Miller on Top in Gymnastics

From Staff and Wire Reports

Shannon Miller, the 1993 and 1994 world champion, built a slight lead over Dominique Moceanu as the United States dominated the early women's all-around competition at the World Gymnastics Championships at Sabae, Japan.

Miller had a score of 38.699, including a 9.787 in floor exercises, followed by Moceanu (38.536), Jaycie Phelps (38.337) and Kerri Strug (38.012).

In the women's team competition, the 1994 silver medalist United States led with 191.722 points, followed by Hungary (184.745) and Greece (182.857).

In the men's all-around, four-time U.S. national champion John Roethlisberger was fifth with 56.500 points.

China's Li Xiaoshuang, the floor exercises gold medalist at the 1992 Olympics, led with 56.987, with Japan's Hikaru Tanaka second with 56.800.

The U.S. men held third place in the team competition with 280.336 points behind Japan (282.060) and China (282.048).


Kevin Garnett, the first player in more than 20 years to be drafted out of high school by an NBA team, agreed to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a three-year contract. Under the NBA's new rookie salary scale, Garnett, the fifth pick in the 1995 draft, will receive $4.66 to $5.59 million. . . . Philadelphia 76er guard Jerry Stackhouse, the third player selected in the draft, will be sidelined two to three weeks because of a broken left hand. . . . Tree Rollins, 40, announced his retirement as a player with the Orlando Magic. He will remain an assistant coach.


The Mighty Ducks raised their contract offer to first-round draft pick Chad Kilger to $850,000 a year Monday, the maximum allowable under the NHL's new entry-level salary cap. However, the limit applies only to salary and signing bonuses, leaving performance bonuses as the final points to be negotiated.

Kilger, 18, must be signed by midnight Thursday to play in the NHL this season, but he made it imperative for the Ducks to reach a deal by becoming their top center while scoring four goals and 10 points in eight exhibition games.

The Dallas Stars acquired veteran center Guy Carbonneau from the St. Louis Blues for right wing Paul Broten. . . . Eight players changed clubs in the NHL waiver draft, with the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators each claiming two.


Three University of Dayton football players, were arrested on charges stemming from a fight at a campus party last weekend. Quarterback Kevin Johns, 19, a sophomore, was arrested on charges of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Defensive tackles Jason Taylor, 20, a sophomore, and Richard Schuckman, 20, a junior, were charged with disorderly conduct.

Four Idaho State football players were permanently suspended from the team shortly before being placed on a year's probation for misdemeanor battery. Senior linebacker Ike Johnson, 22, and junior running back Thomas Washington, 21, had pleaded guilty along with former Bengal players Sam Carter, 22, and Derrick Carter, 22--no relation--last month.

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