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January 21, 1992

Ore. State's Killum dies after going into coma

Earnest Killum, who returned to playing basketball despite a blood-clotting disorder, died yesterday, an Oregon State official


Killum, a prize recruit who only gained medical clearance to join the team in late December, collapsed at a hotel Friday and lapsed into a coma on Sunday.

* Duke reserve Christian Ast had surgery on his right wrist to repair a broken bone. Ast, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward from Heidelberg, Germany, is expected to miss up to five weeks.


Steffi Graf, who withdrew from the Australian Open because of illness, has contracted rubella, commonly known as German measles, her agent announced at the tournament. Graf is expected to recover in 10 days.

Pro basketball

George Karl is Seattle-bound and apparently will take over as coach of the SuperSonics.

Karl, 40, resigned Sunday in the midst of a two-year contract with Spanish league team Real Madrid. He said yesterday he had talked with Sonics president Bob Whitsitt by telephone and planned to be in Seattle later in the week in hopes of making a deal.

* SuperSonics forward Derrick McKey will miss at least six weeks after surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb.

McKey was injured in Saturday's 112-108 victory at home over the Los Angeles Lakers. He was hit by teammate Benoit Benjamin while both were trying to block a shot.


Matt Nokes tied Brian Harper for the top salary among catchers, agreeing to a $7.5 million, three-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Three other players settled Monday, leaving 130 players remaining in arbitration. Reliever Rob Dibble and the Cincinnati Reds split the difference between their figures and settled at $1.8 million, and infielder Dave Magadan and the New York Mets also split the difference and settled at $1,393,750. Catcher B.J. Surhoff and the Milwaukee Brewers settled for a $2.15 million, non-guaranteed contract, the same deal they agreed to last Thursday and unagreed to on Friday.

* George Steinbrenner, prohibited from suing the baseball commissioner under an agreement each man signed, established a $250,000 escrow account to pay the legal fees of another New York Yankees official who filed suit against Fay Vincent, according to a published report.

As part of the pact that stripped Steinbrenner of his role as the Yankees managing partner in mid-1990, he agreed not to sue the commissioner. But three months later, he agreed to pay the legal fees for Leonard Kleinman's lawsuit against Vincent, according to today's New York Times.


Bleeding of the brain killed a 19-year-old Chandler, Ariz., boxer 18 hours after his first amateur fight was stopped by a referee, authorities said.

An autopsy conducted by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Ramon Gomez died from subdural hematoma, the office said. Gomez died Sunday at a Phoenix hospital where he underwent surgery.

College football

Steve Emtman, Washington's All-America defensive tackle, will forgo another season with the Huskies and enter the NFL draft, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

* A University of Nebraska football player was charged in the beating of a 23-year-old woman and was sent to a state mental hospital for an examination.

Running back Scott Baldwin, 22, was expected to be arraigned today. Lancaster County Attorney Gary Lacey said he filed charges of first-degree assault and assault of a police officer against Baldwin.

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