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Red Storm red-faced after Pan Am flop

The final Pan Am baseball game for Team USA was canceled Wednesday because of rain in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a symbolic finish for a tournament that was a total washout for the Americans.

The St. John's team sent here to represent the country against the hemisphere's finest failed miserably. The Red Storm went 0-6, including losses to two countries that had never won Pan Am games.

They're only the second U.S. team to go home without a medal and the first to have losing record, not to mention not a single victory.

"I don't think the people who put the team together thought they had a chance of winning a medal, but I also don't think we imagined the showing would be as it was," said Dick Bergquist, a 20-year veteran of international baseball who served as the team leader.

The sad showing was a worst-case scenario come true for USA Baseball, which chose to send the Big East school as a replacement for the college all-star team usually put together for international tournaments.

NLRB delays decision on injunction against owners

At the request of special mediator W.J. Usery, the National Labor Relations Board today delayed until next week its decision on whether to seek a preliminary injunction against baseball owners.

NLRB chairman William Gould didn't give a reason for a delay during a news conference, but a source familiar with the board's deliberations said Usery telephoned Gould on Wednesday night and asked for the delay.

Gould said the board probably will make a decision next week.

The move makes it unlikely a judge would rule on an injunction request before the scheduled start of the season on April 2. Players say they would end the seven-month strike if an injunction is issued.

Amerks give Shields first victory in AHL

Viktor Gordiouk and Mikhail Volkov scored short-handed goals 52 seconds apart and goalie Steve Shields won his first American Hockey League game as the Rochester Americans beat the visiting Syracuse Crunch, 7-2.

Gordiouk scored on a breakaway at 7:42 of the second period to give Rochester a 2-1 lead. Volkov then jammed in Paul Rushforth's centering pass as Crunch goalie Sonny Mignacca was caught wandering out of the net. Volkov also scored in the third period.

Shields was recalled by Rochester, when the Sabres called up Markus Ketterer to replace the injured Dominik Hasek, from the East Coast Hockey League and played because of a back injury sustained by starter Eric Raymond in the morning skate. Shields lost all six starts in an earlier stint with Rochester.

Todd Simon, Mike Bavis, Jim Weimer and Doug MacDonald also scored for Rochester, which moved four points ahead of Syracuse in the fight for the final Southern Division playoff berth.

Mermaid makes a splash in America's Cup regatta

Kevin Mahaney's Young America beat Dennis Conner's struggling Stars & Stripes by 28 seconds to take a commanding lead in the defender semifinals in San Diego.

On the challenger course, Team New Zealand's older yacht, Black Magic 1, displayed a speed advantage in overtaking John Bertrand's oneAustralia with about 4 1/2 miles to go to post a 39-second victory.

There were three lead changes in the first half of the defender race before Young America went ahead for good to claim its second straight win this series and fifth overall.

Stars & Stripes is slumping badly, losing its second race in the semis and its fifth straight overall.

Around & About

Steve Wilson, second after the opening round, averaged 233 in building a 25-pin lead over Marc McDowell after the second round of the Professional Bowlers Association's Tums Classic in Windsor Locks, Conn. Wilson, 26, of Tamarac, Fla., downed 2,803 pins after two of the three rounds of qualifying. Jack Jurek of Lackawanna tied for 14th with 2,672 pins.

Jerry Green turned down the basketball coaching job at Nevada-Las Vegas and accepted a new contract at Oregon that will keep him with the Ducks virtually as long as he wants to stay.

American League
NEW YORK--Signed OF Jerrome Williams to a minor-league contract.

TEXAS--Signed 3B Mike Pagliarulo to a minor-league contract.
National Basketball Association
PHILADELPHIA--Activated G Jeff Malone from the injured list.
National Football League
CINCINNATI--Signed RB James Joseph.

SAN DIEGO--Agreed to terms with S Shaun Gayle on a two-year contract.

SAN FRANCISCO--Signed OT Kirk Scrafford to a five-year contract.
National Hockey League
NY ISLANDERS--Recalled D Gord Dineen from Denver of IHL.

QUEBEC--Traded RW Ed Ward to Calgary for D Francois Groleau. Reassigned G Paul Krake to Cornwall of the American Hockey League.

VANCOUVER--Traded D Adrien Plavsic to Tampa Bay for a 1997 fifth-round draft pick.
American Hockey League
AHL--Announced suspension of D Denis Chervyakov of Providence for four games as a result of a match penalty March 19 against Worcester.

BASEBALL: Preseason -- Atlanta Braves at New York Mets, 7 p.m., WWOR.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NCAA Southeast Regional semifinal, Georgetown vs. North Carolina, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 4; NCAA West Regional semifinal. Maryland vs. Connecticut, 10 p.m., Ch. 4.

GOLF: LPGA Nabisco Dinah Shore, first round, 4 p.m., ESPN; PGA The Players Championship, first round, 4 p.m., USA.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Orlando Magic, 8 p.m., WTBS.

NHL: Anaheim Mighty Ducks at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m, ESPN2.

TENNIS: Lipton Championships, women's semifinal, 1 p.m., ESPN.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NIT quarterfinals, Washington State at Canisius, 7:30 p.m., 1230; NCAA men's regional semifinal double-header, Georgetown vs. North Carolina, 7:30 p.m., followed by Maryland vs. Connecticut, 930.

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