Look of health The former Soviet Union still may be...

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December 24, 1991

Look of health The former Soviet Union still may be represented by one team @C in the Summer Olympics even though its republics have declared independence, the director general of the International Olympic Committee said yesterday.

Francois Carrard said the IOC is trying to find the best solution for the athletes following the final breakup of the Soviet Union during the weekend. International soccer officials are taking a similar approach.

Carrard said he met with sports ministers or representatives from the different republics and they agreed the Olympic competitors should come first.

Baseball

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Glenn Davis presented a check for $10,000 -- representing $1,000 for each of the home runs he hit this past season -- to four local charities yesterday.

The charities are The Door, a community-based family center and ministry run by former Colts lineman Joe Ehrmann; the Maryland Food Bank; the Maryland Special Olympics; and the House of Ruth, a home for battered women and children.

In addition to his pledge of $1,000 for every home run, Davis contributed more than $20,000 worth of Orioles game tickets that were distributed to needy children.

College basketball

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order stopping the University of Missouri from suspending basketball player Jamal Coleman.

It would be up to coach Norm Stewart to reinstate Coleman, Pat Eng, Coleman's lawyer, said. Stewart had signed an affidavit as part of Coleman's request for the restraining order, Eng said.

Coleman returned as the sixth man in Missouri's 61-44 victory over Illinois last night.

Antoine Jones, a 6-foot-7 senior forward who hasn't played this season due to a broken left foot, will be redshirted, according to Pitt coach Paul Evans.

Jones transferred to Pitt last year from Allegany Community College in Maryland.

Skiing

Alberto Tomba was eliminated in the first round of a parallel slalom at Pontedilgegno, Italy.

Tomba, current leader of the World Cup standings following four victories and three second-place finishes in seven races, was eliminated by teammate Michael Mair, a downhill specialist.

Another Italian downhiller, Peter Runggaldier, won the race by beating slalom specialist Carlo Gerosa in the final runs.

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