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Schumacher Suspension Upheld

August 31, 1994|From Staff and Wire Reports

The International Automobile Federation's court of appeals upheld the two-race suspension of Formula One points leader Michael Schumacher on Tuesday.

Schumacher, suspended by the FIA on July 26 for ignoring a black flag during the British Grand Prix on July 10, will sit out the Italian Grand Prix on Sept. 11 and the Portuguese Grand Prix two weeks later.

Schumacher will return for the European Grand Prix in Spain on Oct. 16, a race that will also mark the return to the circuit of 1992 Formula One champion Nigel Mansell, who has spent the last two years racing Indy cars.

Track and Field

Hurdler Colin Jackson and long jumper Mike Powell split a jackpot of about 44 pounds of gold by winning their events in the ISTAF track and field meet at Berlin.

Jackson finished in 13.02, the fastest 110-meter hurdles race of the season, and Powell won the long jump by leaping 26 feet 11 inches.

Pro Basketball

In an expected move, the NBA disapproved the new contract that center Chris Dudley signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, on the grounds that it violates league salary-cap rules.

Last year, Dudley signed a seven-year contract with Portland with a first-year salary of $790,400, the most the team could pay under the salary cap. The NBA argued in federal court that a one-year opt-out clause in that contract was a circumvention of its salary cap, but lost.

On Monday, the Trail Blazers said Dudley had opted out of the seven-year, $11-million deal and had signed a new six-year deal with an average annual salary of $4 million.

A judge acquitted Rod Strickland and Clifford Robinson of the Trail Blazers of misdemeanor battery stemming from an incident outside a fast-food restaurant.

Hockey

Talks resumed in Toronto in an attempt to work out a new NHL collective bargaining agreement. Commissioner Gary Bettman attended the first meetings between owners and players since Sunday. Negotiators had little to report afterward.

An NHL arbitrator awarded defenseman Bryan Marchment to the Edmonton Oilers as compensation for the Hartford Whalers' signing of right wing Steven Rice.

Baseball

First baseman Mark McGwire of the Oakland Athletics underwent surgery on his left heel and will sit out the rest of the season if the strike ends.

The Chicago White Sox asked the Arizona Fall League for permission to allow Michael Jordan to play in its upcoming season.

Miscellany

Defending NCAA champion Virginia will play San Francisco tonight in the first "College Soccer Game of the Week" on Prime Network. The series will feature eight of the top 10 teams in Soccer America magazine's preseason poll. Other matchups include South Carolina against Rutgers on Sept. 7, Davidson playing host to UCLA on Sept. 14 and Clemson against Indiana on Sept. 21.

Families of 11 Israeli athletes massacred during the 1972 Olympic Games at Munich are seeking about $40 million in compensation from Germany, a spokesman said.

Las Vegas attorney Morton Galane said he has agreed to serve as special counsel in the investigation of UNLV basketball Coach Rollie Massimino's secret salary deal.

Bulgaria's top sports official was killed in a drive-by shooting outside his girlfriend's apartment in Sofia, state radio reported. Tsvetan Tsvetanov, 42, headed the national Sports Union, the coalition of Bulgarian sports clubs.

He also was deputy chairman of the controversial "Zashtita," or Defense, group that called itself society's answer to the crime that has engulfed Bulgaria since 1989.

The Portland Rage scored four power-play goals and defeated the defending Roller Hockey International champions, the host Anaheim Bullfrogs, 11-7, to win the Western Conference final.

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