Bo Kimble Will Play in France

From Staff and Wire Reports

Former Loyola Marymount star Bo Kimble, a disappointment with the Clippers and New York Knicks, has signed with Lyon of the French League.

Kimble was recently waived by New York after playing in a team-low nine games last season.

Lyon reportedly will pay his $300,000 salary directly to the Knicks, suggesting the transaction was actually a buyout.

Kimble has three more years left on his NBA contract, starting at $1.13 million for 1993-94.

Jurisprudence

An investigation into allegations that a New Jersey man engineered a point-shaving scheme with North Carolina State basketball players has ended without charges being filed.

The 2 1/2-year inquiry into connections between the late Robert Kramer III of Denville, N.J., and the N.C. State team ended when a New Jersey grand jury found insufficient evidence to support criminal charges, said James Mulvihill, director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.

The probe began after Armen Keteyian of ABC News reported in February, 1990, that Kramer, who died in September, 1991, from injuries sustained in an auto accident, paid $1,000 per game to former N.C. State star Charles Shackleford to fix four games.

Shackleford admitted receiving around $65,000 from two men, including about $15,000 from Kramer. But Shackleford claimed the money was a loan and denied any wrongdoing.

After Shackleford's admission, the NCAA ordered N.C. State to give up its tournament earnings from the two years.

Auto Racing

Todd Bodine won his third Busch Grand National race at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway with an 8.1-second victory over Ricky Craven in the rain-delayed, caution-filled SplitFire 200.

Bodine, driving a Chevrolet, averaged 104.545 m.p.h. and earned $18,950.

Brett Bodine will miss his first NASCAR race since joining the Winston Cup circuit full time in 1988 after getting a small bruise on his brain and a broken right wrist in an accident in practice for today's SplitFire 500.

Bodine, who crashed his Ford in practice Friday before qualifying, was released from a hospital Saturday.

Boxing

Henry Maske of Germany earned a unanimous decision over Anthony Hembrick of Detroit to retain his International Boxing Federation light-heavyweight title at Duesseldorf, Germany.

Maske (21-0 with 10 knockouts) fought for the first time since March 20, when he won the IBF title by outpointing Charles Williams of Grand Rapids, Mich., in Germany. Hembrick is 27-4-1 with 19 knockouts.

Wrestling

Russian super-heavyweight Alexander Karelin edged Matt Ghaffari of Tempe, Ariz., in overtime at the World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships at Stockholm.

Karelin, a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, won by referee's decision, 2-0, on a takedown 40 seconds into the match and back points 20 seconds later.

Olympic wrestling champion Mehmet Akif Pirim of Turkey has been banned for four years after testing positive for an anabolic steroid at a meet earlier this year, the International Wrestling Federation said.

Pirim won the 136.5-pound class in the Barcelona Olympics last year.

Miscellany

The L.A. Salsa defeated the Vancouver 86ers in a shootout at Vancouver, 3-2, to advance to the American Professional Soccer League's championship match.

The Salsa tied the score in the final seconds of regulation on a free-kick goal by Paulinho.

The Salsa will play Colorado in the APSL final Oct. 2.

UC Irvine snapped top-ranked California's 47-game winning streak with a 9-8 overtime victory at the Southern California Water Polo Tournament at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.

Names in the News

Pole vaulter Sergei Bubka cleared 19 feet 1/4 inch to win at a meet in Fukuoka, Japan. He barely missed a vault of 20-1 3/4, which would have broken his world record by a quarter-inch. . . . Dottie Kelso, 31, an assistant women's basketball coach at Alabama for the last four years, died in Tuscaloosa. The cause was listed as sudden unexpected death.

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