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March 15, 1991

Kiam says he wants new football stadium

New England Patriots owner Victor Kiam yesterday told Massachusetts' governor and Boston's mayor that he was looking to move the National Football League team if state and city officials can't find a new stadium for the franchise.

According to Stephen Tocco, a special assistant to Gov. William Weld, Kiam met for a half-hour with Mayor Raymond L. Flynn and Weld and outlined some of his options, which included moving to Rhode Island, Baltimore or one of the several cities being considered for an NFL expansion franchise.

Last month, The Boston Globe reported that Kiam was looking into moving the team to Providence, R.I.

A year ago, Kiam met with Flynn in an attempt to have the city, with the help of the state, build a stadium in the Boston area. There had been no significant progress.

Tocco said all parties in yesterday's meeting, including Kiam, agreed that the first choice is for the Patriots to stay in Massachusetts. Weld later told reporters that the discussion focused on finding a site in Boston.

College wrestling

Two Navy wrestlers and one from Maryland won first-round bouts in the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships in Iowa City, Iowa, but all three lost in the next round.

Mark Smith, a 126-pound Midshipman seeded sixth, beat Ted Yeager of Northwestern, 9-7 in overtime, and Navy heavyweight Brett Bourne, seeded seventh, pinned Shawn Holliday of Manhattan at 5 minutes, 17 seconds. Smith was decisioned by 11th-seeded Babak Mohammadi of Oregon State, 8-5, in the second round, and Bourne was decisioned by 10th-seeded Mike Anderson of Arizona State, 6-5. In consolation matches later, Smith beat Kurt McHenry of Boston University in a technical fall, 15-0, at 4:52, and Bourne was decisioned by Kenny Walker of Lock Haven, 3-1.

Mike Caro of Maryland won at 177 pounds against Greg Casamento of Boston University, 4-2, but lost to No. 2 seed Rich Powers of Northern Iowa, 5-0. In a consolation match, he was decisioned by Ramon Diaz of Cal State-Fullerton, 6-0.

Iowa leads with 35 points, followed by Oklahoma State with 31.75. Navy is 30th with 6.25, Maryland is tied for 54th with two points and Morgan State is tied for last with .5.


The North American Hockey League has approved franchises for Cleveland, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and Cincinnati and will begin a 70-game schedule Nov. 7, the league announced.

Gordon Stenback, president of the league, said franchises also are being considered for five other areas: Providence, R.I.; Oakland and Sacramento, Calif.; Indianapolis; Minneapolis-St. Paul; and Hamilton, Ontario, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Women's gymnastics

Towson State (14-4) will make its final home appearance of the season tonight at 7 when it faces Vermont and Northeastern at the Towson Center. It will be the last home meet for seniors Tandy Knight, who became the school's career point leader (1,730) last Sunday, Carri Scott and Anne Sugden (Old Mill).

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