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May 05, 1991

Knicks talk to Riley, and he considers job

The New York Knicks have contacted Pat Riley about becoming their next head coach, and Riley, former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and an NBC announcer, said he is interested in holding further discussions.

Riley confirmed the Knicks' interest yesterday during halftime of NBC's telecast of the Seattle SuperSonics-Portland Trail Blazers playoff game. Riley said he was contacted by Knicks president Dave Checketts, but Riley did not reveal when the conversation took place. When Riley was asked whether he was willing to think about the Knicks job, he said, "Yes."

Former Knicks coach John MacLeod resigned Thursday to become head coach at Notre Dame.

7/8

Football

The manuscript for an autobiography by former Miami Dolphins quarterback Don Strock alleges that use of stimulant pills and pain-killing injections was widespread during much of his 14-year career. In the book, co-written by New York-based free-lance writer Harvey Frommer and to be published by Pharos Books of New York, Strock writes that unnamed "team doctors" dispensed the drug Ritalin until about 1978. Ritalin is a trade name for a central stimulant often used to treat depression and the sleeping disorder narcolepsy.

The NFL's substance-abuse policy states: "The use of amphetamines and substances that induce similar effects, absent legitimate need to treat existing medical conditions, is prohibited." NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Ritalin is considered a performance-enhancing drug fitting this category. Strock, 40, said players usually took the Ritalin pills during pre-game warm-ups.

Sailing

Paul Cayard and Il Moro di Venezia III survived a battle of attrition in strong Pacific Ocean winds off San Diego and helped give Italy the upper hand by winning the first race in the International America's Cup Class World Championships. Winds

up to 20 knots caused damage to several of the powerful yet fragile boats. The most spectacular -- and costly -- damage occurred when Nippon's mast snapped and fell into the water.

Three of nine boats failed to finish. Besides Nippon, Spain fell out early with broken steering and the Jayhawk, sailed by America-3 syndicate president Bill Koch, dropped out with a broken boom vang, a hydraulic device that holds the boom. Cayard's yacht, the newest of two Italian boats, navigated the 21.2-mile, eight-leg course in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 43 seconds. Il Moro di Venezia I, sailed by John Kolius, finished second, 2:18 behind.

New Zealand, with a trio of skippers, was third, 3:23 behind; USA-2 and Gary Jobson were fourth, 5:31 back; and France and Marc Pajot took fifth, 8:07 back. Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes, slowed by rigging problems, had a headsail rip on the last leg but limped in to finish sixth, 27:44 behind the winner, and avoided penalty points given to boats that don't finish.

7/8 Sweden won the gold medal from Canada in the World Hockey Championships by edging the defending champion Soviet Union, 2-1, in the last game in Turku, Finland. Mats Sundin, one of the National Hockey League's top rookies with the Quebec Nordiques, scored the winning goal at 9:37 of the third period. It was the fifth world championship for Sweden and the second since 1987.

* The Minnesota North Stars have canceled a scheduled Met Center broadcast of Game 2 of their Campbell Conference playoff series against the Oilers in Edmonton because of excessive rowdiness by some fans during a similar event Thursday. About 2,300 people paid $1 each for the chance to skate on the Met Center ice and watch the North Stars play the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of the series. The North Stars won, 3-1.

A statement released Friday by the club said "a few hundred fans had another agenda, destroying property and placing our fans and staff at risk."

Tennis

Monica Seles and Steffi Graf, No. 1 and No. 2 in the women's rankings, set up another head-to-head meeting by scoring straight-set victories Saturday in the semifinals of the German Open in Hamburg. Seles beat third-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain, 6-2, 6-4, and Graf breezed by Judith Wiesner of Austria, 6-0, 6-1.

* Top-seeded Richey Reneberg and fourth-seeded Petr Korda scored straight-set semifinal victories and reached the final of the USTA Men's Clay Courts of Tampa. Reneberg of Houston defeated Pablo Arraya of Peru, 6-3, 6-1, and Korda of Czechoslovakia downed Chris Garner of Bay Shore, N.Y., 6-4, 6-4. Reneberg and Korda are each seeking their first career ATP Tour title.

7/8

Bowling

Doug Kent won a two-frame roll-off with a pair of strikes to defeat George Branham III and win the American Bowling Congress Masters in Toledo, Ohio. Kent and Branham, who beat Kent on Friday night to take the top seed for the final round, tied at 236 after 10 frames. Branham could have won in regulation with a 9-count and a spare, but only knocked down eight pins.

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