Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson's two-year suspension ended yesterday, and the 28-year-old athlete, who was stripped of his Olympic gold medal after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid, announced he plans to return to competition Jan. 11 at an indoor meet in Hamilton, Ontario.
The Canadian Olympic Association will decide Friday night whether Johnson will be eligible to compete in the Olympics or Pan American Games again. He has been declared eligible for the World Championships, the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.
John Karkoska, the Baylor offensive lineman who collapsed at practice Sept. 13 and died Saturday, had a previously undetected virus that caused "complete system failure," coach Grant Teaff said. Teaff said doctors who worked on Karkoska said the 19-year-old redshirt freshman from Houston had viral gastroenteritis.
* The Northeast Missouri State team voted to play Saturday against Missouri Southern, one week after linebacker Derringer Cade died after collapsing on the sidelines in the final minutes of Northeast's game against Southwest Baptist. The cause of death will not be known until autopsy results are available today.
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that forward John "Hot Rod" bTC Williams has rejected his proposed trade to the Seattle SuperSonics. Williams can reject any trade during the first year of his new contract with the Cavaliers. Seattle reportedly offered to trade forward Xavier McDaniel and guard Nate McMillan to Cleveland for Williams.
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The Baltimore Bears (3-0), ranked ninth in the American Football Association poll of semipro football teams, were rained out of their Mason-Dixon League game at Arbutus AAA on Saturday night. The game has been rescheduled for Nov. 3 at Arbutus Middle School at 7 p.m. The Bears' next game will be Sunday (1 p.m.) at Patterson High School against the Manassas (Va.) Invaders. . . . The second Choice-Visa Fall Lacrosse Classic will be played Oct. 13 and 14 at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville. Loyola, runner-up to national champion Syracuse last season, will play UMBC at noon Oct. 13, and Johns Hopkins will meet Towson State at 3 p.m. The championship game will be held at 2 p.m., Oct. 14. Loyola won last year's championship, 10-9, over Hopkins in overtime. . . . The Gary Williams Father/Son basketball clinic will be held Oct. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cole Field House in College Park. For information, call (301) 314-7029.