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Sports Digest

April 16, 1999

Basketball

Taking lead of O's, Globetrotters open talks with Cuba on returning

The Harlem Globetrotters have begun talks aimed at returning the touring basketball performers to Cuba for the first time in nearly 50 years.

"When we started this three years ago it was pretty tough, but after the baseball exchange it has gotten a lot easier," team owner Mannie Jackson said. He felt the Orioles had opened the way with their visit for an exhibition game last month.

The plan is to have the Globetrotters stay for a week and also hold basketball clinics for Cuban youth.

Soccer

Maryland's Twellman scores, but U.S. falls, 3-2

Taylor Twellman's second goal of the match was not enough to save the United States from a 3-2 loss to Spain in the World Under-20 Youth Soccer Championship in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Spain advanced to the quarterfinals to play African youth champion Ghana Sunday in Kaduna.

Twellman, who plays for Maryland, scored his final goal of the game, and his fourth of the tournament two minutes into injury time.

College football

Nebraska's Wiggins gains sixth year of eligibility

The NCAA, reversing an earlier ruling, granted a sixth year of eligibility for Nebraska receiver and kick returner Shevin Wiggins.

An NCAA appeals committee reinstated Wiggins on the premise that he "would meet all the eligibility requirements for competition."

Vanderbilt: Both Vanderbilt and Gerry DiNardo claimed victory in their long-running dispute over whether the former football coach broke his contract and owes the university $281,886. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with Vanderbilt in finding DiNardo broke terms of a five-year contract in 1994 when he took the coaching job at LSU. But the court sent the case back to U.S. District Court in Nashville to determine whether he also violated the terms of a two-year contract extension he signed that year.

Women's lacrosse

Salisbury wins title by beating Mary Washington

Jen Ice had six goals and one assist as Salisbury State claimed the Capital Athletic Conference's regular-season title with a 14-11 win over Mary Washington. The host Sea Gulls (10-2, 3-1), ranked No. 17 in Division III, have home-field advantage in next week's conference tournament.

Western Maryland: Senior Amy North had six goals and junior Meaghan Giorno five to lead the host Green Terror (4-4) to a 21-11 nonconference win. North and Giorno each scored twice as the Green Terror (4-4) moved ahead 8-1 in the first nine minutes.

Washington College: Jordan Holt had five goals and an assist as the host Shoremen defeated Goucher, 12-10, for their sixth straight win. Lauren Manekin also had five goals for Goucher (5-8).

Et cetera

Yankees partner Friedman dies of cancer at 56

Michael D. "Mickey" Friedman, a limited partner in the New York Yankees ownership group, has died of cancer. He was 56.

Friedman died Tuesday at University Hospitals and was buried Wednesday after services at Fairmount Temple in suburban Beachwood.

Diving: Michelle Rojohn held off Rachelle Smith and Erica Sorgi in the women's 1-meter event to win the first final of the U.S. Spring National Championships in Orlando, Fla.

Tennis: The Conde the Godo tennis tournament's third round was called off because of heavy rain that soaked the courts in Barcelona, Spain. Play will be resumed today, organizers said.

Golf: Phillip Price of Wales and England's Van Phillips shot 3-under-par 69s to share the first-round lead in the Estoril Open in Sintra, Portugal.

Bowling: PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli won seven of eight matches and built a 71-pin lead over Rick Steelsmith in the Empire State Open in Latham, N.Y. Roger Workman ended a seven-year wait by winning his first PBA Senior Tour title, beating Gene Stus, 235-208, in the championship match of the Greater Hartford PBA Senior Classic in Windsor Locks, Conn.

Basketball: Loch Raven's Cory MacCumbee, a 6-foot-4 junior guard who averaged 20.3 points for the Raiders this past winter, has been invited to participate in the U.S. Eastern Regional Basketball Championships July 12-18.

Track and field: Former two-time All-Metro Dameon Johnson (Carver-Baltimore City) will compete in the 400-meter run for the World Express Athletic Club in this weekend's 41st annual Mount San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif. This past winter, Johnson was a member of the U.S. Men's mile relay team which broke the world and American record at the World Indoor championships in Maebashi, Japan. The top two finishers in the women's shot put at last month's World Indoor Championships will have their medals taken from them for flunking drug tests. Vita Pavlysh of Ukraine, the winner, and second-place finisher Irina Korzhanenko of Russia both also face two-year suspensions.

College: Former basketball All-Metro Demon Brown (Randallstown), a player at Maine Central this past season, has signed with UNC-Charlotte.

The quiz

They win! They win!

If the New York Yankees win the World Series, this would be the first time the Super Bowl champion (Denver Broncos) and World Series winner has repeated in the same year since the 1970s. Name the last teams to do it. (Answer, 14D)

Quiz answer

1976 (Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Reds).

Pub Date: 4/16/99

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