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April 25, 1991

Cremins reportedly top Irish choice

Georgia Tech's Bobby Cremins had nothing to say yesterday amid speculation that he would be named Notre Dame basketball coach this week.

ESPN reported Tuesday night that Cremins is the leading candidate to replace Digger Phelps, who retired April 15 after 20 seasons.

Prime Ticket, a Southern California-based cable TV service, cited unidentified sources in reporting Cremins would be named today.

However, Notre Dame athletic director Dick Rosenthal said the school probably won't name a coach this week.

* Nevada-Las Vegas will admit to some allegations leveled by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in a 29-count complaint charging violations in the Runnin' Rebels basketball program, the university's legal counsel said. Brad Booke declined to say which allegations will not be contested.

Football

Three University of Maryland players -- outside linebacker Jack Bradford (Wilde Lake) and wide receivers Barry Johnson and Norris Hanes -- will attend National Football League camps this summer as free agents.

Bradford, fourth on the team in tackles last season with 81, will try out with the Washington Redskins. Johnson and Hanes will try out with the Denver Broncos.

* The Chicago Bears' sixth-round draft choice, Darren Lewis, checked into a drug-rehabilitation center, the team said it was told by Lewis' agent.

Lewis, a Texas A&M halfback, was the only player who tested positive for cocaine at the NFL's scouting evaluations in February. The league sent all test results to each team, but Bears personnel director Bill Tobin said he never saw the letter.

* An escape hatch in Raghib "Rocket" Ismail's Canadian Football League contract, which allows him to get out after one year, was leaked to the Dallas Cowboys before the draft, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The Los Angeles Raiders picked Ismail in the fourth round and could have the former Notre Dame star receiver in camp by the 1992 season.

* Todd Marinovich, the former Southern Cal quarterback drafted in the first round by the Raiders, will

spend a year in drug counseling while continuing to play football, Harbor (Calif.) Municipal Court Judge Susanne Shaw said.

* Sources told The Boston Globe that Boston Herald sportswriter Lisa Olson is ready to file suit against the New England Patriots, owner Victor Kiam, former general manager Pat Sullivan, former public relations director Jimmy Oldham and three players.

The players were fined by the NFL for the Sept. 17 locker-room incident in which Olson alleged she was sexually harassed by players Zeke Mowatt, Robert Perryman and Michael Timpson.

Boxing

The gross for the Evander Holyfield-George Foreman title fight Friday night will reach about $75 million, promoters said. Thanks largely to a record pay-per-view audience, the so-called "Battle of the Ages" will surpass the 1987 Sugar Ray Leonard-Marvelous Marvin Hagler fight and the 1988 Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks fight as the sport's reigning cash king. Each of those bouts made about $70 million worldwide.

Tennis

Bjorn Borg's wife, Italian pop singer Loredana Berte, tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of tranquilizers yesterday, a day after her Swedish husband lost in his comeback attempt debut, Italian news agency ANSA said.

* Spaniard Jordi Arrese, who eliminated Borg in the opening round Tuesday, was ousted in the second round of the $1 million Monte Carlo (Monaco) Open by Goran Ivanisevic of Yugoslavia, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5). Stefan Edberg and Andre Agassi, two of the top four seeds, also lost in the second round.

Bowling

Chris Warren of Dallas averaged 239 to take the lead after two rounds of the PBA's Firestone Tournament of Champions in Fairlawn, Ohio. Bruce Hollen of Baltimore is tied for fifth with Tom Crites of Tampa, Fla. Danny Wiseman of Dundalk is 15th.

Track and field

Even Hytten won three events to beat Mount St. Mary's teammate Rob Pendergist by 34 points for the men's decathlon title at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Hytten's finished with 7,366 points after winning the discus to go with his victories in the shot put and the 100-meter -- Tuesday.

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