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Colorado Denies Admission for Van Buren

The University of Colorado has denied Leodes Van Buren admission, paving the way for the former Newbury Park High receiver to attend another school this fall if he avoids a prison sentence.

Van Buren, 19, was convicted last week on felony charges of firing a gun into the residence of his girlfriend, Marcie James.

Van Buren and James now are married.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 25 in Ventura County Superior Court. Van Buren, who had no criminal record before his conviction, faces a sentence ranging from probation to seven years in prison.

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Van Buren, the state’s all-time leading receiver, received a letter this week from Colorado denying him admission and voiding his letter of intent, according to John B. Miller, Van Buren’s attorney.

Colorado spokesman Dave Plati said Wednesday that Van Buren was denied admission after a review of his academic records.

Because Van Buren did not back out of his letter of intent, he should not lose any eligibility. The NCAA letter-of-intent committee will review the case soon, Miller said.

Golf

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Mike Turner of Sherman Oaks shot a one-over 73 and fell two shots off the lead at the 28th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif.

Turner, a two-time L.A. City Men’s champion, is tied for third with former Walker Cup member Michael Podolak of Oxbow, N.D.

Two collegians share the lead at 140: Todd Andrews of Solana Beach and Pepperdine shot a second-round 69 and Brad Dinkel of Golden, Colo., and University of New Mexico shot 70.

Craig Steinberg of Van Nuys shot 73 to finish at 152, missing the cut by one shot.

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Darren Angel of Northridge shot a one-over 71 in the second round to remain within striking distance of the lead in the American Junior Golf Assn. boys’ junior championship at the Four Seasons Resort Tournament Players Course in Irving, Tex.

Angel, a senior at Granada Hills High, is locked in a three-way tie for 11th at 139. Robert Floyd of Miami Beach, Fla., shot 67 and leads at 132.

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Ryan O’Neil of Camarillo fired rounds of 76 and 79 to win the overall title in Ventura County Junior Golf Assn.'s Saticoy Junior championship at Saticoy Country Club in Camarillo.

O’Neil, who attends Rio Mesa High, edged Tyler Satchwell of Ventura by one shot. Scott Christenson of Agoura shot 86 to win the 14-15 division, and Jeff Coburn of Ojai shot 84 to win the 13-and-under division.

Alexandria Erlandson of Camarillo shot 84 to win the girls’ division by one shot over Jill Kaopua of Oxnard.

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Karen Mabli of Palos Verdes, Kellii Rinker of La Quinta, Millie Stanley of Los Angeles and Linda Olsen of Palm Springs each recorded match-play victories to advance to today’s semifinal round of the 93rd Southern Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale.

Soccer

Kenny Dale has been named head coach of the Moorpark College women’s soccer team. Dale, who is also head coach of the boys’ team at Simi Valley High, will retain that position. Moorpark plays in the fall and Simi Valley in the winter.

Baseball

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The Thousand Oaks Little League 13-year-old all-star team advanced to the final of the Southern California Division II tournament in La Mirada by defeating South Mission Viejo, 6-5, in nine innings.

Thousand Oaks will face the winner of a game between South Mission Viejo and Santana National today.

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The Northridge Little League 12-year-old all-star team defeated Whittier, 6-2, in the third round of the Southern California Division II tournament in Rialto.

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Northridge will play Vista National in the final today.


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