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October 22, 1991

Ben Johnson pleads guilty to assault

Ben Johnson, the Canadian sprinter stripped of an Olympic gold medal and a world record for steroid use, pleaded guilty in court yesterday in Toronto to assaulting former teammate Cheryl Thibedeau.

Johnson, 29, was placed on 16 months' probation and ordered to perform 75 hours of community service.

Pro basketball

Darrell Griffith, one of the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooters, was put on waivers by the Utah Jazz.

Griffith has spent his entire 11-year career with the Jazz, the team that drafted him as the second overall pick out of Louisville in 1980.

Griffith recently asked the team to place him on waivers to free him up to talk to other teams. The development of rookie forward Corey Crowder also was said to have been a factor in the decision.

Equestrian

Terry Regan of Millbrook, N.Y., turned in two clean rides aboard Delta Prospect to win the Ambassador's Cup at the Washington International Horse Show in Landover.

Regan prevailed in a jump-off over Lisa Tarnopol of Greenwich, Conn., to take the $3,000 first prize in the event for amateur owner-riders.

College soccer

Loyola College forward Rob Elliot (Calvert Hall) was suspended indefinitely by coach Bill Sento for academic reasons, the school announced yesterday. Elliot, a 5-foot-11 junior, has been out since Wednesday's game against Howard. He has missed three games.

Sento said he will receive more information on Elliot's grades next week.

Triathlon

David Raskin, 27, a fourth-year University of Chicago medical student from Owings Mills, completed the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii on Saturday in 10 hours, 51 minutes, 44 seconds.

Semipro football

The Baltimore Bears clinched a Mason-Dixon League playoff spot Sunday with a 34-2 victory over the York Lions at Patterson High School. Ricky Green rushed for 104 yards on nine carries for the Bears (7-2), who close out their regular season Saturday LTC in Washington against the Northern Division champion Stonewalls. The Bears defense, which has not given up a touchdown in 10 quarters, had six sacks and gave up 90 yards of total offense on Sunday.

The Bears will begin the playoffs Nov. 2 against the Peninsula Poseidon in Newport News, Va. The Bears beat Peninsula, 20-7, on Sept. 22.

Boxing

Thailand's Fahlan Lookmingkwan won a unanimous 12-round decision over Andy Tabanas of the Philippines in Bangkok, Thailand, retaining his International Boxing Federation mini-flyweight title.

Tennis

Wimbledon champion Michael Stich of Germany and U.S. Open champion Stefan Edberg of Sweden have agreed to play in December's $6 million Munich Grand Slam Cup tournament.

* Australians Todd Woodbridge and Wally Masur won in straight sets over Swedish wild-card entries in first-round matches at the $1.1 million Stockholm Open.

Woodbridge beat 17-year-old Thomas Enqvist, 7-6, 6-3. Masur defeated Jan Gunnarsson, 6-4, 6-4.

Golf

The teams of Mark Guttenberg-Jon Stanley and father-son combination Bruce and Brian Lehnhard totaled 9-under-par 98 for 27 holes to share the lead among 58 pairings on the first day of the annual Middle Atlantic PGA 2-man team championship at Shenandoah Valey GC in Front Royal, Va. Today's concluding 27 holes will have the same format as yesterday -- nine holes of scramble, nine holes of one betterball and nine holes of alternate-shot.

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