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February 16, 1991

IOC sends first envoy to S. Africa since '70s

The International Olympic Committee sent its first envoy to South Africa since the early 1970s yesterday amid new calls for a gradual lifting of sports sanctions against that nation.

Fekrou Kidane, a special consultant on developing nations for the IOC, flew from Geneva to Johannesburg to prepare for an IOC delegation visit in late March that is expected to be a major step toward readmission of South Africa to the Olympics and other international sports.

South Africa has been banned from the Olympics since 1970 because of apartheid. Recent moves by South African President F.W. de Klerk to dismantle apartheid have led to calls for the end of South Africa's sports isolation.

Football

Ozzie Newsome, the National Football League's all-time reception leader among tight ends, retired as a player and took a job as a special assignment scout for the Cleveland Browns.

Newsome played 13 seasons for the Browns and caught 662 passes which ranks fourth on the career list among all receivers.

Baseball

A federal jury in Los Angeles has awarded $540,000 to ex-major league baseball player Joe Morgan after determining that the Hall-of-Famer was illegally detained and roughed up by a Los Angeles police officer who had mistaken Morgan for a drug courier.

The jurors deliberated for only 2 1/2 hours before siding with Morgan in his lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and LAPD narcotics detective Clayton Searle, who was accused of violating Morgan's civil rights during their 1988 confrontation at Los Angeles International Airport.

Morgan said that despite his efforts to identify himself, the narcotics officer suddenly grabbed him around the neck, hurled him to the floor, handcuffed him before a crowd of onlookers and dragged him to a small room for questioning.

College basketball

Any action by Missouri against two players in connection with the unauthorized use of a telephone credit card will probably be "in-house," coach Norm Stewart said.

Doug Smith, the Big Eight player of the year last season, and teammate Jamal Coleman were implicated when a number of unauthorized calls on the card were made to friends and relatives of the players, a newspaper report said.

* Utah reserve center Paul Afeaki was under police protection while detectives searched for a man who shot him after a traffic dispute, coach Rick Majerus said.

Afeaki was treated at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center for a superficial wound to the left shoulder, but doctors estimated the 6-foot-10 Afeaki would not be able to play for about a month, and Majerus said he would be out for the rest of the season.

Majerus said that for security reasons, Afeaki would not even sit on the bench when Utah plays Brigham Young tonight.

* The Western Maryland College women's basketball season ended one day earlier than scheduled when tonight's game at Elizabethtown was canceled.

Elizabethtown defeated Lycoming Thursday to pull into a second-place tie with Juniata in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC)-Northwest Section, necessitating a special playoff today between the Elizabethtown and Juniata to determine the section's second representative in next week's conference playoffs.

Western Maryland, which had just eight players for most of the season, won its last two games to finish 11-12. It was the Green Terrors' seventh consecutive campaign with at least 10 wins.

Boxing

Anthony Jones will replace the injured Tracy Spann as the challenger to lightweight champion Pernell Whitaker Feb. 23 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Spann, ranked No. 1 by International Boxing Federation, suffered a 15-stitch cut over an eye while sparring at Las Vegas, promoter Dan Duva said.

Track

Brian King (Perry Hall), a Towson State sophomore, won the shot put in the annual Baltimore Metro indoor track championships with a throw of 51 feet, 1 inch, and became the Tigers' first Intercollegiate Athletic Association of Amateur Athletes qualifier in five years.

The University of Maryland Baltimore County dominated the field events and won the men's team title with 45 points to 31 for Coppin State at the Towson Center. Coppin State edged Towson State for the women's title, 37 to 35 1/2 .

College gymnastics

No. 15-ranked Towson State (5-2) will hold its sixth annual invitational women's gymnastics championship at the Towson Center today at 2 p.m. The Tigers have won all six and another entry, Temple University, has been runner-up in the last two. Also in the field will be California-Santa Barbara, Radford, Longwood, and SUNY-Cortland.

Bits and pieces

The Baltimore Rams semipro football team is accepting applications for players. Call head coach Anthony Knox at 448-4845. . . . Eight colleges are entered in the annual Chesapeake Indoor Soccer Invitation tournament at the Towson Center today. The field includes Maryland, Navy, and host Towson State. Play starts at 9 a.m., with the championship game listed for 9:30 p.m.

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