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Holtz won't suspend Irish players

Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz said yesterday that he will not suspend or dismiss quarterback Rick Mirer and linebacker Demetrius DuBose for their weekend arrests at an off-campus party, but will discipline them in another way for violating team rules.

Holtz stopped short of saying whether the two first-team players would start in the season opener Saturday at home against Indiana, but indicated the two probably would play.

"I have every reason to believe that Rick and Demetrius due to extenuating and mitigating circumstances happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I'm of the opinion this will be confirmed in the future," Holtz said in a statement he read after practice Sunday.

Holtz did not indicate which rule the players violated, or how they would be disciplined other than to say "the penalty does not include dismissal or suspension."

Mirer, a junior from Goshen, Ind., and DuBose, a junior from Seattle, Wash., were among three students arrested Friday night at an off-campus party, South Bend police said.

* West Virginia won all four of its matches at the Retriever Volleyball Classic held at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. George Mason took second place with a five-game victory over UMBC.

The Mountaineers opened on Saturday by defeating George Mason, 15-10, 15-5, 10-15, 15-10, and beating Liberty, 15-4, 15-4, 13-15, 15-0. Yesterday, West Virginia defeated the host Retrievers, 15-2, 15-13, 14-16, 6-15, 15-13, then upended East Tennessee State, 12-15, 15-10, 15-2, 15-6.

* Dan Iskra (Oakland Mills) has been elected one of the tri-captains for the University of Delaware's soccer team.

Hockey

The condition of Pittsburgh Penguins coach Bob Johnson improved and he was "still making progress" toward recovering from surgery to remove a life-threatening brain tumor, a team spokeswoman said.

Johnson underwent emergency brain surgery Thursday after a CAT scan revealed his slurred speech and the weakness in his limbs were caused by a tumor believed to be malignant.

The hockey team's spokeswoman, Cindy Himes, said Penguins general manager Craig Patrick told her, "He is much better than he was yesterday. He is still making progress. He is communicating extremely well by writing notes, and he has tried to say a few words and managed one or two."

Patrick said a day earlier that Johnson still was partly paralyzed on his left side, but has regained some movement.

Horse racing

Black Tie Affair, with jockey Pat Day, lost the lead near the top of the stretch and then regained it in the run to the wire to win by a neck over Farma Way in the $500,000 Philip H. Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

* Tight Spot, with jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., up to his lineage and his name, sprinting through a narrow opening in the final 50 yards and holding off two late challengers to win the 11th running of the Arlington Million in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Boxing

The special grand jury investigating allegations that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson raped an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant probably will conclude its business Wednesday or Friday, the Marion County prosecutor said, after the testimony of one more witness.

The prosecutor, Jeffrey Modisett, declined to identify the final witness but said it was neither Tyson nor the woman who has made the accusation that the boxer raped her July 19 early in the morning at the Canterbury Hotel, where Tyson was staying.

Tyson testified for two to three hours Friday before the three men and three women who make up the panel.

Golf

Raymond Floyd shot a 3-under-par 69 for a 15-under-par 273 total, good enough to win the Daiwa KBC Augusta Golf Tournament at Shima, Japan, by one stroke.

* Australian Mike Harwood climbed out of a bunker on the last hole and tied a course record with a 65 to win the European Open at Tadworth, England.

Basketball

China beat South Korea, 104-88, at Kobe, Japan, to win the men's Asian Basketball championship and the right to represent Asia in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Penguins coach Johnson improving

The condition of Pittsburgh Penguins coach Bob Johnson improved yesterday and he was "still making progress" toward recovering from surgery to remove a life-threatening brain tumor, a team spokeswoman said.

Johnson underwent emergency brain surgery Thursday after a CAT scan revealed his slurred speech and the weakness in his limbs were caused by a tumor believed to be malignant.

The hockey team's spokeswoman, Cindy Himes, said Penguins general manager Craig Patrick told her, "He is much better than he was yesterday. He is still making progress. He is communicating extremely well by writing notes, and he has tried to say a few words and managed one or two."

She said Johnson's condition was critical but stable.

The tumor near Johnson's right ear was removed, but a second brain tumor was not treated. There still was no word on the results of a biopsy to confirm doctors' suspicions that he has cancer.

Patrick said a day earlier that Johnson still was partly paralyzed on his left side, but has regained some movement.

Johnson's wife, Martha, was at his side, and the couple's four children, including former NHL player Mark Johnson, flew to Pittsburgh to be with him.

Colleges

Notre Dame quarterback Rick Mirer and linebacker Demetrius DuBose "vehemently deny that they were intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol, or that they were disorderly in any way," athletic director Richard A. Rosenthal.

About 500 people attended several parties Friday night in the Lafayette Square Apartments, South Bend, Ind., police said. An off-duty officer working security at the apartments called police. Officers were told management had asked that all those who weren't residents leave.

Police say Mirer and DuBose were arrested at about 11 p.m. as officers began to clear the complex of non-residents.

Lt. Norval Williams, a South Bend police information officer, told the South Bend Tribune he did not believe Mirer or DuBose had been drunk or disorderly. He said that Mirer did not seem intoxicated and he did not smell anything on his breath.

* West Virginia won all four of its matches at the Retriever Volleyball Classic held at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. George Mason took second place with a five-game victory over UMBC.

The Mountaineers opened on Saturday by defeating George Mason, 15-10, 15-5, 10-15, 15-10, and edged Liberty, 15-4, 15-4, 13-15, 15-0. Yesterday, West Virginia defeated the host Retrievers, 15-2, 15-13, 14-16, 6-15, 15-13, then upended East Tennessee State, 12-15, 15-10, 15-2, 15-6.

* Dan Iskra (Oakland Mills) has been elected one of the tri-captains for the University of Delaware's soccer team.

Golf

Raymond Floyd shot a 3-under-par 69 for a 15-under-par 273 total, good enough to win the Daiwa KBC Augusta Golf Tournament at Shima, Japan, by one stroke. Floyd, who started the final round one stroke ahead of Dan Forsman, shot three birdies on the 7,125-yard, par-72 Kyushu Shima Country Club course.

* Australian Mike Harwood climbed out of a bunker on the last hole and tied a course record with a 65 to win the European Open at Tadworth, England. Harwood's bunker shot took him within three feet of the pin and he holed out to finish two shots ahead of Scotsman Sandy Lyle. Payne Stewart, wearing a back belt to protect a recurring injury, shot a final-round 68 to share third place with Seve Ballesteros and South African John Bland.

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