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December 19, 1991

Pageant founder drops suit against Tyson

The founder of the Miss Black America Pageant dropped a $607 million lawsuit against Mike Tyson yesterday, saying several contestants lied when they accused the former heavyweight champ of fondling them.

J. Morris Anderson said he also had "second thoughts about participating in the crucifixion of a black role model."

Anderson said he met with Tyson's lawyers and agreed to settle the suit. He would not say whether any money was involved.

His lawsuit, filed in August in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, called Tyson a "serial buttocks fondler" and accused the fighter of molesting the 1990 Miss Black America and 10 of 23 contestants at the 1991 pageant, held in July in Indianapolis.

Tyson faces criminal charges of raping an 18-year-old contestant in her hotel room. The trial is set to start Jan. 27 in Indianapolis.

College football

Elliot Uzelac, assistant head coach of No. 25 Ohio State and former Navy head coach, was released from Ohio State University Hospital five days after undergoing open-heart surgery. Uzelac is not expected to make the trip to the Buckeyes' Hall of Fame Bowl game Jan. 1 against Syracuse.


Baltimore Blast goalkeeper Cris Vaccaro, who suffered a strained neck muscle Friday night when he was hit in the face by a shot from 12 feet away, will return to practice this morning. He said his neck is sore and his return to play is a "day-to-day thing and up to me."

* World Cup champion Germany gained the final spot in the European Championship finals, set for June, joining England, France, the Netherlands, Scotland, the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and host Sweden.

College basketball

The University of Texas may be allowed to keep the revenue from the NCAA tournament game it won while using an ineligible player, but the school may be forced to forfeit two victories this year, NCAA assistant executive director David Berst said.

Longhorns star Dexter Cambridge was suspended last month by the NCAA for accepting a $7,000 check from a booster while at junior college.

* Former South Carolina basketball coach Frank McGuire was in good condition after surgery to have a pacemaker implanted in Columbia, S.C.

Pro basketball

Despite newspaper and television reports in San Antonio that the Spurs would send Willie Anderson and Paul Pressey to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dale Ellis and Jeff Grayer, the proposed trade appears off. A Bucks spokesman and coach Frank Hamblen denied that the trade was imminent. Spurs officials would not comment.

* The wife of former Los Angeles Lakers' star Magic Johnson has tested negative for the AIDS virus a second time, Johnson's agent said. Earletha "Cookie" Johnson took the test about two weeks ago and the results showed no sign of the virus, Lon Rosen said. She is about three months pregnant.

* The wife of Chicago Bulls guard Craig Hodges was charged with aggravated battery by the Northbrook, Ill., police after she allegedly doused Hodges with gasoline and then threw a lighted match at him in front of a school. The Bulls guard was not injured. The Hodges are separated and in the process of getting a divorce.

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