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UCLA's Toledo Selects Long to Run His Defense

February 23, 1996|From Staff and Wire Reports

It has been eight years since UCLA football Coach Bob Toledo coached in Oregon, but he can't seem to let go of the state. Thursday, he hired Rocky Long, defensive coordinator at Oregon State, for the same position with the Bruins. Last month, Toledo lured Oregon offensive coordinator Al Borges to Westwood to serve in the same capacity for the Bruins.

Toledo also announced the hiring of a secondary coach, naming Marc Dove, who spent the last four seasons as defensive coordinator at Minnesota.

Pro Football

As expected, the Oakland Raiders signed defensive tackle Russell Maryland, a former member of the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, to a six-year, $19-million contract that includes a $4.3-million signing bonus.

Oiler owner Bud Adams, Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist and Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen announced that Nashville has met the goal of selling $77 million in permanent seat licenses needed to land the Houston Oilers.

Offensive lineman Tony Mandarich, out of football for four years, signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts. . . . Linebacker Hardy Nickerson has agreed to a four-year, $12.8-million contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jurisprudence

A suit that seeks to clear the way for Mike Tyson's challenge of Frank Bruno for the World Boxing Council heavyweight title will be heard in federal court instead of before a Nevada state judge. Lennox Lewis is trying to either block the fight or get damages for being passed over for the title opportunity.

Jurors in the vehicular assault trial of Seattle Seahawk running back Lamar Smith said they were hopelessly deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.

Seahawk defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy has failed to take advantage of a program that would have allowed him to avoid misdemeanor charges of domestic violence for allegedly shoving his wife. Kennedy must go to trial in April.

Miscellany

Two-time Olympic ski champion Deborah Compagnoni of Italy, who returned to racing last month after knee surgery, used a fast second run at Sierra Nevada, Spain, to win the women's giant slalom and her first world championship gold medal.

Compagnoni clinched the victory when Sonja Nef of Switzerland, the leader after the first run by 0.73 seconds, missed a gate early in the second race and fell.

David Yong-Xiang Zhuang and Amy Feng remain unbeaten and virtually unchallenged after the first two days of the U.S. table tennis Olympic trials in Flint, Mich.

Zhuang, the top-ranked man, has yet to lose a game. Feng, the No. 1 woman, lost only once in final round-robin play.

Boris Becker and Michael Stich say they will skip the Olympics to concentrate on Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and Marc Rosset said he might not be in Atlanta either.

A bill to require HIV testing of boxers has been introduced into the state Assembly by Bill Hoge (R-Pasadena) and Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar).

Swimming

U.S. Swimming's board of directors today will reconsider its decision to ban Long Island teenager Jessica Foschi for two years for testing positive for an anabolic steroid. The move is a response to this week's decision by FINA, the international swimming federation, to give world-record holder Samantha Riley of Australia a strong warning instead of a two-year ban for testing positive for a painkiller. Foschi, 15, a rising distance star, is trying to earn the chance to compete at the U.S. Olympic trials March 6-12. Her case is scheduled to be heard by the American Arbitration Assn., in Garden City, N.Y., next week.

Golf

Sherrin Smyers birdied all four par-fives on a windy afternoon on her way to a three-under-par 69 and a one-stroke lead over Tracy Kerdyk after the first round of the Hawaiian Ladies Open.

Seve Ballesteros was appointed European Ryder Cup captain. The 38-year-old Spaniard takes over from Bernard Gallacher next year when the matches will be held in Spain for the first time.

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