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Boy Dies in Argentine Soccer Brawl

April 08, 1985

A teen-ager was killed, about 50 persons were injured and 100 others arrested in a brawl between fans at a soccer game Sunday in the tough, industrial suburb of Avellaneda, outside Buenos Aires.

Independiente defeated Boca Juniors, 1-0, eliminating Boca from Argentina's national championship.

The match was suspended six minutes from the end when Boca fans began throwing bottles into a section of the stadium filled with fans of Independiente.

Police tossed tear gas canisters in the crowd, touching off a stampede. Fighting continued outside the gates of the stadium, where shots rang out.

Hospital sources said at least 50 persons were injured and police officials estimated the number of arrests at 100.

A 14-year-old boy, Silvio Scassera, was shot in the chest outside the stadium and died in Fiorito Hospital.

The boy's father said the shots were fired by Buenos Aires Province police as they shot at brawling crowds outside the stadium, according to the Argentine news agency DYN.

The father said his son was attending his first soccer game.

Eamon Kelly, the president of Tulane University, defended his decision to terminate the school's basketball program on the CBS program "Face the Nation."

"The focus of big money, the media pressure, drugs, gambling and betting are all part now of our national culture of intercollegiate athletics," Kelly said. "That's when I thought it was time to say 'no more. We've had enough.' "

Kelly's appearance followed the indictment by a grand jury of eight people, including three Tulane players, on sports bribery and conspiracy charges. A second indictment charged one of the eight, a student, with selling cocaine to team members.

Hours before the indictments were returned Thursday, Kelly announced that the school was dropping basketball because Coach Ned Fowler had admitted paying several players, an NCAA violation. Fowler and two assistants have resigned.

"I don't believe it's a harsh action," Kelly said of the decision to drop the sport. "We have to re-assert that our primary values are academics and that academic integrity is vital to university life. Our raison d'etre is teaching, it's learning, it's research. It's time for university presidents across the country to gain control of their institutions."

South Korean champion Oh Min-gun won a close but unanimous 15-round decision over Irving Mitchell of San Diego to retain his International Boxing Federation featherweight title at Seoul, South Korea.

The taller American bothered the champion with fast footwork and frequent clinching but failed to score any decisive blows against the relentlessly attacking Oh.

Jiang Jialiang and Cao Yanhua won the singles titles and helped China win six of the seven titles at stake in the 38th World Table Tennis Championships at Goteborg, Sweden.

Jiang became the fifth Chinese to win the men's title, defeating Chen Longcan, 21-14, 23-21, 21-18.

Cao beat Geng Li Yuan, 21-12, 21-16, 10-21, 21-16, in another all-Chinese final to defend her women's title.

Herb Brooks, former Minnesota Gopher hockey coach and former coach of the U.S. Olympic hockey team and the New York Rangers, said he is interested in talking with Minnesota Athletic Director Paul Giel about the Gopher coaching vacancy.

"I'm intrigued by Giel's job description of the coaching job," Brooks said. "Paul is a very aggressive salesman. I spent seven enjoyable years working for him and I want to talk to him some more before I decide if I'm a viable candidate for the job."

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