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Friday, July 17, 1992 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Sports Digest

Olexio, Cone Finalists In Pnga Women's Amateur

Times News Services

-- GOLF

Donna Olexio of Portland, last year's runner-up, and collegian Tracy Cone of Vancouver, Wash., won both of their matches to move into the finals of the 91st Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women's Amateur tournament at the Yakima Country Club.

Olexio, 24, beat Ann Swanson of Bellevue 3 and 2 in yesterday's semifinals while Cone, a 20-year-old Arizona State junior, ousted Cappy Mack of Portland 2 and 1.

Olexio, who lost a playoff for medalist honors in each of the past two years, and Cone will play 36 holes for the championship on the 5,848-yard course.

-- Dan Halldorson birdied three of the last four holes en route to a 9-under-par 63 and a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Chattanooga, Tenn., Classic.

-- Juli Inkster and Kate Golden, a rookie who has missed the cut in 10 of 18 LPGA tournaments, shot 5-under-par 66s to share the first-round lead in the Big Apple Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y.

-- CYCLING

Davis Phinney won yesterday's stage of the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Ore., while Michael Engleman, Phinney's Coors Light teammate, retained the yellow jersey as the event's overall leader.

Phinney of Boulder, Colo., edged Nate Reiss of the Subaru-Montgomery team and Chevrolet-L.A. Sheriff's Jeff Pierce in a furious sprint that concluded the 123-mile Sunriver-to-Bend road race in 4:26:48.

-- OLYMPICS

The IOC awaits a decision from the United Nations on whether Yugoslav athletes can compete in the Summer Games, officials said today in Barcelona, Spain.

The U.N. Security Council's sanctions committee was expected to rule on the IOC's compromise plan for Yugoslav athletes to compete as individuals under the Olympic flag, said Francois Carrard, director general of the IOC.

The outcome of the U.N. vote was uncertain, he said.

Without the U.N.'s approval, the Spanish government will be required to bar the entry of Yugoslav athletes in accordance with Security Council sanctions.

One former Yugoslav republic, Macedonia, is virtually certain to send a small team to the Games, while efforts still were under way to bring in Bosnia-Herzegovina, another former part of Yugoslavia, Carrard said.

The Security Council included a sports boycott in sanctions imposed May 30 on Yugoslavia, a former six-republic federation now consisting only of Serbia and Montenegro.

-- Sandra Myers, one of Spain's top hopes for a medal in the 400 meters, has not fully recovered from an Achilles' tendon injury suffered in June and may miss the Games.

Myers, from Little River, Kan., and a UCLA graduate, became a Spanish citizen five years ago. She has broken two dozen national track records in Spain.

-- BASKETBALL

Los Angeles Clipper Coach Larry Brown has hired his son-in-law, Quin Snyder, former Mercer Island High School and Duke University standout, as an assistant coach.

Snyder, 25, recently completed his second year of law school at Duke. He and Brown's daughter, Kristi, were married last year.

"Right now, Quin needs the money," said his father, Bob Snyder, Mercer Island athletic director.

-- The Clippers signed former LaSalle guard Randy Woods, the 16th overall pick in the NBA draft, to a multiyear contract. Woods was the Metro Atlantic player of the year last season.

-- BASEBALL

The Tacoma Tigers scored two unearned runs in both the eighth and ninth innings to beat the Trappers 7-5 in a Pacific Coast League game in Edmonton.

-- ROWING

An eligibility ruling has cost Wisconsin its overall championship in last month's 90th Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta in Syracuse, N.Y.

Judges decided the Badgers had to forfeit the Ten Eyck Trophy given to the overall winner because its champion shell in the four-without-coxswain event competed with an ineligible rower.

The trophy now goes to Navy, which made the complaint.

-- FISHING

King salmon from 27 to 30 pounds are being caught off Bush Point, according to Bush Point Resort, replacing the large blackmouth that had been biting earlier.

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