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July 27, 1991

Youth team finds crime and charity

A Portland, Ore., youth basketball team's trip to a national AAU tournament in Virginia is back on track after money for the trip vanished, the coach was arrested and an anonymous benefactor surfaced.

Parents learned Wednesday that the 14-and-under boys team wasn't even entered in the Aug. 3-8 tournament in Hampton, Va., and that nothing had been paid for by the team's coach, Miguel "Mike" Delgado, who had collected between $6,000 and $7,000 from parents and sponsors.

The story was broadcast on Portland television stations Thursday night, and an anonymous benefactor wrote a check for $7,000 to finance the trip.

Also after the broadcast, tipsters called the West Linn, Ore., police to say the coach would be attending a Little League tournament in that suburb south of Portland. Police pulled over Delgado as the coach drove away from the tournament. A police computer check revealed Delgado's real name was Miguel Guadalupe and that he was wanted on a second-degree grand theft charge in Miami.

* Police in Phoenix were seeking former New York Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau after tests disclosed that a package he allegedly picked up at an airport contained amphetamines, a police spokesman said.

Gastineau was detained at Sky Harbor International Airport on April 9, after he allegedly took possession of more than 200 capsules believed to be amphetamines. Gastineau was interviewed and released pending testing of the capsules.

Track and field

Greg Foster led an American sweep in the 110-meter hurdles at the Teresa Herrera international meet in La Coruna, Spain. Foster finished in 13.49 seconds, with former world-record holder Renaldo Neamiah second in 13.66. Tony Dees, who beat Foster at a meet in Spain on Tuesday, was third in 13.70.


In his first interview since being arrested on cocaine charges three months ago, Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona said he had paid for his mistakes and that drugs were now just an ugly memory for him.

"They are an ugly memory, very ugly," he said. "Although I have made a lot of mistakes, I think I have already paid for them. Now I think of the future of my daughters."


Martina Navratilova says the woman with whom she "lived as man and wife" betrayed her by tricking her into signing a cohabitation agreement that could ruin her financially.

Claiming that through naivete she never read the agreement and did not realize what it contained, Navratilova told ABC's "20/20," in an interview broadcast last night, that she believed Judy Nelson "truly loved me."

"But I also now believe that this was pretty much organized ahead of time," Navratilova said in an interview with Barbara Walters. "That she figured either she was going to have me or she was going to have a lot of money."

Nelson, who lived with Navratilova for seven years, filed suit against the tennis player seeking half of all Navratilova's earnings during their relationship.


Scott Devers beat Brian Voss, 249-174, in the 42nd and final game of match play to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals of the PBA's Columbia 300 Open in Austin, Texas.

Devers, the 1988 Columbia 300 champion, trailed Voss by 94 pins heading into the final game. A four-time champion, Devers is trying to win his first tournament of the year.

Special Olympics

The Maryland men's basketball team won a silver medal and James Hart of Upper Marlboro won the pentathlon yesterday in the International Special Olympics in Minneapolis.


Defending champion Charles Harris of the Country Club of Maryland is one of four former champions in the 39-man field for the 39th annual Baltimore City Amateur championship at the CC of Maryland today and tomorrow. The other past winners are Henry Blue, Green Spring; Bob Kaestner, Baltimore CC; Robert Lang, CC of Maryland; and Sheldon Kalish, Woodholme CC.

College football

Redshirt quarterback Steve Clements, Texas' all-time leading high school passer, intends to transfer from Texas to Brigham Young, a Dallas newspaper reported, in a dispute with Longhorns coach David McWilliams over playing time.

South Africa

Harry Hendricks, president of the South African Amateur Athletics Board, doesn't want to send a team to the World Track and Field Championships in Tokyo next month because the country has not done enough to eliminate apartheid.

But at least one other group in South Africa's new racially integrated Amateur Athletics Association wants South Africa to compete in Tokyo and so Hendricks said he expects a confrontation over the issue.

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