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January 19, 1991

Johnson second again in Sunkist 50 meters

Ben Johnson, competing again after a two-year ban from track, finished second for the second time in as many races last night, coming in behind Andre Cason in the 50 meters in the Sunkist Invitational indoor meet in Los Angeles.

In dealing Johnson his second defeat in a week, Cason was timed in 5.69 seconds, with Johnson second in 5.74.

Johnson's time was a Canadian national record, topping a 5.75 set by Desai Williams.

Johnson, who had complained after losing last week in Canada that he had misjudged the finish line, this time said he was slow out of the blocks because the lanes were too narrow at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

"When I was taking my practice starts, the starter advised to me keep my arms in so I wouldn't interfere with the other sprinters," Johnson said. "So a lot of my upper-body strength was negated by having to hold my arms in at the start."

Johnson said he wasn't concerned that he is 0-2 in his comeback, explaining, "I know it's going take awhile. I think you'll see the real Ben Johnson pretty soon.

"A lot of people will think I won't be able to run faster because I was on drugs. They will soon see they are wrong. I have the same speed as two years ago. I think I can run fast enough to win the gold medal at Barcelona" in the 1992 Olympics.


Florida State will play a complete Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule by 1993, conference officials said. By 1992, six ACC schools will be playing the Seminoles in football.

Florida State will play an entire ACC basketball schedule next season and participate in the ACC tournament.

* North Carolina and North Carolina State, who postponed an Atlantic Coast Conference basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday night after the Persian Gulf war began, have rescheduled the contest for Feb. 7.

The North Carolina-Asheville's game against Coastal Carolina, postponed Thursday night, has not been rescheduled.

* Steve Clarkson, friend and adviser to Todd Marinovich, says the quarterback was told by Southern Cal coach Larry Smith that he would be welcome to rejoin the Trojans in the fall, but would be suspended through spring practice, which opens April 1.

Marinovich hadn't decided whether he would stay at USC, Clarkson said.

Suspended indefinitely by Smith last week after missing a Jan. 11 team meeting and failing to register for the spring semester, Marinovich said yesterday that he would stay in touch over the next two weeks with Tim Tessalone, USC's sports information director. Smith had no comment.

Marinovich met with agents Lee Steinberg and Leonard Armato in Anaheim on Jan. 11, missing the team meeting that caused his suspension.

Marinovich has until Feb. 1 to petition the National Football League for draft eligibility, but Clarkson called the deadline meaningless because Marinovich could enter the NFL's supplemental draft. A sophomore, Marinovich also is considering transferring, Clarkson has said.

* The National Collegiate Athletic Association gave the Hampton University football team a two-year probation, ordering the Division II program to forfeit all 1986-87 victories and stay out of postseason competition next year.

The Virginia school school was accused of using players during 1986 and 1987 who "did not meet NCAA satisfactory-progress and good academic-standing legislation," an NCAA release said.


Diego Maradona, one of the world's top soccer players, said he is retiring at the end of the year.

The 30-year-old Argentine, who earns $2 million a year playing for Italy's Naples club, went to Buenos Aires earlier this week to visit his ailing father.

"It's a choice for life. I retire from soccer at the end of this year," Maradona said.

Pro basketball

Dallas coach Rich Adubato was fined $1,500 and suspended for one game by the National Basketball Association for pushing referee Bob Delaney and criticizing officials after a recent loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Adubato was to sit out last night's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.


Austrian World Cup ski racer Gernot Reinstadler died early today, hours after breaking his pelvis and suffering severe internal injuries after a high-speed crash near the finish line in a qualifying run for a downhill race at Wengen, Switzerland.

Surgeons at the hospital in the town of Interlaken, where Reinstadler, 20, was flown by helicopter, were unable to stop severe internal bleeding.

His Austrian teammates immediately decided not to race today, and organizers were meeting during the night to decide if the event, the last men's downhill before the world championships, should go ahead.


Mike Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., stretched his lead to 205 pins through six rounds of the Professional Bowlers Association $175,000 Showboat Invitational in Las Vegas. He has 11,101.

Mike Edwards moved into second place with 10,896. David Ozio, who won last week's tournament in Torrance, Calif., was third at 10,889, followed by Walter Ray Williams Jr. at 10,841 and Baltimore's Danny Wiseman at 10,834.

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