LONDON (AP) _ The British Basketball League has scrapped all restrictions on foreign players, meaning teams could field all-American lineups.
The move follows last year’s ruling by the European Court of Justice, which declared illegal all restrictions on the number of foreigners in European soccer.
Previously, clubs were restricted to two foreign players, with the remaining spots reserved for English players. There are 25 foreigners, nearly all Americans, now playing on the 13 British teams.
``... By changing the regulations in this way, we will be creating an even more exciting product, with more top quality overseas talent on display,″ league chief executive Mike Smith said.
The decision will go into effect next season, with a first-year transitional period stipulating that each club keep a minimum of five British players on the roster ``for development purposes.″
Brazil Will Be Dream Team’s Opponent In Cleveland Exhibition
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Brazil, the fifth-place finisher in men’s basketball at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, will be the opponent of the Dream Team for its July 7 exhibition at Gund Arena in Cleveland.
The site and date of the game previously were announced, but the opponent was not.
Hatakeyama Beats Choi For Oriental Junior Lightweight Title
TOKYO (AP) _ Japan’s Takanori Hatakeyama stopped South Korea’s Choi Jung-chil in the second round Monday and won the vacant Oriental and Pacific Federation junior lightweight title.
The referee stopped the fight at 1 minute, 1 second, of round two of the scheduled 12-round bout after Hatakeyama scored his third knockdown, with a right uppercut.
Hatakeyama, the federation’s No. 1 contender, had floored Choi, the No. 2 contender, twice in the first round, with a right hook, then with a right uppercut.
The title became vacant when Yamato Mitani of Japan abandoned it to challenge champion Choi Yong-soo of South Korea for the WBA junior lightweight title.
Hatakeyama and Choi each weighed 130 pounds.
Chiefs Sign Three Free-Agent Kickers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Kansas City Chiefs, stung by Lin Elliott’s three missed field goals in their 10-7 playoff loss to Indianapolis, have signed three free-agent kickers.
On Monday, the Chiefs signed Roman Anderson, Bjorn Nittmo and Scott Szeredy.
Anderson kicked for two years in the Canadian Football League for Sacramento and San Antonio, making 56 of 65 field goal attempts and leading the CFL last year with 235 points.
Nittmo played two seasons for Shreveport of the CFL, hitting 46 of 53 field goal attempts.
Szeredy played in the World Football League last year, making 23 of 27 attempts. He went to training camp last year with the New Orleans Saints.
The Chiefs released Elliott following the loss to the Colts in the second round of the playoffs.
Notre Dame Picks Meyer As Receivers Coach
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Urban Meyer, a football assistant at Colorado State the past six years, was hired as receivers coach at Notre Dame Monday.
He succeeds Tom Clements, who resigned in December.
Before joining Colorado State in 1990, Meyer was an assistant for two years at Illinois State and two years at Ohio State. He also was a student assistant at Cincinnati, where he played as a defensive back.
Rams To Train At Western Illinois
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The St. Louis Rams have selected Western Illinois for their training camp next season.
The agreement is for one year.
Bartoli Wins Sixth Leg In Cycling Race
AMANDOLA, Italy (AP) _ Italy’s Michele Bartoli won the sixth leg of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling classic Monday.
He covered the 153 miles from Citta della Pieve to Amandola in 4 hours, 46 minutes, 42 seconds.
Bartoli finished 41 seconds ahead of Rolf Sorenson of Denmark and Luca Gelfi of Italy.
Francesco Casagrande of Italy still had the overall lead with only two legs of the race remaining.