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April 28, 1992

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Terps' Weller to coach 1992 Jones Cup team

USA Basketball yesterday named Maryland's Chris Weller head coach of the 1992 USA Women's Select Team that will compete in the R. William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan, on June 17-28.

Assisting Weller will be Marynell Meadors of Florida State and Kay James of the University of Southern Mississippi.

This will be Weller's second trip to the Jones Cup, but the first as head coach. She served as an assistant to the 1985 USA team that won the tournament. A year later, she coached the 1986 USA Select team that toured Canada.

"I am honored to have been selected," said Weller. "It provides a great opportunity for international experience for the United States' top collegiate players. The potential of the team is enormous."

In 11 trips to the Jones Cup, the USA women have earned nine medals: five gold, two silver and two bronze. Weller has a 353-145 record and eight Athletic Coast Conference titles in her 17 years at Maryland.

Pro basketball

Detlef Schrempf of the Indianapolis Pacers was named winner of the NBA's Sixth Man Award for the second consecutive year.

Schrempf received 54 of a possible 96 votes from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Second in the balloting was Sarunas Marciulionis of Golden State with 21 votes, third was Dan Majerle of Phoenix with 19.

America's Cup

Dennis Conner has signed a multi-year deal worth a reported $3 million with Emilio Azcarraga, a Mexican television magnate and part owner of the North Cove Yacht Harbor at Manhattan's World Financial Center. As a result of the deal, Conner is moving the base of his sailing operations from San Diego to the Hudson River.

Azcarraga, a sailor and head of Groupo Televisa, which owns two networks and several television stations in Mexico, was the owner of The National, the sports daily that folded last June after losing $100 million in 16 months.

Jurisprudence

A Los Angeles judge set bail at $1 million for former Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Derrel Thomas and an ex-sheriff's deputy who together are charged with trying to buy more than 20 pounds of cocaine from undercover drug agents.

Thomas, 41, and former deputy Rickey Ross, 43, were arrested Friday night after allegedly agreeing to pay $140,000 in cash to undercover officers for 22 pounds of cocaine.

* A driver who fatally injured Olympic gold-medalist Victor Davis in 1989 was sentenced to 10 months in jail after a Montreal judge called him a callous coward.

Davis, 25, who set an Olympic breaststroke swimming record at the Los Angeles Games in 1984, died of brain injuries two days after being struck and hurled nearly 50 feet by a car driven by 21-year-old Glen Crossley, who did not report the accident for 40 minutes.

Golf

The course at Rolling Road Golf Club once again was the winner over the field in a Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am. From a field of 60 pros, only Bob Bilbo of Argyle CC managed to break par over the tight 6,000-yard Catonsville layout, shooting 34-35--69. There have often been years when there were no sub-par numbers.

Professionals Al Green and Brian Lehnhard, and amateur Terry Teel matched par of 70, and professional Glen Barrett was alone at 71. Host pro Billy Bassler had the fifth hole-in-one of his career when he hit a 9-iron shot at the 99-yard 10th hole.

Colleges

Derek Hacopian hit his 18th home run of the season with one out in the 10th to give Maryland (23-21-1) an 8-7 victory over Virginia Commonwealth (26-14) at Shipley Field in College Park.

* Western Maryland defeated Gettysburg, 6-0, to gain a split of their softball doubleheader in Westminster and gain the Middle Atlantic Conference-Southwest championship, its first MAC softball title in nine years. Western Maryland will join the other three section champions in the conference tournament this weekend in Harrisburg, Pa.

* Chris McGuthrie, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, has signed a letter of intent to attend Mount St. Mary's College.

High school baseball

Towson's John Bruns and Ian Webster combined for a no-hitter, as the Generals defeated visiting Pikesville, 11-0, yesterday.

Bruns, a senior right-hander, went the first four innings, striking out four and walking one. Webster, a junior right-hander, finished up, striking out three.

* Arundel's Brian Rolocut and Tim Giles also combined for a no-hitter in a 7-1 victory over visiting Southern-AA. Rolocut, a senior right-hander, struck out 14 in six innings and Giles came on to pitch the final inning.

Obituary

Bo Jackson's mother, Florence Jackson Bond, died yesterday. A spokeswoman for Bo Jackson Enterprises in Mobile, Ala., confirmed the death but said Jackson requested that no further information be revealed.

Olympics

Ethiopia is coming back to the Olympics after a 12-year absence. The country had been boycotting the Games on orders from Mengistu Haile Mariam, the Marxist dictator driven from power last year.

Sumo wrestling

Massive American sumo star Konishiki, whose chances for promotion have been as closely watched as Japan's trade balance, denied he told reporters that racism has kept him from the national sport's highest rank.

The comments attributed to Konishiki, who real name is Salevaa Atisanoe and who is from Hawaii, caused an uproar last week, prompting top government officials to offer assurances that no racism was involved.

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