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June 19, 1991

Paternity suit brought against Wingate

A 23-year-old woman who says San Antonio Spurs guard David Wingate fathered a girl born last Aug. 8, has refiled a paternity suit against him.

Mary Salmon said she dropped an earlier suit after the Spurs suspended Wingate during an investigation of two separate rape charges leveled against him.

"When the rape charges were dropped and David was reinstated with the team, I came back from my home in Illinois," Salmon said. She decided to refile the paternity lawsuit after Wingate failed to respond to her requests for support of the child, she said.

Broadcasting

Former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells, who said television was not on his agenda when he quit May 15, has signed with NBC as a studio analyst for "The NFL Live."

His three-year contract is worth $250,000 this season and will escalate to at least $400,000 if he stays through its duration, The New York Times reported.

Parcells may also handle game analysis for a few late-season NFL games and will preview NFL games along with Will McDonough after NBC's six broadcasts of Notre Dame football games.

* Brent Musburger will anchor the ABC Sports broadcast team assigned to cover the Pan American Games on Aug. 3-18 in Cuba. The team also will include eight former Olympians.

Pro football

Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas gave $125,000 in cash to Oklahoma State's athletic department and urged other athletes to give back to the colleges that gave them their start.

Thomas, the top all-purpose running back in the NFL last year, also took out a $750,000 life insurance policy on himself and named the athletic department as the beneficiary.

Boxing

Former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick was jailed in Miramar, Fla., on a sexual battery charge in the alleged assault of a babysitter.

Berbick denied the allegation as he was led to the Broward County Jail in handcuffs, saying his estranged wife, Nadine, had made up the story in the heat of emotion over their pending

divorce.

Sailing

It apparently was a rough ride on this year's biennial Annapolis to Newport Race, a 435-mile course down the Chesapeake Bay and the offshore to Narragansett Bay, which began Saturday at noon off the mouth of the Severn River.

As of 8 p.m. yesterday, only four of the 57 starters had finished, and at least eight boats had dropped out in heavy weather offshore. Official finish times were not immediately available.

First over the finish line was Richard Heffering's Baltic 50 Bully, out of Greenwich, Conn., followed by New Yorker Bevin Koeppel's Pedrick 82 Congere, the 1989 first-to-finish.

Next was the 80-foot Bruce Farr-designed ketch Challenge America, formerly The Card, which was the Swedish entry in the 1989-90 Whitbread Round The World Race, with Charlestonian Teddy Turner, son of America's Cup winner Ted Turner, at the helm.

Fourth to finish was Donnybrook, the former record-holding Starlight Express, now campaigned by Washington D.C. sailor James P. Muldoon.

Pro basketball

Jimmy Rodgers, a regular-season winner who didn't meet the Boston Celtics' postseason goals, is expected to be named head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves at a news conference today, succeeding Bill Musselman.

Olympics

Three senior officials of the South African Amateur Athletic Board said that it would be wrong for the country to participate in the 1992 Olympics because the political climate is not yet correct and because so much of the population has been denied participation.

"We are excited about getting back into the Olympic movement, but the time is not right now," William Legolie, a former sprinter and long jumper and now head of the SAAAB's track and field coaches association, said during a news conference at Columbia University. "It is too fast."

Tennis

Martina Navratilova did not lose a game to Laura Golarsa, winning, 6-0, 1-0, as she led the top four seeds into the third round of the Pilkington, England, women's grass-court tournament.

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