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U.S. Soccer Team Undergoes Changes

June 04, 1993|From Staff and Wire Reports

Defender Paul Caligiuri and forward Peter Vermes were dropped Thursday from the United States soccer roster for U.S. Cup games against Brazil, England and Germany.

Caligiuri, who has a sprained right ankle, scored the goal that put the Americans in the 1990 World Cup and scored against Czechoslovakia in the first World Cup game for the U.S. team since 1950.

Vermes was dropped because of the arrival of European-based players such as Roy Wegerle, Eric Wynalda and Ernie Stewart.

Also dropped was midfielder Brian Quinn, who has several injuries. Midfielder Hugo Perez, who is playing in Saudi Arabia, also was not included on the roster.

The U.S. team plays Brazil at New Haven, Conn., on Sunday; England on June 9 at Foxboro, Mass., and Germany on June 13 at Chicago.

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The ban on international soccer games in Iraq, imposed by FIFA nearly nearly three years ago, has been partially lifted by soccer's governing body.

FIFA eased the ban on Iraqi home games it imposed when U.N. sanctions were imposed after Iraq's Aug. 2, 1990, invasion of Kuwait. FIFA said foreign teams can now play exhibition games in Baghdad at their own risk.

Baseball

Atlanta Brave outfielder Otis Nixon asked to be traded during a meeting with General Manager John Schuerholz.

"I think I deserve to play every day, and it's time to move on," Nixon said. "This is just not a good position for me to be in, no matter how you look at it."

Nixon has been platooned in center field since the Braves signed Deion Sanders to a three-year contract.

Grant Munger hit a pair of home runs to lead Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to an 11-5 victory over Adelphi and into the NCAA Division II championship game at Montgomery, Ala.

The Mustangs (39-18) will face Tampa on Saturday night.

Boxing

One of Mike Tyson's longest bouts has come to an end with the settlement of a legal battle with his former manager, Bill Cayton.

The settlement called for an unspecified sum from a court-ordered escrow account to be turned over to a Cayton company, Big Fights Inc.

College Sports

Six former Western Illinois lacrosse players settled a civil lawsuit filed against them over their roles in the 1990 hazing death of a team member.

According to Warren County Court records in Monmouth, Ill., the six former lacrosse players paid a combined $385,000 in out-of-court settlements to Dale and Alice Haben of Oswego, Ill., parents of Nicholas Haben.

Nicholas Haben, an 18-year-old Western Illinois freshman, was found dead in a dorm room Oct. 19, 1990, after a lacrosse club initiation ceremony. He died of acute alcohol poisoning after a night of drinking a mixture of liquor, beer and food coupled with abusive calisthenics.

The Southeastern Conference voted to require that its 12 schools provide at least two more women's sports than men's sports beginning in 1995-96. The league's formal response to the national gender equity movement was passed on the final day of the SEC's spring meeting at Destin, Fla. Which women's programs are to be added will be left to the SEC schools.

Names in the News

The Washington Redskins thought they had traded Pro Bowl linebacker Wilber Marshall to the Houston Oilers, but the Oilers backed out of the deal. The Redskins said they will appeal the Oilers' decision. . . . Mike Powell got off his best long jump of the season, leaping 27 feet 10 3/4 inches at Madrid. . . . Bruno Leali, at 35 one of the oldest cyclists in the Tour of Italy, took the overall lead in a race for the first time. Leali, an Italian, moved ahead of Miguel Indurain of Spain after the rain-soaked 11th stage.

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