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November 14, 1991

Virginia reportedly going to Gator Bowl

Virginia will play in the Mazda Gator Bowl, according to a published report.

The bowl's selection committee decided yesterday afternoon to offer the 21st-ranked Cavaliers (7-2-1) a spot in the Dec. 29 game in Jacksonville, Fla., the Roanoke Times & World-News reported in a story for its editions today.

Virginia's opponent would be a Big Eight team, most likely No. 18 Oklahoma, the paper said.

* The Mobil Cotton Bowl will invite a team from the Big Eight Conference to be the guest for its New Year's Day game if its first choice isn't available after Saturday's games, representatives said.

Top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Miami play Saturday, and if the Seminoles lose, they are expected to accept a bid from the Cotton Bowl.

* No. 17 Syracuse (7-2) is bound for the Hall of Fame Bowl on New Year's Day to play 19th-ranked Ohio State (7-2), sources told The (Syracuse) Post-Standard.

Although Hall of Fame officials would only say that a Syracuse-Ohio State game was a possibility, a Gator Bowl source told the newspaper the Orangemen and the Buckeyes were booked for Tampa, Fla.

* Baylor (7-2) has received an unofficial invitation to play in the Domino's Pizza Copper Bowl on New Year's Eve in Tucson, Ariz., The Houston Chronicle reported.

* Illinois (6-3) and UCLA (6-3) likely will meet in the John Hancock Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, the executive director of the bowl, Cricket Musch, said.

* Pittsburgh (6-4) and Georgia Tech (5-4) are being considered for one of the spots in the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl on Dec. 25 in Honolulu, according to said Michael Long, the bowl's team selection chairman.

Stanford is the Aloha Bowl's first choice for its West representative.

Georgia Tech may opt for the Gator Bowl, which is considering the winner of the Georgia-Georgia Tech game.

* No. 7 Alabama (8-1) is heading to the Blockbuster Bowl on Dec. 28 in Miami against an undetermined opponent, The Tuscaloosa News and The Birmingham News reported.


Midland Lutheran College in Omaha, Neb., officials have asked students to stop doing the tomahawk chop and a war chant at the Warriors sports events.

Midlands president Carl Hansen agreed with American Indians who found the chop and the war chant insensitive to Indians.

College basketball

Maryland is expected to announce today the signings of point guard Duane Simpkins of DeMatha, swingman Exree Hipp of Harker Prep and forward Stacy Robinson of DuVal. Mario Lucas of Memphis, Tenn., is expected to sign Monday.


The Little League World Series, which has played only day games since its start in 1939, will have night games starting next year.

The weeklong tournament, held every August in Williamsport, Pa., also will be expanded from its single-elimination format to guarantee each team three games.


Mark Calcavecchia birdied five of the first six holes and eagled the ninth en route to a course-record 7-under-par 66 and the first-round lead in the $750,000 Kapalua (Hawaii) International.

Calcavecchia's round over the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort gave him a one-shot lead over Mike Hulbert and Steve Pate in the chase for the $150,000 first prize.


British amateur Kian Kwok Lee, 23, was fighting for his life in Southampton, England, after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.

Lee, a welterweight, collapsed in the ring after twice losing his head guard during a bout Tuesday.

* World Boxing Association junior middleweight champion Vinny Pazienza was in the hospital with neck and back injuries as the result of traffic accident in Warwick, R.I., forcing his Jan. 10 title defense against Pat Lawlor to be called off.

Pazienza was listed in good condition.

* Britain's Paul Hodkinson (19-1-1) beat Marcos Villasana (54-8-3) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to take the Mexican's World Boxing Council featherweight title with a unanimous decision.

* Muhammad Ali said a doctor-supervised fasting regime that limited him to water and herbal tea with honey for three weeks has eased his Parkinson's syndrome.

"I feel a lot better," Ali said. "I have lost 37 pounds. My speech is a little better. My trembling is a little better."

* The World Boxing Organization notified heavyweight champion Ray Mercer that it will not sanction his Feb. 7 bout with former champion Larry Holmes.

The WBO ordered Mercer to defend his title against top-ranked contender Michael Moorer within 60 days.


Dana Miller-Mackie survived the final-five survival format of the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour's Ebonite Fall Classic in Torrance, Calif., to pick up her 10th career title and second of 1991.

Miller-Mackie, of Albuquerque, had a 228 in the final match to better Donna Adamek's 178 and Cheryl Daniels' 155 to pocket the $10,800 first-place check.

Ski jumping

Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, who won fans worldwide despite finishing last at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, won't be able to repeat his antics at the Winter Games in Albertville, France.

Just two days after being declared bankrupt, Edwards learned that he won't be a member of the British Olympic team for 1992 because the closing date for entries had passed with no jumpers having qualified.

High schools

The football team at Banning High School in Wilmington, Calif., was placed on probation through next year for refusing to play at another school because of the threat of gang violence.

The Interscholastic Athletics Committee also ruled that if Banning and Dorsey High School of Los Angeles meet in this season's playoffs, the game would be played at Jackie Robinson Stadium, where Dorsey plays its home games and the site of two apparently gang-related shootings this year.


The Baltimore Kickers have won the boys 11-14 championship in the Baltimore City League, finishing 10-0, including five shutouts.

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