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Rhode Island Cancellation Resolved

January 28, 1997|From Staff and Wire Reports

Rhode Island, which forfeited a college football game against Connecticut at Storrs, Conn., last Oct. 19 after six members of the team became involved in a fight at a fraternity house, has agreed to play the next four games between the two schools at Storrs.

UConn complained that it had lost about $150,000 after Robert Carothers, the president of Rhode Island, canceled the game.

Soccer

Nigeria's national team coach, Shuaibu Amodu, has been fired for what the Nigerian Football Federation calls "gross misconduct."

Amodu was suspended indefinitely and then fired for continuing to grant press interviews and, according to a spokesman for the federation, "make embarrassing remarks about . . . the person of the sports minister."

A former Portuguese soccer official, Jorge Goncalves, who served as chairman of Sporting Lisbon from 1989-90, claimed bribing referees was common practice in national and European competitions.

Goncalves told Portuguese radio TSF that during his stint at the club, he had the opportunity to bribe referees in European matches for $30,000.

Track & Field

A day after announcing that he plans to retire from track and field in June, Carl Lewis finished tied for seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 10.56 seconds at a Grand Prix meet in Sydney, Australia.

It was Lewis' second consecutive disappointing performance. He finished seventh at a meet in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday in 10.76 seconds.

Jurisprudence

Robert Aguirre of Orange County has filed a negligence lawsuit against sports agent Leigh Steinberg, who was cited for drunk driving when he rear-ended Aguirre's car in September in Newport Beach.

Olympic figure skating champion Oksana Baiul has applied for admission to an alcohol-education program in hopes of having a drunken-driving charge against her dropped.

Baiul, 19, regrets her conduct, realizes she made a mistake and is "determined to never let it happen again," said Paul Collins, one of her lawyers, after her brief appearance in Superior Court in West Hartford, Conn.

U.S. District Court Judge James M. Ideman sentenced Eric Henley, 27, the brother of former Los Angeles Ram Darryl Henley, to five years in prison for his role in a drug conspiracy arranged by the former professional football player.

Ideman ordered Eric Henley to serve at least 30 months in prison and sentenced Jimmy Washington, 49, who also participated in the attempted drug deal, to serve 135 months in prison.

Former New York Islander Gerry Hart was arrested in Smithfield, R.I., and charged with punching a referee and striking a 14-year-old player during a hockey tournament last weekend.

Miscellany

Olympic skiing champion Tommy Moe will undergo surgery to repair a tendon in his right hand that was severed when a glass broke while he and several other World Cup racers were tending bar at a party in Innsbruck, Austria.

Mike Gillespie of USC was named as an assistant coach for the USA baseball team.

Motor Racing

Davy Jones, injured in a crash during practice for last Saturday's Indy 200 in Orlando, Fla., was transferred from Orlando to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Jones, 32, remained in serious but stable condition because of a closed head injury. He is scheduled for further evaluation and treatment.

College Basketball

Connecticut, at 18-0 the only unbeaten women's team in Division I, remained No. 1 in the weekly poll with 37 of 41 first-place votes and 1,021 points.

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