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Pro football

Defensive back for Mad Dogs killed in two-car collision

David "Junior" Robinson, a defensive back with the Canadian Football League's Memphis Mad Dogs who played two seasons in the NFL, was one of two people killed yesterday in a two-car collision in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Highway Patrol officials have confirmed.

Robinson, who played at East Carolina, was selected by the New England Patriots in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL draft. He

played one season with the Patriots, then played for Sacramento of the World League and the NFL's Detroit Lions in 1992, and for the CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners in 1993 and 1994.

Robinson, 27, was driving the wrong way in the westbound lane of Interstate 40, a patrol spokesman said.


McGirt KO'd by Council, retires after 70th bout

Minutes after getting knocked out in a nontitle bout in Atlantic City, N.J., junior middleweight Buddy McGirt, a two-time world champion, announced that he was retiring.

McGirt, 31, dropped to 64-5-1 after being floored by Andrew Council in the ninth round.

Jones keeps title:Jones keeps title: Roy Jones Jr. (30-0) stopped Tony Thornton in the third round in Pensacola, Fla., to retain his International Boxing Federation super middleweight title.

Pro basketball

Rockets star Olajuwon likely to miss preseason

Houston Rockets superstar center Hakeem Olajuwon said on ESPN Radio that he likely will miss the preseason due to the lower back injury that kept him from playing in a pay-per-view, one-on-one duel with Shaquille O'Neal.

Olajuwon said he is taking medication for the ailment and is not in pain from the injury, which he suffered while lifting weights.


Maradona returns after 15-month suspension

Diego Maradona, 34, who led Argentina to the World Cup title in 1986, returned from a 15-month drug-related suspension, as his Boca Juniors beat the South Korean national team, 2-1, before 70,000 in Seoul.

Sporting a blond streak in his black hair like a racing stripe, Maradona set up a goal in the 42th minute when Carlos MacAllister headed in his corner kick. Maradona looked sluggish in the second half.


Courier, Siemerink reach $1M Swiss final

Fifth seed Jim Courier advanced to the final of the $1 million Swiss Open in Basel, Switzerland, along with Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands, who made it when top seed Boris Becker pulled out with a back injury.

Courier, the world's No. 9, defeated Britain's Greg Rusedski, 6-4, 6-4. Siemerink is ranked 24th.

Maleeva vs. Huber: Second seed Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria will meet fourth seed Anke Huber of Germany today in the final of the $430,000 Leipzig (Germany) Grand Prix Tennis Championships. Maleeva beat Marianne Werdel of the United States, 6-3, 6-1. Huber routed Austria's Judith Wiesner, 6-0, 6-2.

Et cetera

Cordero back in saddle today after 3 1/2 -year retirement

After 3 1/2 years of retirement, Angel Cordero Jr. will take two mounts in today's program at El Comandante Race Track in Canovanas, Puerto Rico.

Cordero, 51, hopes this comeback attempt from a major spill on Jan. 12, 1992, will land him a mount on Breeders' Cup Day on Oct. 28. After that, Cordero said, he would return to training.

Cordero's 7,057 wins are third all-time, and his mounts have earned more than $164.5 million.

Twigg reclaims record:Twigg reclaims record: Rebecca Twigg, the first American to win a world title in the women's 3,000-meter pursuit, reclaimed her world record in winning that event at the World Cycling Championships in Bogota, Colombia. Twigg won in 3 minutes, 36.081 seconds.

Lane leads European:Lane leads European: Barry Lane of England leads Fabrice Tarnaud of France by a shot after three rounds at the European Open in Dublin, Ireland.

The quiz

No-hit no-go

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Ramon Martinez has pitched the only major-league no-hitter this season. Name the five pitchers who lost no-hit bids in the ninth or 10th innings. (Answer, 24D)

Quiz answer

Pedro Martinez, Montreal (10 innings); David Cone, Toronto (8 1/3 ); Mike Morgan, St. Louis (8 1/3 ); Paul Wagner, Pittsburgh (8 2/3 ); Frank Castillo, Cubs (8 2/3 ).

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