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December 06, 1990

Terps' Edwards ill, will miss bowl game

University of Maryland starting outside linebacker Karl Edwards, a senior from Aberdeen High, will not play in the Poulan-Weed Eater Independence Bowl against Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, La., Dec. 15 because he is suffering from mononucleosis.

Edwards, 6 feet 2 and 232 pounds, started five games this season, registering 52 tackles. His condition was diagnosed Monday.

He will be replaced by Mark Sturdivant, a 6-4, 220-pound redshirt freshman from Silver Spring. Sturdivant, who has been outstanding on special teams, has 23 tackles.

The Terps may regain junior linebacker Greg Hines, who made 42 tackles while starting the first eight games of the regular season before suffering an injured left knee that kept him out of the last three.

Trainer J.J. Bush said he is awaiting delivery of a special knee brace for Hines.

* The University of Miami's Russell Maryland, a 6-foot-2, 273-pound tackle from Chicago who had 96 tackles and 10 1/2 sacks, was named winner of the Outland Trophy as college football's top interior lineman.

Colorado offensive guard Joe Garten and Clemson offensive tackle Stacy Long were the other finalists in the voting by the Football Writers Association of America. (AP All-America team, Page 12C)

* Ohio State assistant football coach Gary Blackney was appointed head coach at Bowling Green.

Blackney replaces Moe Ankney, who was fired Nov. 11 after compiling a 20-31-3 record in five years at the Mid-American Conference school, including a 3-5-2 mark this season.

* Jerry Pettibone, who built a winning team at Northern Illinois and served as recruiting coordinator at SMU, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas A&M, was named head football coach at Oregon State.

Tennis

Andre Agassi has pulled out of the Grand Slam Cup because of a chest injury and could face the additional pain of a ban from some of next year's major tournaments.

Agassi's withdrawal is his second from the Grand Slam Cup. The International Tennis Federation, which is organizing the tournament next week in Germany, said that Agassi had pulled out because of an injury he suffered last weekend during the Davis Cup final. But he still may be punished for his earlier withdrawal and for comments ridiculing the event, including disparaging remarks he made Friday when seeking readmission to the $6 million tournament.

Colleges

The NCAA has opened a new inquiry of Oklahoma State University, but is not specifying which sport is under investigation.

The Daily Oklahoman reported in yesterday's editions that Oklahoma State received an NCAA preliminary letter of inquiry on Sept. 21. While the NCAA letter does not specify a sport, the NCAA reportedly has been asking questions about the Oklahoma State wrestling program since last summer. The school's football program was placed on four years' probation in January 1989.

Baseball

An Arlington, Texas contract to build a new stadium for the Texas Rangers has received formal approval from the City Council.

The council has proposed a one-half cent sales tax increase to pay for $135 million in bonds to build the $165 million stadium. Luxury boxes and seat sales are expected to provide $30 million.

Hockey

The communications company that submitted Seattle's bid for a National Hockey League expansion team withdrew the application at the league meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., because it couldn't meet the $50 million entry fee.

The city has been among eight vying for teams. The NHL wants to add six teams by the end of the decade, and this week the board of governors may award two franchises to begin play in 1992-93.

Horsepower to spare

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