Ga. Tech running back out for seasonJeff Wright, a...

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August 15, 1991

Ga. Tech running back out for season

Jeff Wright, a sophomore who was expected to start at fullback or tailback for Georgia Tech, was lost for the season when he broke an ankle during last night's scrimmage.

"The main thing we wanted from this scrimmage was to evaluate our running back situation," coach Bobby Ross said. "But I didn't want it to be resolved this way."

Wright was the Yellow Jackets' second-leading rusher last season as the backup tailback to William Bell. In 10 games, he rushed for 395 yards on 89 carries with four touchdowns. He was moved to fullback during the spring so that he and Bell could be used at the same time.

But the Yellow Jackets will have neither player this season. Bell, a junior who rushed for 891 yards on 161 carries with five touchdowns, was suspended for the season after he was charged with stealing textbooks during the off-season.

And without Wright, the Jackets are left with no running backs with anything more than token game experience. Most of the 11 players competing for the two jobs are redshirt freshmen or true freshmen. Quarterback Shawn Jones, who rushed for 277 yards last season, is now Tech's leading returning rusher.

Pan American Games

Jim Jackson, the leading scorer for the U.S. men's basketball team at the Pan American Games, will miss the remainder of the competition because of a stress fracture in his left foot. Jackson, who will be a junior at Ohio State, returned with the team from Miami last night with his foot in a cast and he will miss tonight's semifinal game with Puerto Rico.


Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson is a "serial buttocks fondler" who molested 10 of 23 contestants at the 1991 Miss Black America Pageant, the pageant owner alleges in a lawsuit.

The $21 million lawsuit filed by J. Morris Anderson claims the reputation of the 24-year-old contest has been ruined by allegations that Tyson sexually assaulted some of the contestants.

An 18-year-old contestant has accused Tyson, 25, of raping her July 19 in a hotel room in Indianapolis, where the pageant was held. Through spokesman, Tyson, who has not been charged, has denied the allegation.

A grand jury may begin investigating the rape allegation as early as tomorrow, Indianapolis police spokesman Lt. Tim Horty said.

Also, last year's Miss Black America, Rosie Jones, 27, has sued Tyson for $100 million, accusing him of fondling her buttocks during the 1991 pageant.

* World Boxing Association junior middleweight champ Gilbert Dele of France will defend his title against Vinny Pazienza, the U.S. Boxing Association junior middleweight champion, Oct. 1 in Providence, R.I.

* Lonnie Smith, a former world champion junior welterweight, will replace Greg Haugen as the opponent for Julio Cesar Chavez, the World Boxing Council junior-welterweight champion, on Sept. 14 at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nev.


Stefan Edberg and Ivan Lendl were straight-set winners while John McEnroe needed three sets for his second-round victory at the Volvo International tennis tournament in New Haven, Conn.

Edberg beat stubborn American MaliVai Washington, 6-4, 6-4, and Lendl breezed by Arnaud Boetsch of France, 6-2, 6-2.

McEnroe was extended by Brazilian Luiz Mattar, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The fourth-seeded McEnroe said Mattar, ranked 74th, played an exceptionally good serve-and-volley game.

Ninth-seeded defending champion Derrick Rostagno was also a winner, advancing, 7-6, 6-2, over fellow American Alex O'Brien.

The only seed to fall was eighth-seeded Soviet Andrei Chesnokov, a 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 loser to Dutchman Paul Haarhuis.

* Top-seeded Boris Becker easily advanced to the third round of the U.S. Hardcourts in Indianapolis, and Tim Mayotte's booming serve powered him past No. 4 Guy Forget.

In a night match, No. 3 Andre Agassi nearly was ousted by qualifier Kent Kinnear -- ranked No. 314. Agassi, sixth in the world ratings, advanced, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, after Kinnear netted an forehead overhead volley when he had nearly the entire court open while leading 3-1 and having one more serve remaining.

Ninth-seeded Jakob Hlasek also avoided an upset, beating Robbie Weiss, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

Becker spent more time waiting than he did playing, but defeated David Pate, 6-3, 6-2 in their rain-delayed second-round match.

Meanwhile, Mayotte had four of his eight aces in one game en route to a 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 upset of Forget while winning on 82 percent of his first serves.

* Jo Durie, ranked 160th in the world rankings, stunned fourth-seed Zina Garrison, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, eliminating the world's 11th best player in the second round of the Virginia Slims of Los Angeles tournament.

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