Whites graduate at twice blacks' rateNearly twice...


Whites graduate at twice blacks' rate

Nearly twice the percentage of white athletes as black athletes graduated from college the past five years, according to a study released yesterday by the NCAA.

The findings are the first part of an academic study of 3,288 athletes from 85 Division I schools who entered college in 1984 and 1985.

Black athletes graduated at a 26.6 percent rate, compared with 52.2 percent for whites and 45.7 percent for all athletes in the study.

The women's rate was almost 54 percent, compared with the men's 42.3 percent.

The NCAA study said one in four athletes graduated in four years, but only 9.2 percent of all blacks graduated in four years. And while more than half of the white athletes graduated, 28.2 percent left school in good academic standing and 19.6 percent in less than good standing. Almost 33 percent of all blacks left in good standing, but 42.5 percent did not.

The NCAA also found the graduation rates for white and black men were higher in the high-revenue sports of football and basketball than in other Division I sports.


The second annual Fort Meade Cherry Bomb will begin at 11 a.m. today, as some of the nation's top amateur cyclists compete for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes.

The race will take place on a one-mile circular course that surrounds the Fort Meade parade grounds, part of the Fourth of July festivities around Burba Park Lake.

Race director Michael Kilrain said he expects 400 to 500 participants in the five major divisions licensed by the U.S. Cycling Federation: Senior 2/3, Senior 4, Masters 35 and over, Women and Junior Men. There also is a novice category, in which the top finishers will receive medals.


Pat Quinn re-appointed himself coach of the Vancouver Canucks and hired two new high-profile assistants to complete his coaching staff. Quinn will continue as Vancouver's president and general manager. The assistants named are Rick Ley, fired last month as coach of the Hartford Whalers, and Stan Smyl, the Canucks' all-time scoring leader, who announced his retirement.

Track and field

Frankie Fredericks of Namibia clocked a time of 20.41 in the 200 meters, beating Carl Lewis by five-hundredths of a second at the DN Galan '91 Grand Prix track and field meet in Stockholm, Sweden. Lewis, running in his first 200 in two years, led until 20 meters were left.


Mark Bowers of Aberdeen is in seventh place after two rounds of the $130,000 PBA El Paso (Texas) Open. Ricky Ward of North Fort Myers, Fla., has a pin count of 2,823. Bowers' pin count is 2,722.


A state district judge has ordered Martina Navratilova to give her deposition in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 16 in her dispute with Judy Nelson, her former live-in companion.

Nelson filed suit against Navratilova on June 4, saying Navratilova ended their seven-year relationship but failed to live up to the conditions of an agreement, which the pair signed during a videotaped session in 1986. Under that agreement, Nelson would be entitled to half of Navratilova's winnings and profits from business ventures since July 1984, when the couple began living together.

* Reed Cordish (Gilman) advanced to the semifinals of the boys 18-and-under division of the Florida Open in Fort Myers by defeating James T. Rich of Bedford, N.H., 6-3, 6-0.


Greg Norman, whose back and hip troubles forced him out of the second round of the U.S. Open, is a last-minute entry into the Centel Western Open in Lemont, Ill.

"I'm feeling fine," Norman said after a practice round for the tournament that will begin today.

* Seve Ballesteros shot a 7-under-par 62 and took the first-round lead in the Monte Carlo Open. Tied for second, one stroke behind Ballesteros, were South African Hugh Baiocchi and Sweden's Magnus Sunesson.


The Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved an agreement to have Spectacor build a $100 million sports arena in exchange for $21.6 million in financial incentives from the city and state.

The plan, approved by a 14-0 vote, seals a two-year deal meant to keep the Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers in the city through the year 2020. Under the 66-year term of the deal, the city has projected it would gain $600 million in new taxes.

Spectacor, the owner of the Spectrum arena and the Philadelphia Flyers, will spend $100 million to build the new arena on the site of the John F. Kennedy Stadium, next to the Spectrum. Spectacor also will spend $30 million to build a mall connecting the new arena with the Spectrum.


The Wharton Rowing Club got off to a great start at the Henley Royal Regatta in Oxfordshire, England, thanks to a group of rowers who have spent very little time in the water together.

Wharton defeated Britain's Trinity Boat Club in the heavyweight eights, rowing its way into contention for the Henley Prize.

"We wanted to come just once baefore the guys go off to get jobs," said cox Brian Carey of Reading, Mass. "But our problem is we get little practice together."

The men from the University of Pennsylvania business school have rowed together for just three weeks and will face another tough test in their next race. Wharton's next opponent will be Imperial College of London,the Henley Prize defending champion.


Promoter Dan Duva deposited a little more than $10 million in escrow for a fight between heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.

It probably was an exercise in futility since Don King, who promotes Tyson, is actively pursuing a Tyson-George Foreman fight.

Auto racing

Sterling Marlin turned in the fastest lap in practice for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Marlin's speed was 190.864 mph. Ken Schrader was second-best at 190.331.

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