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April 03, 1991

Maradona leaves Italy, promises to return

Argentine star Diego Maradona, faced with a possible two-year suspension from Italian soccer for testing positive for cocaine use, left Italy to return to his home country.

Before he boarded the flight to Buenos Aires, the 30-year-old forward insisted he had not betrayed his sport and promised to return to be questioned by investigators if needed. The captain of the Argentine national team tested positive for cocaine following an Italian league match last month and could be barred for two years.

Prosecutors filed a motion to revoke the probation of Dallas Mavericks forward Roy Tarpley.

Tarpley, who was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunken driving, faces a May 6 hearing to consider revocation of the two-year probation given on a previous DWI conviction.

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Bill Musselman was rigged with a cordless microphone for last night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Musselman, considered one of the game's most vocal and volatile coaches, was rigged with a cordless microphone by ESPN as part of a profile the cable sports network is putting together on the coach.

Pro football

Denver Broncos tight end Clarence Kay was arrested in Aurora, Colo., for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

The arrest could jeopardize Kay's status with the National Football League because of previous violations of the league's drug policy, which requires an immediate ban after three offenses. Kay had violated the league's substance-abuse policy twice for failing drug tests for cocaine.


Second-seeded John McEnroe was upset, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3)by fellow American Todd Witsken at the Hong Kong Tennis Open.

Another American, fifth-seeded Aaron Krickstein, was beaten, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, by Kevin Curren.

* Defending champion Brad Gilbert, fresh from a pair of weekend Davis Cup wins over Mexico, advanced to the second round of the $225,000 Orlando Tennis Classic after taking some time to adjust to playing at sea level.

The third-seeded Gilbert, whose crucial victory Sunday clinched a first round Davis Cup victory for the United States, rallied to eliminate Pedro Rebelledo of Chile, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

* Top-seeded Martina Navratilova, playing in her first competitioin a month, scored a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Amanda Coetzer in the Family Circle tournament at Hilton Head Island, S.C.


Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and Eric Breukink of the Netherlands will lead a field of 126 riders in the inaugural Tour Du Pont.

The route for the 11-day event will cover approximately 1,100-miles in four states. The event will begin May 9 with an individual time trial prologue in Wilmington, Del. After stages in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the race will conclude May 19 in Wilmington.

College basketball

Junior forward Don MacLean, who led UCLA in scoring anrebounding this season, announced he will stay in school and play his senior year for the Bruins rather than turn professional.

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