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IOC Official Tells Congress to Mind Its Own Business

April 22, 1999| From Staff and Wire Reports

International Olympic Committee board member Kevan Gosper of Australia on Wednesday rejected a U.S. senator's call for monthly updates on reform prompted by the Olympics bribery scandal.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch in a letter this week that Congress and the public still had "significant skepticism" that the IOC would enact "comprehensive and meaningful reform."

McCain asked that monthly updates be provided to the Senate Commerce Committee, which examined the Salt Lake City Olympic bribery scandal.

"I don't think we have any responsibility to report to the Senate committee on an ongoing basis," Gosper said at a foreign correspondents luncheon in Sydney.

Pro Football

In joining the Atlanta Falcons, linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo was among seven UCLA players who signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams. Tight end Mike Grieb, kicker-punter Chris Sailer and fullback Craig Walendy signed with the San Francisco 49ers, safety Tod McBride signed with the Seattle Seahawks, offensive guard Andy Meyers signed with the Buffalo Bills and tight end Ryan Neufeld signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

Soccer

Manchester United and Bayern Munich will meet in the May 26 Champions Cup final in Barcelona after victories over Juventus and Dynamo Kiev.

United defeated Juventus in Turin, 3-2--Juventus' first loss at home in European competition in four years. For the first time since 1991, no Italian team will be in the final. Bayern, a three-time winner but not since 1976, defeated Kiev in Munich, 1-0.

Tennis

Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov dropped the first set in 13 minutes and was ousted, 6-1, 6-2, in 38 minutes by 198th-ranked Croatian Ivan Ljubicic at the Monte Carlo Open. Top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain beat Dinu Pescariu of Romania, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. . . . Eighth-seeded Magnus Norman of Sweden defeated Carlos Costa of Spain, 6-4, 6-4, in the Clay Court Championships at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. . . . The Ericsson Open, previously known as the Lipton Championships at Key Biscayne, Fla., could get a new owner as International Management Group negotiates to buy ownership from founder Butch Buchholz, who recently struck a five-year deal with Ericsson Mobile Phones to take over as title sponsor. . . . Steffi Graf pulled out of Germany's Fed Cup match this weekend against Japan because of a foot injury.

Miscellany

Keith Jackson of ABC left the broadcasting industry with both arms full, receiving the lifetime achievement and outstanding play-by-play awards during the 20th Sports Emmy Awards. Cris Collinsworth of Fox and HBO won for outstanding studio analyst and Fox's James Brown received an award for studio host.

John Fowler Jr., a linebacker on UCLA's 1976 Rose Bowl champion team, will be inducted into the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame on June 10 in Dallas.

Bud Collins, a Boston Globe correspondent and NBC commentator known for his tennis coverage, won the Red Smith Award presented by the Associated Press Sports Editors for "major contributions to sports journalism."

Barry Hinson, basketball coach at Oral Roberts for two years, was hired to replace Steve Alford at Southwest Missouri State. . . Sophomore center Ian Milley was granted his release from the Long Beach State basketball team.

UCLA is one of the favorites in the NCAA women's gymnastics championships, which begin today at Salt Lake City. The Bruins' top performer, junior Heidi Moneymaker, is questionable because of strained ankles.

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