Northridge Continues Probe

Cal State Northridge has not completed an internal investigation and therefore has not decided whether it will inform the NCAA and Big Sky Conference of possible rules infractions by the women's volleyball team.

Northridge may have committed a violation because assistant coach Tuong Nguyen was also coaching at Van Nuys High. The NCAA does not allow coaches to work in the same sport at collegiate and high school levels.

Judy Brame, Northridge's associate athletic director, is gathering information from Van Nuys on the extent of Nguyen's involvement with the Wolves' program.

Nguyen, who also coaches the Valley Thunder club, has been relieved of his duties by both Northridge and Van Nuys.

The Matadors won the Big Sky Conference, but lost to Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Tuesday.


Trial run: David Matranga of Pepperdine is among 66 players invited to trials for the 1997 USA baseball team. The trials will be held Jan. 8-12 at the New York Yankees' training facility in Tampa, Fla.

Matranga, a sophomore infielder, batted .292 last season as the Waves' second baseman. He is expected to move to shortstop this season.


Turkey talk: The Southern California Stealth 14-and-under girls' fast-pitch softball team won the 16-and-under division in the Turkey tournament in Ventura last week.

Maureen LeCocq, a sophomore at Chaminade High, pitched three shutouts and Crescenta Valley High sophomore Melinda Moulden pitched two shutouts to spark the Stealth, the 14-and-under American Softball Assn. national champion.

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