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Sports Shorts

April 9, 1994

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio State will play Fresno State in the Pigskin Classic on Aug. 29 at Anaheim, Calif., the school said in a statement Friday.

″We had a team meeting, and the players voted unanimously to accept the invitation,″ Ohio State coach John Cooper said.

Fresno State (8-4) shared the Western Athletic Conference title last season. Ohio State (10-1-1) tied Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship.

Ohio State will gain a few practice days in August and also will have a game under its belt when it plays at Washington Sept. 10 in what was previously scheduled as its season opener.

Ohio State is guaranteed a $550,000 payoff, less expenses. Last year’s teams, Southern Cal and North Carolina, each received $720,000.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern Cal has declared four tennis players ineligible for accepting ″minimal expense money″ while they competed in a professional tournament, the school said Friday.

The Trojans, ranked No. 1 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, were forced to default Friday’s match at UCLA because they couldn’t field a complete team.

The school said it will petition the NCAA to restore the eligibility of the suspended players: Wayne Black, Jon Leach, Lukas Hovorka and Brett Hansen.

The default dropped Southern Cal’s record to 16-2. The defending NCAA champions beat UCLA 6-1 earlier this season. USC’s only other loss was 4-2 to Kentucky in the first round of a tournament in Kentucky on Feb. 24.

Collegiate players can compete in pro tournaments and accept expense money equal to the amount paid to first-round losers.

The school said it determined that some of the expense money the players received was based upon their finish in the tournaments.


LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Grand jurors recommended Friday that a misdemeanor charge be filed against Texas A&M forward Joe Wilbert for assaulting a Texas Tech basketball fan during a fight after a game in February.

A Class A misdemeanor assault charge will be filed next week and an arrest warrant issued, said Steve Holmes, a spokesman for the Lubbock County district attorney’s office. The charge carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine, Holmes said.

Wilbert did not immediately return a message left at the A&M sports information office.

Texas Tech police had investigated a complaint that the 6-foot-7 junior from Bryan, Texas punched former Tech student William Scott Patterson during a brawl after the Feb. 5 game.

The push-and-shove fracas at the Lubbock Coliseum erupted as coach Tony Barone and several Aggies players walked through Texas Tech fans alongside the court after an 89-88 victory.


PARIS (AP) - France will meet Sweden in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Cannes in July, the French Tennis Federation announced Friday.

The quarterfinal match in the World Group will take place in the French Riviera city July 15-17.

The French Federation said it will be played on a hard court in a temporary stadium erected on the site of Hesperides - a sports complex at the end of the famed Croisette, the beachside boulevard running in front of the resort’s plush hotels.

France beat Hungary in the first round two weeks ago while Sweden beat Denmark.

The last time Sweden played in France in the Davis Cup in 1987, Sweden easily won on clay in Frejus, also in southern France.


LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) - Olympic gold medalist Florence Griffith-Joyner sustained minor injuries when a hit-and-run driver struck her limousine on a freeway.

Griffith-Joyner, her husband, Al Joyner, and their chauffeur were traveling northbound near Lake Forest when a car driven by Eloy Adelberto Griego Jr. struck the rear of their vehicle, said officer Bruce Lian, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

Griego fled the scene of the crash at 5 a.m. Thursday and was arrested later while trying to hide in the attic of a nearby home, Lian said.

Griffith-Joyner, 34, and chauffeur Eugene Allen Lyles, 50, complained of neck and back pain after the crash and were taken to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, Lian said. They were treated and released, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Lefebvre said.

Griego, 49, whose last known address was Albuquerque, N.M., was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run driving and attempted breaking and entering, Lian said.

Griffith-Joyner won three Olympic gold medals in Seoul, South Korea for the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints and as a member of the 400-meter relay team.


NEW YORK (AP) - Gary M. Gertzog, a partner in the New York law firm of Townley & Updike, has been appointed vice president-general counsel of NFL Properties, the marketing and licensing division of the NFL.

At Townley & Updike, Gertzog has served as outside counsel to the New York- based marketing division since 1983.

Gertzog is a graduate of Cornell and National Law Center of George Washington.