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August 02, 1991

Britain officially out of America's Cup

Britain, the country that began the America's Cup races 140 years ago, will miss next year's competition because Peter de Savary announced his syndicate's withdrawal yesterday due to lack of funds.

De Savary, commodore of the Port Pendennis Yacht Club which was to represent Britain in the 1992 challenger series, announced his withdrawal to his counterpart at the San Diego Yacht Club, holders of the America's Cup.

In a letter of notice to San Diego Commodore Sandy Purdon, de Savary wrote: "It is only after considerable effort and a great will to be with you in 1992 that I have finally decided to withdraw from the forthcoming America's Cup regatta."

De Savary had warned that he would be forced to withdraw if sponsors or some other British syndicate did not emerge with offers to share the massive financial burden necessary to mount a successful America's Cup campaign, said Cecil Scaglione, the U.S. spokesman for the British syndicate.

Britain's withdrawal leaves 10 challengers from nine nations. The challenger and defender trials will start in January. The best-of-seven America's Cup Match begins May 9.


Diego Maradona, suspended from professional soccer last March for testing positive for cocaine following an Italian League match, said he's definitely, positively hanging up his cleats.

"I won't play professional soccer again," the 30-year-old forward said in a radio interview. "It's an irrevocable decision."

Maradona's latest comments about his future came as he practiced a third afternoon with his old team, Boca Juniors. On Saturday, he's scheduled to play a charity match to raise money for a hospital.

The soccer star has changed his mind before, but he seemed more serious in the interview with Radio Continental.

"I won't play for the national team, either," said Maradona, who captained Argentina to the 1986 World Cup and a runner-up finish to West Germany last year.


Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson reportedly skipped out on a $380 bar bill in Indianapolis and was generally rude during the visit that led to rape accusations against him, according to a published report.

Tyson arrived in Indianapolis at about 4:30 p.m. on July 17 to participate in Indiana Black Expo and Miss Black America festivities. He left unexpectedly at about 5:45 a.m. on July 19.

The night he arrived, Tyson drove with his bodyguard and singing star Angie Boyd, known as B Angie B to Sevilles nightclub, The Indianapolis Star reported in yesterday's editions.

Mark Ritchey, who owns Sevilles, said Tyson was given a complimentary bottle of house champagne but said he wanted Dom Perignon. Ritchey said he made arrangements to bring in three bottles, which cost $90 apiece.

Tyson danced with B Angie B and drank three or four bottles of Corona beer before the group left about 12:30 a.m., The Star said.

"He just brushed out the door," Ritchey said. "Our photographer tried to take his picture as he got in the limo," but he yelled an obscenity and slammed the door.

No one in the Tyson party paid the $380 bill, Ritchey said.

Dennis Hayes, manager of The Sutherland entertainment hall and Tyson's host, said Sevilles' management said drinks were on the house.

Hayes also said Tyson left the waitress a $100 bill as a tip.


PGA Tour officials announced the formation of a union, retaining attorney Richie Phillips, executive director of the Major League Umpires Association, as their general counsel.

The union filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board NTC and Phillips notified PGA commissioner Deane Beman that the golf officials would seek a collective bargaining agreement.

Phillips said tour officials would seek parity with officials in other major sports in salary and benefits.


After a year's absence from the Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Cooper said he's ready to return to the NBA team as a member of the coaching staff. Cooper, who played 12 seasons with the Lakers, said he is very close to reaching an agreement with the club.

"There's some movement since the last time we talked and it looks like I'm going to be joining the Lakers' coaching staff," said Cooper, who last season played in Italy.

* The Denver Nuggets appear to be ready to trade veteran forward Orlando Woolridge for Detroit Pistons backup center Scott Hastings, once the remainder of Woolridge's contract is renegotiated.

Nuggets general manager Bernie Bickerstaff would neither confirm nor deny the deal, but a team spokesman said a trade "is not out of the realm of possibility."

Auto racing

A temporary restraining order granted to Total Petroleum Inc. kept the car driven by Arie Luyendyk off the track Thursday when practice began at Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's Marlboro 500.

Luyendyk drives for Vince Granatelli, who has not used Total's logos on his car in the three events since a race June 23 in Portland, Ore.

The restraining order was issued by Wayne County (Detroit) Circuit Judge John H. Hausner on Monday and reaffirmed during a hearing on Wednesday. The order was granted after Total filed a complaint outlining Granatelli's alleged refusal to fulfill contract requirements.

Another hearing was set for Saturday in Detroit to determine if the judge will issue a permanent injunction in the matter.

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