NCAA probing Tennessee football
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has accused the University of Tennessee football program of major violations that include improper recruiting activities, lying to an investigator and running an improper summer camp.
The violations, if proven, could carry stiff penalties, and university officials said yesterday that they are working to answer the charges. The university has until June 10 to reply.
Tennessee, coached by Johnny Majors, finished the 1989 season 11-1 and ranked fifth in the country, and the 1990 season 9-2-2 and ranked No. 8.
One-year suspensions given to four Arkansas basketball players involved in a sexual incident on campus were reduced drastically by the system president.
Forward Todd Day and teammates Darrell Hawkins, Elmer Martin and Roosevelt Wallace now will be held out only until December, meaning they'll miss a tournament in Hawaii and perhaps some non-conference games, Arkansas system president B. Alan Sugg said.
The players were suspended from the team for a year by the All University Judicial Board, highly placed university sources said. They couldn't play or practice under the ruling, which was appealed to Sugg.
* All-American Billy Owens of Syracuse spoke with sports agent Mark Bartelstein on a weekend visit to Chicago, The (Syracuse) Post-Standard reported, citing the trip as indication that Owens is close to turning pro.
* Michigan State University player Parish Hickman faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of setting up a cocaine deal with an undercover agent in Grand Rapids, Mich.
International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch said he hopes South African athletes will compete at the World Track and Field Championships this summer.
Primo Nebiolo, head of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, said his organization track governing body is starting to lay the groundwork for South Africa's participation in the Aug. 24-Sept. 1 championships.
IOC officials reported earlier this week that South Africa was on course to be readmitted to the Olympic movement in time to qualify for the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain. South Africa was banned from the Olympics in 1970 because of its apartheid policies.
Testimony was completed in Washington Redskins wide receiver Ricky Sanders' trial for allegedly failing to stop and render aid after striking a parking valet at a topless nightclub in Houston.
Jurors in state district court are expected to begin deliberations early today.
Maher Morad, an employee of United Parking, testified that Sanders was so irate over hubcaps missing from his father-in-law's Cadillac that he threatened to shoot a parking attendant.
"I heard him saying he's a famous person and he makes $3 million a year," said Morad, adding that moments later the football player started the Cadillac and squealed off the lot, striking Jamus from behind.
Bo Jackson canceled an appointment at a Birmingham, Ala., clinic, and a spokesman said the injured football and baseball star believes his recovery is going so well that he doesn't need to see his doctor.
"From what we've been told by Richard Woods, Bo's agent, and from what we gather from Bo and the White Sox, Bo feels comfortable he can continue his rehabilitation in Chicago," said Jay Vines, a spokesman for the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center.
A law student has filed a paternity suit against Atlanta Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins. Elizabeth Webster, who is studying at Georgia State University, claims Wilkins fathered the baby she will deliver in July.
Wilkins said he has never heard of Webster, adding, "I don't know anybody at Georgia State."
Brian LeClair knocked down 1,500 pins for the first-round lead at the $160,000 PBA Tums Classic in Windsor Locks, Conn. Mike Babb of Pasadena is 16th with 1,347.
Kerstin Manning scored with 48 seconds left to lead No. 4 University of Maryland (10-2) to a 9-8 victory against No. 5 William and Mary (10-4) in College Park.
Martina Navratilova will miss next month's French Open for the third straight year, organizers said. Navratilova, 34, won the French leg of the Grand Slam in 1982 and 1984, but has not played on the Roland Garros clay courts since 1988.