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June 11, 1991

ACC-Big East Challenge won't go beyond 1991

The Big East says it has informed the ACC and ESPN that it intends to withdraw a year early from an early-season basketball series matching teams from the two leagues, The New York Times reported today.

The four-year contract between the conferences and ESPN, which televises the eight-game annual series, was to run through the 1992-93 season.

But because of scheduling conflicts and increased opposition from Big East officials, the ACC-Big East Challenge apparently will conclude with this year's games, scheduled for Dec. 2-5.

Mike Soltys, ESPN's manager of programming information, said he did not know of the Big East's intention to end the series early.

Sentiment in the ACC was for continuation of the series, the Times reported.

The ACC has approached the Big Ten about the possibility of establishing a new series with that league, perhaps as early as 1992.

Track and field

The American Arbitration Association temporarily lifted a suspension against sprinter Butch Reynolds yesterday and declared him eligible for the U.S. Track and Field Championships in New York this week.

Reynolds, who set the world record of 43.29 seconds at 400 meters in 1988, was suspended from all international track and field competition for two years, dating from Aug. 12, 1990, by The Athletics Congress after testing positive for steroids in an event in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

The decision applies only to the games in New York beginning tomorrow, and not to later events that Reynolds wants to enter, including the 1992 Olympics.

* Soviet Inessa Kravets set a world best for the women's triple jump, when she leaped 14.95 meters in Moscow. The previous best of 14.54 was set by Li Huirong of China on Aug. 25 in Sapporo, Japan.

College football

The University of Tennessee acknowledged in a response to the NCAA that one of its assistant coaches -- Jack Sells, who was fired Friday -- broke recruiting rules at least six times and then lied about it to an NCAA investigator.

But the university denied it ran a summer camp for blue-chip football recruits, as the NCAA had alleged in a letter of inquiry on April 8.

Pro football

Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke stepped closer to an agreement with District of Columbia officials on the building of a 78,600-seat football-only stadium.

After meeting with Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon and Council chairman John A. Wilson for the second straight week, Cooke said in a statement: "I see no high hurdles ahead of us. I am encouraged."

Tennis

Pam Shriver of Lutherville lost four games in a row in the second set, but still swept Britain's Julie Salmon in the opening round of the $150,000 Edgbaston women's grass-court tournament in Birmingham, England.

"I played fine, except for those four games," Shriver, the event's winner from 1984 to 1987 and No. 16 seed, said after a 6-0, 6-4 victory. "The one I lost from 40-0 on my own serve was a sloppy game. It made a routine match complicated."

* Top-seeded Craig Baskin of Marietta, Ga., beat Neil Maurer of Salisbury, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, on the opening day of the USTA National Boys Interscholastic Championships in Durham, N.C.

Soccer

La Dolce Vita of Baltimore advanced to the final four of the U.S. Soccer Federation national over-30 championship with a 1-0 overtime victory over Hota Bavarians on Sunday on Long Island.

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