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January 20, 1992

Steelers reportedly set to name Cowher coach

Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bill Cowher will be named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in today's editions. Cowher was chosen yesterday by Steelers president Dan Rooney over Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt.

The newspaper did not attribute the information, but said Wannstedt and Houston Oilers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride were informed of the selection yesterday. The fourth finalist, Steelers assistant coach Joe Greene, was eliminated from consideration last week. the newspaper said.

Steelers spokesman Joe Gordon said the team had no comment on the report, but said it would make an announcement regarding the coaching vacancy at noon Tuesday. Cowher, 34, would be the second-youngest head coach in the NFL, behind David Shula, 32, of the Cincinnati Bengals.

America's Cup

Red Star '92, the first Russian challenger for the America's Cup, became a footnote to sailing history when the deadline for measuring the challenger's boat expired yesterday. Stan Reid, chairman of the Challenger of Record Committee, said the Red Star '92 syndicate would not be able to enter the challengers' trials, which begin Saturday, even if its boat got to San Diego in time for the first race. The 75-foot boat has been parked at an airport in Estonia since last week because the syndicate does not have the $400,000 it costs to fly it to the race site in a cargo jet.

Meanwhile Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes won the fifth race of the defense trials, beating America3 skipper Bill Koch in Jayhawk by 2 minutes, 16 seconds on a 22.6-mile course sailed in 5- to 7-knot winds.

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College football

California's Mike Pawlawski ran for a touchdown, and Bucky Richardson of Texas A&M threw a touchdown pass to Kansas State's Michael Smith to lead the West to a 14-6 victory in the East-West Shrine Game at Stanford. The 20 points scored in the 67th renewal of the game for college seniors was the lowest combined point total since the East won, 9-3, on Dec. 30, 1972.

* Nebraska running back Scott Baldwin, 22, was in jail after he was arrested in connection with the beating of a 23-year-old woman, Lincoln, Neb., police said. The woman was in serious condition with head injuries at Lincoln General Hospital, but her injuries are not life-threatening, a nursing supervisor said.

Police and witnesses said she was walking her dog in front of the apartments shortly after 5 p.m. CST when she was attacked by a man who was not wearing any clothes. Baldwin, a junior from Roselle, N.J., was booked on suspicion of felony assault and assaulting a police officer, Rowe said.

Boxing

Meldrick Taylor and Pernell Whitaker have the same trainer and same manager and eyes on the same opponent -- Julio Cesar Chavez. Taylor wants to defend the World Boxing Association welterweight title in a rematch against Chavez, and Whitaker wants to challenge him for the World Boxing Council junior welterweight crown.

Chavez was the name most mentioned in the wake of victories by Taylor and Whitaker Saturday night in Philadelphia. Whitaker, the undisputed lightweight champ, made his junior welterweight debut with a one-sided, 10-round decision over Harold Brazier. Taylor scored a decision over Glenwood Brown.

* A 19-year-old Phoenix boxer died less than 24 hours after his first practice fight was stopped because he seemed tired. Ramon Gomez was taken to Barrows Neurological Institute because he was having trouble breathing and lost consciousness Saturday night after the bout was stopped in the second round by his manager.

College basketball

Oregon State basketball player Earnest Killum, 20, was in critical condition after slipping into a coma following his second stroke in six months, officials said.

Radio

Broadcaster and former Maryland center Len Elmore will be the guest on "Hoops" tonight at 10 on WCAO (600 AM).

Running

Three-time Olympic gold medal sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner improved her personal best by 22 seconds, but still finished 10th in a field of 14 elite women in a 5-kilometer race in Miami. Running in her third 5-kilometer race since retiring from the sprints after the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Griffith Joyner, 32, finished in 20:30. Olympian Ena Weinstein, 32, of Peru won the race in 16:49.

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