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First black football GM named in Birmingham

The Birmingham team in the World League of American Football announced yesterday that Michael Huyghue, a five-year veteran of the National Football League's Management Council, will become the first black general manager of a professional football franchise.

Gavin Maloof, the principal owner of the Birmingham team, said Huyghue was "very highly regarded in NFL circles."

Huyghue, 29, served as labor relations counsel for the Management Council, advising NFL owners on their collective bargaining agreement with the players.

* Left guard Russ Grimm sat out practice for the second day in a row, but Washington Redskins officials said he probably would play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Grimm, a 10-year veteran, bruised a shoulder Sunday against the Miami Dolphins and has not practiced since.

Another injured lineman, guard Mark Schlereth, practiced this week and could return after being inactive for three weeks with an ankle injury.

* New York Giants tight end Mark Bavaro will not be suspended by the NFL for an incident involving an official, according to published reports, one of which said he was fined a total of $8,000.

The New York Times and The National reported in today's editions that they had learned no disciplinary action aside from fines would be levied against Bavaro. He made contact with official Dave Hamilton during the Giants' 31-13 loss Nov. 25 in Philadelphia.

The National said it learned Bavaro was fined $7,500 in addition to an automatic fine of $500 for an ejection.

Annapolis senior forward Dennis Edwards scored 50 points on 23-for-30 shooting from the field to lead the Panthers (2-0) to a 110-101 victory over Parkdale (0-1) at Annapolis.

Edwards, who was 3-for-5 from the foul line, broke the school record of 43 points in a game set by Dale Solomon in 1976-77. Mike Thibeault set the Anne Arundel County record with 52 points last season.

Edwards had 24 points at halftime as the Panthers trailed, 55-50. He scored 14 in the third quarter when Annapolis outscored Parkdale, 34-19, to take an 84-74 lead.

Olympics

Atlanta's mayor said that agreements to guide the 1996 Olympics organization will not be signed in time to be presented as planned to International Olympic Committee officials next week.

Mayor Maynard H. Jackson said differences remain between officials of the city and the Atlanta Organizing Committee relating to the creation of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic.

The ACOG is being formed as a private entity that will assume direction for staging the Olympics. The IOC contract sets a March 18 deadline for forming ACOG, but AOC president Billy Payne had hoped to finish it in time to present to IOC executive board members meeting next week in Lillehammer, Norway.

College football

Jim Colletto, former offensive coordinator at Ohio State, was given a five-year contract as head football coach at Purdue University and said he would scrap the run-and-shoot offense used by his predecessor, Fred Akers.

Akers resigned under pressure last week.

Colletto had been an assistant coach at Purdue from 1982-84. Purdue was 2-9 this past season, and Akers compiled a 12-31-1 mark over the past four years.

Pro basketball

The National Basketball Association has agreed to drop its lawsuit against the Oregon Lottery's basketball betting game in return for the lottery's pledge not to resume the game, a lottery official said.

Last week, the Lottery Commission voted to discontinue the NBA portion of its weekly Sports Action game because of poor ticket sales. The action doesn't affect the lottery's football

betting game, which has had good ticket sales.

Drug testing

Top German sports officials said drug testing will be stepped up in all sports, after allegations of massive doping by German athletes.

Hans Hansen, president of the German Sports Federation, outlined a 12-point program to combat drug use after a more than three-hour meeting of sports officials in the German capital.

Meanwhile, Heinrich Reiter, a prominent judge, was appointed to head an independent commission that will investigate published allegations that many top stars in former East Germany, as well as some track and field athletes from former West Germany, regularly took performance-enhancing drugs.

College basketball

Lewis University officials in Romeoville, Ill., suspended basketball coach Al Davis for threatening to revoke the scholarships of two players taking part in a minority student protest, officials said.

About 200 students agreed to end a two-day protest and sleep-in Wednesday after two hours of negotiations with school administrators and the announcement of the two-day suspension.

Hockey

Minnesota North Stars defenseman Shawn Chambers is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks after fracturing his left kneecap Wednesday night.

Boxing

Yukihito "Leopard" Tamakuma of Japan fought to a 12-roundraw with Venezuelan challenger Jesus Rojas in Aomori, Japan, and retained his World Boxing Association flyweight title.

Golf

Greg Bruckner and Kirk Triplett, 1990 PGA rookies, tied Rocco Mediate and Jim Carter for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the $1 million Sazale Classic championship in Wellington, Fla.

Bits and pieces

The Baltimore Thunder will face the two-time Major Indoor Lacrosse League champion Philadelphia Wings in a preseason game tonight at 8 at the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pa. Tickets are $15, $14, $11.50 and $9. For more information, call (717) 534-3911. . . . Tryouts for a youth soccer team to represent Maryland in international play will be held at noon tomorrow and Sunday at Howard Community College. Tryouts are open to male and female players 12 to 18, and a player need attend only one tryout. For more information, call Eric Hawkes at 587-6576. . . . The St. Ursula boys under-10 first division team recently won the Archdiocesan Soccer Championship, finishing the season 23-9-2 and 7-0-2 in the league. . . . The Highlandtown Lacrosse Club, a member of the Central Atlantic League, is seeking players for next year. Anyone interested should call Harry Wallace at 342-4123 or 327-4854. . . . The Northwood midget (11- to 13-year-olds) football team (10-0), which won the Maryland Football Association championship and beat Henlopen (Del.), 7-0, in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Nov. 24, will take on Danbury (Conn.) in the national championship game in Mountain View, Calif., tomorrow.

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