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November 28, 1991

Kings coach suspended for 12 games

Tom Webster, coach of the Los Angeles Kings, was suspended yesterday for 12 games for throwing a stick at referee Kerry Fraser. In addition, the Kings were fined $10,000 for the incident during the Nov. 16 game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Webster was ejected for throwing a hockey stick that landed at )) Fraser's feet. Webster was upset that Fraser had assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty to Kings defenseman Larry Robinson for cross-checking.

* Thanks to Bob Johnson, every day will be a great day for hockey in Pittsburgh this season. Johnson's favorite expression, a great day for hockey," has been painted on the Civic Arena ice and will remain for the rest of the Penguins' games this season. Johnson, who coached the Penguins to the Stanley Cup title last season, died Tuesday of brain cancer.

* Boston rookie goalie Matt DelGuidice has been assigned to Team USA after compiling a 1-3-1 record in seven games as Andy Moog's backup with the Bruins. The U.S. hockey team that will play at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, in February will be chosen from the roster of Team USA, currently playing an extensive pre-Olympic schedule.

Pro basketball

The Charlotte Hornets have placed forward-center J.R. Reid on the injured reserve list with a stress fracture in the fourth lumbar area of his lower back and he may miss up to six weeks.

* Vlade Divac, 7-foot-1 center of the Los Angeles Lakers, had surgery yesterday for a herniated disk in his lower back after an examination earlier in the day revealed the problem. He will be sidelined a minimum of six to eight weeks.

Boxing

A judge in Indianapolis denied defense attorneys' motions seeking dismissal of rape and related charges against boxer Mike Tyson, leaving in place a four-count indictment of the former heavyweight champion, who faces trial Jan. 27.

Colleges

Towson State senior point guard and leading scorer Devin Boyd had surgery yesterday to repair a fractured right elbow hurt in Monday night's season opener at Colorado. He will be sidelined six to eight weeks.

* Arizona State fired football coach Larry Marmie after a 6-5 season highlighted by a rare victory over intrastate rival Arizona. Marmie had a four-year record of 22-21-1 with no bowl appearances. The Sun Devils finished fifth in the Pacific-10 with a 4-4 record.

* Florida State coach Bobby Bowden suspended wide receiver Eric Turral (24 catches, 324 yards) for missing practice without an excuse and for other violations of team rules. The third-ranked Seminoles (10-1) visit No. 5 Florida (9-1) Saturday.

* University of Cincinnati football player Andre Sherrod's death from a gunshot wound to the chest was a suicide, a coroner's inquest ruled.

* North Carolina A&T has accepted an invitation to play Alabama State in the inaugural Alamo Heritage Bowl Dec. 21 in Miami after tying for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title this season.

Soccer

Three goals by Carin Jennings and two by April Heinrichs, head coach of the University of Maryland women's soccer team, led the United States to a 5-2 victory over Germany today in the semifinals of the Women's World Soccer Championship in Canton, China. The United States will play Norway on Saturday night for the title. Norway beat Sweden, 4-1, in the other semifinal.

Golf

The possibility of a delay in the start of the 1992 PGA Tour arose when field staff officials -- the men who travel with the tour and serve as rules officials -- formed a union.

The new union is headed by Richie Phillips, who also heads the major-league baseball umpires association. Negotiations are expected to begin as early as next week. However, the Senior and PGA tours are scheduled to begin Jan. 9.

Pro basketball

The Charlotte Hornets have placed forward-center J.R. Reid on the injured reserve list with a stress fracture in the fourth lumbar area of his lower back and he may miss up to six weeks.

* Vlade Divac, 7-foot-1 center of the Los Angeles Lakers, had surgery yesterday for a herniated disk in his lower back after an examination earlier in the day revealed the problem. He will be sidelined a minimum of six to eight weeks.

Colleges

Towson State senior point guard and leading scorer Devin Boyd had surgery yesterday to repair a fractured right elbow hurt in Monday night's season opener at Colorado. He will be sidelined six to eight weeks.

* Arizona State fired football coach Larry Marmie after a 6-5 season highlighted by a rare victory over intrastate rival Arizona. Marmie had a four-year record of 22-21-1 with no bowl appearances. The Sun Devils finished fifth in the Pacific-10 with a 4-4 record.

* Florida State coach Bobby Bowden suspended wide receiver Eric Turral (24 catches, 324 yards) for missing practice without an excuse and for other violations of team rules. The third-ranked Seminoles (10-1) visit No. 5 Florida (9-1) Saturday.

* University of Cincinnati football player Andre Sherrod's death from a gunshot wound to the chest was a suicide, a coroner's inquest ruled.

* North Carolina A&T has accepted an invitation to play Alabama State in the inaugural Alamo Heritage Bowl Dec. 21 in Miami after tying for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title this season.

Baseball

Steve Garvey, the retired All-Star first baseman whose clean image was sullied by revelations of sexual infidelity, was sued by a woman who said he fathered her 2-year-old child. Rebecka Mendenhall said she was engaged to Garvey when she became pregnant with her child, Slade, who was born Oct. 13, 1989. Garvey broke off the relationship before the child was born and married another woman.

Volleyball

The United States defeated Tunisia, 15-1, 15-3, 13-15, 15-13, in the final Group A match in Hiroshima, Japan, to remain undefeated in five matches in the men's World Cup tournament.

The three top teams in each group -- the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan in Group A and Cuba, Brazil and South Korea in Group B -- advanced to the final round, which starts tomorrow. Cuba is also 5-0.

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