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By New York Times News Service | October 28, 1994
With the World Cup field expanding from 24 teams to 32 teams, FIFA yesterday increased the number of berths for Africa from the three that took part in the United States this past summer to five for the 1998 tournament in France.FIFA, soccer's world governing body, also increased by one entry the berths of four of the other five confederations and maintained the number for Oceania, which still must earn a spot by a playoff against a country from another continent.Besides the three spots for the North and Central American region and the five for Africa, Europe has 15 spots, including one for France as host nation; Asia has 3, plus a possible playoff winner with Oceania.
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By New York Times News Service | October 28, 1994
With the World Cup field expanding from 24 teams to 32 teams, FIFA yesterday increased the number of berths for Africa from the three that took part in the United States this past summer to five for the 1998 tournament in France.FIFA, soccer's world governing body, also increased by one entry the berths of four of the other five confederations and maintained the number for Oceania, which still must earn a spot by a playoff against a country from another continent.Besides the three spots for the North and Central American region and the five for Africa, Europe has 15 spots, including one for France as host nation; Asia has 3, plus a possible playoff winner with Oceania.
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May 3, 1991
Redskins set to open short minicampAt least 81 players, including 23 rookies, are expected t arrive at Redskin Park today for the opening of the Washington Redskins' weekend minicamp.In past years, the rookies spent a week at minicamp, but under a new agreement between the National Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, they are allowed to spend only one weekend at a team's facility before June 1.Eight veterans are unsigned and not obligated to attend camp, but general manager Charley Casserly said they've all indicated they will take part.
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By Frank Deford | July 7, 1994
Westport, Conn. -- THE SCOLDS and the disillusioned of modern America are once again lamenting the disappearance of the hero in our disenchanted times.Curiously, although sports troubadours are traditionally the dupes accused of being too quick to romanticize athletes, it is rarely our kind nowadays who carry on about how sports stars are -- in the usual overwrought phrase -- Letting Us Down.The fact is, people in sports and people who cover sports are much more understanding of bald reality.
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May 9, 1991
Prop. 48 cases down in Div. I, up in IIThe percentage of freshman athletes sidelined by Proposition 48 academic standards dropped this year in Division I schools but rose sharply in Division II, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said yesterday.The NCAA said the percentage of black Proposition 48s in Division I rose from 65.5 percent from 1987 to 1989 to 68.6 percent this year. In Division II, blacks were 58.5 percent of total Proposition 48 freshmen this year, up from 45.4 percent in 1989 and 49.7 percent in 1988.
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By Frank Deford | July 7, 1994
Westport, Conn. -- THE SCOLDS and the disillusioned of modern America are once again lamenting the disappearance of the hero in our disenchanted times.Curiously, although sports troubadours are traditionally the dupes accused of being too quick to romanticize athletes, it is rarely our kind nowadays who carry on about how sports stars are -- in the usual overwrought phrase -- Letting Us Down.The fact is, people in sports and people who cover sports are much more understanding of bald reality.
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January 7, 2005
Last week, we heard that No. 26 was so important to the Washington Redskins' Clinton Portis that he promised to pay $40,000 to a teammate to give it up. Portis certainly isn't the only athlete playing the numbers. Some math from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: In 1929, the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians made numbers a regular part of their uniforms. Numbers matched spots in the batting order, so Babe Ruth got 3 and Lou Gehrig 4. The Philadelphia Athletics were the last team to go to numbers, holding out until 1937.
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September 26, 1991
Virtually nothing springs as eternal as soccer fanatics' hopes that the international game will catch on big-time in the United States. The latest off-shoot is the vision of Baltimore Blast coach Kenny Cooper and others that it might be feasible to include two English teams in the Major Soccer League -- and maybe a team or two from Mexico.Fanciful stuff? Perhaps. Yet why not a team or two from Canada as well? That would make it a four-nation league.The MSL still is tottering on the edge of extinction.
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July 17, 1994
If this serious and sober newspaper were published in, say, Milan or Sao Paulo, this editorial would not be about soccer's World Cup in general. It would be about tactics and lineups for today's final match.Americans have had a chance to see the intensity that surrounds soccer in the rest of world as the World Cup is being played in this country for the first time -- such intensity that lineups have been second-guessed publicly not just by editorialists but by the president of Mexico, the prime minister of Italy and the Brazilian coach's mother.
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September 4, 1997
BaseballReds: SS Barry Larkin (left heel) had two-hour surgery and should be able to begin running in eight to 12 weeks.BasketballBulls: Signed C Joe Kleine to one-year contract.76ers: Re-signed F-G Mark Davis to a one-year contract.CollegesAuburn-Montgomery: G Marcus Bullard, who started two years ago for Mississippi State's Final Four basketball team, has enrolled after spending nearly a year in prison for violating his probation by pistol-whipping another student.Connecticut: Women's basketball F Shea Ralph, the Big East Rookie of the Year, again tore the same ligament that ended her 1996 season in the NCAA tournament and will not play this season.
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May 9, 1991
Prop. 48 cases down in Div. I, up in IIThe percentage of freshman athletes sidelined by Proposition 48 academic standards dropped this year in Division I schools but rose sharply in Division II, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said yesterday.The NCAA said the percentage of black Proposition 48s in Division I rose from 65.5 percent from 1987 to 1989 to 68.6 percent this year. In Division II, blacks were 58.5 percent of total Proposition 48 freshmen this year, up from 45.4 percent in 1989 and 49.7 percent in 1988.
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May 3, 1991
Redskins set to open short minicampAt least 81 players, including 23 rookies, are expected t arrive at Redskin Park today for the opening of the Washington Redskins' weekend minicamp.In past years, the rookies spent a week at minicamp, but under a new agreement between the National Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, they are allowed to spend only one weekend at a team's facility before June 1.Eight veterans are unsigned and not obligated to attend camp, but general manager Charley Casserly said they've all indicated they will take part.
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March 13, 1991
Haugen fined $25,000; counseling orderedGreg Haugen has been fined $25,000 and ordered to undergo drug counseling after testing positive for marijuana when he won the World Boxing Organization junior welterweight title last month.Haugen scored a split decision over Hector Camacho in their title bout on Feb. 23.Haugen, 30, appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission yesterday and admitted to the problem, saying he had had a marijuana habit for "10 to 15 years."In addition to the fine, the commission ordered Haugen to undergo drug counseling, to undergo random testing once a month for a year, and to serve 200 hours of community service with the Clark County School District.
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By New York Times News Service | July 2, 1994
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- It's a plot.For Argentina, those are words that have echoed through much of its history as an explanation when "bad" things happened to "good" people.For the military governments of the 1970s, international outcry over human rights abuses were considered a plot by terrorists outside the country to discredit the Argentine military. Earlier in the century, Jews were plotting to take over the Patagonia, in what was called the Andean Plan. More recently, to explain periodic sharp public criticism, president Carlos Saul Menem has said that there is a media plot, backed by communists out to get him.And now, the news that Diego Maradona tested positive for banned medication has Argentina again raising the banner of conspiracy, or complot, as they say in Spanish.
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