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March 14, 1992

Image dispute may keep Jordan out of Olympics

A dispute over the right to images of NBA players in Olympic merchandising may jeopardize the participation of Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and John Stockton in the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

David Falk, agent for the three NBA stars, has balked at allowing his clients' likenesses to be used, an outgrowth of a dispute involving Nike, which has exclusive apparel contracts with many NBA players.

"USA Basketball has had a serious problem with Falk and his clients," said Russ Granik, deputy commissioner of the NBA and vice president of USA Basketball. "As a result, a letter did go out suggesting that if his clients were uncomfortable and could not comply, they consider strongly withdrawing from the team."

The letter was sent 10 days ago by Dave Gavitt, president of USA Basketball, and set a deadline of Thursday for an answer. "We were prepared to replace Falk's players with other NBA players," Granik said. "Falk asked for an extension. He was told there would be no extension."

Hearing no reply at the Thursday deadline, Granik said USA Basketball assumed that Falk was accepting the merchandising agreement.

Falk was unavailable for comment.

* Sacred Heart's boys 12-14 CYO team recently completed a 33-5 season that included a league title in the Mount St. Joe League, a division championship of the St. Mark League and victory in the 32nd Mount St. Joe's Sweet Sixteen tournament.

Tennis

Martina Navratilova and her former live-in companion signed a secret settlement late last night that ends their "palimony" suit, Navratilova's lawyer said. Gary DeShazo of Austin, Texas, said the terms of the settlement are confidential because "everybody wanted the secrecy. They made a deal they can both live with." Judy Nelson, 45, and Navratilova, 34, signed a "non-marital cohabitation agreement" in 1986. In the agreement, Nelson was to get half of the estimated $5 million to $9 million earned during their relationship. But Nelson contended in the lawsuit that the nine-time Wimbledon women's champion broke the pact. Nelson and Navratilova lived in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1984 through 1989, and then moved to Aspen, Colo. The couple's relationship ended last year.

College basketball

A federal judge suggested that it should be up to Congress, and not various states, to pass laws governing the way the NCAA investigates and penalizes its member colleges and universities. U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben, hearing a landmark case that could shape the future of NCAA investigations, indicated that regulations governing the organization should be a national matter. The judge's comments came during a 2 1/2 -hour hearing on an NCAA suit seeking to strike down a due process law passed last year by the Nevada legislature.

* Hawaii coach Riley Wallace was released from a Fort Collins, Colo., hospital after an overnight stay following his collapse during a Western Athletic Conference tournament game Thursday night. Doctors were unable determine the cause of Wallace's collapse. They had speculated that a blood vessel in the coach's head may have ruptured, but results of a CT scan -- an X-ray of the skull -- were negative, as were other tests, Poudre Valley Hospital spokesman Mike Vogl said.

College baseball

Johns Hopkins starter Joe Tortorello gave up six hits and a walk and struck out four to shut out Case Western (0-3), 8-0, at the UAA tournament in Cocoa, Fla. Mark Boule had a home run, double and three RBI to lead Rochester over Johns Hopkins (4-1), 8-5, in an earlier game. Jay Webber had two RBI for the Blue Jays.

* Brent Nickles hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to lead UMBC (3-2) over visiting Providence (2-5), 12-6, giving coach John Jancuska his 301st career win. Shawn Shugars' two-run double in the fifth inning gave UMBC a 7-4 lead.

* Alvin McCoy's (City) triple was the only extra-base hit, as Bowie State (4-1) routed visiting Pittsburgh-Johnstown, 12-4.

Tennis

Shaun Stafford swept Meredith McGrath, 6-1, 6-3, in the rain-delayed first round of the International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, Fla. All seeded players in the 10-day tournament had yesterday off.

Figure skating

Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay, ice dance silver medalists at last month's Winter Olympics, decided to end their amateur careers and miss the upcoming world championships. The French brother and sister will not defend their world title in Oakland, Calif., said French Ice Sports Federation spokesman Pierre Husarek. The pair said after Albertville that they were considering turning professional.

College football

Nebraska won't be forced to forfeit two Big Eight Conference games and the 1991 league co-championship because of an ineligible player, the Big Eight said. Nebraska's allowing backup fullback Omar Soto to play "was the result of an inadvertent error," the conference said.

Bowling

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