Jerry Tarkanian said he is so upset at the attacks on his...

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June 02, 1991

Jerry Tarkanian said he is so upset at the attacks on his teaand his players that he will leave his job as basketball coach at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas as soon as the NCAA completes an investigation that it began in 1987.

"I am totally fed up," Tarkanian, who has three years remaining on his contract, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "But I will never resign, I will never do anything, until the NCAA thing is over. Don't anybody think different.

L "This is the one that has put me over the edge. I'm fed up."

The incident that Tarkanian referred to is a photograph snapped near the beginning of their 1989-90 national championship season showing three former UNLV players lounging in a hot tub with Richard "Richie the Fixer" Perry that appeared last Sunday in The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Perry pleaded guilty in 1984 to a charge of conspiracy to commit sports bribery in the Boston College point-shaving scandal. He was sentenced to a year in prison. In addition, in 1974, Perry was convicted of fixing harness races at the Roosevelt and Yonkers racetracks.

The photo shows Moses Scurry, David Butler and Anderson Hunt relaxing in the hot tub with Perry, drinking beer.

Tarkanian said Perry had coached Scurry in a New York summer basketball league and that Scurry was unaware of Perry's game-fixing and sports-bribery background.

Track and field

Louisiana State, led by Dawn Bowles, won its fifth straight women's title in the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., and Tennessee, led by decathletes Aric Long and Brian Brophy, took its first men's title in 17 years.

Peter Rono of Mount St. Mary's, the 1988 Olympic 1,500 champion, lost his left shoe after one lap and wound up third in that event, behind Samuel Kibiri of Washington State (3 minutes, 39.53 seconds) and Paul Vandegrift of William & Mary (3:40.11). Rono was timed in 3:40.47.

"I tried to kick with 600 meters to go, but my leg kept slipping back," Rono said. "I never had this happen to me before."

College football

The Southwest Conference unanimously approved a proposal that would send its runner-up to the Cotton Bowl if its champion is ranked No. 2 and has a chance to play for a national championship in another bowl.

"What we said is, if you have a chance to play for the national championship, we want you to take it," SWC commissioner Fred Jacoby said yesterday.

The Cotton, Orange and Sugar bowls are discussing a proposed alliance with Notre Dame and the Atlantic Coast and Big East conferences to produce better bowl matchups.


Lou Delligatti's goal in the sixth overtime lifted the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club to a 15-14 victory over Chesapeake in the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association's Southern Division championship at Norris Field. Delligatti finished with a team-high three goals. Jeff Jackson and Peter Rubin led Chesapeake with three goals and two assists each.

Mount Washington will face the winner of today's Northern Division final between the New York Athletic Club and the Long Island Lacrosse Club for the national championship June 8 at Homewood Field.

Pro basketball

Former Minnesota Timberwolves executive Tim Leiweke was named a senior vice president by the Denver Nuggets yesterday, a day after president Carl Scheer was fired. Scheer, who had been president for 14 months, was the fourth in that position to leave the team during the past 19 months.


Del Ballard Jr. and Bob Benoit captured the PBA Beaumont (Texas) Doubles Classic, beating Steve Hoskins and Philip Ringenar, 243-200, in the title match. Ballard and Benoit never trailed, rolling five consecutive strikes to open the final game. The duo earned $28,000 for the win. Hoskins and Ringener won $14,500 for second. Hoskins and Ringener earned the title berth after getting by Mark Thayer and David D'Entremont, 213-202, in the semifinal. Thayer and D'Entremont won $10,000 for third.

College baseball

Scott Stahoviak had three hits and two RBI, and Steve Hinton drove in three runs, powering seventh-seeded Creighton to an 8-4 College World Series victory over No. 2 Clemson in the first round in Omaha, Neb. Creighton (50-20) rewarded the fourth-largest crowd in series history with 11 hits off six Clemson pitchers, and the 16,244 in attendance made plenty of noise for ** their hometown team in its first national championships.

* Mark Adams drove in five runs in an 11-run sixth inning, and Jacksonville (Ala.) State coasted to its second straight NCAA Division II championship, defeating Missouri Southern, 20-4, in Montgomery, Ala. Brian Holman gave up nine hits in going the distance, as Jacksonville State coach Rudy Abbott got his 700th career victory.


Eric Wynalda scored the tying goal with 22 minutes left in second half, as the United States surprised Ireland with a 1-1 tie in an exhibition in Foxboro, Mass. Ireland, a World Cup quarterfinalist last year, dominated throughout, outshooting the Americans, 20-3.


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