Minor Leagues Approve Contract

Posted: December 14, 1990

The minor leagues approved a seven-year contract with the major leagues by a 27-9 vote yesterday.

The vote by the National Association of the Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor-league governing body, was exactly the 75 percent minimum required for approval. Major-league owners ratified the Professional Baseball Agreement on Tuesday.

"The majors and the minors must work together to ensure the best, and most orderly, system of developing talent for big league play," National Association president Sal Artiaga said in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The contract may be reopened after four years.

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Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent entered Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital for treatment of pneumonia.

A spokesman for Vincent said it would be a brief stay.

Vincent has been bothered by an upper respiratory infection for 2 1/2 weeks, and it caused him to miss the winter meetings last week in Rosemont, Ill.

TENNIS

Pete Sampras battled over three tough sets to beat Goran Ivanisevic, and Michael Chang scored a straight-sets victory over Henri Leconte as the two Americans reached the semifinals of the $6 million Grand Slam Cup tennis tournament in Munich.

Sampras fought his way to a 7-6, 6-7, 8-6 victory in 2 hours, 24 minutes.

Chang, using passing shots, beat the Frenchman, 7-6, 6-3.

TRACK AND FIELD

Paavo Nurmi, winner of 10 Olympic gold medals for Finland in the 1920s, used a drug containing the male hormone testosterone to boost his performance, a Swedish newspaper said.

The national daily Dagens Nyheter published a 1931 advertisement from a Swedish sports daily in which Nurmi and three Swedish athletes of the time recommended the drug Rejuven, which contained testosterone.

Testosterone is the key substance in muscle-building anabolic steroids, which are banned under the anti-doping rules of the International Olympic Committee.

SOCCER

Africa will have a third team in the 1994 World Cup, and the North and Central American and Caribbean group could have a third team, too, soccer's world governing body decided in Zurich, Switzerland.

The executive committee of the Federation of International Football Associations met for the first time since last summer's World Cup and rejected Asia's bid for a third spot.

It also banned Iraq from all international games because of its invasion of Kuwait, banned Colombia from playing host to international games because of

drug violence, and kicked Costa Rica out of the 1992 Olympic soccer tournament

because it used an overage player in a youth tournament five years ago.

BOXING

Julio Cesar Chavez, the unbeaten junior-welterweight champion, got behind Bob Arum's promotional banner by signing a six-fight, $15 million deal.

Arum said Chavez had a contract with Don King for a fight against Meldrick Taylor or Hector Camacho in March, but that Chavez's deal with Arum would not go into effect until May.

Dan Duva, who promotes both Taylor and Camacho, said he had received a letter from Charles Lomax, King's attorney, stating that King was not prepared to go through with a Chavez-Taylor or Chavez-Camacho fight at this time.

Chavez knocked out Ahn Kyung-Duk in Atlantic City on Saturday. He won the International Boxing Federation junior-welterweight title and retained the World Boxing Council version by stopping Taylor with two seconds to go in their bout on March 17.

GOLF

Cathy Johnston became one of the few women to ever lead a mixed golf event when she birdied the final three holes for a 5-under-par 67 and a 1-stroke lead in the opening round of the $300,000 Spalding Invitational Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif.

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