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Miami Receiver Is Arrested for Assault

From Staff and Wire Reports

Wide receiver Jammi German of the University of Miami was arrested Thursday and at least two other top players were implicated in the beating of a Hurricane track athlete.

On Wednesday night, German and several others entered the apartment of Maxwell Voce, the captain of Miami’s track and field team, according to a police report.

Voce said German asked him if had been spreading rumors that German was a homosexual. The group then chased Voce, 23, into a corner and began beating him, causing his eye to swell and cutting his nose, according to the report.

German was charged with burglary and assault and was being held without bail. Also mentioned in the police report, but not charged, were linebackers James Burgess and Jeff Taylor.

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Lawrence Phillips, the St. Louis Rams’ top draft pick, has retained O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro to represent him on a drunken driving charge.

Phillips was arrested last week in Rosemead after authorities said his blood-alcohol level was found to be about twice California’s legal limit. He had been stopped for speeding in a car with a flat tire.

Phillips already is on probation for assaulting his former girlfriend while both were students at the University of Nebraska. A drunken-driving conviction could lead to the revocation of his probation.

Arraignment is set for July 5 at Rio Hondo Municipal Court in El Monte.

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The woman who bore the twin sons of Miami Heat forward Chris Gatling has asked a judge in Oakland to make him pay court-ordered child support.

Allison Massey said she dated Gatling in 1994, while he played for the Golden State Warriors. After she told him she was pregnant, he stopped all contact with her, she said.

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A judge in April ordered Gatling to pay $10,000 a month in support for the twins, who were born last year.

Coaches

USC lost two assistant baseball coaches when Frank Sanchez, a 10-year aide to Mike Gillespie, left to become head coach at Pepperdine, and Frank Cruz, a four-year Trojan assistant, accepted the head coaching position at Loyola Marymount.

Olympic volleyball gold medalist Pat Powers, who led USC to an NCAA championship in 1980 as a player, will return to the Trojans as volleyball coach. He replaces Jim McLaughlin, who resigned last month.

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Skip Bertman, who guided Louisiana State into the College World Series, was selected Baseball America’s college coach of the year for a second time. He was a co-winner in 1986. Bertman will coach the U.S. baseball team at the Olympics.

Miscellany

Laker General Manager Mitch Kupchak has withdrawn from consideration for the same job with the New Jersey Nets.

Kupchak, who has been in the Lakers’ front office for 10 years, remains a candidate to become head of basketball operations in Dallas, along with John Nash and Steve Patterson.

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Giovanni Parisi of Italy retained his World Boxing Organization super-lightweight title, coming back from two early knockdowns to forge a draw with Mexican challenger Carlos “Bolillo” Gonzalez in Milan, Italy.

Renault, the dominant engine in Formula One racing this decade, said it is quitting the circuit at the end of next season.

The French company, whose contracts with the Benetton and Williams teams expire at the end of the 1997 season, said it had achieved the goals it set on its return to top-level motor racing in 1989 and will announce plans for a new sporting strategy in the next few months.

The Buffalo Bills solidified their offensive line by signing left tackle John Fina to a five-year contract.

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As the franchise player, Fina was guaranteed at least $2.6 million this season, the average salary of the top five players at his position.

Two-time Olympic runner Doug Padilla was injured when he was struck by a car while running in Orem, Utah.

Padilla, 39, apparently had run through a red light when he was hit, police dispatcher Julia Rogers said. He suffered a broken leg, and head and back injuries.

The International Ski Federation canceled Aspen’s Women’s World Cup races set for December, saying the course isn’t safe without major modifications.

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The Aspen Skiing Co. won’t build a requested safety wall, saying it would leave major scars on the mountain.

The women’s downhill and super G races had been scheduled for Dec. 6-7.

Arizona has decided to drop out of the bidding for the 1999 Super Bowl to concentrate on trying to get the 2000 game. The 1999 slot is open because San Francisco notified the league that improvements to its stadium won’t be complete in time.


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