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February 13, 1991

Astrodome committed to political convention

The Houston Astros committed the Astrodome for the 1992 Republican Convention without approval of the National League and intend to leave the stadium for a month, baseball officials said yesterday.

Astros chairman John McMullen, who is attempting to sell the team, said the Astros are considering playing part of their 1992 home schedule at the Superdome in New Orleans, which lost out to Houston in bidding to host the Republicans.

The 1992 convention is scheduled Aug. 17-20, but GOP officials have reserved the Astrodome July 27-Aug. 23 to prepare the site.

National League spokeswoman Katy Feeney said the league didn't have anything to say about the situation at this time. The Major League Baseball Players Association said in New York that it would not permit either a lengthy road trip or having the Astros play home games in another city.

College basketball

A special investigator for the National Collegiate Athletic Association has questioned former Syracuse player Matt Roe about alleged wrongdoings at the university. Roe is now a starter at the University of Maryland.

It is the first indication that college athletics' governing body has entered into the probe of the nationally ranked Syracuse men's basketball program.

Skating

Jill Trenary won't get a chance to defend her world figur skating title. The right ankle injury that put Trenary out of this week's U.S. Figure Skating Championships has forced her to withdraw from next month's World Championships in Munich.

Boxing

The Evander Holyfield-George Foreman heavyweight fight wil remain in Atlantic City, N.J., on April 19, as scheduled.

* Thomas Hearns knocked out Kemper Morton at 2 minutes, 2 seconds of the second round before 8,135 at the Forum in Los Angeles Monday night.

Pro football

Earnest Byner, Gary Clark, Darrell Green and Jim Lachey of the Washington Redskins, Lomas Brown of the Detroit Lions and Jay Hilgenberg of the Chicago Bears filed suit against the National Football League's retirement system, saying its officials have refused to disclose the amount of benefits they are earning.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asks that the New York-based Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan and its administrator, Dennis Curran, be ordered to pay a fine for failing to make disclosures required by federal pension law.

Pro basketball

Toni Kukoc, the most sought-after player in Europe, said he's considering an offer to play for the Chicago Bulls for a reported $28 million. The 6-foot-9 Yugoslav, who is compared in Europe with Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson for his all-around ability, said in an interview he was still deciding on the Bulls' offer "because of proposals from some European teams."

Tennis

Pam Shriver, playing in her first American tournament since having shoulder surgery last summer, took a big step in her comeback effort. Shriver, ranked 42nd in the world, overpowered Meredith McGrath, 6-2, 6-3, in the opening round of the Virginia Slims of Chicago Monday night. Shriver plays top seed Martina Navratilova today. The two also will play doubles together.

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