UNLV reportedly violated NCAA rulesAt the same time its...

SPORTS BRIEFLY

April 23, 1991

UNLV reportedly violated NCAA rules

At the same time its basketball recruiting practices were being scrutinized by the National Collegeiate Athletic Association, Nevada-Las Vegas was using an outside representative in apparent violation of NCAA rules in the recruitment of Melvin Love, a backup center for the Runnin' Rebels last season, a Los Angeles Times investigation has shown.

UNLV basketball staff members accepted the assistance of a Salt Lake City businessman, Vic Deauvono, in the recruiting of Love, according to interviews with persons familiar with the situation and to court and Nevada records. Love spent two years at Salt Lake Community College after leaving Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif., in 1987.

Deauvono, who at one time served as an unofficial strength and conditioning coach at Salt Lake Community College, steered Love to UNLV and then arranged special tutoring in Las Vegas to help Love become eligible to play for the Rebels.

Pro basketball

NBA referee Jake O'Donnell downplayed yesterday a published report that said league referees might go on strike before the NBA playoffs. O'Donnell said the report may have been the work of someone who wanted to sabotage the upcoming contract talks between the NBA and the National Association of Basketball Referees.

O'Donnell was among the 33 referees from the 53-member association who met in Chicago to seek consensus before submitting their collective-bargaining salary demands to the league.

Track and field

When Raghib "Rocket" Ismail became a football professional, he knocked himself out of competing in the Olympic Development 100-meter -- at this weekend's Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Olympic Development events are governed by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, and under international rules, professional athletes may not run in IAAF-sponsored events.

In response, Penn Relay officials simply added another 100-meter section featuring only college runners. Dr. Timothy Baker, Penn Relays director, said that under NCAA rules, Ismail would be eligible to compete. Baker said he assumes Ismail is still coming to what would be the first outdoor competition in his collegiate career.

College baseball

Maryland pounded out 18 hits and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (4-28) committed six errors, as the Terps (17-23-1) rolled to a 16-4 victory yesterday in College Park. All but one of the Terps' starting nine had at least one hit, led by Jared Savelson and Andy Wills, who each had three hits and three RBI.

* Harvard scored 21 runs on 28 hits in sweeping Navy (14-15, 7-7) in an Eastern Intercollegiate League doubleheader at Annapolis yesterday. The Crimson won the first game, 9-6, and took the second, 12-5.

Tennis

Mats Wilander and Andres Gomez, French Open winners in the past three years, met different fates in opening-round matches of the $1 million Monte Carlo Open.

Three-time French Open champion Wilander, still having trouble finding motivation, breezed past Australian qualifier Mark Woodforde, 6-0, 6-3. Gomez, of Ecuador, who won in 1990, lost to Omar Camporese of Italy, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Since the U.S. Open, Gomez has won only two matches in 19 tournaments.

Golf

Ian Baker-Finch, Chip Beck and Fred Funk have committed to play in the 1991 Kemper Open, May 27-June 2, at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac. Baker-Finch, the 1990 Kemper Open runner-up, finished second at last weekend's Heritage Classic.

Hockey

Mats Sundin's goal with 57 seconds left gave Sweden a 4-4 tie against Team USA in the third round of the World Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Boxing

A tape-delayed cablecast of the Evander Holyfield-George Foreman heavyweight championship fight will be shown six times by HBO. The first showing, tomorrow from 9 p.m.-11 p.m., will include a replay of the April 19 12-round bout, won by Holyfield, live interviews with both fighters and a live call-in segment during which viewers will be able to talk to both Holyfield and Foreman. The fight also will be shown April 25, April 27, April 28, April 29 and April 30, at various late-night hours.

Obituaries

Bucky Walters, a pitching star for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1930s and 1940s who was a six-time National League All-Star, has died at the age of 82. Walters died Saturday at the Abington (Pa.) Memorial Hospital after an undisclosed ailment.

* Fred Levy Jr., one of the owners of the Rams when they moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 1946, died of natural causes at his Palm Springs, Calif., home, his son-in-law said Monday. Levy was 89.

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