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November 09, 1991

LSU's O'Neal accuses Duke of lying

Shaquille O'Neal yesterday accused David Duke of twisting a statement Louisiana State's star basketball player reportedly made regarding Duke's candidacy for governor.

The disagreement started Thursday when WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge asked Duke about allegations that he would harm LSU's chances of recruiting black athletes if he is elected governor.

Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, said on the broadcast: "Shaquille O'Neal on the LSU basketball team said my being governor wouldn't affect the state at all. He said unless I was perhaps the coach."

According to LSU, O'Neal stated in a Nov. 2 issue of Tiger Rag magazine: "I'm not into politics. I looked at LSU as a school when I came here. Now if David Duke were the coach and trying to recruit me, I'd have told him to take a hike."

In a statement issued through the school yesterday, O'Neal said: "Webster's Dictionary defines a lie as 'to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive.' That's what happened. I resent it totally. People would do anything to get a vote. But I want the fans and the people in the community to know I'm no Uncle Tom."

* Eric Love scored 33 points and Michael Brown had 29, as the Maryland All-Stars defeated Maryland Baltimore County, 118-103, in a college exhibition game last night at UMBC. Sophomore center Sony Nixon led UMBC with 40 points and 13 rebounds.

* Marlin Kimbrew scored 31 to lead Maryland Eastern Shore over the Burundi national team, 104-44, in an exhibition in Princess Anne.

Baseball

A man was convicted in Dallas of an aggravated robbery during which major-league umpire Steve Palermo was shot and left partially paralyzed.

Jurors took about three hours to convict Army Pvt. Kevin Bivins, who was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. He faces five to 99 years or life in prison plus a $10,000 fine when jurors consider sentencing today.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Dave Bergman filed for free agency, raising the total to 92 with one business day left to file.

Twelve players, including Minnesota Twins pitcher Jack Morris, remain eligible to become free agents by Monday's deadline.

* Chicago White Sox general manager Ron Schueler will interview several people, including third-base coach Terry Bevington, Philadelphia Phillies coach Larry Bowa and Pittsburgh Pirates coach Gene Lamont, for the vacant manager's job.

Oakland Athletics pitching coach Dave Duncan has removed his name from consideration.

Pro basketball

New Jersey coach Bill Fitch said the Nets' owners paid too much and meddled more than needed to get Kenny Anderson, the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, signed to a contract that may have hurt the team more than it helped. The point guard from Georgia Tech signed a five-year, $14.5 million contract yesterday.

The deal left the Nets over the NBA salary cap, and the owners ordered general manager Willis Reed to waive center Dave Feitl and second-year forward Jud Buechler to make room.

Tate George, Chris Dudley, Sam Bowie and the retired Roy Hinson had to agree to defer salary from this year to sometime in the future.

"I stand on what I said: The system stinks," said Fitch, who added that never before in his 21 seasons as a coach had he

been bypassed in deciding who should be cut.

Semipro football

The Baltimore Bears (10-3) will face the Washington Stonewalls (11-0) today at 7 p.m. for the Mason-Dixon Football League championship. The game will be at Washington's Eastern High School on East Capitol Street, one block west of RFK Stadium.

Washington won both meetings during the regular season, 32-14 on Sept. 8 and 26-7 on Oct. 26.

The game also will count as the Mid-Atlantic Champion Bowl game for the American Football Association. The winner could advance all the way to the Semipro Bowl XIII on Dec. 7 in Orlando, Fla.

Tennis

Maryland senior Danny Cantwell advanced to the round of 16 at the Rolex South Atlantic Men's Championships at Wake Forest by upsetting Craig Baskin of Clemson, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 8 seed Dirk Hahnheiser of South Carolina, 6-3, 6-2.

* Monica Seles, the world's top-ranked player, was installed as the top seed in the $350,000 Virginia Slims of Philadelphia, which will begin Monday at Philadelphia Civic Center.

The field features seven of the top 10 women's players.

Golf

Jim Thorpe bogeyed two of his last three holes, but retained his three-stroke lead over Bobby Wadkins in the second round of the Amoco-Centel Championship in Bluffton, S.C.

The tournament, approved by the PGA but not sponsored by the organization, features 32 golfers between the ages of 40 and 49.

Figure skating

World champion Kristi Yamaguchi of the United States took the lead in the singles events at the Lalique Trophy competition in Albertville, France.

The Soviet Union's Viacheslav Zagorodniuk took the men's lead over three-time world champion Kurt Browning of Canada, who has a back problem. World champions Natalia Mishkutienok and Artur Dmitriev of the Soviet Union came from behind to win the pairs event.

College soccer

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