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February 04, 1992

Spurs' Green suspended, fined for flagrant foul

Sidney Green of the San Antonio Spurs was fined $10,000 and suspended one game by the NBA yesterday for a flagrant foul Friday night against Gerald Glass of Minnesota.

The incident occurred with 3 minutes, 21 seconds left in the second period. As Glass went in for a layup, Green hit him from the side under the chest and shoulder, knocking him to his back. Glass, who sustained a bruised lower back, did not return to the game. Green was assessed a flagrant foul and ejected.

* The Boston Celtics, responding to a Feb. 10 Business Week article, said the company is not for sale.

The basketball franchise said that as part of an effort to sell its broadcast properties a possible reorganization was being studied, but no sale of the company was involved. The magazine reported that Delaware North, the owner of the Boston Bruins and the Boston Garden, was interested in the acquisition, which could help finance construction of an 18,000-seat arena.

Baseball

Two Canadian newspapers reported that Montreal Expos backup catcher Gil Reyes recently had a positive drug test while playing winter baseball in his native Dominican Republic.

The Toronto Globe and Mail and Le Journal de Montreal both said Reyes may face disciplinary action from the commissioner's office. Reyes has been tested regularly since 1990, when he entered an Indianapolis rehabilitation center because of alcohol abuse.

* Shortstop Walt Weiss and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a $760,000, one-year contract, a cut of $20,000.

Weiss, who missed more than half of last season because of a severe ankle injury, had asked for $900,000 and the team had offered $725,000.

* Cincinnati Reds radio broadcaster Joe Nuxhall plans to undergo surgery for prostate cancer on Feb. 18, and hopes to resume broadcasting late in spring training.

* Bobby Bonilla returned to the Bronx, N.Y., to announce the formation of a fund for sports programs at four schools, including his old high school, where he has had a long-running feud with the principal.

The outfielder, who became baseball's top-paid player when he signed with the New York Mets for $29 million over five years, said he would donate $500 for every run he drives in this season. He had ignored numerous requests from Lehman High School principal Robert Leder to help out the school.

Tennis

Sixth-seeded Francisco Clavet of Spain beat Stanford's Alex O'Brien, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, in the opening round of the Volvo San Francisco tennis tournament.

Hockey

Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux faces a disciplinary hearing Friday in Toronto for calling the NHL "a garage league . . . that's not making any progress."

Lemieux was unhappy upon learning of the hearing at NHL headquarters, but had no comment to reporters.

Auto racing

Coach Jerry Glanville couldn't push the Atlanta Falcons through the recent NFL playoffs. Now, he's hoping to drive a Chevrolet to victory on the NASCAR circuit.

Glanville, 50, roared around the North Carolina Motor Speedway track in Rockingham, N.C., at 140 mph. That's considered fast enough by two-time Winston Cup champion Buck Baker to qualify for the Goodwrench 200 Busch Series Grand National NASCAR race at the Speedway Feb. 29. And that's just what Glanville plans to do.

"Some people say you need to take time to smell the roses," Glanville said before climbing into a Chevrolet Lumina. "I say take time to race."

Soccer

The planned soccer championship of the new Commonwealth of Independent States collapsed after five Moscow clubs decided to play in a separate Russian league, the Itar-Tass news agency said.

The big Moscow clubs, including last year's Soviet champions CSKA, runner-up Torpedo and third-placed Spartak, said they were withdrawing for security and economic reasons.

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