Richardson tests positive for drugsMicheal Ray Richardson...

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September 03, 1991

Richardson tests positive for drugs

Micheal Ray Richardson, a four-time NBA All-Star banned from the league in 1986 for cocaine use, was released by Knorr Bologna of the Italian League after cocaine test results were positive.

Vittorio Mancaruso, general manager of the Italian team, said Richardson failed two tests after he returned from the United States last week to rejoin Knorr Bologna for the season, which will begin Sept. 22.

Richardson, one of the leading scorers in the Italian league and a favorite of Bologna fans, recently had extended his contract with Knorr to play his fourth straight season in Italy. He was earning about $500,000 a year.

On Feb. 25, 1986, Richardson became the first active playe banned from the NBA after its antidrug agreement with the players union was instituted in 1984.

College football

Three Clemson football players have been suspended froSaturday's game against Appalachian State for three separate violations of team rules, coach Ken Hatfield has said.

Arthur Bussie Jr., David Davis and Pierre Wilson, all defensive linemen, will practice with the team this week but won't dress or play in Saturday's game, Hatfield said.

Hatfield did not say what rules Davis and Wilson are accused of breaking. But Bussie, from Camden, N.J., was charged with assault after a scuffle with a university housing official over the weekend. Bussie, 21, is accused of verbally abusing a university security officer Saturday morning and getting in a scuffle with a university housing official.

Horse racing

Royal Quick Dash, with a straight start and a furious finish, scored a wire-to-wire upset to capture the $2 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, N.M., the world's richest quarter-horse race.

The 2-year-old gray speedster broke alertly in the 440-yard straightaway race, got the first call and held off the undefeated gelding Ed Grimley in the final 50 yards to win the $1 million first-place purse.

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