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June 07, 1991

Tarkanian reportedly to quit after season

Jerry Tarkanian, whose 18 years at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas have been marked by highly successful teams and continuing investigations by the collegiate authorities, expected to announce today that he will coach the basketball team for one more season and then resign.

Although Tarkanian has two more years left on his contract, the Las Vegas Sun, citing unnamed sources, said the university will not be required to buy out the final year of the contract.

The Sun -- for which Tarkanian and his wife, Lois, both write columns -- reported that Tarkanian is said to have offers of front-office jobs with the Los Angeles Clippers or the Dallas Mavericks waiting for him when he leaves UNLV.

Tarkanian and UNLV president Robert Maxson emerged from a 30-minute meeting in Maxson's office yesterday and announced that they had reached an agreement "in principle" as to how Tarkanian's job status will be dealt with.

They declined, however, to discuss the agreement before today's news conference.

College baseball

The first woman to play college baseball has left her team citing sexism among her teammates, coach and athletic director, but her college says she was merely reacting to isolated incidents.

Julie Croteau, who has just finished her junior year, says she has taken a leave of absence from St. Mary's (Md.) College for at least a semester and might transfer.

Croteau, a reserve first baseman, also charges the college with widespread discrimination against female athletes, including inferior coaching, facilities and scheduling. The college denied these charges outright.

Croteau, of Manassas, Va., was the only woman ever to become a regular, full-time player on a college baseball team when she joined it in her freshman year.

She told USA Today she "has spent more time fighting and being emotionally destroyed by baseball than enjoying the game. It's not fun anymore."

Boxing

The World Boxing Council cannot hold a purse bid this rTC weekend on a proposed heavyweight title fight between Evander Holyfield and former champion Mike Tyson, a New Jersey state judge ruled.

Superior Court Judge Amos Saunders said that only the International Boxing Federation could accept bids from promoters seeking to stage the fight. He blocked the WBC from holding a purse bid on Saturday, according to Karen Passero, Saunders' law clerk.

The IBF, one of three governing bodies for boxing and the lead organization for any challenge to Holyfield, plans its purse bid Tuesday.

Olympics

U.S. Olympic officials said that they were happy with Cuba's preparations to host the Pan American games this August and disputed reports they were curtailing the time American athletes would spend in Cuba.

"We are totally satisfied," said U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Moran, who was among U.S. officials who visited Cuba three times recently to review the preparations.

"We have looked at every single aspect of this," he said by telephone from Colorado Springs, Colo. "We see no special reasons to make adjustments."

Pro basketball

Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird will undergo surgery today to repair a back injury that bothered him throughout the 1990-91 NBA season, the team said.

Running

The New York City Marathon will offer cash bonuses strictly on a time performance basis rather than a flat amount for finishing in the top 15, race director Fred Lebow said.

So, instead of the men's and women's winners each receiving $26,385 as they did last November, the first-place finishers can earn as much as $100,000 for breaking the world record.

Tennis

Defending champion Ivan Lendl advanced to the quarterfinals of the Beckenham grass court tournament by beating Mexico's Luis Herrera, 6-4, 6-4, in Beckenham, England. Lendl, the top seed, will next face No. 9 Jim Grabb, who beat fellow American Patrick Galbraith, 6-2, 7-5.

Cycling

Maximilian Sciandri won the 11th stage of the Tour of Italy in Savona, Italy, edging Greg LeMond in a two-man sprint for the finish line.

Track and field

Olympic champions Bob Schul and Ellery Clark, journalist Bert Nelson and age group pioneer Roxanne Andersen were elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, The Athletics Congress announced.

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