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February 8, 1997

DALLAS (AP) _ Dallas Mavericks forward Jamal Mashburn has been charged with assault in connection with an incident that occurred last month at a club.

The Class C misdemeanor carries a maximum fine of $500.

Police spokesman Jim Chandler confirmed that Mashburn was given a citation on Thursday. Mashburn was accused of assaulting a woman at a Dallas nightclub in late January, Chandler said.

Chandler said the woman had no visible injuries.

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COOLUM, Australia (AP) _ Fred Couples birdied the ninth hole Saturday to win $43,200 and take home the only money on the opening day of the Australian Skins on the Hyatt Regency resort course.

Couple’s 16-foot birdie shut out his international rivals, Larry Mize and Australians Peter Senior and Rodger Davis, who came up empty despite totaling nine birdies.

Couples played the front nine in 33 Saturday, the same as Senior.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ University of Dayton junior forward Rodney Horton has been suspended from the team indefinitely.

Coach Oliver Purnell said Horton’s suspension was for ``conduct and attitude detrimental to the basketball team.″

Doug Hauschild, university sports information director, said Friday that Horton was suspended during practice Thursday, and had no additional information.

The 6-foot-5 Horton is averaging 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 19 games this season.

The Flyers (2-7 Atlantic 10 Conference, 9-10 overall) are on a three-game losing streak.

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) _ Stephen F. Austin guard Chris Colter was suspended indefinitely from the team for skipping a class.

Lumberjacks coach Derek Allister said Colter has not lived up to ``academic expectations.″

``He will be reinstated when he can live up to the conduct expected from Lumberjack student-athletes.″

Colter had his first career start Thursday against Northeast Louisiana. He has played 14 games this season, averaging 1.3 points and 0.6 rebounds.

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Texas Tech senior guard Deuce Jones will be out for two weeks with an infected left thumb, the team said Friday.

Deuce underwent surgery at 5 p.m. Friday at Methodist Hospital to reduce swelling around the thumb.

Jones is averaging 2.9 points, 2.5 assists and has started 15 games for the Red Raiders this season.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The University of Wisconsin fired Jim Launder after 15 years as soccer coach Friday, over the objections of players who disputed arguments that he did not adequately motivate the team.

Launder’s Badgers won the 1995 NCAA championship and he was selected NCAA coach of the year. He was partly responsible for converting Wisconsin’s club soccer program to a varsity sport in 1979.

Wisconsin fell 11-5-5 last season, failing to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

The dismissal stems from an athletic department feeling that communications were poor and that the team needs greater motivation.

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ATLANTA (AP) _ Coca-Cola Co. will build a 22,000-square-foot attraction on top of the left-field wall at Turner Field, the former Olympic Stadium being converted to a ballpark for the Atlanta Braves.

The park _ described by Coca-Cola executives as a baseball version of its Olympic City theme park that operated downtown during the 1996 Games _ will include 25-foot tall baseball cards, a dugout selling Braves and Coke merchandise and, of course, a 38-foot tall contour bottle.

In addition, any fan in the attraction, dubbed Coca-Cola Sky Field, catching a home run ball will receive $1 million. The distance from home plate: 435 feet away and 75 feet high.

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DENVER (AP) _ Charlotte Smith scored 20 points and Sylvia Crawley had 14 as the Colorado Xplosion beat the Portland Power 67-61 in ABL action Friday night.

The Xplosion (22-13), winners of 18 of their last 22 games, qualified for the playoffs and can clinch the Western Conference title with a win over San Jose here Saturday night.

Natalie Williams had her 19th double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Portland, which was eliminated from the playoffs.

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