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Lucas Stays, Bass Goes in San Antonio Shuffle

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May 19, 1994|From Staff and Wire Reports

The San Antonio Spurs' first-year ownership group voted unanimously Wednesday to retain Coach John Lucas but also announced the resignation of vice president Bob Bass.

Bass, who will remain as an adviser to the team, joins Bob Coleman, who resigned as club president and chief executive officer last week, in leaving the front office.

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Geoff Petrie, the first player drafted by Portland after the franchise was formed in 1970, resigned as head of basketball operations for the Trail Blazers.

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NBA Commissioner David Stern said the league intends to crack down on the kind of taunting that leads to fights on the court and that the NBA probably will enact harsher penalties for players who come off the bench to brawl.

Jurisprudence

Denver businessman Richard Babich filed a complaint with police claiming that he was assaulted by Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller during Tuesday night's playoff game at Salt Lake City. Miller and Babich scuffled before the start of the second half near the Jazz bench.

Rod Woodson of the Pittsburgh Steelers is suing the city of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and two police officers over his arrest and trial after a May 19, 1992, domestic dispute between him and his brother, Jamie Woodson, at their mother's home.

Campus police arrested seven Stanford athletes, accusing them of spray painting the school's "Gay Liberation" sculpture and bashing it with a bench. Among those arrested were first baseman Dusty Allen and reserve quarterback Mark Butterfield.

Kicker Scott Bentley and reserve tight end Kamari Charlton were suspended from the Florida State football team by Coach Bobby Bowden. Charlton, 21, was freed from jail after posting $10,500 bond on felony rape and simple assault charges. Earlier in the week, Bentley, 20, was fined $500 and sentenced to 40 hours of community service for illegally recording a sexual encounter with a female student.

Bobby Unser, three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, has been accused of pushing a policewoman in Albuquerque, N.M.

Tennis

Stefan Edberg and Magnus Gustafsson won their matches to lead Sweden over Australia, and Sergi Bruguera and Carlos Costa won to lead Spain past the Czech Republic to set up a semifinal match in the World Team Cup at Duesseldorf, Germany.

Jana Strnadova of Syracuse upset second-seeded Lucie Ludvigova of Texas, 6-3, 7-5, in the first round of the NCAA women's tennis championships at Athens, Ga. Stacy Sheppard of Georgia defeated Pepperdine's Sonja Olejar, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Also advancing were No. 5 Vera Vitels of California, No. 6 Jane Chi of UCLA, No. 7 Kori Davidson of Arizona State and No. 8 Paloma Collantes of Mississippi. USC's Maggie Simkova upset No. 4 Kelly Pace of Texas, 6-4, 6-4, in the second round.

Pro Football

The Kansas City Chiefs, who lost defensive backs Kevin Ross and Albert Lewis to free agency, signed former Cleveland and Washington cornerback Barry Wilburn. The Chiefs also signed former UCLA linebacker Arnold Ale. . . . Pete Russell, 29, has been hired as an area scout for the Rams, replacing Jeff Beathard.

Miscellany

The Senior PGA Tour will return to Ojai Valley Inn next spring with a new sponsor and a purse increase of $200,000. FHP Health Care signed a three-year contract to be the title sponsor for the $750,000 tournament. . . . Daniele Massaro scored two goals to lead AC Milan of Italy to the European Champions Cup for the third time in six seasons, defeating Barcelona of Spain, 4-0, at Athens. . . . Two Derby players were attacked by Millwall fans during English League Division One playoff in London, and a 1,000-person mob attacked cars at New Den Stadium after the game. Neither player was seriously injured. . . . Los Angeles is one of 22 regions that have applied for admission to Major League Soccer.

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