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Saturday, March 8, 1997 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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For The Record

Wiberg Wins Slalom To Celebrate World Cup Title

Seattle Times News Services

Pernilla Wiberg of Sweden, capping a day on which she clinched the World Cup overall and slalom titles, won a slalom race yesterday afternoon with a scorching second run in Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

Wiberg clinched the overall title, the biggest prize in skiing, with a third-place finish in the morning super-G, then celebrated her discipline title by coming from second place to win the slalom.

Wiberg put together the only sub-40 second run of the afternoon to win her fourth slalom of the season in 1 minute, 17.90 seconds.

-- Donna Weinbrecht of West Milford, N.J., won her 46th World Cup moguls title, overcoming a three-week layoff to edge France's Candice Gilg by 0.08 points in competition in Altenmarkt, Austria.

TRACK AND FIELD

Gail Devers won a controversial photo-finish decision to get into the 60-meter final at the World Indoor Championships in Paris, and won it after Russian favorite Irina Privalova suffered a hamstring injury halfway through the race.

Devers, a two-time Olympic 100-meter champion, at first failed to qualify for the final, but her placing was changed from third to second place, setting off a furor and a protest, which was denied.

In the final, she got away first and was ahead of Privalova when the Russian's right hamstring went about 30 meters from the finish.

Devers ran away from the rest of the field to win in 7.06 seconds.

FOOTBALL

Guard Eric Moten was released by the San Diego Chargers in a salary cap move. Moten, drafted in the second round in 1991, started in 61 of the 68 games in which he played, including 15 games last season at left guard.

-- Garrison Hearst, the leading rusher for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, has signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Tennis

Chanda Rubin outlasted Amy Frazier in an error-filled opening match at the Evert Cup in Indian Wells, Calif. Rubin needed more than 2 1/2 hours to defeat Frazier 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6).

-- In Scottsdale, Ariz., Australia's Mark Philippoussis slammed a 142-mph serve at Zimbabwe's Byron Black en route to a 7-5, 6-3 quarterfinal victory in the Franklin Templeton Classic.

"I didn't see too much of it," Black said of the serve that set an ATP Tour speed record.

-- After spending a night in the Collier County Jail in Naples, Fla., former tennis star Roscoe Tanner was released on a $5,000 bond with the stipulation that he appear in a New Jersey court Monday.

New Jersey officials agreed to let him be released after the athlete paid $40,000 worth of overdue child support payments, prosecutors said.

GOLF

Greg Norman, trying for his fourth victory in eight years in the Doral-Ryder Open in Miami, and David Duval, trying for his first PGA Tour title, shared the lead at 10-under 134 after 36 holes. Norman shot a 68 yesterday, while Duval had a 66.

Auto racing

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, expected to challenge for the Formula One title, won the pole position today for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

He sped around the 3.294-mile Albert Park track in his Williams-Renault at 132.714 mph to take the inside of the front-row row for the race. His elapsed time for the winning run was 1 minute, 29.369 seconds.

Bowling

Jason Couch took the top spot in the stepladder final of the PBA's AC Delco Classic in Lakewood, Calif., finishing with a tournament-best 19-5 record and 42-game pin total of 10,761.

Copyright (c) 1997 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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