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December 07, 1991

Soviets' role at Olympics in doubt

The Soviet Union's sports system was stunned yesterday by the abolition of Gossport, the government agency that funded, controlled and pumped Communist ideology into generations of champion athletes.

The demise of Gossport, which funded and coordinated the training of national teams, cast doubt on the Soviet Union's medals chances at next year's Olympics. The order cut off funding to Olympic training camps and sports contests and eliminated salaries for 25,000 athletes and 1,200 coaches.

Even though Gossport said it had to shelve plans to field $H competitive teams in the 1992 Olympics, sports officials in Russia, the Soviet Union's dominate republic, announced that they were making an attempt to maintain the national Olympic effort by enlisting support from the other 11 Soviet republics that now exercise separate forms of sovereignty.

* International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, responding to allegations of corruption within the organization, said he trusts all IOC members "100 percent."

At the same time, Samaranch said the resignation of USOC President Robert Helmick shows how the IOC is dealing with any ethical misconduct by its members.


A cardiologist who treated Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers for a heart ailment before he died has agreed to pay $1 million to Gathers' family in a lawsuit settlement, according to court documents.

Dr. Vernon T. Hattori, who reduced Gathers' prescribed dose of heart medicine shortly before the athlete's death after a basketball game, is the first to settle in a multimillion-dollar wrongful death suit involving 14 defendants.

* Suspended Syracuse center Conrad McRae obtained a court order permitting him to stay on the team, and he played for the Orangemen a few hours later.

State Supreme Court Justice Parker Stone issued a restraining order which sets aside -- at least temporarily -- an NCAA decision that prevented the 6-10 junior from playing in any of Syracuse's first three games.

McRae was declared ineligible because of violations in his recruiting by Syracuse.

Pro basketball

Hakeem Olajuwon will return to the Houston Rockets lineup Tuesday in Portland after being sidelined more than two weeks with an irregular heartbeat.

The Rockets said doctors have not determined a cause for Olajuwon's ailment, but they said it may have been the result of a blow he suffered in the Nov. 19 game against New York.


The NHL board of governors meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., failed to resolve an impasse over divisional realignment and shelved further discussion of the issue until Jan. 9.

The debate concerns the placement of two expansion teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators, and possible moves by the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs to another division.

College football

Former Alabama coach Ray Perkins, who also coached the NFL's New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said he misses coaching college football and is "very interested" in becoming head coach at the University of Minnesota.

* The Michigan State University trustees voted to back president John DiBiaggio's move to split the jobs of athletic director and football coach, both of which George Perles now holds. Perles said he is undecided about a lawsuit.

Swimming and diving

Eric Winter and John Phillips set Naval Academy records as the Midshipmen beat Army, 135-108. Winter qualified for the Olympic Trials in March in winning the 800-meter freestyle, and he also won the 400 freestyle. Phillips set his record in the 200-meter breast stroke.


Bernhard Langer tied the tournament record with a 7-under-par 65 and took a four-shot lead after the second round of the Million Dollar Golf Challenge in South Africa.

* Davis Love and Beth Daniel combined for a five-under-par 66 to capture the lead after the second round of the $1.1 million J.C. Penney Classic mixed team golf tournament in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The Maryland pairing of Fred Funk and Tina Barrett shot 68 for a two-round total of 137, and a tie for 16th place in the 52-team field.

* Five players with Middle Atlantic area connections remained in position to make the cut when the field is trimmed to the low 90 and ties after today's fourth round in PGA Tour qualifying at the Grenelefe Resort in Haines City, Fla.

Frederick native Donnie Hammond is at 211, followed by one-time Middle Atlantic Amateur champion Bob Friend, 213; Mark Carnevale, Williamsburg, Va., 214; and Webb Heintzelman, Cabin John, and former area resident and club professional Ron Terry, 216.

JTC The final two rounds will be played tomorrow and Monday, with the low 45 and ties receiving cards.

* Dale Douglass faltered only once -- with a bogey on the par-4 eighth hole -- as he fired a 7-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead of the First Development Kaanapali Senior Classic in Hawaii.

Women's gymnastics

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