Clemson All-America place-kicker Chris Gardocki and cornerback Dexter Davis will give up their final year of eligibility to enter the National Football League draft, school officials announced yesterday.
Gardocki, a second team All-American, made 22 of 28 field-goal tries in 1990 and averaged 44.48 yards per punt, a school record. He was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team as a punter and place-kicker in 1989 and 1990.
He became the second player in National Collegiate Athletic Association history to rank in the top five for field goals per game and punting average in a season, finishing fourth in both categories in 1990.
For his career, Gardocki made 63 of 89 field-goal attempts and set a Clemson record for consecutive extra points with 72.
Davis led the ACC with six interceptions and had 36 tackles. He made All-ACC in 1989 and 1990. For his career, he had 10 interceptions and 127 tackles.
* Willie Brown, a Hall of Fame defensive back, signed a three-year contract to become the head coach at Long Beach State, succeeding the late George Allen.
Brown, 49, handled the defensive secondary for the 49ers last season when Allen came out of retirement at age 72 to guide the team to a 6-5 record, its first winning season in four years.
Allen died at his home in nearby Rancho Palos Verdes Dec. 31 after what was called a rare coronary spasm.
Ben Johnson is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 24 as a result of assault charges Monday after another athlete complained she was attacked last month at York University, police said.
Cheryl Thibedeau, a former teammate of Johnson's at the Mazda Optimist Track Club, filed a complaint after an incident Dec. 17.
Thibedeau complained to police about a dispute between her and a man at the university's track and field center. Johnson surrendered to police Monday and was released on his own recognizance.
Johnson is scheduled to run in the Los Angeles Sunkist Invitational track meet Friday, his second event since he was banned from the sport after testing positive for banned steroids at the 1988 Olympics.
A tour of the Soviet Union by a team of American freestyle wrestlers was canceled yesterday because of the danger of international travel aggravated by threat of war in the Persian Gulf and political instability in the USSR, USA Wrestling announced.
The 19 wrestlers and trainers were scheduled to leave yesterday on the three-week tour.
The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has four months to turn over financial documents to auditors or face decertification as a national governing body, a U.S. Olympic Committee official said.
The USOC's executive committee voted last week to give the federation until April 15 to come up with the documentation sought by the auditors, said John Samuelson, the USOC's chief financial officer, from USOC headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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Tickets for Saturday's 7 p.m. basketball game between No. 1 ranked Dunbar at No. 2 Annapolis are on sale at Dunbar's athletic office beginning today. The cost is $2.
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