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October 21, 1991

Ex-Auburn players say they received money

An Auburn booster and friend of coach Pat Dye gave former football player Eric Ramsey hundreds of dollars, free beef and performance bonuses while he was with the Tigers, according to tape recordings made by Ramsey.

The Birmingham (Ala.) News published a copyrighted story yesterday detailing the contents of the tapes that were released by Ramsey and his attorney.

Meanwhile, former Auburn basketball star Chuck Person gave a sworn statement saying he, too, received cash payments while in college, the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser reported in another copyrighted story.

Person, answering attorneys' questions in July 1988 as part of a lawsuit, said he received money from two Auburn boosters and alumni during his college playing days. Person is now with the NBA's Indiana Pacers.

The charges, if true, could result in severe NCAA penalties against Auburn, where the NCAA is looking at both the football and basketball programs. But Dye, who also serves as athletic director, said his department would escape sanctions.

Auto racing

Davey Allison edged Harry Gant by one second to win the AC Delco 500 NASCAR race at Rockingham, N.C., in record time. Gant dominated most of the race, leading 136 of the first 250 laps at North Carolina Motor Speedway. He led a total of 260 laps.

But Allison won the battle of the pits late. He took on new tires and fuel 43 laps from the finish of the 492-lap race while in third place. Gant went into the pits two laps later, but his crew had trouble changing tires, leaving Gant off the 1.017-mile track for 30.3 seconds.

Mark Martin took third, while Geoff Bodine was fourth in the last car on the lead lap. Kenny Schrader, one lap down, took fifth.

* Michael Andretti easily won the Champion 300 at Monterey, Calif., and his first CART PPG Cup title. Andretti, who started from the pole for the eighth time this season, led the most laps in a race for the ninth time in 1991. Andretti's Chevrolet-powered Lola crossed the finish line 11.99 seconds ahead of Al Unser Jr. The winner averaged a race-record 103.604 mph, breaking the mark of 103.556 set last year by Danny Sullivan.

* Brazil's Ayrton Senna gave up the checkered flag in the Japanese Grand Prix to teammate Gerhard Berger but clinched his third driver's championship at Suzuka, Japan. After leading from the halfway mark and seemingly assured of his seventh Formula One Grand Prix victory this season, Senna eased off the gas just before the home stretch, allowing Berger to go ahead.

"I was happy for Gerhard to . . . win the race," Senna said. "Today was my turn to do a small help for him. . . . I'm happy for him and I'm happy for the team." Tom Donahue scored two goals, as host Loyola defeated Canisius, 4-0, to clinch its third consecutive berth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs. Loyola has won 23 straight MAAC games.

* Fairleigh Dickinson handed Mount St. Mary's its ninth straight loss, 2-0, at Teaneck, N.J. Mount St. Mary's (3-11-1, 1-5), which has been hurt by injuries throughout the season, lost two more starters during the game. Sophomore midfielder Mike Connolly left midway through the first half with injured ribs, and freshman striker Billy Bono suffered an arm injury.


Kathy Boswell defeated top seed Betty Byrum, 141-117, to win the Women's National Duckpin Association Grand Prix at Fair Lanes Owings Mills. Boswell had beaten Becky Nusbaum, 151-139, to advance to the final match against Byrum. Diane Jasper bowled the high game during the weekend, 213, in Saturday's qualifying round.


Lyn Brooks of Baltimore, who owns the record for most Ironman Triathlon finishes, completed her 12th consecutive Ironman Triathlon Saturday in Hawaii in 13 hours, 21 minutes.

"After such a disastrous finish last year," Brooks said, "I took a whopping three hours off my time. The experience last season was so overwhelming painful that I had to question whether I had what it takes to finish.

"But this year, I had fun and I am really tickled."

Other area finishers: Troy Jacobson, 9:19; Bob Vigorito, 12:13; Sandy Ford, 12:18; Mary Lou DiNardo, 12:20; Mark Shaw, 12:42; Mary Ann Zuckerman, 12:48; Joe Amato, 12:55; Dotty Esher, 14:29.


The Pittsburgh Penguins have listed center Mario Lemieux as day-to-day because of back spasms. Lemieux was forced from Saturday night's loss to the New York Rangers in the third period. The Penguins lost, 5-4, on Darren Turcotte's goal with 1:10 to play.

Lemieux has been troubled periodically with back trouble after missing most of last season recovering from surgery and a back infection. He has played every game this season.

* Steve Heinze and Ted Crowley, both former Boston College players, scored two goals each for Team USA in a 10-1 victory over Boston College at Newton, Mass.


Second-seeded Pete Sampras of the United States beat France's Olivier Delaitre, 6-1, 6-1, yesterday to win the Lyon Grand Prix in less than an hour.

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