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SPORTS BRIEFLY

March 01, 1992

Magic shouldn't play, Dominican doctor says

The president of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization said yesterday that Magic Johnson should not be allowed in the Olympics.

Jose Francisco Puello Herrera, a Dominican neurosurgeon who also heads the Dominican Republic's Olympic Committee, said the IOC's medical committee acted too quickly in supporting Johnson's decision to play on the U.S. basketball team.

Puello Herrera told a conference on AIDS and sports in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that "Johnson should not participate for the welfare of the sport and the athletes."

He said 12 athletes tested positive for HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico in 1990. Puello Herrera said these athletes were allowed to participate because they competed in events where there was only a remote possibility that others would come in contact with their blood.

Johnson, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers in November after disclosing he had tested HIV-positive, has said he is looking forward to playing in the Summer Games.

Boxing

Azumah Nelson of Ghana knocked down Jeff Fenech three times, then scored an eighth-round knockout of the Australian challenger to retain his World Boxing Council super featherweight title today in Melbourne, Australia.

Nelson sent Fenech to the canvas in the first, second and eighth rounds.

The Australian beat the count on all three occasions, but referee Arthur Mercante stopped the bout at 2:20 of the eighth with Fenech taking unanswered blows to the head.

Nelson improved his record to 35-2-1 and has lost only once in the past 10 years.

He wrecked Fenech's bid to join Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran as the only boxers ever to win titles at four different weights.

* Former World Boxing Association light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill outboxed Aundrey Nelson for 10 one-sided rounds today in Melbourne to win a unanimous decision.

Fighting for the first time since losing his title last June to Thomas Hearns, Hill was too quick and elusive for his opponent.

Hill, from Bismarck, N.D., improved to 31-1. Nelson, from Detroit, dipped to 17-2. Hill now is based in Sydney, Australia, under trainer Johnny Lewis.

* Arturo Hoffman, a high school junior, became a champion in only his 25th amateur bout.

Hoffman, of Dade City, Fla., landed crunching head punches and outpointed Russell Roberts for a 40-19 victory in the 112-pound final at the U.S. Amateur Boxing championships in Colorado Springs.

In the first final, Bradley Martinez, 22, of the Army at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., boxed his way to the 106-pound championship with a 16-11 victory over Willie Senn Jr., 23, of Palmer Park.

Pro hockey

Minnesota North Stars forward Basil McRae will miss the rest of the season after a tendon in his left foot was severed in last night's loss to the Hartford Whalers.

McRae sustained the injury in the first period when he collided with teammate Shane Churla, whose skate caused the wound. McRae underwent surgery at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville.

To replace McRae on the roster, the North Stars called up forward Brad Berry from their minor-league affiliate in Kalamazoo, Mich. The team also purchased forward Steve Martinson from the San Diego Gulls, an independent minor-league club.

Track and field

France's Christian Plaziat broke his world heptathlon record, and athletes from the former Soviet Union won five gold medals at the European Indoor Track and Field Championships in Genoa, Italy.

Plaziat, 29, was first in the pole vault, high jump and 60-meter high hurdles in the seven-event competition, and finished with -- 6,418 points.

* Los Angeles Marathon records could fall today when a strong field will have favorably cool and cloudy weather conditions.

"Most are aiming for below 2:10. I will lose my mark, as is to be expected," said Martin Mondragon, the men's course record-holder (2:22:24).

The field includes John Treacy of Ireland, the 1984 Olympic silver medalist, the Tanzanian duo of John Burra and Alfredo Shahanga, and Canada's Art Boileau.

For the women, there are three sub-2:29 runners from the Commonwealth of Independent States: Valentina Egorova, Irina Bogacheva and Lyubov Klochko.

Winter sports

Ye Qiaobo, a double silver medalist at the Winter Olympics, edged double gold medalist Bonnie Blair and led the women's competition at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Oslo, Norway.

Ye had 83,575 points to 84,120 for Christa Luding of Germany and 84,400 for Blair. The competition concludes today with second runs in both the 500 and 1,000 meters

Igor Jelezovski of Belarus led the men's competition with 75,920 points. Dan Jansen of West Allis, Wis., was second with 76,810.

* The pain is gone and Vreni Schneider is back in control.

Schneider, coming off a disappointing Winter Olympics, won her 40th career World Cup race in Narvik, Norway, after a superb second slalom run.

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