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April 29, 2000

Colleges

NCAA sets deadline of August for S.C. on Confederate flag

All NCAA-sponsored sports events in South Carolina, including the 2002 men's basketball regional in Greenville, will be canceled unless the Confederate flag is removed from the Statehouse dome by Aug. 11.

The governing body of college sports said yesterday that it would not hold NCAA tournaments for any sport in South Carolina if the flag remains. The decision would not affect individual school schedules or conference tournaments.

"There is no question that to a significant number of our constituents, the flag is a symbol of oppression," Charles Wethington, NCAA executive committee chairman, said Friday.

The committee meets again Aug. 11 and a cancellation by the NCAA would be the most prominent move since the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced last summer a tourism boycott.

SALISBURY STATE: Steve Holmes was named men's basketball coach, replacing longtime coach Ward Lambert, who retired this year after 30 seasons.

Holmes takes over at Salisbury after serving as head coach at SUNY-Geneseo from 1994 to 2000. He also served as an assistant at SUNY-Geneseo (1990-94), SUNY-Potsdam (1986-90) and Champlain College (1983-86).

Pro football

Marino's uniform No. 13 to be retired vs. Ravens

NFL all-time passing leader Dan Marino's No. 13 jersey will be retired by the Miami Dolphins during halftime of their game Sept. 17 against the Ravens.

Marino's name will be added to the Dolphin Honor Roll during the game.

Bob Griese's No. 12 is the only other jersey retired by the Dolphins.

BENGALS: Disgruntled receiver Carl Pickens is about to get his wish and get out of town.

The Bengals excused their all-time leading receiver from a mandatory weekend minicamp yesterday, as they tried to work out an arrangement to end his career with Cincinnati.

COLTS: Offensive line coach Howard Mudd was hospitalized in satisfactory condition after breaking his wrist and suffering a collapsed lung in a motorcycle accident in Indianapolis.

PACKERS: George Koonce, a starting linebacker for Green Bay since 1992, was not invited to the team's minicamp and will soon be released, the Associated Press reported.

College lacrosse

Zeller leads Maryland to 12-9 win over Yale

Senior midfielder Brian Zeller had his best game of the season, scoring four goals to lead No. 7 Maryland (9-4) past visiting Yale, 12-9, at Byrd Stadium.

Zeller's first goal, with nine seconds left in the first quarter, gave him his 100th career point.

Freshman Mike Mollot set a career high of six points with two goals and four assists.

NO. 8 DUKE 6, PENN STATE 5: Jared Frood scored two goals to lead the Blue Devils (9-4) past the Nitttany Lions (6-7).

Pro basketball

Pacers' Smits suspended for today's game vs. Bucks

The Indiana Pacers' Rik Smits was suspended for one game for elbowing the Milwaukee Bucks' Ervin Johnson in the head during their first-round NBA playoff series.

The 7-foot-4 center was ordered by the NBA to sit out Game 3 today in Milwaukee. He elbowed Johnson while they fought for a rebound in Game 2 on Thursday night.

PISTONS: Forward Grant Hill underwent successful surgery, two days after doctors diagnosed a broken left ankle.

MEMORABILIA: The ball Wilt Chamberlain used to score a record 100 points sold at auction for $551,844.

Auto racing

Skinner wins pole for NAPA 500 in Calif.

Mike Skinner won the pole for tomorrow's NAPA 500 at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., with a lap of 186.061 mph.

Skinner, driving the No. 31 Chevrolet owned by Richard Childress Racing, continued the season's theme of spreading the wealth in Winston Cup racing. In a year in which the first nine races have been won by different drivers, he became the eighth different pole winner.

Earlier yesterday, Skinner paced second-round qualifying for today's Grand National race at the 2-mile track to earn the 26th spot.

Et cetera

Baltimore's Baku floors foe in 1st round in N.J.

Baltimore junior middleweight Emil Baku raised his record to 18-0 by stopping Floyd Weaver (17-7) of Pomona, Calif., at 2: 07 of the first round in Atlantic City, N.J.

Baku floored Weaver earlier in the round with a left hook and finished him with an overhand right.

EQUESTRIAN: The New Zealand duo of Olympic gold medalists Mark Todd and Blyth Tait lead after the completion of the dressage phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

TENNIS: Spain, France and the Czech Republic put themselves in strong position to reach the Federation Cup semifinals with victories that ran their records to 2-0 with one match to go in the round robin. The United States already has qualified.

The quiz

Three's a crowd

Name the player who, 30 years ago today, became the third Oriole to hit three home runs in a game, joining Boog Powell and Curt Blefary. (Answer, 5C)

Quiz answer

Paul Blair.

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