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July 11, 1991

Moses Malone signs with Bucks for 2 years

The Milwaukee Bucks signed center Moses Malone to a two-year contract yesterday.

"Moses is an intense competitor with the heart of a lion and the spirit of a thoroughbred," Bucks coach Del Harris said. "He will give us a big lift in our rebounding and inside game."

Malone, a 15-year veteran, became an unrestricted free agent when the Atlanta Hawks declined to sign him for the 1991-92 season on July 1.

Pro football

Cornerback Dwayne Woodruff, the last member of a Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl champion team still playing, has retired.

Woodruff, 34, had been without a contract since Feb. 1. He chose to concentrate on his law career rather than try to return for a 13th season.

* Defensive lineman Frank Warren behaved well during his yearlong drug suspension from the NFL, so commissioner Paul Tagliabue has cleared him to return to the league, New Orleans Saints president Jim Finks said.

* Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, who shunned the NFL for Toronto Argonauts owner Bruce McNall's offer in April, is being kept out of today's game by a strained quadriceps muscle in his left leg.

The strain itself is healed, Ismail said, but is not playing on the advice of Dr. Steve Lombardo, the orthopedic specialist from Los Angeles who treated Ismail over the weekend.

Tennis

Michael Stich, playing for the first time since winning at Wimbledon, breezed to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Cyril Suk of Czechoslovakia in the Swiss Open in Gstaad.

* French Open champion Jim Courier defeated fellow American Tommy Ho, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round of the Gunze World tournament in Tokyo.

Hockey

Contract talks between the NHL and the players association fell apart before they even got started.

The second round of negotiations were scheduled to start yesterday at a Toronto hotel. But about an hour before they were to start, Goodenow informed NHL president John Ziegler that the players wouldn't come to the table.

Although the current pact was supposed to expire Sept. 15, the NHL plans to use some of the fine print to have it enforced for another year and will take the matter to an arbitrator.

Golf

Seve Ballesteros of Spain had eight birdies, including all four par-3s, to shoot a 63 in the first round of the Scottish Open at Gleneagles, and was tied for the first-round lead with Mark Roe.

* Jenny Chausiriporn and Kristin Dollenberg, both of Baltimore, will face each other tomorrow in the finals of the 17th Annual Bobby Bowers Jr. Golf Tournament at the Springfield Golf and Country Club in Springfield, Va.

In semifinal match play, Chausiriporn defeated Lisa Wells of Millersville, 9 and 8, and Dollenberg defeated Mallory Crosland of Bethesda, 3 and 1.

Track and field

U.S. sprinter Michael Johnson ran the season's fastest 400 meters and Jamaican star Merlene Ottey continued her winning streak with a new seasonal best in the 100-meter -- at the Athletissima IAAF-Grand Prix meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Johnson caught front runner Roberto Hernandez of Cuba at the top of the backstretch and accelerated to win in 44.17 seconds. Ottey lowered her season's best in the 100 to 10.84.

Television

Television sports production companies Raycom and Jefferson-Pilot Sports will produce 25 to 30 college basketball games for ABC next year as part of a multiyear agreement, the companies announced.

Under the plan, Raycom, known primarily for its work with regional sports broadcasts including ACC basketball games, will buy 11 time slots on ABC, mostly for doubleheaders on Sundays in February. The company will then use its contacts and conference agreements to put together a schedule of games. Raycom will sell advertising and JP Sports will handle production. The two companies are based in Charlotte, N.C.

College basketball

South Carolina ended a two-month search and named Steve Newton of Murray State basketball coach.

Newton, 50, will succeed George Felton, who was fired May 14.

* Oral Roberts University, seeking to regain its NCAA membership, has lined up a basketball schedule that includes 24 Division I teams.

The Titans went into the NAIA in 1989 when evangelist Oral Roberts cited a growing financial crisis at the university he founded. The school announced in May it would try to rejoin the NCAA, which has stipulated that the school must schedule all but two Division I teams and play one-third of the games at home.

Baseball

Four members of the Crown All-Star baseball team will leave today for Los Angeles to compete in the U.S. Olympic Festival next week.

Shannon McKenzie (Beall), Troy Brohawn (Cambridge-South Dorchester), Scott Young (Arundel) and Juan Johnson (Thomas Stone) will play for the East and will play their first game July 16 against the West.

Itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny Michael Stich, playing for the first time since winning at Wimbledon, breezed to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Cyril Suk of Czechoslovakia in the Swiss Open in Gstaad.

* French Open champion Jim Courier defeated fellow American Tommy Ho, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round of the Gunze World tournament in Tokyo.

* Pablo Arraya of Peru and three Swedes, including No. 2 seed Magnus Gustafsson, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open in Bastad.

Arraya outlasted Swede David Engel, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Gustafsson beat fellow Swede Niclas Kroon, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1. Christian Bergstrom turned in a 6-2, 6-1 upset of No. 6 seed Nicklas Kulti in an all-Swedish match, and Jan Gunnarsson of Sweden beat Argentine-born Eduardo Masso of Belgium, 7-5, 7-6.

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