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December 6, 1996

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Indiana coach Bobby Knight will stick to his customary red sweater for Saturday’s Indiana-Kentucky game in Freedom Hall.

Knight turned down an offer of a designer suit from the Lexington department store that outfits nattily dressed Kentucky coach Rick Pitino.

Dawahare’s this week offered the coach a designer double-breasted suit with ``appropriate shoes, shirt and tie.″

Knight responded with a letter of appreciation in which he wrote: ``I think I will stick to my designer Starter sweater over my designer Riceland Country Club golf shirt, along with my designer Haggar slacks and my designer Foot-Joy teaching shoes.″

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DALLAS (AP) _ The Cowboys Deion Sanders, billed as host of a flopped sports fair that left some fans and exhibitors hopping mad, apparently has stopped payment on $66,000 in checks to four vendors who helped put on the event, including the city of Dallas.

Sanders’ business manager, Craig Brooks, said the checks for the three-day event last week were stopped because they were not supposed to have been cashed. He said Sanders and the event promoters had agreed agreement that the checks would be returned to Sanders after the expenses were paid from ticket sales and booth rentals.

``Those checks were supposed to secure the building _ that was it,″ Brooks said. ``Deion did not take on the role of promoter.″

Brooks received a notice Thursday that the city of Dallas, landlord of the Dallas Convention Center, where the event was held, intends to collect on a $22,700 rental check.

``My primary concern is that the city is paid,″ said city attorney Sam Lindsay. ``If we have to sue somebody _ if we have to sue everybody _ to get our money, that’s what we’ll do.″

The sports fair, billed as ``The World’s Largest Players and Fans Party″ was supposed to feature scores of athletes, including Cowboys Emmitt Smith, Leon Lett, Nate Newton and Kelvin Martin.

But on the opening day, Sanders was the only athlete who showed up. He stayed only 15 minutes, leaving hundreds of fans waiting for his autograph.

Sanders returned Saturday and was one of only a few celebrities on hand for the fair’s second day. Fans who had paid a $12.50 admission fee were fuming.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC West Coast, is in the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse treatment.

The network said Ohlmeyer ``voluntarily admitted himself for treatment.′

Ohlmeyer, 51, who has held the job since February 1993, oversees NBC’s entertainment-related businesses.

He was an outspoken critic of the media, including his own network, for their coverage of O.J. Simpson’s criminal trial, expressing confidence that Simpson, his friend, hadn’t killed anyone.

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FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) _ Tailback Jarrett Anderson of Truman State and quarterbacks Lance Funderburk of Valdosta State and Damian Poalucci of East Stroudsburg are the three finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy.

The award, honoring the top Division II college football player for 1996, will be presented Dec. 13 in Florence on the eve of the Division II national championship game.

The finalists were the top vote-getters from a field of eight national finalists in voting by the sports information directors at the 154 schools that compete in Division II.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City Chiefs running back Todd McNair cleaned cages at the Independence Animal Shelter as part of a contempt-of-court sentence stemming from an animal neglect case, authorities said Friday.

``He cleaned cages and did janitorial work,″ said Tom Heinkel, manager of animal control for Independence.

Heinkel said McNair performed the eight hours of community service in four-hour shifts on Nov. 5 and Nov. 16. His deadline for completing the obligation was Friday.

``He was fine,″ Heinkel said. ``We have quite a few community service workers, and he was treated like anybody else. He had no qualms about it.″

McNair was charged with animal neglect in July 1993. He was later found guilty, fined $500 and placed on probation. As part of the probation agreement, he was to donate $250 to the Lee’s Summit Animal Shelter.

The judge issued a warrant for contempt of court after McNair paid the fine but did not make the donation.

McNair has since made the donation to the shelter, Lee’s Summit Court Administrator Pam Devault said Friday.

In October, McNair was convicted in New Jersey of abusing 17 pit bulls at his property in East Greenwich, N.J. Nine dogs confiscated from McNair were euthanized because they were sick or badly scarred.

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