Delaware's Nelson, rules expert, diesDave Nelson, the...

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December 01, 1991

Delaware's Nelson, rules expert, dies

Dave Nelson, the foremost authority on college football rules, died of a heart attack yesterday. Nelson, 71, collapsed at his home in Newark, Del., late yesterday afternoon after attending the Delaware-James Madison Division I-AA football playoff game.

During his tenure at Delaware, Nelson served as Delaware' athletic director from 1951 to 1984, as head football coach during 1951-66 (with an 84-42-2 record) and as the dean of the College of Physical Education during 1980-89. Nelson had been the first full-time commissioner of the Yankee Conference since October BTC 1989. He had been secretary-editor of the NCAA Football Rules Committee since 1957.

He was credited with developing the much-copied Delawar wing-T offense. At the University of Michigan, Nelson led the Wolverines in rushing his senior year with a 6.3-yard average. Nelson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

Pro basketball

Milwaukee Bucks coach Del Harris fined four of his top players for missing practice and did not start any of them against the Indiana Pacers at Bradley Center. Larry Krystkowiak, Moses Malone, Alvin Robertson and Dale Ellis were no-shows at practice Friday. Most said bad weather kept them from returning to Milwaukee from their off-season homes, where they went for Thanksgiving.

Harris said he conducted practice Friday afternoon with only eight players from his active roster. He said it was an important practice because the Bucks had lost their past three games and had not practiced the previous two days.

"It's their responsibility to be here," Harris said. "I'm sure they all wanted to be here and feel bad, but that's not the point. I'm not mad. I am concerned. This was a practice we needed to correct some things."

Water polo

Navy (20-9) lost to Long Beach State, 13-9, in the second round of the NCAA water polo championships in Long Beach, Calif., despite five goals by Luis Nicolao. On Friday, the Mids lost to top seed California, 13-6. Eighth-seeded Navy faces Slippery Rock today for seventh place.

Tennis

American Todd Witsken moved into the final of the South African Open in Johannesburg by beating Canadian Grant Connell, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, in their semifinal. A sore back forced top seed Petr Korda to quit his semifinal against defending champion Wayne Ferreira, and the 20-year-old Australian moved into the final against unseeded Witsken.

* Top-ranked Monica Seles breezed past Martina Navratilova, 6-3, 6-4, in straight sets during an exhibition match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that was interrupted briefly by a failed attempt by Brazil's "serial kisser." The match was halted for several minutes during the first set when Jose Moura was dragged away by security guards as he --ed toward Navratilova. Moura is known for kissing athletes, politicians and visiting dignitaries.

Bowling

Dave Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., broke a 1 1/2 -year victory drought with a 213-212 victory over Roger Bowker of Ocala, Fla., in the title match of the Professional Bowlers Association Bud Light Touring Players Championship in Taylor, Mich.

Golf

Rodger Davis of Australia and Englishman Steven Richardson shared a two-stroke lead going into Sunday's final round of the Australian Open in Melbourne with 54-hole scores of 212.

Winter sports

Switzerland's Paul Accola beat Alberto Tomba for the second straight day, winning a men's World Cup slalom in Breckenridge, Colo., and pulling abreast of Tomba in the overall standings. Accola, winner of Friday's giant slalom after finishing runner-up to Tomba in two season-opening races the previous weekend, charged from .39 of a second off the pace after the first run to overtake first-run leader Tomba, who had problems on the upper portion of his second run.

Accola had a mistake-free second run of 52.00 seconds -- eclipsed only by Austrian Bernhard Gstrein's 51.79 -- for a combined time of 1 minute, 43.92 seconds. Tomba, with a second run of 52.68, fell into a tie for second place with Sweden's Tomas Fogdoe at 1:44.21.

* Vreni Schneider of Switzerland had a strong second slalom run and won the season's first World Cup women's race in Lech, Austria, against a strong Austrian challenge. Schneider came from eighth place after the first run to edge Austrian Petra Kronberger.

Schneider's second run of 43.05 vaulted her to the top, as she overtook Kronberger and her teammates, who had held the first five places after the first run.

* U.S. speed skater Dan Jansen turned in the season's fastest time, as he won the 500 meters in Heerenveen, Netherlands, and moved into a tie with defending world champion Uwe-Jens Mey in the overall standings of the World Cup series. Jansen was clocked at 36.83 seconds to beat Mey by .06 of a second in the second World Cup event of the season.

* Bonnie Blair extended her lead in the 500-meter division of speed skating's World Cup by winning the sprint in Warsaw. Blair, who also won a week ago in Berlin, was clocked in 41.81 seconds. Christine Aafting of the Netherlands was second.

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