SEATTLE, JULY 31 -- Larry Donald has plans far beyond the Goodwill Games boxing competition.
Teammate Oscar de la Hoya has his sights set on a more immediate goal.
"I'm striving to be the most awesome heavyweight of all time," Donald said tonight after winning his opening fight against Wolfgang Haas of West Germany.
Donald wasn't exactly awesome against Haas, but he was good enough to force the German to take three standing eight-counts, the final one stopping the fight with only one second left.
The victory left Donald as the only U.S. fighter in either the heavyweight or super heavyweight division.
"I was relaxed but I could be a lot more relaxed than I was," said Donald. "He was a very easy target."
De la Hoya, meanwhile, the youngest member of the U.S. team, had the crowd chanting his name in a spectacular performance in the 125-pound division.
The 17-year-old from East Los Angeles, who hasn't lost in 31 fights since leaving the junior division, beat and battered South Korea's Lee Sang-Hun before the referee stopped that bout with five seconds remaining in the fight.
"I want to win this tournament so people will know me all over the world," de la Hoya said. "I wanted to stop him. I didn't want to hear the bell ending the third round."
De la Hoya's 125-pound teammate, Ivan Robinson of Philadelphia, also won a 4-1 decision over Kirkor Kirkorov of Bulgaria.
Donald, a shoe salesman from Cincinnati, has been fighting only three years, a career that began when he met some friends at a gym.
The 23-year-old moves and uses an effective left jab in a style reminiscent of Muhammad Ali, but insists the style is more his own making.
"I don't try to be like Ali and move like Ali," Donald said. "It's just something that's natural. I don't have any control over it."
Donald dominated the fight from the opening bell, and forced Haas to take a standing eight-count with a single right hand midway through the third round. A series of head punches forced another eight-count, and the fight ended when Haas took a third count at 2:59 of the third round.
Donald's win came on a night his teammate in the over-201-pound class, Edward Escobedo, was taught a lesson by Romania's Vasile Adumitroaie.
Escobedo, 18, the U.S. Amateur champion, couldn't find the range against Adumitroaie, who scored an easy 5-0 decision.
"It was his day," Escobedo said. "I just couldn't get anything off."
The super heavyweight division also featured the biggest upset of the night, when Cuba's Roberto Balado was forced to retire in the first round with a cut next to his right eye.
Balado, the reigning world champion, was cut midway through the first round against 19-year-old Yevgeni Belousov of the Soviet Union, and the fight was stopped at 2:59 of the round.
Cuba, which brought four world champions in its seven-fighter contingent to the games, is now 3-4 overall and has just three fighters left in the competition.
Another U.S. fighter met his match against a more experienced opponent, when Torsten Schmitz of East Germany, the runner-up at the 1989 World Championships, took a 3-2 decision over Chris Byrd at 156 pounds.
Byrd's 156-pound teammate Paul Vaden, however, rallied in the last round to beat Alexander Kunzler of West Germany by the same margin.
The Soviet Union won five of its six fights Tuesday to run its overall mark to 19-4, the best in the games. U.S. fighters went 4-2 and were at 16-8 overall.
Baseball: In Tacoma, Wash., Jorge Fabregas, Darren Bragg and Jim Austin led a 15-hit American attack as the United States beat Canada, 10-4, for the bronze medal in baseball at the Goodwill Games.
Fabregas, a junior at Miami, had a single, double and triple, and Bragg, a Georgia Tech senior, drove in three runs with a triple, single and sacrifice fly.
Austin, who will be a junior at Arizona State, singled twice to drive in three runs for the Americans, who rebounded from their 16-2 rout at the hands of Cuba in the Monday's semifinals.
The United States scored five times in the third inning off starter Mike Ross, who was rapped for 13 hits in six innings. A two-out single by Austin scored two runs during the outburst.
Aaron Sele, a right-handed junior at Washington State, picked up the victory. Sele gave up one earned run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking one. He gave up just one hit through the first four innings.
Puerto Rico beat Taiwan, 10-7, for fifth place in the eight-team competition; Mexico downed the Soviet Union, 14-4, for seventh.
Women's Basketball: Depth and defense, the staples of an American women's basketball team that's expected to dominate the Goodwill Games field, surfaced enough tonight to secure a 94-70 win by the United States in its debut against South Korea.
"I thought we were a little tight," U.S. Coach Theresa Grentz said. "But I was pleased with our defensive pressure."
The smaller Koreans stayed with the imposing American front line through the first 10 minutes, but the depth that carried the United States to the world championship this summer in Malaysia eventually took its toll.
Teresa Edwards and Vickie Orr each scored 15 points. Katrina McClain added 14 and Lynette Woodard and former Maryland star Vicky Bullett 12 each.
Korea led five times in the first 10 minutes, but the Americans went on a 20-3 run to take a 44-29 lead with 4:00 left in the opening half.
"The Americans were almost perfect," Korean Coach Chung Joo-Hyun said through an interpreter. "I don't see any team that can beat them here."
Diving: Olympic champion Gao Min of China won the gold as the United States was shut out of medals in women's 3-meter springboard diving in Federal Way, Wash.
Gao, the 19-year-old pre-meet favorite and two-time World Cup champion, took over first place after the second-round dives and finished with 525.78 points.
The silver medal went to Irina Lashko of the Soviet Union, with a 510.90 total, while Brita Baldus of East Germany won the bronze with 494.61.
Gao, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist, hit the board on her ninth dive, an inward 2 1/2 somersault that scored just 41.40. Lashko scored 59.16 on her ninth dive, trimming Gao's lead to less than two points.