Basketball ban lifted for Okla. City's Manuel
Oklahoma County District Judge William Henderson granted an injunction yesterday that allows Eric Manuel to continue playing basketball for Oklahoma City University, because "the rules they [National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics] were using . . . simply didn't apply." The NAIA had ruled that Manuel, 22, was ineligible to play at any of its member schools, and Manuel had asked the court to block the NAIA ban.
A National Collegiate Athletic Association investigation at Kentucky resulted in an allegation that Manuel had cheated on an admissions test. He was barred from playing at other NCAA schools. An NAIA eligibility committee member said during testimony in Manuel's lawsuit that the NAIA had looked at an NCAA news release about Manuel's case before making its decision to ban Manuel, but had not sought a clarification of the news release from the NCAA.
The Chicago Bulls and Chicago Tribune Co. officials have filed a lawsuit against the National Basketball Association over new restrictions on "superstation" broadcasts of NBA games. The federal antitrust lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, challenges the NBA's decision to reduce from 25 to 20 the number of games that a superstation is allowed to broadcast per season. The Bulls claim that reducing the number of games could lead to a cut in the fee that they receive from WGN for the right to broadcast the games.
College cross country
Dartmouth, led by Greg Andersen's fourth-place finish, won the Heptagonal cross country championship in New York's Van Cortland Park for a record seventh straight year, while Penn won the women's title, ending Yale's four-year winning streak.
Bill Burke, a Princeton senior, won the men's title in 24 minutes, 46.49 seconds, taking the lead after three miles in the five-mile race and finishing 35 yards ahead of defending champion Jim Gibson of Yale. Greg Keller of Navy was fifth. Cornell teammates Stephanie Best (17:32.04) and Jennifer Cobb (17:44.01) finished 1-2 in the women's 3.1-mile race.
Stefan Edberg fought off Brad Gilbert, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, and Boris Becker advanced at Goran Ivanisevic's expense, 6-4, 6-2, in the Stockholm Open. Pete Sampras used a strong serve to move also into the semifinals, eliminating David Wheaton, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-4, in a tight serve-and-volley duel. He will meet Alexander Volkov, who beat 1989 world junior champion Nicklas Kulti, 6-2, 6-1.
Bennie Oosterbaan, the last Michigan football coach to win a national championship, died Thursday night in Ann Arbor, Mich., at 84. Oosterbaan, who became head coach in 1948, coached 11 years and won three Big Ten championships and one Rose Bowl, while compiling a 66-33-4 record. The Wolverines were 9-0 in 1948, the last time they won a national title.
* Former San Diego Chargers general manager Johnny Sanders, who ran the club from 1976 through 1987 and was named National Football League Executive of the Year in 1979, died yesterday. He was 68.
A federal grand jury in San Diego indicted former San Diego Padres slugger Nate Colbert Jr. on charges that he fraudulently obtained $138,000 in bank loans. Colbert, 44, is accused of listing real estate he did not own as collateral for loans between February 1988 and September 1989.
Navy goalkeeper Van States made 10 saves, including five critical stops in the second half, as Navy defeated Army, 2-0, in West Point, N.Y. Jack Wolfe scored first for Navy midway through the first half and Pat Papa got the other goal off a pass from Jeff Wagner with 1 minute, 13 seconds remaining.