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March 17, 1992

Cooke: Redskins are still Redskins

There may be a radio station in Washington that doesn't call the Redskins the Redskins anymore, but that cuts no ice with owner Jack Kent Cooke.

Asked again about changing the team's nickname in deference to native Americans, Cooke replied, "I think at this moment, I believe you can say he is unmoved."

Radio station WTOP has announced that it will no longer call the Redskins Redskins or the Atlanta Braves Braves. Of course, however, that rule doesn't apply to advertisers -- or to Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who gets paid some $125,000 to do a show for the station. What would Gibbs call the Redskins if he can't call them the Redskins?

Cooke also said he isn't locked into building a new stadium in D.C. "Elsewhere," he said, encompasses both Maryland and Virginia.

College basketball

* Duke can now try to do what UNLV couldn't last year -- run the season as wNo. 1 and defend its national championship. The Blue Devils were ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press in the preseason and stayed there through the 17th and final regular-season voting.

The Blue Devils (28-2), the top seed in the East, received 64 of 65 first-place votes and 1,624 points from a national panel of writers and broadcasters to easily beat the Midwest's top seed, Kansas (26-4), which had 1,543 points.

Ohio State (23-5), the top seed in the Southeast, had 1,461 and was followed by UCLA (25-4), the West's No. 1, which had 1,390.

Indiana (23-6) dropped one spot to fifth and was followed in the Top Ten by Kentucky (26-6), UNLV (26-2), Southern Cal (23-5), Arkansas (25-7) and Arizona (24-6).

UNLV is the only member of the final poll not going to the NCAA tournament. The Runnin' Rebels, who received the other first-place vote, are ineligible for the postseason because of sanctions as part of the settlement of a 12-year battle between recently resigned coach Jerry Tarkanian and the NCAA.

Meanwhile, Duke center Christian Laettner was a unanimous choice for the AP All-America team. Shaquille O'Neal was the lone repeater from 1991, giving LSU its fourth first-team selection in as many years.

Other first-team selections are Georgetown senior Alonzo Mourning, Southern Cal junior Harold Miner and Ohio State junior Jimmy Jackson.

Maryland guard Walt Williams led the second team and was joined in the backcourt by Missouri's Anthony Peeler. The frontcourt was Byron Houston of Oklahoma State, Don MacLean of UCLA and Adam Keefe of Stanford.

Tennis

* Qualifier Robbie Weiss upset second-seeded Stefan Edberg 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and John McEnroe beat fifth-seeded Goran Ivanisevic 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in the third round of the International Players Championships in Key Biscayne. In other third-round matches, top-seeded Jim Courier led Andres Gomez 6-4, 6-7 (6-8) 4-3 when Gomez retired with an ankle injury and fourth-seeded Pete Sampras defeated Jimmy Connors 6-3, 6-2.

In women's third-round matches, top-seeded Monica Seles beat Larisa Savchenko-Neiland 6-0, 6-4 and second-seeded Steffi Graf defeated Raffaella Reggi-Concato 6-2, 6-2.

Boxing

* WBC super welterweight champion Terry Norris will fight WBA welterweight champ Meldrick Taylor for Norris' crown on May 9 at the Mirage in Las Vegas. Taylor, 29-1-1 with 15 knockouts, is seeking his third world title in three different weight classes. Norris, 31-3 with 17 knockouts, won the WBC crown with a first-round knockout of John "The Beast" Mugabi in March 1990 and has has successfully defended it six times.

Bowling

* At 13 years, one month and four days, Kyle Renninger has done something that's rare even for adults.

Last week in Williamsport, Pa., Renninger became the youngest person in organized bowling history to roll an 800 series. He put together an 802 series with games of 278-258-266, earning him a spot in the American Bowling Congress record book.

"I just hit my mark," Kyle told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. "I had to concentrate a lot because I was having trouble even hitting the head pin on the right lane in practice."

Baseball

* Right-hander Todd Van Poppel, Oakland's first-round selection and the 14th pick overall in the 1990 June draft, was sent to the minors.

The 20-year-old made three exhibition appearances, giving up three runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Van Poppel, 6-12 with a 3.17 ERA last season for Huntsville of the Class AA Southern League, is expected to spend the season with Tacoma of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

"We hope he pitches Triple-A this year," A's manager Tony La Russa said. "If he pitches Triple-A at age 20 and has a three ERA like he did last year, he'll be so far ahead it won't even be funny."

Crew

Nineteen members of Yale University's crew team were rescued from Tampa Bay after a wave swamped their two boats yesterday in Tampa.

The rowers were spotted off Tampa's Davis Island clinging to their overturned sculls and a buoy. Nine were briefly examined at Tampa General Hospital for possible exposure in the 64-degree water.

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