Jackie Sherrill named coach at Miss. StateJackie Sherrill...

December 10, 1990

Jackie Sherrill named coach at Miss. State

Jackie Sherrill, who left Texas A&M two years ago with the Aggies on NCAA probation, returned to college football yesterday when he was named as coach at Mississippi State.

Sherrill, who spent two years in private business after leaving Texas A&M, replaces Rockey Felker, who resigned under pressure two weeks ago after a 5-6 season, the Bulldogs' fourth straight losing campaign.

The NCAA eventually cleared Texas A&M of allegations that former player George Smith received "hush" money, saying it could not distinguish fact from fiction. Smith had said Sherrill, then coach and athletic director, paid him for his silence about NCAA rules violations and that a university official later offered $30,000 to recant his charges.

The NCAA said Sherrill was never implicated in any wrongdoing. But he resigned in December 1988, following an internal investigation by the school -- three months after the Aggies were placed on probation for two years for recruiting violations.


Top-seeded Bruce Hollen of Baltimore defeated Mike Scroggins, 214-202, to capture the National Resident Pro Championship at Tacoma, Wash. Hollen overcame an open in the first frame in the championship match to earn $6,000 and a spot in the 1991 Tournament of Champions.


Fred Couples and Mike Donald shook off several challenges over the final 18 holes to win the $1 million Sazale Golf Classic best ball team championship by four strokes. They earned $90,000 each with this victory. Starting the day with a four-stroke lead, Couples and Donald shot a 66 over the 7,075-yard par 72 Binks Forest Country Club course at Wellington, Fla. They grabbed the title with a 34-under-par 254 on daily productions of 65-60-63-66.

* David Frost made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole and won the Million Dollar Challenge at Sun City, South Africa. The victory earned Frost the richest first prize in professional golf -- $1 million. Frost birdied the final two holes to complete his fourth straight round of 1-under-par 71 and hold off Spain's Jose-Maria

* Betsy King pulled ahead with a birdie on the 15th hole and took advantage of Deb Richard's few mistakes to win the LPGA World Match Play Championship at Princeville, Hawaii. King was 1-up going into the 18th hole, but Richard's approach landed in an imposing water hazard fronting the green. Richard conceded the hole after King made the green and was left with a 20-foot eagle putt.

* New Zealander Greg Turner shot a 2-under-par 69 in wind and rain to overhaul Ian Baker-Finch and win the Johnnie Walker Classic at Melbourne, Australia, by four strokes over Rodger Davis. Turner finished at 8-under-par 276. Baker-Finch, who started the final round 8-under-par and with a two-shot lead, slumped to a 76 and wound up tied for third at 281 with another Australian, Peter McWhinney, who shot a 71. American Raymond Floyd finished fifth at 284 after a final round 74.

Cross country

Amanda White, a sophomore at Dulaney High School iCockeysville, finished third in the 5,000-meter Kinney Cross Country National championships in San Diego Saturday. White finished the race in 17:40, the second fastest time for a

sophomore in the 12-year history of the event.


Darren Cahill beat fellow Australian Todd Woodbridge, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the Colonial Mutual Classic exhibition at Melbourne, Australia. Cahill did not lose a set in his four matches in the round-robin event and lost only 20 games in the grass court tournament.


Petra Kronberger of Austria won the season's first World Cuwomen's super-G at Altenmarkt, Austria, and became part of skiing history -- the first woman with victories in all five ski racing disciplines. Kronberger finished in 1 minute 28.56 seconds. The other four events are the downhill, the slalom, the giant slalom and the combined. Among men, only Marc Girardelli and Pirmin Zurbriggen have won all five events.


The manager of Frenchman Anaclet Wamba said he has lodged a complaint with the World Boxing Council, demanding a rematch of Saturday's championship cruiserweight fight against Italian titleholder Massimiliano Duran. British referee Larry O'Connell disqualified Wamba nine seconds before the end of the final round Saturday night at Ferrara, Italy, after the two fighters had butted heads. O'Connell had issued five previous warnings to Wamba for head butting before the disqualification.

* Thailand's Khaosai Galaxy knocked out Ernesto Ford of Panama in the sixth round to retain the World Boxing Association junior bantamweight crown at Bangkok, Thailand.


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