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April 23, 1992

Yugoslavia's Petrovic signs with Maryland

Nemanja Petrovic, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, has signed a letter of intent to play men's basketball at the University of Maryland, coach Gary Williams announced yesterday.

Petrovic spent the last year as a high school exchange student at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa.

"Like many of the European players, he is able to hit the outside jump shot consistently, but he also is not afraid to play a strong game down on the low post. His size and strength give us an added dimension we lacked this year," Williams said.

* Two University of Rhode Island basketball players appeared before a grand jury for the second time in a week, answering questions about illegal gambling at the school and at Bryant College.

Carlos Cofield and Matt Keebler appeared before a grand jury at Kent County Court House in West Warwick, R.I. Each answered questions for about 20 minutes.

Pro basketball

Denver Nuggets general manager Bernie Bickerstaff met with coach Paul Westhead, then scheduled a news conference for today.

"All relevant statements" will be made during the news conference, Bickerstaff said, declining further comment. Westhead said only that Bickerstaff had asked to see him. But a source within the organization told the Denver Post it was "D-Day" for Westhead and that "it will be a miracle if he isn't fired."

* Michael Jordan returned to a Chicago Bulls practice after treatment for a back injury. The injury had sidelined the star guard when the Bulls began preparation for tomorrow night's playoff opener against Miami.

College football

Insanity pleas by a University of Nebraska football player accused of beating a Lincoln woman probably won't be contested, a prosecutor said.

Based on two psychiatric evaluations of 22-year-old Scott Baldwin, Lancaster County (Neb.) Attorney Gary Lacey says he and defense attorney Hal Anderson likely will ask a judge to accept two insanity pleas for the player accused of attacking 23-year-old Gina Simanek in January.

Track and field

Mount St. Mary's senior Laurie Smith broke a 6-year-old school record and placed third in the heptathlon at the Penn Relays at Philadelphia.

Smith recorded three career bests to finish with 5,188 points. The mark shattered the school record of 4,951 points set in 1986 by Chris Larsen.

Golf

A Lincoln University golfer died during a practice round for the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Brad Friley, 23, collapsed after making his tee shot on the fifth hole at the California Country Club at California, Mo., the university said in a statement yesterday.

Boxing

Frank Bruno used a hard right hand midway through the second round to knock out Cuban Jose Ribalta in London and move toward a third shot at a world heavyweight title fight.

Men's lacrosse

Washington College put together runs of eight and 12 goals to hammer Haverford (7-7, 2-2), 25-9, yesterday and clinch first place in the Middle Atlantic Conference-East. Washington (10-2, 4-0) will play host to the winner of the MAC-West on May 2 for the conference title.

* Essex Community College, the defending national champion, finished its region schedule unbeaten after winning at Harford CC, 12-11, and will move on to the national junior college championships. In another junior college game, Anne Arundel stopped Catonsville, 11-7.

Women's lacrosse

No. 2-ranked Maryland (9-1) jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first half and coasted past No. 6 William & Mary (10-4), 9-6, at Williamsburg, Va.

* Cheryl Ish got the game-winner at 4:29, as Salisbury State (8-4) edged Mary Washington (6-8), 13-12.

* Jen Goldman and Aime Wilmer combined for six first-half goals as Haverford (7-6) defeated Washington College (3-8), 14-7. Margaret Doyle (Notre Dame Prep) scored six goals for Washington.

* Western Maryland (7-3, 3-1) clinched a playoff spot by beating Dickinson (0-9, 0-5), 16-6, in a Middle Atlantic Conference-West game.

College baseball

Scott Wilson (6-2) allowed six hits in pitching his sixth complete game of the season, as Navy (17-18) stopped visiting Towson State (17-16-1), 5-1. Wilson struck out seven and walked three. Jay Logwood homered for Towson State in the first inning, but Andy Payne singled in the tying run in the first, and Navy went ahead to stay in the second on RBI singles by Chris Lopez and Todd Butler.

* In Harrisonburg, Va., Brent Nickles went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored, as UMBC (28-6) defeated James Madison (21-19), 7-4. Brian Loewe hit a two-run double in the third inning to break a 2-2 tie. Trevor Buckley (5-3) pitched seven innings and got credit for the win. Steve Koennal picked up his fourth save of the season.

Tennis

Top-seeded Boris Becker moved into the third round of the $1.2 million Monte Carlo Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory over qualifier Tom Nijssen of the Netherlands.

Bowling

Leanne Barrette won 12 of 16 matches and widened her lead to 510 pins after four rounds of the $35,000 LPBT Central Florida Classic at Aloma Bowling Center at Winter Park, Fla.

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