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Newswire : Tose's Sale of the Eagles Is Confirmed

March 10, 1985

Philadelphia Eagles owner Leonard Tose has concluded an agreement to sell the National Football League team to Miami businessman and native Philadelphian Norman Braman, club spokesman Ron Howard said.

Howard would not disclose the terms of the agreement. Last week, a source told United Press International that Tose had agreed to sell Braman 100% of the franchise for $65 million. Sources said Braman agreed to keep the team in Philadelphia.

Tose, 70, reportedly is $40 million in debt, with much of the losses attributed to gambling at Atlantic City casinos. He is under a March 31 deadline to pay off a $12-million loan with Crocker Bank of California.

Braman, 52, needs approval of three-fourths of the owners before the sale is formally completed.

Milton McCrory of Detroit retained his World Boxing Council welterweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over outclassed Pedro Vilella of New York in Paris.

McCrory, now 25-0-1, landed virtually all of the telling blows but never really hurt the 26-year-old challenger, whose record fell to 18-1-1.

McCrory, 23, weighed 147 pounds. Vilella weighed 142.

"I could see by the third round he was a gym-type fighter," McCrory said. "He kept on holding me. It was like he was trying to play football or something."

Memorial services will be held Monday in Portland, Ore., for Alonzo (Lon) Stiner, former head football coach at Oregon State, who died Friday at the age of 81.

From 1933 through 1948, Stiner compiled a record of 74-49-17. The 1941 team earned a berth in the Rose Bowl, but because of World War II the game was moved to Durham, N.C., where the Beavers upset heavily favored Duke, 20-16.

In 1933, Stiner's first year, a Beaver team that was known as the Iron Men held USC to a 0-0 tie, ending a 25-game winning streak by the Trojans, still the longest streak in USC history.

Peter Mueller of Switzerland ended a three-year victory drought by winning the World Cup downhill ski race at Aspen, Colo., in course-record time.

Mueller, 27, was clocked in 1 minute 45.74 seconds, edging teammate Karl Alpiger by 17-hundredths of a second. Sepp Wildgruber of West Germany was third in 1:46.58, and Austrian Helmut Hoeflehner placed fourth in 1:46.62.

Although Hoeflehner added no points to his season-leading downhill total, he clinched the 1985 title in the discipline when his closest pursuer, Switzerland's Pirmin Zurbriggen, finished far back in 22nd position.

Doug Lewis of Salisbury, Vt., was the top American, winding up 15th in 1:47.53. Bill Johnson of Malibu, the Olympic gold medalist and defending champion who has suffered through a dismal season, was 21st in 1:48.12.

Canada's Laurie Graham won her first World Cup downhill race in two years, clocking 1:19.50 at Banff, Canada, in the final race of the season.

Graham upset Swiss sensation Michela Figini (1:19.89) and Switzerland's Maria Walliser (1:20.28)--the two top skiers Friday on the same course.

Figini's second-place finish assured her of the overall World Cup title.

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