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N. Korea's Victory Is Very Revealing By HELENE ELLIOTT TIMES STAFF WRITER PORTLAND, Ore.-North Korea was one of the biggest mysteries of the Women's World Cup tournament. The team rarely plays outside Asia and little is known about its players. After the North Koreans arrived in the United States for pre-tournament training they kept to themselves, talking little to the media and offering virtually no biographical or tactical information about themselves. Even their coach didn't speak to reporters after his team's 3-1 victory over Denmark Thursday before 20,129 at Civic Stadium, leaving that chore to technical official Kim Hak Yong. "This is our first time to be in the Women's World Cup, so we concentrate more on our matches and training than other activities," he said. The North Koreans are a secret no longer. Their mastery of Denmark in Group A play marked them as a team to watch and moved them into contention for a quarterfinal berth. Denmark's hopes of advancing are slim and depend on the results and margin of victory in the final first-round matches. Denmark (0-2) has scored only one goal and given up six. To move on, Denmark must defeat Nigeria on Sunday by a big margin and hope the U.S. routs North Korea (1-1), which has scored four goals and given up three. "It's up to us and up to the United States," Denmark Coach Joren Hvidemose said. "We must hope our friends in the United States will do what they can and we will do what we can." Until the second half Denmark wasn't able to do much offensively against North Korea, which played most of the game with a sweeper behind four defenders. Denmark's woes were worsened by the absence of forward Karina Christensen, who broke her nose in practice Wednesday and flew home to Copenhagen for surgery, and the loss in the ninth minute of forward Marlene Kristensen, who broke her leg and is scheduled to undergo surgery today. "They are very difficult to play against because they play very good defense," Hvidemose said. "They took chances with counter-, attacks." North Korea opened the scoring in the 15th minute, after Jin Pyol Hui eluded a defender, drew goalkeeper Dorte Larsen out and sent home a sharply angled shot from the left side. To celebrate, she did a belly-flop along the rain-slicked grass, where her teammates joined her to form a human pinwheel. ' Jo Song Ok made it 2-0 in the 39th minute with a marveloiys individual effort. She hopped over one ' ' - .. ".' ;.. ..-; ... . v - U.S. OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS Heptathlon Champion Flops but Doesn't Fret Associated Press With plays like this one by In Sil Yun, left, against Denmark's Merete Pedersen, North Korea showed itself to be a sound defensive side. defender, faked a second and booted a left-footed shot inside the left post. As Denmark pressed forward in the second half, North Korea capitalized for its third goal, by Kim Kum Sil, in the 72nd minute. Janni Johansen scored Denmark's goal in the 74th minute and the Danes continued to press, but goalkeeper Kye Yong Sun wasn't beaten again. She was credited with 10 saves, to only two for Larsen. "Our players did a good job technically and individual players have done their job nicely," Kim Hak Yong said. They will have to do as well or better against the United States Sunday at Foxboro, Mass. "The U.S. is stronger than the Danish team. All of their players have more experience and they are very good in different positions," Kim Hak Yong said. "We must pay more attention than in the other matches." From Associated Press EUGENE, Ore.-Shades of Dan O'Brien? DeDee Nathan, the world heptathlon leader, didn't think the same fate that befell O'Brien in the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials would happen to her after failing to clear a height in the high jump in the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. "I'm not worried," Nathan said after three misses at 5 feet 7V4 inches. "I'll finish the two-day, seven-event competition and be in the top three." That's far from where O'Brien finished seven years ago, when he went in as the favorite in the decathlon, failed to clear a height in the pole vault, wound up 11th and did not make the American team. The meet is the qualifier for the world championships at Seville, Spain, in August, with the top three finishers in each event making the team provided they have met the qualifying standard. That probably will work in Nathan's favor, even if she doesn't finish in the top three after today's final three heptathlon events. That's because she is one of only two Americans Shelia Burrell is BOWLING the other who have met the qualifying standard of 6,000 points, and the eventual top three aren't expected to reach that mark. Although she still was in last place in the field of 11 with 2,866 points, she trailed third-place Nicole Haynes by only 634 points. That, she figured, would not be an insurmountable total to overcome in today's final events, the long jump, javelin and 800 meters. Burrell was the leader with 3,585 points. In Thursday's finals, UCLA's Sei-lalu Sua, three-time NCAA champion in the women's discus, won her second straight national title at 203-8; LaMark Carter won his second consecutive men's triple jump title, soaring a wind-aided 56-3V4 inches; Alan Culpepper, runner-up in the 5,000 meters the past two years, won the 10,000 in 28:22.46; Dawn Ellerbe took her fourth ' women's hammer throw title in five years, setting a meet record of 212-5 on the final attempt of the competition; and Elizabeth Jackson took the women's 3,000 steeplechase at 10:07.23, the. second-fastest by an American. A'fter the first five events of the decathlon, Chris Huffins, the defending champion, led Stephen Moore by 245 points with 4,523. Mexico Is Overwhelmed by Germany, 6-0 Delutz Makes a Strong Move to the Top Soccer: Grings scores three times as her side enjoys 20-1 edge in shots on goal. Mexico has allowed 13 goals in two games. By HELENE ELLIOTT TIMES STAFF WRITER PORTLAND, Ore. Sometimes, statistics lie. In the case of Germany's 6-0 rout of Mexico Thursday in a first-round Women's World Cup match at Civic Stadium, the statistics accurately reflected the extent of Germany's domination of a Mexican team that owes profound and profuse apologies to goalkeeper Linnea Quinones for its shortcomings. Germany (1-0-1) outshot Mexico, 43-2, including a 20-0 dominance in the first half. Germany's edge in shots on goal was 20-1. German goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg didn't have to make a save until the 89th minute and could have read a novel, so rarely did she have to pay attention to the action in front of her. With so little to do, she spent most of the evening dodging the raindrops that fell with varying intensity throughout the game. The field, laid over the artificial turf used by the minor-league baseball team that calls the stadium home, was scuffed up in Mexico's end but nearly pristine in Rottenberg's vicinity. The 20,129 fans cheered each time Mexico got within 40 yards of Rottenberg, obviously sympathetic to the Mexicans' helplessness against the formidable Germans. Forward Inka Grings scored three times. She began the onslaught in the 10th minute, followed by Sandra Smisek in extra time. Ariane Hingst finished off a give-and-go with Maren Meinert in the 49th minute for the third goal and Grings took a good cross from Birgit Prinz on the right side and flicked it past Quinones in the 53rd minute. Renate Lingor lifted a shot up and over a leaping Quinones in the 88th minute and Grings scored on a rebound in injury time. Quinones, 18, was a freshman at San Diego State this season and missed six weeks after breaking her finger in a 3-0 exhibition loss to the U.S. in late March. She played six games-for the Aztecs presumably getting more help from her defense than she did Thursday. She made 14 saves, many of them brilliant and many of the saves were born of sheer athleticism. Mexico (0-2) has been outscored, 13-1, and is last in Group B. It will wrap up first-round play Sunday against Italy at Foxboro, Mass. Germany, second to Brazil in Group B, plays its final first-round match Sunday at Landover, Md. Tommy Delutz Jr. of Flushing, N.Y., took the lead Thursday night after the second round of match play in the Professional Bowlers Assn. Tour's ACDelco All-Star Classic at Cal Bowl in Lakewood. Delutz posted high games of 255, 255, 258, 274 and 269 to move up from second. He leads the field with a pinfall total of 4,298 and a 248 average. Sitting 66 pins behind Delutz is Chris Barnes of Wichita, Kan., while Steve Jaros of Bolingbrook, 111., has toppled 4,197 pins and defending champion Steve Hoskins of Tarpon Springs, Fla., is fourth with a pinfall of 4,183. Match play resumes today. Associated Press I , - ' ' h Mstjrl f If f l- -W I Tm QQ mm ElRfl VI T UD'S uiui ivll nu mt On All In Stock! re i v lax. 41 month cloud md Inu, on oppmid aodll. 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