional release. Kramer pitched most of last season for the Buffalo Bisons.
Free agent Juan Samuel has accepted the Los Angeles Dodgers' offer of salary arbitration, and is considered a signed player for the 1991 season.
Samuel is expected to compete for the slot with newly acquired Greg Smith as well as Lenny Harris and Mike Sharperson.
Samuel batted .242 last season with 13 homers, 52 RBIs and 38 stolen bases. He made $1.25 million.
The Dodgers shored up other three areas with two major acquisitions during a 24-hour span.
They traded for left-handed pitcher Bob Ojeda and secured a center fielder and leadoff batter by signing free agent Brett Butler.
They acquired Ojeda and right-handed prospect Greg Hansell from the New York Mets in exchange for right fielder Hubie Brooks.
Los Angeles had the option of trading Brooks or moving him to left field and trading Kal Daniels. Now, Butler will play between Darryl Strawberry in right and Daniels in left.
Brooks was respected and well-liked by the Dodgers and responded bitterly.
"I'll miss it here," Brooks told the Los Angeles Times. "Right now it's like, what was the reason for me to come here anyway? For one season? What good did it do that I signed here?"
Brooks added some cryptic comments about team chemistry.
"The Dodgers have a very, very good team . . . it is 99 percent solid," Brooks told The Times. "But all it takes is 1 percent to ruin that. And that 1 percent could be there. I'm not going to say what it is. But it could be there, and it can destroy them.
"In time, everybody could know what that 1 percent will be. And I'll just leave it at that."
Hollywood Turf Cup
Stretch-running Itsallgreektome became a top contender for national honors by scoring a 1-length victory in the $500,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at Hollywood Park.
It was the fifth grass course victory for the 3-year-old son of Sovereign Dancer, and boosted his earnings to $913,775 on a winner's purse of $275,000.
Jockey Corey Nakatani kept the winner far back in the field of 14 until the final turn of the 1 1/2 -mile race, then circled the field coming into the stretch and held off Mashkour, who was 2 lengths in front of Live The Dream.
Itsallgreektome was timed in 2:24 4/5 to clip a full second off the stakes record set by Alphabatim in 1986.
Sugar Ray's WBC successor
wants to fight Duran next
Newly crowned Mauro Galvano wants to follow in the footsteps of the man he succeeded as World Boxing Council super middleweight champion. That means he wants Roberto Duran next.
Galvano, of Italy, won a unanimous 12-round decision over Argentine Dario Matteoni Saturday night to win the 168-pound title left vacant by Sugar Ray Leonard. Galvano (16-3) wants to make his first defense against Duran, whose last fight was a 12-round loss to Leonard a year ago.
Scenics fend off K-Wings
behind Ford's six points
Chris Ford had a six-point afternoon as the Niagara Scenics held off the Kalamazoo K-Wings, 7-6, in a North American Junior Hockey League game at Kalamazoo, Mich.
The win improved the Scenics' record to 7-10-4, while the K-Wings fell to 14-4-1.
Ford was one of three Scenics to net two goals and he added four assists. Todd Marchant (three assists) and Ken Settles also had two goals. Brooks Harter added a goal and an assist for the winners, who held leads of 6-1 and 7-2 before the hosts scored the game's final four goals.
Around & About
Alberto Tomba, restored to his pre-Olympic form by hard training and a diet, captured his first World Cup giant slalom in two years and his second race in six days. The Italian slalom specialist left Swiss runner-up Urs Kaelin 1.35 seconds behind as he skied both heats aggressively down the Gran Risa track in the Italian resort at La Villa. Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg, finished third. . . . At Meiringen, Switzerland, Chantal Bournissen surprised overall World Cup leader Petra Kronberger of Austria to win the women's super-giant slalom. Bournissen, from Switzerland, registered a time of one minute, 20.40 seconds on the 1.6-kilometer course. . . . Marilyn Norris Canham, the wife of long-time University of Michigan Athletic Director Don Canham, has died of complications from cancer. She was 69. . . . Miami Hurricanes running back Leonard Conley, suspended for the final two regular-season games, has been reinstated and will play against Texas in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1. Conley, a senior, was suspended for fighting with defensive back Carl Richardson and then arguing with a coach. After teammates voted to reinstate Conley, he returned to practice Saturday.