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Seles barred from Olympic tennis

Monica Seles, the world's top-ranked women's tennis player, will be barred from next summer's Olympics because she played in an exhibition tournament this summer in New Jersey just days after withdrawing from the Yugoslav Federation Cup team because of shin splints.

The ruling was announced yesterday by the International Tennis Federation.

A player must make herself available for her national team at the Federation Cup to qualify for the Olympics.

* Tennis star Martina Navratilova will meet her former companioa Fort Worth, Texas, courtroom next month, after a judge's decision not to delay the palimony trial.

Judy Nelson and her attorney had sought a motion to delay the Sept. 9 trial, but State District Judge Harry Hopkins rejected the request for a continuance.

Chris Evert and Billie Jean King are among potential witnesses in Nelson's palimony lawsuit against Navratilova, whose net worth was listed at more than $10 million.

Little League

The undefeated Little League team from Prince George's (10-0) will take on Warwick, R.I., today as the Babe Ruth World Series for boys ages 13 to 15 begins in Missouri.

Colleges

University of Tennessee athletic director Doug Dickey apologized for embarrassing the university with his indirect sales of nutritional milkshake mix to the athletics department.

Dickey was cited for a conflict of interest in an internal audit completed in April 1990. Dickey and his wife, JoAnne, sold more than $19,000 worth of the mix to the university through a former Tennessee football player to whom the Dickeys supplied the mix.

* Linebackers Levon Kirkland of Clemson and Marvin Jones oFlorida State are among the players nominated for the 1991 Lombardi Award, presented annually to college football's top lineman.

* Anthony Jones, a tight end and special teams player for the Washington Redskins from 1984 to 1988, was named to coach wide receivers at Western Maryland College, head coach Dale Sprague announced.

He will be joined on the staff by first-year coaches Pat Duncan, Mike Hamm and Ben Kling, all of whom played for Western Maryland last season.

* Tricia Muneses, who coached at Goucher College, has been named head field hockey coach at Western Maryland. Kathy Railey will be her assistant and serve as the assistant women's lacrosse coach.

* A Nebraska Wesleyan football player called to the Persian Gulf War in the middle of last season wants to play again this year. The NAIA says no.

Defensive tackle Tim Miller played in five of the Plainsmen's nine games in 1990 before he was called up Oct. 5 to serve. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics won't let Miller play this year because he played more than half the games last season and has used his four years of eligibility.

Auto racing

Alan Kulwicki tied Mark Martin for the season lead in NASCAR Winston Cup Series poles -- barely -- by qualifying fastest for tomorrow's Champion Spark Plug 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a lap of 173.431 mph. The two drivers have three poles each toward a $35,000 bonus.

Jurisprudence

Former Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Doug France was sentenced to a year in jail after he pleaded guilty to drunken-driving death of a neighbor. France, who played for the Rams from 1975-81, has served 90 days of his jail sentence.

* Roy Reed, a University of Hawaii basketball player, was released from jail after his one-year sentence for an attack on a Marshall University student during a recruiting visit was reduced to two years' probation.

Boxing

Promoter Don King filed a $1 million lawsuit against Greg Haugen after the boxer pulled out of the Sept. 14 title fight against WBC super-lightweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez. Haugen said King tried to change the purse and future options in their contract. Unranked Lonnie Smith will take his place on the card.

* Larry Holmes will have to undergo more medical tests before fighting Michael Greer on Aug. 24, and the bout could be scratched by the Hawaii state boxing commission if he doesn't pass. There are indications Holmes has an enlarged heart.

* Lightweight Darryll Tyson, ranked third by the WBA and WBC, scored a 10-round unanimous decision over Lupe Suarez and is ready, Tyson said, for a title shot against champion Pernell Whitaker.

* Former WBC middleweight champion Iran Barkley, fighting as a light heavyweight for the first time, survived an eighth-round knockdown to win by a decision over Juan Hernandez of Mexico in their 10-round main event.

Hockey

Dave King, coach of the Canadian Olympic Team, hinted that Eric Lindros would be welcome on the squad only as a full-time member.

Lindros, generally considered the best young player since Mario Lemieux entered the NHL in 1984, has threatened to join Canada's Olympic team unless Quebec trades him.

* Vyacheslav Fetisov, who plays for the New Jersey Devils in the NHL, is one of several Soviet hockey stars left off the national team for next month's Canada Cup tournament, apparently as punishment for refusing to sign long-term contracts with Soviet teams.

Swimming and diving

Mark Lenzi, runner-up in the 1-meter springboard at two previous U.S. Diving Championships, ran away with his first 1-meter national title in Bartlesville, Okla..

Lenzi scored 659.46 points, which U.S. Diving officials say is the most points ever scored in the 1-meter. Lenzi was so dominant that he could have passed on his 11th and last dive and still won by nearly two points.

* Lars Jorgensen, a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, won his third gold medal at the National Swimming Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by taking the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15 minutes, 22.75 seconds. Jorgensen, of San Diego, also won the 800-meter freestyle and the 400-meter freestyle.

Soccer

Mike Dunne, a defender from Batavia, Ill., scored on an 8-yard header in the 18th minute night, as the United States upset Italy, 1-0, in the opening game of the Under-17 World Soccer Championship in Montecatini, Italy.

TENNIS

Monica Seles, the world's top-ranked women's tennis player, will be barred from next summer's Olympics because she played in an exhibition tournament this summer in New Jersey.

The International Tennis Federation yesterday declared Seles lacked a valid excuse for skipping this year's Federation Cup.

A player must make herself available for her national team at the Federation Cup to qualify for the Olympics, and Seles withdrew from the Yugoslav team two days before the start of the Federation Cup.

Seles said she skipped the event to avoid reaggravating shin splints and presented the ITF with medical documents to support her case.

But the ITF said it had rejected her excuse because she continued to play in the New Jersey exhibition July 20 and 21.

* A doctor who examined Steffi Graf's injured right shoulder in Bonn, Germany, says he cannot yet determine whether the two-time champion will be able to play in the U.S. Open that starts Aug. 26.

Graf, ranked second in the world, withdrew from next week's Virginia Slims of Washington tournament. She has a torn tendon in her serving shoulder, an injury she reaggravated during the Federation Cup tournament in late July. She has been sidelined since then.

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