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April 03, 2001|From Staff and Wire Reports

NFL owners were unlikely to approve a deal in which revenues from a second team at a proposed stadium at Hollywood Park were shared with the Raider franchise, Denver Bronco owner Pat Bowlen testified in the Oakland Raiders' $1-billion Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against the NFL.

The Raiders have contended that they never wanted a second team but would have considered the possibility on the condition they got--through Hollywood Park--revenues from that second team. The Raiders played in L.A. from 1982 through 1994, then moved back to Oakland, their original home, when the Hollywood Park deal fell through in 1995.

Some NFL owners believed the Raiders ought to get no money from a second team, according to testimony earlier in the case.

Without the second team, though, any deal was unlikely to get NFL approval, Bowlen testified. He was asked about notes taken at a meeting in June 1995, at which he purportedly declared, "No option, no 23 votes," the number of owners then needed to approve a deal.

"If it says that, I probably did say that," he testified.

Tennis star Martina Hingis testified in Miami that she is frightened by an accused stalker who repeatedly has ignored her pleas to leave her alone.

Hingis acknowledged on cross-examination that Dubravko Rajcevic never threatened her. But the world's top-ranked women's player said she believes Rajcevic is crazy and irrational.

Rajcevic, 46, a Croatian-born Australian citizen, faces up to four years in jail if convicted of stalking the Swiss player and trespassing at the 2000 Ericsson Open near Miami.


UCLA begins four weeks of spring football practice today at Spaulding Field with two new coordinators, the Bruins' former running backs coach Kelly Skipper on offense and former Arizona State safeties coach Phil Snow on defense.

Several returning starters, including running back DeShaun Foster, fullbacks Ed Ieremia-Stansbury and Matt Stanley and linebacker Ryan Nece, will not participate because of injuries. Quarterback Cory Paus has recovered from a broken collarbone and is cleared to practice without contact.

The annual spring scrimmage is scheduled for April 28.

Dick Pound of Canada announced his candidacy to succeed Juan Antonio Samaranch as IOC president, becoming the fourth person to join the race. Pound joins Jacques Rogge of Belgium, Anita DeFrantz of the U.S. and Pal Schmitt of Hungary. Kim Un Yong of South Korea is expected to join the race today.

Katie King and Chris Bailey each scored two goals as the United States routed Germany, 13-0, in the opening round of the Women's World Hockey Championships at St. Cloud, Minn.

Former Olympic downhill champion Bill Johnson has been removed from a ventilator but remains in a coma more than a week after crashing during a practice run.

The New England Patriots signed free-agent quarterback Damon Huard.

Rita Kuti Kis of Hungary eliminated eighth-seeded Rita Grande of Italy, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round of the $140,000 Porto Open at Porto, Portugal.

The United States lost for the first time in the Curling World Championships, falling to Sweden at Lausanne, Switzerland. The U.S. and Sweden are tied for the top spot in the round-robin standings at 4-1.

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