IOC denies bribes gave Atlanta Games
An International Olympic Committee vice president denied yesterday that bribes influenced the selection of Atlanta as host of the 1996 Games. Kevin Gosper said the IOC is doing all it can to reduce the risk of corruption in the bidding process.
The accusations were raised this week by the German news magazine Der Spiegel, which claimed that Atlanta Olympic officials offered IOC members gold credit cards, free heart surgery, scholarships to American universities for their children and cash bribes of up to $120,000 each. Atlanta officials angrily ,, dismissed the allegations.
* The mayors of the French Alpine towns accommodating the 1992 Winter Olympics said hotel bookings are below expectations, with more than 30 percent of the rooms still available. The mayors, at a news conference, said major preparations for the Feb. 8-23 Games at Albertville and 11 other venues were complete.
Alabama quarterback Danny Woodson was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules and will miss Saturday's game against LSU. Woodson, the Southeastern Conference's second-rated passer, missed at least two mandatory treatments last week for a hamstring injury, but coach Gene Stallings would not specify why he suspended the quarterback. Redshirt
freshman Jay Barker replaces Woodson for No. 8 Alabama.
* Notre Dame and Penn State athletic officials were left hanging when ABC Sports put on hold pay-per-view plans for the schools' Nov. 16 football game. ABC Sports spokesman Mark Mandel said "some internal things" must be resolved before completing the deal. He declined to discuss details.
* Clemson linebackers Roderick M. Adams and Timothy Leon Jones, charged with assault and battery, won't play Saturday when the 15th-ranked Tigers face North Carolina, coach Ken Hatfield said.
Senior Tom Donahue scored three goals and junior goalkeeper Shawn Boehmcke tied John Houska's school record for career shutouts with his 27th, as Loyola College (10-8-2, 8-0) warmed up for the MAAC tournament with a 4-0 win over La Salle (11-5-1) at Curley Field yesterday. Houska played for the Greyhounds from 1973-76.
* Jon Pillion highlighted a four-goal second half with two scores, as Essex Community College (17-3-1) opened NJCAA Region XX quarterfinal action with a 4-0 win over Charles County CC.
* UMBC (15-4-1, 5-0-1) is top seed and Towson State (12-4-4, 3-1-2) is second for the ECC tournament this weekend at UMBC. The Retrievers will face Rider (8-6-2, 2-2-2) on Saturday at 11 a.m., and the Tigers will play Buffalo (10-6-2, 3-2-1) at 2 p.m. The title game is Sunday at 1 p.m.
The proposed sale of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to an investors group headed by Howard Baldwin and Morris Belzberg was placed on hold by the NHL's Board of Governors following seven hours of meetings. NHL president John Ziegler said the board didn't set a date for a next meeting, but that it probably would be soon.
Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and the doubles team of Ken Flach and Robert Seguso have been named to the U.S. Davis Cup team that will play France in the final starting Nov. 29, the U.S. Tennis Association announced. The United States will defend the title against France, seeking its first Davis Cup championship since 1932, at the Palais de Sports Gerland in Lyon, France, on indoor carpet.
* Second-seeded John McEnroe, passed over by U.S. Davis Cup selectors, was upset, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, by Germany's Alexander Mronz in the first round of the Birmingham, England, indoor tournament.
Earier, third-seeded Richey Reneberg beat Gary Muller, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals. No. 4 seed MaliVai Washington defeated Italian qualifier Gianluca Pozzi, 6-0, 7-5.
* Eighth-seeded Alexander Volkov beat fellow Soviet Dmitri Poliakov, 7-5, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup at Olympic Stadium in Moscow. Jim Grabb, the only American left in the draw, will play Australian Mark Woodforde today.
* Linda Harvey-Wild upset fifth-seeded Gigi Fernandez, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Virginia Slims of California tournament.
Track and field
Triple jumper David McFadgen, suspended by The Athletics Congress for using cocaine, will undergo random drug testing as part of an agreement that will allow him to keep his teaching job. McFadgen told Newburgh (N.Y.) School District officials that he would seek drug counseling or some other form of help, school board president William Lahey said. In return, McFadgen will remain on the staff at a Newburgh public school, where he has been teaching since the school year began.