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Tarkanian rescinds decision to step down

Nevada-Las Vegas coach Jerry Tarkanian, saying a cloud had been placed over his head by recent accusations against his troubled basketball program, said last night that he was rescinding the resignation he had submitted in June.

The withdrawal, announced at the end of a 2 1/2 -hour hand-clapping, hymn-singing rally, came 10 days before Tarkanian was scheduled to step down as head coach of the Runnin' Rebels.

Tarkanian, 61, is completing his 19th season with the Rebels, who are ranked 12th nationally with a 24-2 record. A target of the meeting's wrath was UNLV president Robert Maxson, who accepted Tarkanian's resignation in June. Maxson said last week that the resignation was a dead issue and would not be reconsidered.


Louie Espinoza's early flurry of punches were too much for defending champion Lupe Gutierrez, who lost his USBA featherweight title when he was knocked out in the third round of a scheduled 12-round bout in San Francisco.

Espinoza (43-5-2), a two-time former world champion from Phoenix, stunned Gutierrez (25-5) with his 37th career knockout.

College football

A reporter's $30 million lawsuit over a book by former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer is scheduled to go to trial today in Austin, Texas.

Jack Taylor Jr., former reporter for The Dallas Times Herald, has accused Switzer of libel, slander and invasion of privacy in the ex-coach's autobiography "Bootlegger's Boy."

In the book, Switzer says that Taylor participated in a failed scheme to plant drugs on an unnamed Oklahoma football player after the 1988 Orange Bowl.

College basketball

Michael Smith, a senior from Chevy Chase, pulled down 19 rebounds, breaking the Division III career rebounding record, and scored 23 points to help Hamilton beat Utica Tech, 99-65, in the championship game of the Wildcat Classic.

Smith's performance gave him 1,522 career rebounds, breaking the Division III record of 1,504 rebounds set between 1978 and 1981 by Southern Maine's John Jordan.


The Minnesota North Stars' Allan Pedersen underwent surgery Saturday after injuring a stomach muscle Monday. He will miss six to eight weeks.


Michelangelo Rampulla became the first goalkeeper to score in the 94-year history of the Italian first division, heading the ball in the net with seconds left to give Cremonese a 1-1 tie at Atalanta of Bergamo.

High schools

Loyola High junior John Soulakis won the diving title in the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Championships Friday at La Salle University. Soulakis compiled 448 points in a field of divers representing schools mostly in the Northeast but as far away as Texas and Florida.

Soulakis is the second Baltimore diver in a row to win th Easterns, following Gilman's Jamie Edwards last year.

Soulakis, who was third behind Edwards and Loyola's Mike Tamberino in last year's MSA Championships, is favored to win the title in this year's MSAs Wednesday at Johns Hopkins.

Auto racing

On a day when nearly everyone else was struggling with or succumbing to problems, Geoff Brabham's biggest obstacle was an oily windshield.

The four-time defending IMSA Camel GTP sports car champion, driving a Nissan NPT-92 prototype, overcame that problem to win his fourth Miami Grand Prix.

Brabham set a race record average of 92.040 mph, breaking th mark of 84.470 set by Raul Boesel in a Jaguar XJR-10 last year. The winner covered 99 laps and 185.427 miles and he won the 26th race of his IMSA career.


Jeff Peek scored three goals and Pete Jenkins and Pat O'Connor added two each to lead P.J.'s Pub over Dallas Lacrosse Club, 10-5, in the championship of the Illes Capital Mardi Gras Tournament, yesterday at New Orleans. Jenkins was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of the 16-team, single elimination tournament, and P.J.'s Pub defenseman Scott Morrison was named Defensive MVP.


The Navy men's fencing team won four of five matches during the weekend. The Midshipmen (8-7) defeated Northwestern (22-5), Duke (14-13), Wofford (20-7) and North Carolina State (15-12). North Carolina handed Navy its only loss, 14-13.

The Navy women's fencing team (8-8) won three of five matches. Navy had wins over North Carolina State (13-3), Wofford (10-6), and Duke (11-5). North Carolina (15-1) and Northwestern (9-7) defeated the Midshipmen.


The Navy men's gymnastics team fell to 2-8 with a 265.80-238.15 loss to Cortland (N.Y.) State.

Track and field

Katrin Krabbe's lawyer criticized the German Track and Field Federation for statements its attorney made that only the banned sprint star and her two colleagues could have tampered with their drug tests.

"We're just in the beginning of an investigation," attorney Reinhard Rauball said. "I don't understand why the federation personally sent its own attorney to South Africa instead of organizing a visit there with the athletes' representative.

Norbert Laurens, a lawyer for the sports federation, traveled to Stellenbosch, South Africa, to investigate whether urine tests on Krabbe and two other German track stars were performed correctly. He said in South Africa Saturday that it appeared only the athletes could have tampered with the doping tests.

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