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June 03, 1991

Maradona to be tried on drug charges

Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona has been indicted by a Naples, Italy, prosecutor on charges of cocaine possession and ordered to stand trial, state radio and television reported yesterday.

Trial was set to begin June 26. It was not known whether Maradona would return to Italy from Argentina, where he also has judicial troubles, to attend trial.

The broadcast reports said Maradona was charged with possessing and giving away cocaine. RAI state television said he was indicted after several women told investigators that he had given them cocaine.

Maradona, who played for Italian major-league soccer team Napoli, returned to his native Argentina this spring after other troubles in Italy. He tested positive for cocaine use after a league game in March and was suspended by an Italian soccer tribunal from playing professional soccer anywhere in the world for 15 months.

Shortly after he arrived in Buenos Aires, he was arrested in an apartment during a raid by police. Last month, an Argentine news agency reported that a federal judge who must decide whether to charge him with drug possession and distribution in connection with the raid has received a medical report indicating Maradona is addicted to cocaine.

College baseball

Mike Sirotka scattered six hits and Chris Moock and Gary Hymel each drove in three runs for fourth-seeded Louisiana State (53-18), sending No. 8 Fresno State (42-22) into the losers' bracket of the College World Series with a 15-3 setback. LSU (53-18) advanced into Wednesday's semifinal round. Fresno State dropped into the elimination round against Florida (50-20) tomorrow.

Earlier, freshman right-hander Marc Valdes threw a three-hitter to lead fifth-seeded Florida to a 5-0 victory over Florida State, eliminating the top-seeded Seminoles.

College football

The college football coaches' poll, carried by United Press International since 1950, will be distributed by USA Today. The decision was announced by the American Football Coaches Association, which said that USA Today would carry the top-25 poll for the next five years. The poll will be called the USA Today Top 25 coaches' poll.

UPI, meanwhile, said it still planned to carry a top-25 poll this season, but had yet to determine a format.

* The College Football Association passed a resolution opposing an amendment proposed by the NCAA Council that would enable a student-athlete to apply for the professional football draft and retain eligibility for college football.

Coaches were unanimously against the amendment, although athletic directors were divided on the issue.

Golf

Seve Ballesteros shot a 3-over-par 75, but his big three-round lead enabled him to win the British Masters by three strokes in Woburn, England. Protecting a seven-shot lead going into the final round, Ballesteros overcame early and late bogeys to stay ahead of the field in wet and breezy conditions.

* Lon Hinkle shot an even-par 72 for a two-shot victory in the Ben Hogan Quicksilver Open in Midway, Pa. Hinkle finished with a 54-hole total of 6-under 210 and earned $40,000.

Race walking

Carlos Mercenario of Mexico, who took the lead on the final lap when Andrei Perlov of the Soviet Union was disqualified with less than a kilometer to go, won the 50K race in record time at the 14th IAAF World Cup in San Jose, Calif.

Mercenario won the race in a meet record of 3 hours, 42 minutes, 3 seconds through the streets of downtown San Jose. Perlov received two technical warnings from the judges right before the bell lap and then was disqualified on the third warning shortly after he had started the final 500 meters.

Boxing

Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns will challenge Virgil Hill for the World Boxing Association light heavyweight championship tonight in Las Vegas. Hearns, 32, has been fighting professionally since 1977 and has won titles in five weight classes. Hill, 27, is a 5-2 favorite in the 12-round bout, which will be held outdoors at Caesars Palace.

* Terry Norris retained his World Boxing Council super-welterweight crown Saturday night with an eighth-round knockout of former undisputed welterweight champion Donald Curry, who announced after the fight that he was retiring to become a manager.

* Former WBC light-heavyweight champion Jeff Harding of Australia stopped American Bobby Jennings in the seventh round in a 10-round bout in Surfers Paradise, Australia.

Track and field

Seppo Raty of Finland improved his world javelin record by almost 17 feet with a toss of 318 feet, 1 inch at a meet in Punkalaidun, Finland. Raty, 29, set the previous world record of 301-9 in Shizuoka, Japan, May 6, when he took the record from Steve Backley of Britain. Raty then became Finland's first world-record holder in the event since Jorma Kinnunen in 1969. Italy's Giorgio Lamberti defeated world-record holder and Olympic gold medalist Matt Biondi in a special 100-meter freestyle race at an international meet in Monte Carlo. Lamberti's time was 50.63, Biondi's 51.00.

Cycling

Mario Cipollini took yesterday's stage of the Tour of Italy, but Franco Chioccioli stayed the overall leader. Cipollini pedaled the 108 miles, in part through the Umbrian hills, in 4:04:43, ending in Citta Di Castello.

Greg LeMond of the United States finished 162nd, in the same time as Cipollini. He was 29th overall, 3:51 behind Chioccioli.

* A late sprint by Australian Patrick Jonker edged Soviet Andrei Dolgnikh to win the seventh stage of the Milk Race in Birmingham, England.

Running

The Soviet pair of Viktor Mazgovoi and Irina Petrova battled wind and rain to win the men's and women's divisions of the 14th annual Melbourne Marathon. Mazgovoi's time was 2:17:02. Petrova completed the women's race in 2:39.57.

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