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April 02, 1992

LSU's O'Neal expected to go pro tomorrow

Louisiana State center Shaquille O'Neal has called a news conference for tomorrow, when he is widely expected to announce he will submit his name for the NBA draft.

O'Neal, a 7-foot-1 junior, is likely to be the No. 1 player taken. He averaged 24.1 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.2 blocked shots this season.

O'Neal, a two-time All-American and the 1990-91 college Player of the Year, was unavailable for comment yesterday. His father, Sgt. Phillip Harrison, would not reveal the decision.

When LSU teammate Vernel Singleton found out that the news conference was in San Antonio, O'Neal's hometown, he said, "He's out of here."

* Pat Coyle, who as a player led Rutgers to a national championship in 1982 and served as an assistant coach at three Division I programs, was named to head the women's basketball program at Loyola College. Coyle is the first full-time women's coach in the program's history. She replaces Donna Seybold, who took over as interim coach after Frank Szymanski resigned midway through the past season. The Greyhounds have lost 20 games or more for six straight seasons, and they last had a winning record in 1979-80. Coyle starred as a shooting guard at Rutgers from 1978-82, when Joe Boylan, now Loyola athletic director, was an assistant men's coach for the Scarlet Knights. In 1982, Rutgers beat Texas to win the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championship, and Coyle was the MVP of the tournament final.

* Nevada-Las Vegas basketball player J.R. Rider, the team's leading scorer last season as a junior, pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from an altercation with a Las Vegas police officer. Rider pleaded guilty to one count of driving an unregistered vehicle as part of a plea bargain in which he will perform 40 hours of community service.

College baseball

Senior outfielder Gene Thomas went 3-for-5, including a three-run home run, to power Maryland (12-11-1) to a 4-2 victory against James Madison (14-12) in Harrisonburg, Va. The Terps have won six straight. Winning pitcher Tim O'Neill (2-1) allowed six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Swimming

Glenelg High's Dan Van Hemert set records in the 100-yard butterfly (49.17 seconds) and 200 butterfly (1:47.79) to help the Retriever Aquatic Club finish third in the National Junior Olympics in Nashville, Tenn., last weekend. The Retrievers, who train at UMBC, trailed only Bolles of Jacksonville, Fla., and Curl-Burk of Washington in the 142-team field.

Auto racing

Carlos Sainz of Spain drove a Toyota Celica 4WD to victory in the Safari Rally in Nairobi, Kenya, after leading the six-day race from the first day. Sainz covered the 3,689-mile, often rugged route in 2 hours, 35 minutes in penalty points.

Obituary

Doug Roby, who served for three years as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, died Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Mich., at age 94. Roby was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1952 and was vice president of the USOC from 1953 to 1965.

College football

Jurors in Austin, Texas, ended a third day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the $30 million lawsuit by reporter Jack Taylor Jr. against former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer. "This is longer than a football game," Switzer said. "Triple overtime." Taylor sued Switzer for libel, slander and invasion of privacy, alleging that Switzer, in the autobiography "Bootlegger's Boy," linked him to an alleged conspiracy to plant drugs on an Oklahoma player.

Bowling

Tom Baker of Buffalo, N.Y., moved atop the leader board after the second round of the PBA Tour's $150,000 Toyota Open in Sayville, N.Y. A 15-year pro, he averaged 234 for 12 games en route to a 2,817 pinfall. Danny Wiseman of Dundalk is 39th, at 2,631.

Decision by O'Neal is expected tomorrow

All-America center Shaquille O'Neal called a news conference for tomorrow in San Antonio amid speculation he would skip his last season at Louisiana State to join the NBA.

LSU coach Dale Brown said he met Sunday with O'Neal and his family. "They informed me that they would make a decision within a week's time," Brown said.

A two-time All-American and 1990-91 college Player of the Year, O'Neal, 20, averaged 24.1 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.2 blocked shots as a junior.

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