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August 13, 1991

N. Korea calls off talks with South

North Korea said yesterday it was scrapping talks with South Korea on a joint Olympic team until Seoul repatriates a Northern athlete who defected, government officials said.

North Korea's Olympic committee chairman Kim Yoo-soon said in a letter that the sports talks, scheduled for Saturday, would be postponed indefinitely because of Seoul's "impure attitude."

But there was no mention of the more substantive talks scheduled later this month in Pyongyang between the two countries' prime ministers. Officials and diplomats expected this session to go ahead.

Saturday's meeting had been scheduled to explore the fielding of a united Korea team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Basketball

Celtics forward Kevin McHale has signed on for two more seasons. McHale, who will turn 34 in December, will get $7 million over the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons, $3.5 million a year, according to The Boston Globe.

* Los Angeles Lakers forward James Worthy began serving 40 hours of community service at a Houston middle school as part of his sentence for two misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution last Nov. 15. Houston police Sgt. Jim Marquez said Worthy will conduct basketball clinics each day.

Worthy was arrested at his hotel prior to a game against the Houston Rockets and charged with attempting to purchase sex from two Houston Police Department undercover officers.

Worthy received one year's probation, a $500 fine and 40 hours of community service.

Colleges

Colorado State athletic director Oval Jaynes, a former football coach with a reputation for hiring successful coaches, will be named today as the University of Pittsburgh's athletic director, sources said yesterday.

"This has been one of the worst-kept secrets in Pittsburgh sports," said a Pitt athletic department official, who didn't want to be identified.

Jaynes' hiring has been rumored since Friday, when East Carolina athletic director Dave Hart Jr., the school's first choice, surprised Pitt officials by turning the job down.

Autos

NASCAR driver J.D. McDuffie died instantly of brain injuries when his car smashed into a tire barrier and guardrail during Sunday's Budweiser at the Glen Winston Cup race in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Schuyler County Coroner Alaud Din said that except for the massive head injuries, McDuffie came through Sunday's crash comparatively unscathed.

"I didn't find any other injuries, except that he had an obviously broken right upper arm," Din said after performing an autopsy on the 52-year-old driver.

Golf

Three four-player teams representing Hunt Valley Golf Club were among the seven which qualified at Hunt Valley for the national Rums of Puerto Rico tournament to be held at Cerromar Beach, Puerto Rico, Nov. 20-24. With each team consisting of a professional and an amateur within each of three specified handicap ranges, the Hunt Valley teams (all the amateurs are members) were headed by Ty Mayers, Jim Estes, and Chuck Scully.

Tennis

Steve Bryan, ranked 184th in the world, upset 11th-seeded Anders Jarryd, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 yesterday in the opening round of the U.S. Hardcourts tournament in Indianapolis.

The top eight seeds, including defending champion Boris Becker, received first-round byes. Becker has won the tournament two of the past three years.

Ronald Agenor of Haiti was another seeded player given an early exit. Brett Steven of New Zealand ousted the 13th seed, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (13-11).

No. 12 Patrick McEnroe and No. 16 Christian Bergstrom both advanced, along with unseeded Aaron Krickstein. McEnroe beat Brad Pearce, 7-5, 6-1; Bergstrom defeated Wayne Ferreira, 6-3, 6-3; and Krickstein topped Jonathon Stark, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Gymnastics

A Houston gymnast, once ranked 13th in the nation, is dead after a three-year coma.

Julissa D'Anne Gomez, 18, broke her neck in May, 1988, during warm-up vaulting exercises at the World Sports Fair in Tokyo. At the time, the 73-pound gymnast was looking forward to competing in the Olympic team selection process during the U.S. championships in Houston.

Gymnastics

A Houston gymnast, once ranked 13th in the nation, is dead after a three-year coma.

Julissa D'Anne Gomez, 18, broke her neck in May, 1988, during warm-up vaulting exercises at the World Sports Fair in Tokyo. At the time, the 73-pound gymnast was looking forward to competing in the Olympic team selection process during the U.S. championships in Houston.

Her parents say she never regained consciousness. She remained paralyzed and used a machine to breathe until her death last week at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston.

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