49ers sign banned shot-putter BarnesThe San Francisco...

49ers sign banned shot-putter Barnes

The San Francisco 49ers said they have signed world-record shot-putter Randy Barnes, suspended from track and field for using steroids, to play nose tackle.


The International Amateur Athletic Federation suspended Barnes, 24, for two years starting Nov. 1 after he tested positive for methyltestosterone Aug. 7, 1990.

Barnes, 6 feet 4, 300 pounds, has exhausted his appeals to The Athletics Congress.


* Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Stanley Wilson, permanently banned from the National Football League for drug offenses, pleaded guilty to burglary charges in Long Beach, Calif.

Possible sentences range from three years' probation to a six-year prison term, prosecutors said. He is free on $10,000 bail.

* A volunteer referee at a Dallas charity basketball game has filed a complaint alleging that Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin hit him in the face during the contest, splitting his lower lip and shattering his dental plate.

Detectives said a Class A misdemeanor assault charge may be filed early next week.

College baseball

The University of Maryland (29-25-1) matched its season higof 19 hits in beating Wilmington College, 13-1, at Shipley Field in College Park.

The Terps, who finished with their winningest regular season, will play top-seeded Clemson, ranked No. 6, in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament tomorrow in Greenville, S.C.

College basketball


Louisville coach Denny Crum says there is no substance to a report on WLEX-TV in Lexington, Ky., that he violated a National Collegiate Athletic Association rule by being present at an on-campus pickup game involving some of his players.

Crum said he entered the gym solely to find the player, Greg Minor, who, he said, had become depressed after breaking his foot.


The State University of New York at Buffalo, the first SUNY school allowed athletic scholarships, was granted Division I status by the NCAA in a letter received at the school yesterday.

SUNY-Buffalo was accepted into the East Coast Conference on Wednesday.

Auto racing


Kevin Cogan, who finished second in the Indianapolis 500 in 1986, put his Buick-powered Lola at the top of the speed list with a lap of 226.677 mph during practice for the 1991 race. Qualifying will begin tomorrow.

* Ayrton Senna of Brazil set a record in the opening qualifying trials for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix -- 1 minute, 20.508 seconds on the 2.068-mile circuit through Monte Carlo. He set the mark of 1:21.314 last year.


Defending champion Monica Seles and third-seeded Martina Navratilova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Italian Open, beating Katia Piccolini and 13th-seeded Anke Huber, respectively.

Meanwhile, Navratilova said women professionals were prepared to switch from best-of-three set to best-of-five matches in any tournament if it would guarantee them the same prize money as men.

* Stefan Edberg, the world's top-ranked male player, defeated Ronald Agenor of Haiti, 6-2, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals of the German Open in Munich.


* Fibrosis, an accumulation of tissue, in Ivan Lendl's right hand has forced the world's third-ranked player to pull out of next week's Italian Open.

* Steffi Graf, the second-ranked female player in the world, quit an exhibition match in the third set in Frankfurt, Germany, because of a wrist injury.


Karen Ellingsworth of nearby Des Plaines, Ill., earned her first title in nearly seven years when she beat Linda Kelly, 244-197, to win the the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour in Hoffman-Schaumburg Open in Hoffman Estates.

* Marshall Holman of Medford, Ore., won six games and tied the other two en route to the fourth-round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association $125,000 Fresno (Calif.) Open.



Seve Ballesteros made a 25-foot putt to seal a course-record 9-under-par 63 and a five-shot lead after the opening round of the Spanish Open in Madrid.

Pro basketball

Texas coach Tom Penders says though he is not pursuing the New York Knicks head coaching job, he will listen if the National Basketball Association club wants to talk with him about it.

Penders said he had been contacted by a friend acting as a liaison for the Knicks, who are looking for a new coach since John MacLeod quit last week to become Notre Dame coach.

H: Cycling

An Argentine sports photographer, Nestor Pereyra, eager to snap the winner Saturday in Buenos Aires, was run over the finish line by a racing pack and died along with a cyclist, Atilio Marchand, Wednesday night.



American Leeonzer Barber captured the vacant World Boxing Organization light heavyweight title when Britain's Tom Collins failed to come out for the sixth round in Leeds, England.

* Al Cole of Newark, N.J., scored a unanimous 12-round decision in his hometown over Nate Miller to retain his U.S. Boxing Association cruiserweight title.

* Heavyweight Tommy Morrison (27-0) announced his return to the ring after ankle surgery for a scheduled June 18 bout against Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead (51-3-1) in Kansas City, Mo.