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March 15, 1994

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ American sprinter Gail Devers was among six international sports stars Monday to win the Amateur Athletic Foundation’s World Trophy.

Devers was selected as the North American winner. Other winners are Wang Junxia, a runner from China; Franziska van Almsick, a swimmer from Germany; Danyon Loader, a swimmer from New Zealand; Maria Mutola, a runner from Mozambique, and Felix Savon, a boxer from Cuba.

They will be honored for their 1993 performances on March 31 at the foundation’s headquarters in Los Angeles. World Trophy winners are selected by a vote of sports authorities from around the world.

Devers won gold medals in the 100 meters and 100-meter hurdles at the 1993 world championships in Germany.


BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Lehigh coach Hank Small, who built one of the most high-powered offenses in Division I-AA football, resigned Monday after eight seasons.

Small said he wanted to pursue other coaching opportunities after receiving coach of the year honors for guiding Lehigh to a 7-4 record and its first Patriot League championship.

Lehigh led the Eastern Coast Athletic Conference in passing for four of the past six seasons under Small. The Engineers were ranked no lower than seventh nationally during that period, third last season.

Small had a 47-40 record at Lehigh. He previously worked as an assistant at Brown, Princeton, Rutgers and Florida State. In 1975, he worked in the New England Patriots’ player personnel office.


ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) - The Australian Formula One Grand Prix auto race will switch from Adelaide to Melbourne for 1996, the South Australian state government announced today.

State Premier Dean Brown said the South Australian and Victorian governments and the Formula One Constructors Association reached an agreement to allow the race to be run in Adelaide this year and in 1995, then move to Melbourne in 1996.

As part of the deal, the Melbourne race organizers will buy equipment from Adelaide, including stands, fencing and barriers, and will help promote the two remaining races in Adelaide.


CRANBURY, N.J. (AP) - Assistant commissioner Bob Steitz was selected acting commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference Monday.

The commissioner’s job opened when Ron Bertovich resigned to become vice president and general manager of Empire Sports Network in western New York. He will leave in mid-April.

A search for a new commissioner is underway.

Steitz joined the conference four years ago. He has served as director for the conference’s men’s basketball tournament and coordinated all promotional activities within the league.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Rick Tocchet received a back injection Monday to treat an inflamed disk.

Tocchet, who has missed 26 games this season because of the back problem, received the anti-inflammatory injection after skating with the team in the morning. He remains listed as day-to-day.

He was evaluated by back specialist Robert Watkins in Los Angeles last week. Watkins has also treated Penguins star center Mario Lemieux.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Scott Weakley announced Monday he will step down effective June 1 as men’s basketball coach at Capital University.

Weakley, a former Capital player with a 73-57 record over the past five seasons, said he was resigning to spend more time with his family.

A 1973 graduate, Weakley scored 1,496 points during his career. Before returning to his alma mater, he played with Athletes In Action, was an assistant at Otterbein College, a head coach at Trinity Western College in British Columbia and a coach and athletic director at Worthington Christian High School in suburban Columbus.

Capital was 11-13 during the 1993-94 season.


FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota State will host the inaugural NCAA Division II Elite Eight women’s basketball tournament March 23, 24 and 26 at the Bison Sports Arena.

NDSU, the defending champion, was chosen through a bidding process by a selection committee Monday.

It is the third time the national women’s basketball championship will be held at NDSU. The campus was the site of the championship game in 1988 and 1992.

The NCAA switched from the Final Four setting to the Elite Eight this season.

Semifinals will be held March 24, and the third and championship games will be held two days later on March 26.

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