Valvano says he knew nothing of drug...

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Valvano says he knew nothing of drug abuse

A commission investigating the 1989 North Carolina State basketball team was given information alleging that coach Jim Valvano knew players were using drugs. Valvano denied the allegations.

"I have no knowledge of players using marijuana or any other drugs before a game or at any other time," Valvano, now an ESPN analyst, told The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C.

Hundreds of pages of interviews and records were released Friday after a judge ruled in favor of news media organizations that sued to obtain them from the Poole Commission. The commission, whose chairman was Sam Poole, was appointed in January 1989 by University of North Carolina System president C.D. Spangler Jr.

Valvano said the documents contain "all old news, past history."

Among the allegations and admissions in the documents:

* Former player Bennie Bolton told State Bureau of Investigation agents that he saw other players using marijuana and that some played after using the drug.

* Twenty-six players had a cumulative grade-point average of under 1.5, including two who registered 0.43.

* University administrator Art Padilla knew that three players tested positive for cocaine and that Valvano told him he was concerned about players throwing a game.

"I don't think that Valvano ever said that a player would dump," Padilla said Friday. "But he was worried in a very general sense that if you lost in the first round, you didn't get tested for drugs."

College basketball

Craig Tyson, a graduate of Southern High, scored 19 to help lead the College of Southern Idaho over Vincennes, Ind., 84-81, in the third-place game of the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament. Southern Idaho (34-4) used an 18-4 run that pulled it from a 60-52 deficit to a 70-64 lead with 4:22 left. Tyson led the rally with 10 points. David Cason (Southern High) was 0-for-2 with two rebounds and one assist, and high school

teammate Adam Johnson did not play.

Cross country

John Ngugi of Kenya broke away from the pack midway through the senior men's World Cross Country Championships and sprinted to a fifth title. Lynn Jennings of Newmarket, N.H., won her third straight senior women's title.

Ngugi, the winner from 1986-89, was timed in 37 minutes, 5 seconds, for the 12-kilometer race. Jennings was timed in 21:16 for the 6-kilometer women's event.

Ismael Kirui of Kenya won the junior men's 8-kilometer race in 23:27, and Paula Radcliffe of Britain took the junior women's 4-kilometer race in 13:30.

* Craig Virgin, the only American man to win a world cross country championship, will confine his running to public office.

Virgin, 36, has told The Athletics Congress he is retiring from track and field and will run for the Illinois state senate this fall. Virgin was a member of the 1976, 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic teams. He won world cross country titles in 1980 and 1981.

Soccer

Qualifying for the 1994 World Cup began as Puerto Rico beat the Dominican Republic, 2-1, in the first of 582 matches that will whittle 138 nations down to 22. Mark Lugris scored in the 23rd minute of the first half and Ramiro Borja scored 12 minutes into the second half as Puerto Rico took a 2-0 lead before 80,000 fans in Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Stadium.

The Dominicans said they would protest the result to the International Federation of Association Football, soccer's governing body. They claimed 10 of Puerto Rico's players were not Puerto Rican nationals and were not eligible to play on the Puerto Rican team.

College wrestling

Three Iowa wrestlers won NCAA championships, led by three-time winner Tom Brands, as the Hawkeyes rolled to their second straight team title and 13th in school history.

Brands won at 134 pounds and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. His twin brother, Terry, became a two-time champion at 126 and Troy Steiner won for the first time at 142. The Hawkeyes also had a runner-up in Chad Zaputil at 118.

Pat Smith of Oklahoma State continued his dominance of the 158-pound class, winning his third straight title. Only a junior, he would become the first four-time winner with a victory next year.

Jeff Prescott of Penn State at 118 and Matt Demaray of Wisconsin at 150 repeated as champions. Heavyweight Kurt Angle of Clarion won for the second time in three years.

College swimming

Olympian Summer Sanders, who set two American records and played a part in two record relays this weekend, led Stanford to victory over two-time defending champion Texas in the NCAA title meet at the Texas Swim Center.

The Cardinal scored 735.5 points to 651 for the Longhorns to claim their third title and first since 1989, when Texas also finished second.

Florida was third with 294 points, followed by Southern Methodist with 285 and Arizona with 272.

Sanders, a sophomore who was named the meet's outstanding swimmer for the second straight year, set national marks in the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys. She also swam the butterfly leg of Stanford's record-setting 200- and 400-yard medley relay teams.

Skiing

Carole Merle rounded off the best season by a French Alpine skier in 22 years with victory in the closing race of the women's World Cup.

Merle, safe in the knowledge that she had already secured the giant slalom and super-G World Cups, set by far the best time in both legs to take her fourth giant slalom win of the season and the 18th World Cup victory of her career.

Speed skating

Three members of the Baltimore Silver Blades had outstanding finishes in the New York State Short-Track Speed Skating championships earlier this month at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point.

Marie Bullamore, 16, was second overall in the 14-18 women's category; Jonathan Gross, 10, was third overall in the midget boys (10-11) competition; and Ginger Fitzpatrick was third overall in the Senior Women's "B" category.

College swimming

Texas' Whitney Hedgepeth set an American record in a preliminary heat, but the two-time defending champion Lady Longhorns still are trying to catch NCAA title meet leader Stanford in the final day.

Stanford, seeking its third championship and first since 1989, holds a 473.5-444.5 lead over Texas in the 11th annual NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Texas Swim Center, the Lady Longhorns' home pool.

Texas, winners of seven of the past eight titles, led by 38.5 points after the meet's first day, but was caught Friday by Stanford.

Hedgepeth, who broke her pool record in the 200-yard freestyle during Friday's preliminaries then saw it shattered in the finals, broke the American record in the 200-yard backstroke yesterday.

Her time of 1:54.24 was .92 seconds faster than former Lady Longhorn Betsy Mitchell's 1987 mark.

Stanford's Summer Sanders, making a strong bid for her second straight meet's outstanding swimmer honor, finished first in the 200-yard butterfly preliminary.

Skiing

Carole Merle rounded off the best season by a French Alpine skier in 22 years with victory in the closing race of the women's World Cup.

Merle, safe in the knowledge that she had already secured the giant slalom and super-G World Cups, set by far the best time in both legs to take her fourth giant slalom win of the season and the 18th World Cup victory of her career.

Spain's Blanca Fernandez Ochoa was the runner-up in her final race after 12 years on the international circuit.

Fernandez Ochoa, slalom bronze medalist at last month's Winter Olympics, was 2.13 seconds behind Merle's time for the two legs of two minutes, 32.27 seconds.

Corrine Rey Bellet, carrying Swiss hopes in the absence of injured outgoing giant slalom champion Vreni Schneider, took a surprise third place -- the best of her career -- after skiing a brilliant second run with only one pole.

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