W. Washington player dies of heart failureDuke Wallenborn...

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March 03, 1992

W. Washington player dies of heart failure

Duke Wallenborn, leading scorer for the Western Washington University basketball team, died yesterday of heart failure, officials said.

Wallenborn, 23, had a heart condition and his death was caused by an abnormal heart rhythm, said Dr. Robert Rood, Whatcom County (Washington) medical examiner.

The athlete and his parents were aware of his heart condition and a cardiologist had cleared him to play basketball, a university spokesman said.

College basketball

A day before Jerry Tarkanian's last game at Nevada-Las Vegas, the coach called for an independent investigation of the program.

"I rescinded my resignation a week ago and at the time I said, and I say it again, I just want the truth to be known about what has happened to Rebel basketball," Tarkanian said in Las Vegas.

UNLV president Robert Maxson met with the media in his office about 45 minutes after Tarkanian's comment. "If there is any truth out there that hasn't come out, I don't know about it," Maxson said. "To my knowledge, everything is out in the open."

Sailing

The third round of the defenders' selection series for the America's Cup begins today in San Diego. The three boats that will contest round three are Team Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes, America3's newest boat America3 and its older Defiant. America3 enters the round with 16 points. Stars and Stripes is second with seven, and Defiant has four.

Tennis

After a two-year layoff, Carling Bassett-Seguso began her comeback with a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Kimiko Date of Japan in the opening round of play at the Virginia Slims of Florida at Boca Raton, Fla.

Boxing

World Boxing Council super welterweight champion Terry Norris has agreed to terms for a May 9 fight against World Boxing Association welterweight titlist Meldrick Taylor.

* Darrin Morris landed a barrage of 10 punches and stopped Jorge Maysonet in the 10th round of a scheduled 12-round middleweight fight in Helsinki, Finland.

* Unbeaten super lightweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez will meet Hector Camacho for the WBC title in early July.

College football

Nebraska player Scott Baldwin, accused of beating a woman in an unprovoked attack, was released from jail and taken to a mental health facility. The running back posted $10,000, 10 percent of the $100,000 bond.

* A journalist's daughter testified in reporter Jack Taylor Jr.'s $30 million libel, slander and invasion of privacy lawsuit against Barry Switzer that her father has not been the same since the former Oklahoma coach linked him to a scheme of trying to plant drugs on a Sooners player.

Pro football

A Rhode Island federal judge has ordered the transfer to a federal court in Boston of former New England Patriots owner William Sullivan Jr.'s lawsuit against the NFL. Sullivan charges // the league improperly blocked his 1987 plans to sell 49 percent of the Patriots to the public through investment bankers, much like the basketball Celtics have done.

Pro basketball

Los Angeles Lakers forward James Worthy will be sidelined for at least a week with a strained left knee, the team announced.

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