Miami of Ohio is put on 2 years' probation
The National Collegiate Athletic Association put Miami (Ohio) University on two years' probation yesterday because of violations by former basketball coach Jerry Peirson, but said Miami's cooperation in the investigation spared it from more severe penalties.
Peirson was fired in August after admitting he improperly gave an "A" to a player who took his basketball theory class. The player, Karlton Clayborne, never showed up for class, but the grade kept him eligible to play in the 1988-89 season.
The university will forfeit eight games in which Clayborne played that season, leaving it with a 5-23 record for 1988-89.
Miami president Paul G. Pearson said the university won't appeal the sanctions -- the first against the school.
* A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that the mother of Hank Gathers can sue for wrongful death, the strongest cause of action in the $32.5-million suit filed by Lucille Gathers and members of her family against Loyola Marymount University and 13 other defendants in the death of her son.
Gathers, a Loyola Marymount basketball player, collapsed March 1990, at Gersten Pavilion on the Loyola campus while playing in a West Coast Conference tournament game and was pronounced dead 1 hour, 40 minutes later.
International Olympic Committee members will spend the next few days inspecting Japan's candidate for the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano, a city of about 335,000 in mountainous central Japan, about a four-hour train ride from Tokyo. Other candidates are Salt Lake City; Aosta, Italy; Jaca, Spain; Ostersund, Sweden; and Sochi, in the Soviet Union. The IOC is expected to select a site in June.
Track and field
Ben Johnson, banned from the sport and stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for steroids at the 1988 Olympics, will run in the United States for the first time since 1987 at the Sunkist Invitational tonight in Los Angeles. The race, at 50 meters, will be the second in his comeback. Johnson, 29, finished second in the 50 meters at the Hamilton Spectator Indoor Games in Canada a week ago. He will face a field that includes Andre Cason, who finished third at Hamilton.
Bits and pieces
Former Baltimore Colts running back Tom Matte will be the host of the ARCOM charity golf tournament June 3 at Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster. The cost is $100. Proceeds will go to the United Way. Call 931-8105. . . . The East-West Soccer Ambassadors, who select players between the ages of 11 and 19 from across the United States to participate in international competition, will hold tryouts Jan. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Perring Athletic Club. Players must bring a ball and a $15 application fee. Call (216) 248-0200.
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