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February 21, 1992

Ken Levine surfaces as Mariners announcer

Ken Levine is staying in the big leagues. The broadcaster, who resigned after one season with the Orioles, has been named a Seattle Mariners radio announcer.

Levine replaces Rick Rizzs, who left to join the Detroit Tigers.

When Levine resigned in the fall from WBAL, he cited a desire to return to his family and television writing work in Los Angeles. However, Levine has taken on a full-season position with the Mariners.

* Jean Yawkey, majority owner of the Boston Red Sox, had a stroke last night and was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital. Yawkey, 83, was being treated in the hospital's trauma center. Yawkey is the widow of the former Thomas A. Yawkey, who owned the Red Sox for 43 years until his death in 1976.

* George Steinbrenner's hopes for a speedy reinstatement were dealt a serious blow when New York Yankees chief operating officer Leonard Kleinman defied his order to drop a $22 million lawsuit against baseball commissioner Fay Vincent. Instead, the New York Daily News has learned, Kleinman's attorneys filed opposition papers to Vincent's attorneys' motion to have the suit dismissed in Manhattan Federal Court. Vincent has stated for months now that he will not even entertain a reinstatement petition from Steinbrenner until the Kleinman suit "goes away."

Swimming

Mark Tewksbury, a student at the University of Calgary, broke his world record in the men's 100-meter backstroke, setting a mark of 52.52 seconds at the Canadian Winter Nationals in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Tewksbury, 24, beat the record of 52.58 seconds he set March 30 in Sheffield, England.

Tennis

A model and a boxing promoter were convicted in Frankfurt, Germany, of extorting $484,000 from Steffi Graf's father. Model Nicole Meissner, 23, was sentenced to two years in prison and Eberhard Thust, 44, was given three years and fined $121,000. District Judge Heinz Fischer convicted the two of extortion even though Peter Graf offered the money to keep them from going public with an allegation that Graf fathered Meissner's baby.

Pro football

Wide receiver Joe Johnson was the only member of the Washington Redskins among the 101 NFL players who have decided to play in the WLAF this season, the NFL announced. Johnson, who will join the Orlando Thunder, played in two games for the Redskins before going on injured reserve Oct. 5. He didn't make the 37-man protected list. The WLAF, a 10-team spring league that will start its second season next month, is hoping the influx of NFL players will improve the quality of play and boost interest in the league. Teams were able to designate which players were eligible to join the WLAF, though the players had the right to turn down the invitation.

College football

Tenth-ranked Iowa (10-1-1), which finished second in the Big Ten, will play No. 24 North Carolina State (9-3) in the 10th Kickoff Classic on Aug. 29 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Wolfpack's appearance will be the third in four years by an Atlantic Coast Conference school; Virginia played Notre Dame in 1989 and Georgia Tech met Penn State last year.

* Former Iowa coach Bob Commings died of cancer in Canton, Ohio. He was 59. Commings coached from 1974-78; his teams had a 18-37 record.

* Colorado chancellor James Corbridge promised to set up a task force to address alleged bias and hate toward gays -- a reaction to the furor that arose after coach Bill McCartney's anti-homosexual comments. McCartney last week called homosexuality a "sin" and "an abomination of Almighty God." Corbridge said the task force of faculty, staff and students will study the effects of the controversy and the results of a campus survey on issues affecting gays.

Boxing

A cut over Michael Carbajal's left eye will keep him from fighting on the Iran Barkley-Thomas Hearns undercard March 20 in Las Vegas, said Dr. Edgardo Hernandez, the boxer's physician. Carbajal (23-0), the International Boxing Federation's champion at 108 pounds, needed five stitches to close the cut after a punch or butt by Marcos Pacheco of Mexico in the final seconds of their fight Saturday.

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