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November 21, 1990

Lakers' Worthy pleads innocent in Houston

Los Angeles Lakers forward James Worthy pleaded innocent yesterday in Houston to charges he solicited sex from two female Houston Police Department undercover officers after he reportedly looked in the telephone book and called an escort service that was being monitored by undercover officers before a game against the Rockets last week. Harris County Court-at-Law Judge Jimmie Duncan set Worthy's trial for Jan. 28. Worthy declined to comment.

Pro football

Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche, fined nearly $28,000 this season by National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue for barring female reporters from locker rooms, says the commissioner's office may be leaking internal reports to news organizations. He pointed to commentator Will McDonough's report Sunday on NBC "at 12:30 the contents of a private investigation," that the NFL's two-month investigation into allegations that New England Patriots players harassed Boston sportswriter Lisa Olson showed that aspects of the incident appeared to have been exaggerated.

* Cornerback Brian Davis, cut by the Washington Redskins on Friday, was claimed on waivers by the Seattle Seahawks yesterday. . . . After charges of carrying a concealed weapon were dropped, Washington tight end Jimmie Johnson pleaded guilty to a charge of firing within 100 yards of a roadway when he was doing target practice on Oct. 31. If he does community service, the offense will be expunged from his record.

Prep basketball

Patty LiVolsi, 17, a junior at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Conn., collapsed in a hallway moments after she told an assistant coach she was feeling nauseated, and died Monday night as she was being led out of the gymnasium, coach Joseph Appello said. Her brother Greg died from a heart condition when he was a high school athlete.

College

Forrest Gregg said he will step down as Southern Methodist football coach after Saturday's final game of the season against Arkansas, but will remain as the school's athletic director. Gregg, who was named Southern Methodist coach in January 1988, assumed the dual role in April with the stipulation that he relinquish his coaching duties after this season. That requirement later changed, so that he would have to give up one position or the other.

* Bobby Ross of Georgia Tech, the first Atlantic Coast Conference coach to win titles at two league schools, was named Associated Press ACC Coach of the Year. Ross captured 70 of the 84 votes cast by sportswriters and broadcasters. He also won Coach of the Year while he was at Maryland in 1982.

Shawn Moore, a graduate student who returned to school and led Virginia to the No. 1 ranking as the nation's most efficient passer, was named the ACC Player of the Year. The Virginia quarterback received 71 1/2 votes. His teammate, Herman Moore, got 9 1/2 votes and Clemson place-kicker Chris Gardocki received the other vote.

Bits and pieces

Mike Haynes, former director of broadcasting for the Baltimore Skipjacks, has been named to same job with the Capital District Islanders of the American Hockey League. . . . Baltimore Bicycle Club will sponsor a 20-mile ride Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. from Sparrows Point High School and a 25-miler Sunday at 10 a.m. starting from the Linthicum Park and Ride lot. For information, call 828-1045 for Saturday's ride and 282-2776 about Sunday. . . . The Hanover (Pa.) Area YMCA is accepting registrations for its winter volleyball league which begins Dec. 4. For information, contact Joel Smoker at (717) 632-8211.

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