Blair, Jansen clinch U.S. speed-skating spotsBonnie Blair...


Blair, Jansen clinch U.S. speed-skating spots

Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen clinched spots on their third U.S. Olympic speed-skating teams last night in Milwaukee, winning their 500-meter trial races.

Blair and Jansen have won all three of their 500-meter races since the trials began last weekend. There is one race left today. Sprinters can throw out their worst time of the four trial races.

The U.S. team is allowed four starting spots and an alternate in both the men's and women's 500 meters at the 1992 Games in Albertville France.

Blair, the defending Olympic champion and world record holder, skated a 40.92 to win her 500-meter race last night, giving her 122.600 points through three races, more than five more than her nearest competitor, Peggy Clasen.

Jansen has 110.940 points after three races, Nick Thometz is second.


Ukraine has asked the International Olympic Committee to allow it to participate independently in the 1992 Games, a news agency reported yesterday. The request was made Thursday, the same day the vice president of the Soviet Olympic Committee said Ukraine would compete on a unified team at the Winter Games that begin in Albertville, France, on Feb. 8.

An official request was sent from the Ukrainian parliament Thursday asking that Ukraine's National Olympic Committee be recognized as a full member of the international body, the Ukrainian Information Service said.

World basketball

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were readmitted to international basketball by FIBA, the game's international governing body.

The vote clears the way for the Baltic states, which had fielded some of the best teams in Europe before 1940, to enter the European qualifying tournament for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Four of the starters for the 1988 Soviet team that won the gold medal in Seoul, South Korea, are Lithuanian.

College basketball

Missouri's Jamal Coleman lost a final appeal against a one-semester suspension after his conviction for stealing from the university bookstore, chancellor Haskell Monroe said. The suspension takes effect in January and will prevent the 6-foot-5 senior from playing in the remainder of the season. Coleman averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season.

College football

Tulsa tailback Chris Hughley, fifth in the nation in rushing, will be ruled ineligible to play Dec. 30 in the Freedom Bowl, according to a broadcast report.

Tulsa television station KOTV, citing an unnamed source, made the report. The station said the school would suspend Hughley for breaking un specified team rules.

* University of Miami coach Dennis Erickson said again that reports of his departure from Miami -- the latest coming from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer -- are "totally untrue." The paper reported that "a well-placed source in San Diego" said it was "a done deal" that Erickson would replace Chuck Knox as Seattle Seahawks coach.

* Tennessee State admitted to violating some NCAA regulations and reprimanded coach Joe Gilliam for his involvement, saying any future violation will result in his removal from coaching duties. Gilliam, the father of former NFL quarterback Joe Gilliam Jr., declined to comment.


Hector Camacho said he would not fight for Main Events Promotions after his contract expires, which the fighter says will happen June 30.

Camacho said he was angered because promoter Dan Duva changed his opponents and purses for a Jan. 10 fight and then cursed him for missing a news conference.

* Italian heavyweight Francesco Damiani, who pulled out of a title fight with champion Evander Holyfield last month because of an injury, is being lined up to fight Briton Frank Bruno.

Promoter Mickey Duff said Damiani has agreed in principle to meet Bruno in March or April. Bruno, who is back in boxing after an eye operation, lost a title fight to Mike Tyson in 1989.

* Tony Tubbs, former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion, said he had signed an agreement with Top Rank Inc. and promoter Bob Arum. Tubbs (31-3, 19 knockouts) is seeking a Feb. 1 fight against heavyweight contender Riddick Bowe, who scored a 10-round decision over him April 20.

College volleyball

Natalie Williams had 18 kills and a .586 hitting percentage, as defending champion UCLA swept Ohio State, 15-8, 15-8, 15-5, to advance to the final of the NCAA championship. The Bruins (30-5) will face Long Beach State (36-1) in today's final.


The Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators were granted permanent membership in the NHL after completing documentation set out by their expansion franchise agreements. The teams fulfilled their financial requirements Monday night, committing to escrow $22.5 million each, completing the fee of $50 million per franchise. Tampa Bay and Ottawa will begin play in 1992-93.

Meanwhile, Ottawa has talked to coach Shawn Walsh of the University of Maine about becoming the expansion team's first coach. The Black Bears have made it to three of the past four NCAA championship tournaments.


Paul Azinger overcame 35-45 mph winds for a 1-over-par 72 and forged into the lead in the Johnnie Walker World Championship in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Rookie John Daly was disqualified after signing for the wrong score -- an 86 instead of an 87.

Azinger reached the halfway point of the $2.5 million event at 1-under 141. The current holders of the world's four major championships -- Daly, Payne Stewart, Ian Baker-Finch and Ian Woosnam -- had an average score of 79.

* The sterling silver trophy Ian Woosnam received for winning the Masters last spring has been stolen from a British train. British Transport Police said the $9,000 copy of the original was taken from a train Monday while en route from London to Woosnam's home in Oswestry in western England.

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