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January 22, 1992

USOC to raise outlays to athletes, sports

The U.S. Olympic Committee, severely criticized before the previous Olympics for not contributing enough money to athletes and the national governing bodies, will increase its outlays by the quadrennium in 1992.

For example, the USOC has earmarked more than $74 million in Olympic grants, nearly twice the $38 million for the previous quadrennium. And money given under the new USOC Athlete Subsistence Program is increasing from $2.2 million to $26 million.

"We think this will result in more success," Mike Moran, USOC director of public relations, said. "The teams we send to Albertville and Barcelona this year will be the best-funded teams ever."

Boxing

A judge allowed evidence from an FBI investigation to be used against former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in his rape trial.

Defense attorneys said allowing the evidence would prejudice jurors because the FBI, a federal agency, does not usually get involved in state rape investigations.

"We feel this is a local case which does not justify involvement of what is essentially a national police force," said defense attorney Vincent J. Fuller.

Tyson is charged with rape, criminal deviate conduct and confinement for an alleged assault on an 18-year-old Miss Black America contestant in an Indianapolis hotel room last July. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday.

Hockey

Ron Francis scored twice in a six-goal second period that carried the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-6 exhibition win over Team USA.

Team USA is 2-10-2 against NHL competition. Its final game before the Olympics next month will be tonight at the Capital Centre against the Washington Capitals.

* Shawn McEachern, the leading scorer on the U.S. Olympic hockey team, signed a multi-year contract and will join the Pittsburgh Penguins after next month's Olympics. McEachern, a left wing who played at Boston University for three seasons, was a sixth-round draft choice in 1987.

* The lawyer for Eric Lindros denied that the 18-year-old player plans to sue the NHL unless the Quebec Nordiques trade him.

Lindros, who refused to sign with the Nordiques after they drafted him last year, was quoted by the Toronto Star as saying that, unless he was traded to another team, he would sue the league before next year to challenge its draft process.

College football

Ohio State backup quarterback Joe Pickens, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound redshirt freshman, said he will transfer to Duke. Pickens appeared in three games during the 1991 season, completing one of five passes for 34 yards. He said that Ohio State coach John Cooper's decision to run an option offense played a part in his decision to transfer.

Baseball

Ted Williams, 73, has been released from Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., about a week after undergoing neck surgery aimed at preventing future strokes.

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