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February 10, 1991

Bucs' Thomas 'serious' after being shot in fight

Linebacker Broderick Thomas of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer was shot in the upper chest and right arm outside a Tampa, Fla., nightclub early yesterday and was reported in stable but serious condition.

An Air Force staff sergeant was arrested in the shooting, which police said took place at 2:40 a.m. outside Rumors Nightclub north of downtown.

Staff Sgt. Frank Taylor Jr., 27, assigned to the Services Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and released on his own recognizance.

According to police, an unidentified friend of Thomas' was involved in an argument with Taylor in the parking lot outside the nightclub. Thomas intervened and apparently the serviceman backed down.

As the car Taylor was a passenger in was driving away, Thomas swung his fist through an open window, bruising Taylor's face and breaking his glasses. Taylor then pulled out a small-caliber handgun and fired at Thomas, police said.

* After serving 10 years as executive director of the NFL Management Council and guiding the league through player strikes in 1982 and 1987, Jack Donlan has submitted his resignation and commissioner Paul Tagliabue already has interviewed several possible successors, an NFL spokesman confirmed to Newsday.

Donlan's decision to step down apparently is the result of a structural change approved by NFL owners at a meeting Nov. 14 in Dallas that stripped the Management Council of its independent status and placed it under the authority of the commissioner, along with NFL Properties and NFL Films. Donlan's successor will hold the new title of vice president for labor relations and will serve as chairman of the Management Council Executive Committee, which includes six owners or their representatives. But unlike the past, the commissioner will take the lead in directing NFL labor policy.



Third-seeded Brad Gilbert beat top-seeded Andre Agassi, 6-1, 6-2, in a 59-minute match to advance to the finals of the Volvo-San Francisco tournament. Agassi called it his worst loss since Pete Sampras beat him in the final of the U.S. Open. Gilbert will face the winner of last night's semifinal between sixth-seeded Darren Cahill and No. 7 Wally Masur, both of Australia.

* Arantxa Sanchez Vicario beat Zina Garrison, Martina Navratilova and Jennifer Capriati to win the $250,000 Women's Tennis Shoot-Out at Dallas. Sanchez, ranked No. 7 in the world, needed a total of 22 minutes to earn the $100,000 first prize in the one-day exhibition at Reunion Arena. All the matches consisted of best-of-12-point tie-breakers. In the final, Sanchez beat Capriati, 7-4, 7-3. Earlier, the 1989 French Open champion eliminated Garrison, 7-3, and upset Navratilova, 7-2.

* Tim Wilkinson, Harold Solomon and Robert Seguso failed to win their first-round matches to qualify for the $1 million U.S. Pro Indoor tournament in Philadelphia. Wilkinson fell to Jeff Tarango, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, Solomon lost to Chuck Adams, 6-3, 6-2, and Seguso was defeated by Todd Martin, 6-4, 6-2.

* Third-seeded Catarina Lindqvist and second-seeded Raffaela Reggi advanced to the final of the Oslo Open women's tournament in Norway. Lindqvist beat top-seeded Sabine Appelmans of Belgium, 6-2, 6-2, and Reggi defeated unseeded Pasacale Paradis of France, 7-5, 6-1.

College basketball

Dirk Minniefield, a former Kentucky basketball standout, was ordered to serve a 12-month sentence for violating probation. Minniefield, 30, was put on probation last summer on the condition he remain drug-free. He pleaded guilty June 25 to misdemeanor theft charges and was given a 12-month sentence, all but 10 days suspended. Minniefield's lawyer, Jon Larson of Lexington, Ky., said Minniefield had had a positive urine test.



Carole Merle of France blazed to her first World Cup victory of the season, winning a super-giant slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, by a wide margin. Merle had a winning time of 1 minute, 26.14 seconds on the icy Kandahar course for the 10th World Cup victory of her career and the seventh in a Super-G. Karin Dedler was second in 1:26.67 and Michaela Gerg finished third in 1:26.80.

* Ove Nygren of Norway overcame a near spill and won the giant slalom in the U.S. Pro Ski Tour at Winter Park, Colo. Nygren defeated Mathias Berthold of Austria to win his second giant slalom of the season.

5/8 Nathaniel Mills gave United States speed skating a boost with a second-place finish in the 500-meter sprint at the world championships at Heerenveen, the Netherlands. Mills of Northfield, Ill., impressed a world-class field with his explosive speed with a 37.87-second clocking, the best 500 of his life. He was beaten only by German Peter Adeberg, who also skated his best 500, 37.52.



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