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At Montevideo, Uruguay, Paraguay, which has not qualified for the World Cup since 1986, rallied past Mexico 2-1 in the America Cup.

Mexico and the United States are in the tournament by special invitation. The United States opens play Saturday against Chile at Paysandu.

The head of the Atlanta Olympics said he would not get involved in sprinter Michael Johnson’s effort to change the 1996 track and field schedule.

“I don’t think we would be institutional advocates of doing anything that favored a single athlete,” said Billy Payne, president of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. “I just don’t think that’s our business.”

Johnson, the world champion at 200 meters in 1991 and 400 meters in 1993, has said he’d like to run both races in Atlanta next year, but the current schedule makes it difficult because the events overlap on two days.

World record holder Jeff Rouse of the Phoenix Swim Club is leading a grassroots campaign for random drug testing. He plans to announce it today at a news conference before the Santa Clara (Calif.) Invitational, an international swim meet that will feature Rouse’s teammate, Gary Hall Jr., in an expected showdown with Russian sprinter Alexander Popov on Saturday on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Rouse, concerned about potential drug use before the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, has been gathering signatures from international athletes in every sport.


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