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Date: Dec. 11, 1994
Publisher: Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited
Document Type: Article
Length: 531 words

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SURFING: American still riding wave of success. A American Kelly Slater scored an impressive double in Oahu, Hawaii, on Friday, winning the world surfing title and the Pipeline Masters. Australian Shane Powell's bid to unseat Slater at the top of the world rankings came to an end when he was eliminated in the semi-finals, losing by only 0.1 of a point. Earlier, Queensland's Gary Elkerton was narrowly beaten into third place in his semi-final to bow out of the tournament. The Masters is the second-last event of the 1994 world championship tour, which concludes next week in Sydney. SOCCER: Cup, league reprieve for Spurs. A Tottenham Hotspur will be allowed to compete in this season's English FA Cup after a decision to expel it was declared illegal, arbitrators have ruled in London. The Premier League club, struggling near the relegation zone, has been spared a six-point penalty that was due to have been imposed at the end of the season after alleged transfer payment irregularities. SOCCER: Jail call in Maradona case. A A prosecutor has demanded four years in prison for the world's best- known soccer player, Diego Maradona, for shooting four journalists with an air rifle in February. But Maradona's defence counsel, Hugo Wortman, yesterday condemned the demand as excessive. Maradona, expelled from this year's World Cup on doping charges, allegedly opened fire with an air rifle at journalists besieging him outside his country home on 2 February, the day after he was sacked by his club for not turning up for practice. The prosecutor, Alejandro Caride, said Maradona was guilty of five woundings, abuse of arms, and coercion aggravated by the use of arms. MOTOR RACING: Final chance for Buenos Aires. A The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is to conduct a final inspection on 22 January to determine whether Argentina can host the opening formula one grand prix race next season. The race is tentatively scheduled for Buenos Aires on 12 March, but the circuit has yet to win FIA approval. FIA's World Council, meeting in Monaco, said it must receive confirmation of improvements at Imola for the San Marino Grand Prix and Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. MOTOR RACING: Prost to get an OBE. A Alain Prost, France's four-time formula one world champion, is to receive the Order of the British Empire, the British Embassy has announced in Paris. Prost will receive his award on Tuesday from ambassador Sir Christopher Mallaby. The Frenchman, who retired after winning his last world title in 1993, achieved all four triumphs with British teams - three with McLaren and the most recent with Williams. SOCCER: World Cup draw for youth team. A Australia has been drawn with Germany, Costa Rica and an African qualifier in the finals of the World Youth Soccer Championships in Nigeria. Australia, which reached the semi-finals of the last championships in Sydney last year, has been placed in Group D in the western inland city of Ibadan for the championships beginning next March. African and South American qualifiers will be decided by regional competitions next month. Nigeria, as the host nation, has qualified automatically and will play Russia in the opening match, in Lagos on 11 March.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A296056825