NCAA places Tulane on probationThe NCAA announced...

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August 09, 1991

NCAA places Tulane on probation

The NCAA announced yesterday that it will place Tulane University on probation for two years because of major rules violations by a former head tennis coach.

The university released a statement saying it wouldn't appeal the decision and noted that no coaches or athletes currently at the university were involved in the infractions.

The coach accused of the violations, which date back to 1987, was not identified in the NCAA's news release. He reportedly resigned in 1989, before the violations were discovered. Media guides for that period list the head coach as Peter Curtis.

* Jerry Hutchison, Navy's women's basketball coach the past two years, has resigned from this position for personal reasons, athletic director Jack Lengyel announced. Debbie Schlegel, assistant coach last season, will be the interim head coach for 1991-92.

Hutchison posted 16-8 records in his two seasons at Navy, and his team's leading scorer in 1990-91, Angela Dobbs, was an honorable-mention All-America.

Schlegel went 7-0 last season as interim coach last Januar while Hutchison was attending to family members injured in an auto accident. She is a graduate of Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and was head coach at Millersville University for 11 seasons (1980-90).

* University of Pittsburgh president J. Dennis O'Connor hadenied a published report in The Pittsburgh Press that he had offered the school's athletic director job to Dave Hart Jr., the athletic director at East Carolina and the son of a former Pitt football coach.

Football

The Canadian Football League, fresh from grabbing Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, this year's most coveted player in U.S. college football, is considering expanding into the United States.

The cash-starved eight-team league has talked with groups from Fargo, N.D.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Detroit; Sacramento, Calif.; and Portland, Ore., among other cities.

B.C. Lions owner Murray Pezim and Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner David Braley said a move south into the large U.S. market would raise television revenues and help attract corporate sponsorship.

Pro basketball

Chris Jackson, a guard for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, plans to convert to Islam today in a private ceremony in Denver and change his name to Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, church and Nuggets officials have confirmed.

Jackson, a Gulfport, Miss., native, attended Morning Star Baptist Church there as a child and was baptized into that church last year.

* Former University of Maryland and NBA star John Lucas bought the Miami Tropics and vowed to use the United States Basketball League franchise as a tool in helping players overcome drug problems.

Lucas, whose 14-year NBA career was interrupted by drug troubles, is director of chemical dependency treatment and after-care programs for professional athletes.

* Amway chairman Rich DeVos is expected to close the deal on purchasing the Orlando Magic today. DeVos, from Grand Rapids, Mich., is scheduled to meet with Bill duPont, the team's general partner, and Robert Fraley, the attorney who has been handling duPont's crumbling financial problems, to discuss his bid of nearly $70 million to buy the NBA franchise.

Tennis

Top-seeded Boris Becker beat an onrushing thunderstorm and moved to the quarterfinals of the $1.3 million ATP Championship in Mason, Ohio, by eliminating MaliVai Washington, 6-4, 6-4.

Defending champion Stefan Edberg and U.S. Open champion Pete Sampras also advanced, but third-seeded Ivan Lendl fell to No. 14 Derrick Rostagno, 7-6, 3-5, 6-3.

Edberg, the No. 2 seed, defeated Amos Mansdorf, 6-1, 6-2, and Sampras, seeded seventh, defeated Wayne Ferreira, 6-1, 6-4.

French Open champion Jim Courier ousted Michael Chang, 7-5, 6-2, before an evening storm washed out the match between fifth-seeded Andre Agassi and No. 12 seed Brad Gilbert.

Boxing

A grand jury indictment of Mike Tyson on a rape charge would not halt the former heavyweight champion's challenge to Evander Holyfield in November, people involved in the fight said.

Dan Duva, who will promote the fight at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, said Tyson's attorney sent him a letter confirming that the boxer will go ahead with the bout whether or not an indictment is issued.

A special grand jury is scheduled to be convened next week in Indianapolis to hear evidence concerning a rape accusation made by an 18-year-contestant at the Miss Black America pageant at Indianapolis last month.

Baseball

The Yankee Rebels 15-16 team of Baltimore advanced in the All-America Baseball Congress World Series in Waterbury, Conn., with an 11-6 victory over Jackson, Miss.

Bryan Matz got the win and Matt Weimer hit a home run and a triple to lead the Yankee Rebels, who play defending champion Norwalk, Calif., at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Golf

The Sazale Classic, a year-ending team event, has been canceled, the PGA Tour announced.

Local officials in Wellington, Fla., were unable to reach an agreement with the sponsoring Sazale Corp., and "there is no remaining possibility for funding to conduct the event," the Tour announcement said. The tournament had been scheduled for Dec. 12-15.

Auto racing

TC

Defending champion Ricky Rudd, Davey Allison and Harry Gant all crashed on the opening day of practice at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International for Sunday's Budweiser at the Glen.

Rudd crashed on turn five, as did Gant. Allison's accident came in turn 10. Gant's car was not as badly damaged as the other two.

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