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April 27, 1991

Club admits blacks, keeps golf tournament

Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, in its 55th year of existence, has protected its 45-year-old professional golf tournament by adding its first black members.

Dee Jennings, chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, said yesterday that six African-American applicants were accepted for membership.

Wally Schmuck, club president, confirmed that the black applicants were among 15 individuals approved for golfing and non-golfing memberships.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Southwestern Bell Colonial tournament said the country club was not pressured to accept blacks to keep its stop on the PGA Tour.

Bill Bowers said PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman "has written us letters but never on this subject."


Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins told some of his players that he is thinking about the coaching job at Notre Dame, but has made no decision.

Cremins discussed the matter with several of the Yellow Jacket players at an informal meeting called to discuss academic matters.

Meanwhile,Southern Methodist University basketball coach John Shumatesaid he will interview with Notre Dame officials early next week.

* Nevada-Las Vegas will avoid the National Collegiate Athletic Association's death penalty for violations in the latest probe of the university's basketball program, according to the head of the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

D. Alan Williams said the Runnin' Rebel basketball program does not fit the guidelines for the death penalty, which shuts down a program completely for a certain amount of time.

* Clifford Rozier and Kenny Harris, a pair of reserves at North Carolina announced that they are transferring to new schools. Neither said which school they would attend.

* Chris Mills, the third Arizona underclassman whose future with the team had been the subject of speculation, says he will be back for his junior year. Brian Williams and Sean Rooks have already announced they would forgo their senior seasons for the pros.

Horse racing

Bill Shoemaker remained in stable condition at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., where he is undergoing rehabilitation for a broken neck and spinal cord injuries suffered in a traffic accident. A hospital spokeswoman said Shoemaker who was admitted to the hospital earlier this week, was alert.


Mark Spitz, beaten badly in his first comeback attempt two weeks ago, tries to rebound against Matt Biondi in another 50-meter butterfly match race today.

The 41-year-old swimmer believes he'll fare much better against Biondi than he did against Tom Jager, who beat him by almost two seconds.

"It was a strange feeling not being able to control my nerves," Spitz said. "They simply got the better of me and drastically affected my start. My start was terrible, but once I began my stroke, I felt I was making good time, so naturally I was surprised to look up at the clock and see that bloated 26.70 posted in my lane."

Auto racing

Mark Martin, showing signs of regaining the form that helped him challenge for the 1990 Winston Cup championship, sped to the pole position in the opening qualifying session for the Hanes 500 in Martinsville Va.

It was the first pole of the season for Martin and the 13th of his career. Martin turned a fast lap of 91.949 mph on the .526-mile oval at Martinsville Speedway.

* World champion Ayrton Senna, aiming for his third straight Grand Prix victory, shattered the lap record in a qualifying session and won the provisional pole for tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix in Italy. Driving a McLaren-Honda, he covered the 3.132-mile lap at the Dino and Enzo Ferrari autodrome in 1 minute, 21.877 seconds.


Top-seed Martina Navratilova was upset by Nathalie Tauziat of France, 6-1, 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the WTA Open in Barcelona, Spain.

Navratilova, favored to win, won the completion of a rain-interrupted match earlier in the day, defeating Katia Piccolini of Italy 6-0, 6-2.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain, two-time defending champion and second seed, breezed over sixth seed Judith Wiesner of Austria, 6-0, 6-2, to advance to the other semifinal.

Tauziat will meet fourth-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain today, and Sanchez Vicario will play third-seeded Manuel Maleeva-Fragniere.

* Boris Becker downed defending champion Andrei Chesnokov of the Soviet Union, 6-1, 6-3, to reach the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Open.

Becker will meet Yugoslavia's Goran Prpic,who eliminated Carl-Uwe Steeb, 6-4, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. Horst Skoff of Austria topped Jonas Svenson of Sweden 6-3, 6-3 and Sergi Brugera of Spain edged Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden, 7-5, 7-5, in the other quarterfinals.


Rafael Pineda and Charles Murray have been chosen by the IBF to contend for its junior welterweight title, vacated earlier this week by Julio Cesar Chavez.

Pineda, 25, of Colombia, is 25-1 with 23 knockouts and is ranked No. 1 by the IBF. His only loss was to Mark Breland in a welterweight bout.

Murray, 22, of South Orange, N.J., is unbeaten in 20 fights with 13 knockouts and is ranked second by the IBF. He also is the United States Boxing Association's 140-pound titleholder.

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