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Bucks Begin Training Camp Without No. 1 Pick Robinson

October 08, 1994|From Staff and Wire Reports

Glenn Robinson failed to show Friday as the Milwaukee Bucks opened training camp amid concerns the top pick in the NBA draft will sit out the season unless he signs the first $100-million contract in professional sports.

"As you know, he's got enough money through endorsements to last him five years if he wants," said Robinson's agent, Charles Tucker.

Mike Dunleavy, the Bucks' coach and vice president of basketball operations, remained confident Robinson would join the team but said a holdout of any length is detrimental. Dunleavy said Tucker had failed to reply to the Bucks' latest offer this week.

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Shaquille O'Neal suffered a sprained big toe on the first day of practice for the Orlando Magic. He is expected to be sidelined a week. . . . John Williams, who was suspended for three months last season by the Clippers because of a weight problem, signed with the Indiana Pacers. . . . Second-round draft pick Michael Smith and three free agents, including former UCLA player Trevor Wilson, have signed with the Sacramento Kings. . . . Darryl Dawkins, who played 14 seasons in the NBA and the last five in Italy, signed with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Assn.

College Basketball

Baylor officials put the men's basketball program on two years' probation and banned it from postseason play for the next two seasons for violating Southwest Conference and NCAA rules. President Herbert Reynolds imposed the sanctions for what he called major violations, which occurred in 1993 and early 1994. Former players have accused two of Coach Darrel Johnson's assistants of helping them cheat on correspondence courses. Both coaches have resigned.

Jurisprudence

The detectives who stopped Olympian Al Joyner did so because he had been driving fast and changing lanes, according to testimony in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in the damages portion of Joyner's unlawful arrest suit against the L.A. Police Dept.

The officers involved in the 1992 incident testified that Joyner's driving in Hollywood traffic drew their attention. After a misreading of his license plates indicated the car was stolen, Joyner was ordered from the vehicle at gunpoint. According to testimony, he was placed in handcuffs for about 30 seconds during an incident that lasted less than five minutes.

Joyner testified that he might have earned as much as $500,000 had he been able to compete and do well in the 1992 Olympics. Joyner said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder that left the 1984 gold medalist in the triple jump unable to compete.

A Superior Court judge in San Diego held up a $983,000 jury award for Georgia shotputter Brent Noon. USA Track & Field asked the court to reduce the amount, calling it double recovery because Noon reached an out-of-court settlement with another defendant, UCLA. . . . The Nevada Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by UNLV of an order that it pay $250,000 in legal fees incurred by former basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian in 13 years of battles with the NCAA. . . . A federal jury in Santa Ana rejected the claims of Natalia Sweeney, who said she was sexually harassed and persecuted because of her Latina heritage while working as a secretary for the Angels. . . . John Bray, a 1991 national amateur heavyweight boxing champion from Van Nuys, was booked on suspicion of possession of marijuana in Woodland Hills, police said. . . . Former pitcher Vida Blue was acquitted of a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a confrontation with two bicyclists near his Twain Harte, Calif., home.

Tennis

Top-seeded Martina Navratilova and No. 2 Mary Pierce were upset in the quarterfinals of the European Indoors tennis tournament at Zurich. Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic defeated Navratilova, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, and Miriam Oremans, a qualifier from the Netherlands, ousted Pierce, 6-4, 6-7 (10-8), 6-3. Third-seeded Natalia Zvereva of Belarus defeated No. 6 Lori McNeil, 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4, and No. 5 Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria beat Shaun Stafford, 6-3, 6-1.

Boris Becker beat Jonathan Stark, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the Australian Indoor championships at Sydney. Australians Patrick Rafter and Mark Woodforde also advanced to the semifinals.

The United States and Germany will remain the top two seeded teams for the Davis Cup in 1995, although neither country will play for this year's title. The United States lost to Sweden and Germany to Russia in the semifinals. . . . Doris Clark of Laguna Beach and Dodo Chaney of Santa Monica, the two top-seeded players in the 65- and 75-year-old divisions, reached the finals of the U.S. Tennis Assn. National Women's Hardcourts senior tournament at Newport Beach Tennis Club.

Baseball

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