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Soviets' role at Olympics in doubt

The Soviet Union's sports system was stunned yesterday by the abolition of Gossport, the government agency that funded, controlled and pumped Communist ideology into generations of champion athletes.

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The demise of Gossport, which funded and coordinated the training of national teams, cast doubt on the Soviet Union's medals chances at next year's Olympics. The order cut off funding to Olympic training camps and sports contests and eliminated salaries for 25,000 athletes and 1,200 coaches.

Even though Gossport said it had to shelve plans to field $H competitive teams in the 1992 Olympics, sports officials in Russia, the Soviet Union's dominate republic, announced that they were making an attempt to maintain the national Olympic effort by enlisting support from the other 11 Soviet republics that now exercise separate forms of sovereignty.

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* International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, responding to allegations of corruption within the organization, said he trusts all IOC members "100 percent."

At the same time, Samaranch said the resignation of USOC President Robert Helmick shows how the IOC is dealing with any ethical misconduct by its members.

Jurisprudence

A cardiologist who treated Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers for a heart ailment before he died has agreed to pay $1 million to Gathers' family in a lawsuit settlement, according to court documents.

Dr. Vernon T. Hattori, who reduced Gathers' prescribed dose of heart medicine shortly before the athlete's death after a basketball game, is the first to settle in a multimillion-dollar wrongful death suit involving 14 defendants.

* Suspended Syracuse center Conrad McRae obtained a court order permitting him to stay on the team, and he played for the Orangemen a few hours later.

State Supreme Court Justice Parker Stone issued a restraining order which sets aside -- at least temporarily -- an NCAA decision that prevented the 6-10 junior from playing in any of Syracuse's first three games.

McRae was declared ineligible because of violations in his recruiting by Syracuse.

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Pro basketball

Hakeem Olajuwon will return to the Houston Rockets lineup Tuesday in Portland after being sidelined more than two weeks with an irregular heartbeat.

The Rockets said doctors have not determined a cause for Olajuwon's ailment, but they said it may have been the result of a blow he suffered in the Nov. 19 game against New York.

Hockey

The NHL board of governors meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., failed to resolve an impasse over divisional realignment and shelved further discussion of the issue until Jan. 9.

The debate concerns the placement of two expansion teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators, and possible moves by the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs to another division.

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College football

Former Alabama coach Ray Perkins, who also coached the NFL's New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said he misses coaching college football and is "very interested" in becoming head coach at the University of Minnesota.

* The Michigan State University trustees voted to back president John DiBiaggio's move to split the jobs of athletic director and football coach, both of which George Perles now holds. Perles said he is undecided about a lawsuit.

Swimming and diving

Eric Winter and John Phillips set Naval Academy records as the Midshipmen beat Army, 135-108. Winter qualified for the Olympic Trials in March in winning the 800-meter freestyle, and he also won the 400 freestyle. Phillips set his record in the 200-meter breast stroke.

Golf

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Bernhard Langer tied the tournament record with a 7-under-par 65 and took a four-shot lead after the second round of the Million Dollar Golf Challenge in South Africa.

* Davis Love and Beth Daniel combined for a five-under-par 66 to capture the lead after the second round of the $1.1 million J.C. Penney Classic mixed team golf tournament in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The Maryland pairing of Fred Funk and Tina Barrett shot 68 for a two-round total of 137, and a tie for 16th place in the 52-team field.

* Five players with Middle Atlantic area connections remained in position to make the cut when the field is trimmed to the low 90 and ties after today's fourth round in PGA Tour qualifying at the Grenelefe Resort in Haines City, Fla.

Frederick native Donnie Hammond is at 211, followed by one-time Middle Atlantic Amateur champion Bob Friend, 213; Mark Carnevale, Williamsburg, Va., 214; and Webb Heintzelman, Cabin John, and former area resident and club professional Ron Terry, 216.

JTC The final two rounds will be played tomorrow and Monday, with the low 45 and ties receiving cards.

* Dale Douglass faltered only once -- with a bogey on the par-4 eighth hole -- as he fired a 7-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead of the First Development Kaanapali Senior Classic in Hawaii.

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Women's gymnastics

Ursinus College defeated Navy, 154.05-144.80, in the Midshipmen's opening meet of the season. Sophomore Kendra Williams led Navy with a second place in the all-around, 31.40.

Soviets' role at Olympics in doubt

The Soviet Union's state sports agency, Gossport, announced yesterday that it was being closed down because of the government's crushing financial problems, raising doubt about the nation's ability to field a competitive Soviet Olympic team in 1992.

Leonid Drachevsky, first deputy chairman of Gossport, told the Soviet news agency Tass that Gossport could no longer meet its payroll to keep the state system of 25,000 athletes and 12,000 coaches working toward the Winter Games in Albertville, France, which start in February, and the Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain.

"If our athletes are not able to take part in the Olympic Games, it will damage the prestige of our country," he added.

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Even though Gossport said it had to shelve plans to field $H competitive teams in the 1992 Olympics, sports officials in Russia, the Soviet Union's dominant republic, announced that they were making an attempt to maintain the national Olympic effort by enlisting support from the other 11 Soviet republics that now exercise separate forms of sovereignty.

Tennis

Ivan Lendl stayed on course to win his second gold-and-diamond racket trophy, beating Guy Forget, 6-4, 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the European Community Championship in Belgium.

Boris Becker beat Czech Petr Korda, 7-6, 6-2, and is seen as the biggest obstacle between Lendl and a potential $1.25 million payday.

Swimming and diving

Eric Winter and John Phillips set Naval Academy records as the Midshipmen beat Army, 135-108.

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Winter, a double winner for Navy, set a record in the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 8 minutes, 7.40 seconds. The time also qualifies him for the Olympic Trials in March. Winter's other win came in the 400 freestyle in 3:55.67.

Entering the 3-meter diving competition Navy, held a slim 98-90 lead. Diver Brad Baell, who won the one-meter by 56 points earlier, became the second double winner by scoring 286.27 points to put the Mids ahead, 109-98, entering the 200-meter breast stroke.

Phillips set an Academy record with his time of 2:19.33, while sophomore Matt Seay grabbed second (2:19.51) to seal the win.

Track and field

Efforts to strip Stella Walsh of sprint titles won a half-century ago have ended abruptly, and the Women's Track and Field Committee of The Athletics Congress left no doubt it would view any further protests unfavorably.

When Walsh was shot to death in Cleveland in a robbery attempt in 1980, a coroner's report said Walsh had traces of both male and female genitals. A later report said Walsh also had more male chromosomes than female.

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Roxanne Atkins Andersen, 79, coached Mildred Fizzell in the national championship meet of 1934 when Fizzell finished second to Walsh. She petitioned to have Walsh stripped of her honors but abruptly withdrew that petition.

Lynn Cannon, who chairs the women's committee, said the issue of gender identity is more complex than it might seem and that statements that Stella Walsh masqueraded as a woman or that Walsh was definitely a man are "unfair to Stella Walsh."


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