NBA prospect Peeler arrested after attackUniversity of...

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May 31, 1992

NBA prospect Peeler arrested after attack

University of Missouri basketball star Anthony Peeler was arrested yesterday in Columbia, Mo., on suspicion of weapons and kidnapping charges after allegedly threatening a female acquaintance with a gun.

Peeler, the Big Eight Player of the Year last season, entered the woman's unlocked apartment about 2 a.m., said Columbia Police Sgt. Becky Covington. Peeler went into the woman's bedroom, bit her four times and placed a .45-caliber revolver to her head, Covington said.

Peeler, expected to be a first-round pick in the NBA draft next BTC month, later left the apartment, and the woman called police, Covington said. He was arrested less than a mile away about 9:15 a.m. Police found a gun in his car that matched the description of the one he allegedly used to threaten the woman, Covington said.

Peeler, 22, was released after posting a $16,000 bond, a Boone County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said.

Soccer

Soccer's rulemakers, in a move to speed up the game, banned goalkeepers from handling back passes. The world governing body's international board voted five changes to the rules, all going into effect July 25. The most significant will penalize goalkeepers who handle back passes with their hands. It will result in an indirect free kick inside the penalty area.

Goalies will be allowed to control back passes with their feet or handle the ball if the pass comes from a defender's chest or head.

* War-torn Yugoslavia will be banned from next month's European championships, said officials of the groups governing the sport worldwide and in Europe.

Basketball

Ernie Grunfeld agreed to a long-term contract extension as New York Knicks vice president of player personnel, ending speculation that he might join the Milwaukee Bucks as general manager. The announcement was made by Knicks president Dave Checketts, who said Grunfeld had received a multi-year deal. Checketts would not disclose the length of the contract or the financial details. Grunfeld had two years remaining on a contract he signed in April 1991.

* New Jersey Nets guard Drazen Petrovic had 31 points to lead Croatia over Spain, 109-96, as it finished undefeated in the pre-Olympic Tournament of Trieste in Italy. The Croatian team earlier had beaten Italy and Greece in the four-nation event, finishing with six points.

* Talk about a halftime ceremony. Gerald Williams, a guard with the U.S. Basketball League's Miami Tropics, opened the game as a bachelor and finished as a newlywed. Williams married Jocelynn Javier at midcourt during halftime of the Tropics' 118-108 victory on Friday night.

High schools

The Baltimore Sun's 26th Athlete of the Year luncheon will be June 10 at Martin's West, beginning at 11 a.m.

Sixty-six boys and girls chosen as Athletes of the Week during the 1991-92 school year will be honored. One boy and one girl will be chosen as the athletes of the year. The Baltimore Sun also will honor the coaches and players of the year from each of its All-Metro teams during 1991-92. If you were chosen as an Athlete the Week or as an All-Metro coach or Player of the Year and have not received an invitation, please contact Sam Davis at (410) 332-6534.

College football

Tennessee coach Johnny Majors was listed in good condition at Memphis' Baptist Hospital-East after undergoing angioplasty to relieve chest pains, a hospital spokesman said. Majors, 57, was passing through Memphis on Friday on the way to a meeting of the Collegiate Football Association in Dallas when he was stricken with chest pains. He did not have a heart attack.

Track and field

The International Amateur Athletic Federation, track and field's world governing body, increased its membership to 200 by granting provisionary membership to 12 former Soviet republics.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan were given full membership for events after 1992. For the Olympics and IAAF meets until then, the former republics will compete as the Unified Team, as they did at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

The IAAF also said it would discontinue chromosome testing to determine an athlete's gender. Instead, it will use existing doping controls -- and visual verification -- to determine whether athletes are male or female.

* Western Maryland College's Kent Lightbourn finished third in the 400-meter -- at the NCAA Division III Championships at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Lightbourn, a junior from Nassau, .. Bahamas, covered the distance in a season-best time of 47.61 seconds.

Cycling

Guido Bontempi edged fellow Italian Giuseppe Petito by three seconds to win the seventh stage of the Tour of Italy. Miguel

Indurain of Spain, who finished in a group 56 seconds behind the winner, kept the overall lead for the fourth consecutive day.

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