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July 21, 1991

U.S. routs Panama, 7-1, as Washington scores 2

Dante Washington of Columbia and Curt Onalfo scored two goals apiece, as the United States routed Panama, 7-1, yesterday in a Group C Olympic qualifier.

The United States outshot Panama, 26-2. The United States is 2-0-1 in its round-robin series with Panama and Haiti. The Americans can clinch a berth in the Olympic regional finals for North and Central America and the Caribbean with a win or tie Aug. 25 at Haiti. Two teams from the regional will advance to the 1992 Olympics.


David Berganio, a University of Arizona student, dethroned defending champion Michael Combs, 4 and 2, to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind.

Pro basketball

Former Philadelphia 76er Rick Mahorn wanted to stay in the NBA, but practical reasons caused him to sign with Rome's Il Messaggero in the Italian Professional League, his agent said. Mahorn signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract Friday.

Mahorn's agent, Alton R. Waldon Jr. told the Philadelphia Daily News that six NBA teams, including the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers, contacted his client. Three teams in Italy also made offers.

"Rick had wanted to remain in the NBA, but then practicality set in," Waldon said. "He felt security for his future was important, and this deal will take care of everything. He'll never have to look back."

Mahorn, 32, a 6-foot-10 center-forward, spent 11 seasons in the NBA and played for the Detroit Pistons when the team won the world championship in 1988-89.

* Terry Mills scored 23 points to lead the New Jersey Nets to their third straight Detroit Piston Rookie League victory, a 108-99 win over the Washington Bullets at the Palace of Auburn Hills. A.J. English led Washington with 19.

College football

Nebraska's top running back, Leodis Flowers, said a lost desire to play football, and some off-the-field problems led him to skip practices, prompting coach Tom Osborne to drop him from the team.

"If you're going to do something, you're going to want it to be fun," Flowers told the Omaha World-Herald. "I just didn't see where it was fun."

Flowers, a senior, would have been the top returning rusher in the Big Eight. He ran for 940 yards last season and put together six straight 100-yard games -- the third-longest streak in Nebraska history. Flowers has a child in Omaha, and that was one reason for his absences.

* Three Brigham Young football players have been charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and face a circuit court hearing in September. Halfback Scott Charlton, tight end Matt Zundel and offensive lineman Stephen DeSantis are charged with possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.


An two-run infield single by Shane Miller lifted the Kazmarek Little Orioles of Baltimore to a 4-3 win over Georgia (45-1) in the opening round of the Dizzy Dean 12-under World Series in Birmingham, Ala.

Pitcher Jared Voigt pitched a three-hitter to lead the Little Orioles (60-8), and Steve Ammons and Mike O'Malley each hit a bases-empty homer. The Little Orioles will meet Oklahoma at 6 p.m. today.

World University Games

French freestyler Stephan Caron completed a sweep at the World University Games in Sheffield, England, when he added the 50 meters gold to his triumphs in the 100 and 200. Slow off the block, the Olympic 100 bronze medalist surged past Germany's Robert Pufleb in the last 20 meters to win in 22.97 seconds and collect a trio of titles no one has won before.

Only Romanian Naomi Lung, who had four golds in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, four years ago, has won more. Lung had two individual medley medals in Zagreb.

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