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Colts coach's agency gave collegians loans

A sports agency headed by Indianapolis Colts head coach Ron Meyer and two other men lent more than $100,000 to eight football players while they still were in college, The Dallas Morning News reported yesterday.

Under National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, the eight former collegians would have been ineligible to compete because they had signed deals with the agency.

The transactions came to light in lawsuits filed by Meyer, Steve Endicott and Sherwood Blount Jr., operating as Athletic Associates Inc. of Dallas.

The agency sued 14 athletes for failing to honor promissory notes and repay cash advances. According to court documents, eight were paid while in college, and six received money after completing their college eligibility.

"I dissolved my association with that agency when I accepted the Colts job. So I've been completely out of that for some 5 1/2 years now," Meyer said.

* The Southwest Conference Executive Committee chose not to vote on expanding the league, leaving the decision to conference presidents, who are scheduled to meet June 3 in Dallas.

Discussions about expansion and the possible admittance of Tulane University into the conference dominated talks during the third and final day of the 77th annual SWC spring meeting.

Track and field

Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis was found innocent of a drunken-driving charge by a jury that deliberated the case for more than three hours.

Lewis was arrested in January after two Houston police officers watched him slam his car into a curb, blowing out two tires.

He could have been sentenced to a maximum of two years in jail and a $2,000 fine if he had been convicted of the charge of driving while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor.

* Leroy Burrell, the world's top-ranked sprinter at 100 meters last year, captured the event in 10.23 seconds at the Meet of Champions in Houston. Derwin Hall of Texas (10.43) was second overall.

Olympics

Bob Costas, 39, a two-time Emmy Award winner as Outstanding Sports Host, has been named prime-time host of NBC's coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

Costas was the late-night host of NBC's coverage of the 1988 Games, anchoring live coverage 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., and served as the studio anchor for coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Horse racing

Jerry Bailey, who won the Preakness on Hansel, will ride Meadow Star against five rivals tomorrow at Belmont Park in the one-mile Acorn, the first race of the New York triple for fillies.

Bailey replaces Chris Antley, who rode Meadow Star, the champion 2-year-old, in her first three races this year.

Tennis

The United States lost the decisive doubles and was beaten in World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, Germany, this time by Switzerland.

Jakob Hlasek put the Swiss ahead in the clay-court competition by defeating Brad Gilbert, 6-0, 6-4. Aaron Krickstein evened the match by beating Marc Rosset, 6-3, 6-2. Then, Hlasek and Rosset teamed to beat Jim Pugh and Rick Leach, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

* Albert Chang of Harvard upset second-seeded Al Parker of Georgia, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2, in the second round of the NCAA Division I singles championships in Athens, Ga. Chang, ranked 30th in the nation, needed 1 hour, 39 minutes to beat the Georgia star on his home court.

* American Shaun Stafford, the 1988 NCAA singles champion from Florida, upset eight-seeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals of the European Open women's tournament in Geneva.

* Eduardo Masso of Argentina and Jan Gunnarsson of Sweden moved into the quarterfinals of the Bologna (Italy) ATP tournament.

* Top-seeded Judith Wiesner of Austria moved into the second )) round of the Strasbourg (France) Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Veronika Martinek of Germany.

Auto racing

Philip Ross, who dived out a window to escape a car engulfed in flames in a NASCAR sportsman division race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., announced his retirement. Ross, who suffered multiple injuries and burns, may be released from Carolinas Medical Center today or tomorrow.

* Danny Sullivan earned $25,000 as his Patrick Racing team narrowly defeated Bobby Rahal's crew in the finals of the Miller Pit Stop event in Indianapolis. Sullivan's crew completed a four-tire change and a simulated refueling in 13.114 seconds, compared with 13.382 for Rahal's Galles-Kraco team.

Golf

Christy Erb, relying on solid play with her irons, shot a 2-under 70 to take the individual lead by three shots after two rounds of the NCAA women's championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Erb's round led UCLA to the top of the team standings through 36 holes.

Bowling

John Mazza won six of eight games en route to the fourth-round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association's $125,000 Celebrity Denver Open.

Mazza, who captured both of his titles this year, toppled 6,326 pins, 97 ahead of Parker Bohn III. Danny Wiseman of Baltimore is 15th with 5,850.

* Nikki Gianulias picked up her 16th career title -- and third of 1991 -- when she beat Cindy Coburn-Carroll, 221-192, to win the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour's $40,000 Hammer Western Open in Tempe, Ariz.

Basketball

A mediation panel reduced a $600,000 claim against John Salley to $3,500 in a lawsuit alleging that the Detroit Pistons player fondled a waitress.

"The only thing he did was give her a $5 tip," Salley's attorney, George Googasian, said Wednesday.

Karen Pewtress, a waitress at Embassy Suites Hotel in Southfield, Mich., filed a suit last year in Oakland County Circuit Court, accusing Salley of touching her breast when he put a $5 tip in her blouse pocket. She said in the suit that she grabbed Salley's wrist to stop him.

* Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley flew into New York and said he would speak to New York Knicks president Dave Checketts today about Checketts' offer to become the club's new coach.

* Stan Richards, the Phoenix Suns' public address announcer for 17 seasons, died in his sleep, apparently of heart failure, his wife said. He was 60.

* Andre Sims, a former Fresno State basketball player, could be sent to prison for 14 years on a conviction of selling cocaine to police informants.

A Superior Court Jury in Fresno, Calif., on Wednesday found Sims guilty of three counts of selling the drug and one count each of possessing cocaine and a gun. The panel deadlocked on four other felony counts.

Soccer

Stan Mortensen, who overcame severe head injuries from wartime plane crash to become a prolific goal scorer for Blackpool and the English national soccer team, has died at the age of 69.

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