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February 19, 1992

B.A.S.S. Inc. faces $75 million fraud suit

A $75 million lawsuit was filed yesterday against B.A.S.S. Inc., the largest fishing organization in the country, alleging the group's founders have defrauded B.A.S.S. members.

The action was filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kan., by Bradley Murray and Larry Neff, both of Wichita and life members of B.A.S.S., the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. The complaint alleges that B.A.S.S. founder Ray Scott and other B.A.S.S. officials have conspired since 1969 to loot B.A.S.S. for its revenues and assets and then concealed their actions.

B.A.S.S. has 500,000 members nationally.

Tennis

Jim Grabb, ranked 88th, upset third seed and 12th-ranked Michael Chang, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, in the second round of the U.S. Pro Indoor in Philadelphia. Grabb will play tomorrow against the winner of today's contest between Todd Woodbridge and MaliVai Washington.

* Jim Courier and Stefan Edberg, the world's top two players, respectively, scored opening-round victories at the $1.04 million Eurocard Classics ATP tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. Courier, an American, beat qualifier Diego Nargiso, 6-3, 6-3; Edberg overwhelmed Magnus Larsson, 6-2, 6-2.

Basketball

San Antonio Spurs guard Willie Anderson, averaging 13.9 points, 5.5 assists and 5.4 rebounds, suffered a stress fracture of the left leg Monday and may be out for several weeks.

* Larry Johnson, now of the Charlotte Hornets, had use of a $32,000 sports car last season that was the property of an automobile dealership with ties to the Nevada-Las Vegas program, the Los Angeles Times quoted court and state records as showing. The report comes less than a week after a Las Vegas Review-Journal report saying that the FBI was questioning people regarding rumors that some Rebels shaved points in the 1990-91 season.

Baseball

The Yankee Rebel Baseball Club will hold a registration meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Hall High for anyone interested in playing on the 10-12-, 13-, 13-14-, 15-16- or 17-year-old teams. Call Joe Palmer at (410) 377-2265 or Larry Marino at (410) 823-4005.

Lacrosse

People interested in playing post-collegiate ball for Highlandtown Lacrosse Club should contact Joe Groves at (410) 488-3555.

Track and field

Germany's main opposition party demanded prison sentences in sports doping cases, but the government coalition, the national sports federation and the national Olympic committee rejected the proposed criminal penalties. Germany's track federation barred Katrin Krabbe, the world champion at 100 meters and 200 meters, from competition for four years last week, after ruling that she and two other sprinters had tampered with urine samples.

Girls basketball

The City-Wide championship between No. 2 Western (19-3) and No. 5 Walbrook (17-1) will be played tonight at 7 at Morgan State. The winner advances to the Metro Classic on March 1 against St. Mary's, the Catholic League regular-season champion. Also tonight at Morgan, Poly (15-6) and No. 10 Lake Clifton (12-3), the second-place finishers in the City-Wide division, will meet at 5 p.m. At 3 p.m., Western and Poly will meet for the JV title.

Football

The Professional Spring Football League, which includes a franchise in Washington, is giving itself another two weeks to find more financing before deciding whether to cancel its inaugural season, commissioner Rex Lardner said.

Reneberg first seed to fall in Pro Indoor

Rodolphe Gilbert, a 23-year-old left-hander from Paris who is ranked 86th in the world, upset eighth seed and 30th-ranked Richey Reneberg, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round of the U.S. Pro Indoor yesterday in Philadelphia.

Reneberg, 26, was the first seeded player to play in the $1 million tournament at the Spectrum. The 16 seeds had first-round byes.

* Jim Courier and Stefan Edberg, the world's top two players, breezed to opening-round victories at the $1.04 million Eurocard Classics ATP tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. Courier needed only 66 minutes beat Italian qualifier Diego Nargiso, 6-3, 6-3; Edberg overwhelmed fellow Swede Magnus Larsson, 6-2, 6-2.

* Seventh seed Manon Bollegraf defeated Sophie Amiach, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, in first-round play at the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

Hockey

A loose screw could sideline Edmonton Oilers forward Esa Tikkanen for the rest of the NHL season. One of two screws placed in Tikkanen's shoulder to help repair a broken bone have come loose and could necessitate surgery, trainer Ken Lowe said.

* Wayne Gretzky's plan to operate an Ontario Hockey League expansion franchise in Toronto has been put on hold until the 1993-94 season, the agent for the Los Angeles Kings star says. Gretzky has been unable to find a buyer for his Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He is required to sell before he can buy another junior team.

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