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Roy Buckley jumped from fourth place to first and clinched the top seed entering match-play at the PBA Naples (Fla.) Senior Open. Buckley finished 18 games of qualifying with a pinfall of 4,156, a 230.8 average. Dave Soutar, another Hall of Famer, was second at 4,107.

Liz Johnson of Niagara Falls finished tied for 30th, winning $1,145 in the PWBA Track Triton Open in Rossford, Ohio. Tish Johnson of Northridge, Calif., was leading heading into match-play.

Three of this season's tennis Grand Slam winners -- Pete Sampras, Patrick Rafter and Carlos Moya -- are skipping next week's $6.7 million Grand Slam Cup in Germany. Australian Open champ Petr Korda is entered. Women are competing in the tournament for the first time, and the four Grand Slam champions are entered: Martina Hingis, Jana Novotna, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Lindsay Davenport.

Julio Cesar Chavez, former world champion in three divisions, asked the World Boxing Council for a chance to fight for the super lightweight title. The request follows Chavez's bruised and bloody loss to WBC welterweight champion Oscar de la Hoya on Saturday. Chavez, 36, told the council he hopes to fight the winner of the Nov. 28 title match between No. 1 ranked Miguel Angel Gonzalez of Mexico and No. 2 Konstantin Tzsyu of Russia. WBC President Jose Sulaiman said the council would approve the weight change and consider his appeal for a title fight at its next convention, Oct. 25 in South Africa. Chavez, who weighed in at 144 1/2 for Saturday's bout, would drop to at least 140 for the super lightweight division.

FOOTBALL ON TV
THURSDAY
Arizona at San Diego State, 8 p.m., ESPN.
SATURDAY
Siena at Canisius, noon, Empire; UCLA at Miami, Noon, Ch. 4; Michigan State at Michigan, Noon, Ch. 7; Northwestern at Wisconsin, Noon, ESPN; Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech, Noon, ESPN2; Purdue at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., Ch. 2; Kentucky at Florida, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 4; Southern California at Florida State or Washington at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 7; Navy at Tulane, 3:30 p.m., Empire; Alabama at Arkansas, 6 p.m., ESPN2; Rice at Texas, 7 p.m., Empire; Georgia Tech at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m., ESPN.
SUNDAY
Denver at Washington, 1 p.m., Ch. 4; Green Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. Ch. 29; Giants at San Diego, 4:15 p.m., Ch. 29; Cincinnati at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m., ESPN.
MONDAY
Tampa Bay at Detroit, 8:20 p.m., Ch. 7.
ON AIR
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BASEBALL: Montreal Expos at New York Mets, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2; Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees, 7:30 p.m., MSG; Houston Astros at St. Louis Cardinals, 8 p.m., ESPN; Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners, 10:30 p.m., ESPN2; Texas Rangers at Anaheim Angels 11 p.m. (joined in progress), ESPN2.
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BASEBALL: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays, 7:05 p.m., 710; Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees, 7:35 p.m., 1330.

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