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Vikings' Walker says he didn't try suicide

Minnesota Vikings running back Herschel Walker says he's suffering no aftereffects from the carbon monoxide poisoning he suffered last weekend while sitting in his car in a closed garage.

Walker said he has been asked if the incident was an attempt to take his life. "People will make something out of nothing," he said. "But suicide? It wasn't anything like that."

Walker was taken by ambulance to Irving (Texas) Community Hospital about 3 a.m. Sunday after his wife, Cindy, found him unconscious in the garage of their home, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in today's editions. "He was treated in the emergency room about 3 a.m. and released at about 6 a.m.," hospital spokeswoman Sharon Peters told the newspaper. "It is not a serious thing at all."

Walker said he had started his car in the closed garage and was preparing to leave his home when he paused to hear a favorite song on his cassette deck. A tiring weekend of travel may have contributed to his falling asleep, Walker said, adding that he also has been under stress because his grandparents are sick.

He added: "This isn't really about anything. It was just a good tape."

* Bill Parcells, preparing to negotiate a new contract after coaching the New York Giants to their second Super Bowl victory in five seasons, has auditioned with NBC Sports as a football analyst, The New York Times is reporting.

The newspaper, quoting a source identified only as having seen an audition tape, reported today that Parcells teamed up with play-by-play man Don Criqui several weeks ago.

"Is that what I did?" Parcells, who has insisted he is uncertain about future plans, told the newspaper when asked about the report. "I don't have any comment on it."

Parcells, 49, has one season remaining on a contract paying about $750,000 annually.

Giants general manager George Young said he knew nothing about the audition. "But I don't think it's a negotiating ploy," Young said.

* Bill McPeak, director of professional scouting for the New England Patriots since August 1979 and former head coach of the Washington Redskins, died yesterday in Foxboro, Mass., of a heart attack. He was 64.

McPeak played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1949-57 and was a three-time Pro Bowl performer. He was an assistant coach for the Steelers from 1956-58. In 1961, at age 35, he was named head coach of the Redskins, where he remained until 1965.

College basketball

The University of Kentucky, coming off a two-year National Collegiate Athletic Association probation for basketball recruiting misdeeds and academic fraud, admitted yesterday that it violated another rule last weekend in recruiting a transfer player.

Kentucky athletic director C.M. Newton and coach Rick Pitino said the violation occurred when recruit Clifford Rozier, who played the past season at North Carolina, attended a post-Kentucky Derby party at a Louisville home Saturday night. The applicable rule states that a school may entertain a recruit only within a 30-mile radius of the school. Louisville is about 75 miles west of Lexington.

* Nebraska junior forward Tony Farmer, declared ineligible to play next season by the NCAA, will apply for the National Basketball Association draft. Farmer, who averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds last season, said he was declared ineligible for violating an NCAA extra-benefits rule when he received a low-interest car loan. In order to be eligible for his senior season, he would have to be reinstated by the NCAA.

* A Philadelphia high school basketball player accused of sexual abuse in New York says he has signed a letter of intent to play at West Virginia University. Wilfred Kirkaldy told the Morgantown Dominion Post in yesterday's edition that he signed the scholarship papers and will be forwarding them to West Virginia in a few days.

Kirkaldy's legal troubles began during a recruiting visit to Syracuse last fall. The 18-year-old is accused of assaulting an 18-year-old female in his hotel room Sept. 22. The woman claimed Kirkaldy forced her to have sex with him after she accompanied him to his hotel room. Kirkaldy has denied having sex with the woman. He told police he thought she was one of the Syracuse basketball team's "groupies," who did whatever the players wanted.

Kirkaldy was expelled from a college preparatory school in Virginia four days after his arrest.

Boxing

Simon Brown of Germantown is vacating his International Boxing Federation welterweight title, his adviser said. The adviser, James Cooks, notified IBF president Bob Lee in a letter that Brown's decision was made because the organization decided to sanction bouts in South Africa and because of its handling of a title unification bout with former World Boxing Council champion Maurice Blocker.

Brown won the IBF welterweight title on April 23, 1988, by stopping Tyrone Trice in the 14th round. He made eight successful defenses, the most recent March 18 when he stopped Blocker in the 11th round, adding the WBC title to his IBF crown.

Autos

Chris Gehrke, who suffered severe head injuries in a stock car race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, died yesterday at a Birmingham, Ala., hospital. Cullen Clark, spokesman at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, said Gehrke, 25, of Lincoln, Ill., died at 10:25 a.m. in the neuro-intensive care unit, where he was treated after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Hockey

Los Angeles Kings general manager Rogie Vachon would like to reunite high-scoring right wing Jari Kurri with Wayne Gretzky, his former Edmonton Oilers teammate. Vachon said in an interview with XTRA-AM in San Diego on Monday night that the Kings hope to acquire Kurri's rights from the Oilers and that he would be willing to trade players, but not draft picks, to make the deal.

"We're probably the last team on earth [Oilers president/general manager Glen] Sather wants to trade him to," Vachon said yesterday. "I'm still going to pursue it, but I would say our chances are not very good."

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