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June 24, 1991

Marylanders win world canoe title

The three-man canoe team that includes Marylanders Jon Lugbill and Jed Prentice won a gold medal yesterday at the Whitewater Slalom World Championships in Tacen, Yugoslavia.

Lugbill and Prentice, both from Bethesda, and Adam Clawson of Bryson City, N.C., extended the United States' winning streak in the championships, which began in 1979. They easily beat the French team.

The other three team events were won by the French -- women's canoe and kayak and men's kayak. The best the Americans could do was a bronze medal in the women's kayak with the team of Dana Chladek of Bethesda, Kara Ruppel of Confluence, Pa., and Kirsten Brown-Fleshman of Takoma Park. Chladek was second to Elizabeth Micheler of Germany in the women's single kayak. Clawson won a silver in the men's single canoe, behind Martin Lang of Germany.


Fired University of Miami associate academic coordinator Tony Russell said he charged $85 to Miami students, mostly football players, to falsify financial aid applications so he could support his cocaine addiction. Russell said he faked hundreds of financial-aid forms to help needy students for more than a decade, but only began charging kickbacks in the past two years to feed his habit.

"I don't know how they're going to find them," Russell said of those who received aid they didn't deserve. "A lot of the athletes are gone. Some are in the pros."

Russell said he used the federally funded Pell Grant, designed to help needy students, to get the students between $250 to

$2,400 per year. Russell said he kept his dealings secret from his superiors at Miami. The NCAA, which could punish Miami for lack of institutional control, among other things, has said it will wait until the federal government's probe is over to investigate.


Disgraced Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona will not be in Naples, Italy, Wednesday to answer charges of using drugs and supplying them to others, his lawyer said. "June 26 is too close a date to ask Maradona to come to the trial and defend himself as he said he wanted to do," Vincenzo Siniscalchi said.

"It's virtually certain I'll have to ask for a deferment of a month to enable my client to return to Italy and take part in the hearings," Siniscalchi said.

Pro basketball

On Saturday, Charlotte Hornets coach Gene Littles seemed upset that Nevada-Las Vegas' Larry Johnson would be the Hornets' choice as No. 1 pick in Wednesday's NBA draft instead of Syracuse's Billy Owens, but Littles toned down his remarks yesterday.

Littles denied there was a rift between him and Hornets vice president Allan Bristow, who has made the decision.

"Allan gets paid to make basketball decisions for the team, and I'm paid to coach," Littles said. "We have discussions about what my needs are and Allan tries to meet my needs through trade or the draft."

Track and field

Ben Johnson finished fourth in the 100 meters at the Midsummer Games meet in Lapinlahti, Finland, despite running his fastest time of the year -- 10.4 seconds. Frankie Frederics of Namibia won the race in 10.12, beating American James Trappe by .04. Devlon Dunn, another American, took third in 10.19.


Tracy Hanson, who won medalist honors for stroke play, overcame wet, rainy conditions to defeat Carri Wood, 1-up, in the match play final of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville, Va. Hanson, a sophomore last season at San Jose State, was down three holes through six but rallied to defeat Wood, a sophomore last season at Mississippi State.

* Jay Sigel, 47, of Berwyn, Pa., won an unprecedented third Northeast Amateur championship with a two-stroke victory over collegians Tom Scherrer and Chris Smith in East Providence, R.I. Sigel shot a 2-over-par 71, but held on for the win.


Rain canceled the consolation game of the Sun Belt Classitournament yesterday in Stillwater, Okla., in which Team Maryland (3-2) was to play Florida (3-2). The teams were declared tied for third. The championship game between Georgia (4-1) and California (3-2) also was rained out, so Georgia was declared the winner and California awarded second.

Five Maryland players made the all-tournament team: Ken Konopacki (Calvert Hall), Keith Kormanick (Gilman), Jerry Fisher (Southern-Baltimore), Craig Everett (Northeast) and Shannon McKenzie (Beall).


Two-time Olympian John McNally won his seventh national rapid-fire pistol title, shooting a match-record 1,461 points at the U.S. Shooting Championships in Chino, Calif.


The U.S. national team of Patrick Manning, Jeff McLaughlinTom Bohrer and Michael Porterfield won by nearly 10 seconds in the straight fours at the USRowing National Championship Regatta in Indianapolis. Angela Herron of Alpena, Mich., won the women's open sculls, and Joaquin and Jose Gomez of Mexico captured the double sculls.


The Soviet Union defeated France, 8-6, in the men's epee team event at the 44th World Fencing Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The victory gave the Soviets the top spot in the overall medal standings with three gold, two silver and five bronze.

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