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February 29, 1992

Rhode Island to probe college gambling ring

University of Rhode Island president Robert Carothers said yesterday that the school will begin an internal investigation after the arrest of a student on gambling charges. Carothers said the university will start its probe because state police were not sharing evidence. He acknowledged rumors that some basketball players may have been involved in an alleged ring that was broken up Thursday when state police arrested three individuals.

"I do not believe that there is any credible evidence of any kind having to do with point shaving," Carothers said. "Coaches feel very strongly that it did not occur." Rumors of point shaving began after police were led to the gambling ring by the brother of basketball captain Jeff Kent. Scott Kent, a former Rhode Island football player, allegedly owed $7,000 to the ring.

AMeanwhile, state police said four basketball players and a former player from Rhode Island's Bryant College bet on college sports, and some players allegedly collected debts for a college-centered gambling ring.

* About 1,800 tickets remain for tomorrow's North Carolina at Maryland men's basketball game. Tickets, which are $15, can be purchased at Cole Field House or by calling (301) 314-7070 or (800) 462-8377 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today.

Winter sports

Bobsled driver Harald Czudaj said he might leave Germany because of threatening mail after his confession that he had worked as an informer for the East German secret police. Czudaj, in an interview with a Bavarian radio station, said he had received the threats since making the confession shortly before the Olympics earlier this month.

"If things continue like this, I'll leave Germany for a certain time," Czudaj said. The German team insisted that Czudaj be allowed to compete at the Olympics despite his past Stasi links, and his four-man bobsled finished sixth. Several athletes from former East Germany have admitted in recent months that they had worked for the secret police.

* Tomorrow, Alberto Tomba, whose only serious injury, a broken collarbone, occurred in 1989 during a super-G will ski in the race -- which combines downhill speed with giant slalom technique -- in Shizukuishi, Japan, for the first time since December 1989. Tomba trails Paul Accola of Switzerland, the overall World Cup leader, by 230 points with three events left in Japan, Canada and the United States, and Tomba said he believes it is impossible for him to win the cup title this year.

* After capturing an Olympic gold medal, Pernilla Wiberg, 21, said she wanted to do something even more difficult: win a World Cup race. The Swede got her victory in the first post-Olympic giant slalom -- and with the same kind of come-from-behind burst that won for her in the Olympics.

Wiberg, winless for almost a year on the World Cup circuit, came from fifth in the morning run to beat runner-up Anita Wachter of Austria by .20 of a second after a near-perfect second trip down the short but steep Holstkleiva course in Narvik, Norway.

Tennis

Boris Becker and John McEnroe scored strong victories and will play each other in the semifinals of the ABN-AMRO indoor tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Becker, ranked fourth, beat Patrick McEnroe, 6-3, 7-5, and McEnroe beat Alex Antonitsch of Austria, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Antonitsch saved three match points before McEnroe finally won.

* Top seed Monica Seles needed only 38 minutes to defeat seventh seed Gigi Fernandez, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals of the Evert Cup in Indian Wells, Calif. In the semifinals, Seles will face fourth seed Katarina Maleeva of Bulgaria, who advanced after taking 2 hours, 31 minutes to beat fifth seed Nathalie Tauziat of France, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Track and field

Dan O'Brien set a world record 4,497 points and tied meet marks in the high jump (7 feet, 1/2 inch) and 60-meter high hurdles (7.88 seconds) at the TAC-USA men's indoor pentathlon championships in Moscow, Idaho.

Pro basketball

Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain will remain hospitalized in Inglewood, Calif., for the next few days to undergo tests to find the cause of an irregular heartbeat, his doctor said. Chamberlain, 55, was resting comfortably at Centinela Hospital Medical Center after being found to have a slight heart arrhythmia, Dr. Ellen Goudlock said.

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