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December 26, 1994

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Boots Donnelly, football coach at Middle Tennessee State, has withdrawn from the search to fill the vacancy at Vanderbilt.

″The search process has proven to be too lengthy for me to remain a candidate at Vanderbilt,″ he said Sunday.

The post has been vacant for two weeks following the resignation of Gerry DiNardo.

Fourteen candidates, including Donnelly, have been interviewed for the Vanderbilt job.

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Two autograph-seekers who were waiting for the Buffalo Bills to clean out their lockers Monday were arrested outside of Rich Stadium.

Andrew Fankhauser, 35, from the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, and Douglas Opiela, 30, of Hamburg, N.Y., were charged with trespassing and released on $250 bail, according to the Orchard Park Police Department.

″They were autograph-seekers, but the Bills made a decision not to allow anybody there while the players were going in and out,″ officer Thomas Mariano said. ″This was all under the direction of Mr. (John) Butler, the Bills general manager.″

Neither Butler nor the team would comment, spokesman Scott Berchtold said.

Mariano said stadium security called the police when Fankhauser and Opiela refused to leave the area outside the tunnel leading to the locker room. When police arrived, the two fans left, but they returned and were arrested.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - With women’s athletics becoming more popular, manufacturers of sports equipment are designing more products especially for females.

″We tried to get out some products that women could use,″ said Dan Hackett, a Wilson Sporting Goods salesman for team sports. ″Women recognized they were being made to meet their needs, and they said, ‘We’re going to buy it.’ ″

About 10 years ago, Wilson reduced the perimeter of basketballs to 28 inches for women’s games, an inch smaller than basketballs for men. The idea was for women, who usually have smaller hands, to more easily handle the ball.

Stores now carry golf and softball equipment especially designed for women.

″We are in the market with a glove for women,″ Scott Smith, director of marketing for Rawlings Sporting Goods, said.

Wilson stores have a similar mitt.

″It’s geared toward women and youth or anybody who has a smaller hand,″ Angela Monarez, a Wilson spokeswoman, said.

But there isn’t a bat especially for women.

″With the light aluminum bats, they don’t need a change,″ Hackett said.

Dan Kasen, spokesman for the National Sporting Goods Association, said 23.8 percent of all the golf sets sold in 1993 were bought by women.

″It’s time manufacturers started focusing on this important market,″ George Dickerman, president of Spalding Sports Worldwide, said.

Both Spalding and Wilson have developed graphite clubs for women. The clubs are designed to maximize distance with a slower swing.

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