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September 20, 1991

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The NBA's Orlando Magic was purchased by Michigan billionaire Rich DeVos, 65, who paid a reported $85 million to a local group headed by William duPont III.

DeVos, the co-founder and president of Amway Corp.' had tried to bring a National League baseball expansion franchise to Orlando.

* Jeff Ruland, 32, whose NBA career appeared over in 1987 when knee trouble limited him to five games, hopes to make a comeback.

Ruland, a former Washington Bullet, resigned a part-time coaching job at Iona College this year, recently had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is training in New Jersey, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.


Co-medalists Clarence Moore and Morris Beecroft, and former Baltimore resident Dick Goerlich were among those posting two wins to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Senior Amateur championship in cold, blustery conditions at Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort, Mich.

Beecroft, 61, of Newport News, Va., defeated Clyde Wilson of Hot Springs, Ark., 2 and 1, then topped Bobby Darnell of Westminster, Calif., 2-up. Goerlich stopped William Brafford, Mesa, Ariz., 4 and 3, and rallied from three holes down at the turn to defeat Wendell Kop of Honolulu, 1-up.


Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, 21, of Japan stopped Gregg Richardson, 34, of Youngstown, Ohio, after 10 rounds of their scheduled 12-round fight in Osaka, Japan, and took the American's World Boxing Council bantamweight title.

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