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Giomi Is Dismissed by Knight

January 30, 1985

Mike Giomi, the leading rebounder for the Indiana University basketball team, has been dismissed from the squad by Coach Bobby Knight because of academic reasons.

A school spokesman said that Giomi failed to meet Knight's standards, although he still would have been eligible under NCAA and university rules.

The 6-7 Giomi, a junior, had been benched for the last two games and, along with another starter, didn't make the trip to Illinois for Sunday's 52-41 Indiana loss.

In a statement, Knight said that Giomi's scholarship had been taken away last summer because of academic deficiencies. Knight said that, at that time, certain conditions were required of Giomi, and that he had not fulfilled those requirements.

Coach Chuck Knox has agreed to a contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks, ending reports that he might move to the Detroit Lions next season.

Neither Knox nor Seahawk officials would reveal terms of the contract, but one estimate puts the coach's new salary in the $750,000 range.

Dave Stewart, pitcher for the Texas Rangers, pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges of lewd conduct after being arrested last week with a transvestite prostitute in Los Angeles.

A Los Angeles Municipal Court judge ordered Stewart to pay a $150 fine and placed him on probation for a year.

The NCAA says that there will be no punitive action against Ohio State for a pre-Rose Bowl advertisement that appeared in The Times. The ad, taken out by a hotel in the City of Industry, included a group picture of the Buckeyes, who were staying at the hotel.

"It is not a violation if there is no indication (that) . . . squad members . . . have endorsed the product," said Rick Bay, Ohio State's athletic director.

Alan Jones of Australia, the world auto-driving champion in 1980, and American Mario Andretti, world champion in '78, will race this year for the newly formed FORCE (Formula One Race Car Engineering) team.

Jones will compete in the Formula One world championship, and Andretti will race in the North American Indy-car series. They will drive Beatrice-Lola cars for the team that has been put together by Carl A. Haas.

A referendum on Feb. 26 in Dixon, Ill., President Reagan's boyhood town, will ask taxpayers to approve a 50-cent levy designed to save the high-school sports program. A similar referendum was defeated last year, but a booster program raised enough money to keep the athletic activities going.

Ron Brown of the Rams, Mike Quick of the Philadelphia Eagles, Gerald Willhite of the Denver Broncos and Perry Williams of the New York Giants will run in the Haggar 60-yard dash, an exhibition race that will be part of the program for the Times/Kodak Indoor Games on Feb. 8 at the Forum.

David Fulcher, an All-American strong safety at Arizona State from Los Angeles, has been arrested for shoplifting, Tempe police said.

Fulcher, 20, was seen by a convenience store clerk while putting a package of indigestion-relief tablets in his pocket late Monday night. Fulcher took the tablets and put the box back on the shelf before attempting to leave the store without paying for the items, police spokesman Steve Crooks said.

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Kirk Gibson, who had filed for arbitration, signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers for an estimated salary of $650,000.

Steve Crawford, who had filed for arbitration, signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Bill (Tiger) Johnson, former head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, has signed with the National Football League team as an assistant offensive coach.

Col. Harvey Schiller, faculty athletics representative at the Air Force Academy, has been named to the executive committee of the NCAA.

Right-hander Joaquin Andujar has agreed in principle to a new three-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals that will pay him nearly $1.5 million a year. Andujar posted a 20-14 record in 1984 while earning a reported $300,000 and had filed for arbitration.

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