Earnhardt chasing fourth NASCAR titleAfter chasing Mark...

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November 18, 1990

Earnhardt chasing fourth NASCAR title

After chasing Mark Martin most of the season, Dale Earnhardt goes into the today's Atlanta Journal 500 NASCAR race a Atlanta Motor Speedway leading his younger, less-experienced rival by six points in the Winston Cup title battle.

That means if the three-time champion finishes ahead of Martin by at least two positions, Earnhardt will be a four-time champion and will get the $1 million bonus that goes with the title.

If Earnhardt, 38, had been allowed to pick a place to run this important race, he probably would have chosen the 1.522-mile Atlanta oval in Hampton, Ga., a track on which he has been a dominating presence, winning two in a row -- this race in 1989 and the 1990 spring race -- and three of the past five.

Earnhardt is fielding the same Chevrolet Lumina that ran away from the field here in March. Martin, 31, is trying to get the job done in a Ford Thunderbird borrowed for the occasion from a competitor because his Roush Racing team was not satisfied with their cars. A controversial ruling gave defending champion Larry Mize a three-shot lead yesterday after three rounds of the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Miyazaki, Japan. Mize finished at 203 after a third-round 69, but his lead rose from one shot to three when Larry Nelson fell out of second place after losing a debate with rules officials.

Nelson lost a 40-minute argument with officials over whether he was entitled to a free drop when his tee shot became imbedded deep under the lip of a fairway bunker. The ruling dropped Nelson back into third at 207 and left Joe Ozaki of Japan in second alone at 206 after a 5-under-par 67.

* Lee Trevino shot the day's best score and took a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the Ben Hogan Senior Cup tournament in Moroyamamachi, Japan. Trevino started the second round three shots off the pace, but had four birdies on his way to 68 for a 138 total. First-round co-leader J.C. Snead, who joined the tour in October, dropped into second place after his 2-over 74 left him at 141.

Hunting

The Forest, Park and Wildlife Service of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources has 2,804 unclaimed antlerless deer permits still available to the public for this season in Carroll (1,440), Washington (Zone 1, 631) and Frederick (Zone 2, 733) counties. The FPWS will make the permits available on a first-come, first-served basis at regional service centers tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Hunters must apply in person at DNR service centers starting at 9 a.m., including those service centers that open at 8 a.m., and a valid hunting license will be required.

One licensed hunter may pick up permits for as many as five other hunters, but must have the valid licenses of those hunters in his possession.

The service centers:

Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis; Eastern Regional Service Center, 201 Baptist Street, Salisbury; Baltimore Regional Service Center, 7701 Wise Avenue, Baltimore; East Central regional Service Center, 102 Broadway Avenue, Centreville; Southern Regional Service Center, Rte. 231, Hollowing Point, Prince Frederick; Central Regional Service Center, 2 S. Bond Street, Bel Air; Western Regional Service Center, Naves Crossroads, Cumberland.

Football

Two men were arrested for trying to extort $25,000 from Atlanta Falcons linebacker Aundray Bruce. The two were arrested Friday after they tried to persuade Bruce to pay them $25,000 for documents that he needed in a pending civil case, Gwinnett (Ga.) police said.

Basketball

Los Angeles Lakers forward James Worthy is scheduled to be arraigned in Houston Tuesday on charges of soliciting prostitution.

Hockey

The Philadelphia Flyers suspended Kerry Huffman without pay after the 22-year-old defenseman left the team. Coach Paul Holmgren said the Flyers "don't know where he is," and confirmed that Huffman had been suspended. Huffman left the team before practice on Friday and was not with the team yesterday.

"I got sick and tired of waiting around," Huffman told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I wasn't sure what was going to happen, and it got to the point where I dreaded going to the rink."

* National Hockey League president John Ziegler signed an agreement with Swedish hockey officials that will immediately compensate Swedish clubs whose players join North American teams. NHL teams have raided Swedish clubs for talent in the last 20 years without an agreement covering transfers. In several recent cases, Swedish clubs did not receive full compensation.

Volleyball

Colleen Hurley had a match-high 13 kills to lead the top-seeded University of Maryland to a 15-5, 15-11 15-3 sweep of North Carolina State in semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Tournament in Hilton Head, S.C. It is the the first time in school history that Maryland (21-11) has advanced to the championship match.

Running

Joe Blackmon, 28, of Arnold, won the John F. Kennedy 50-miler in Williamsport, the nation's oldest ultramarathon. Blackmon, a survey technician who decided to enter the event Tuesday, finished first in 6 hours, 15 minutes, 53 seconds.

Cycling

Mexican Raul Alcala won the 14th leg of the Tour of Mexico, all but wrapping up his second consecutive victory in the 1,360-mile event. Alcala holds a 2-second edge over his countryman Miguel Arroyo entering today's final stage, a flat circuit course in Mexico City.

Olympics

The Olympic Committees of former East and West Germany formally united yesterday, creating a potential athletic giant out of what had been opposing teams. Creation of a single Olympic committee follows the unification of East Germany and West Germany on Oct. 3.

Although East Germany was a more powerful team, Willi Daume, president of the now defunct West German Olympic Committee, was elected head of the newly united body.

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