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February 28, 1994

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ Applications for tickets to the 1995 Final Four at Seattle are available and must be submitted by April 22, the NCAA said Monday.

The tickets - $70, $50 or $35 depending on location - are for the national semifinal basketball championship games Saturday, April 1, 1995, and Monday, April 3, at the Seattle Kingdome.

There will be a random computerized drawing from the official applications in May and applicants will be notified of the results about June 30, the NCAA said.

Applications can be obtained by calling 900-646-1995, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, or writing to 1995 Final Four Tickets, 6201 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kan., 66211-2422.


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Australia’s leading swimming official has accused the sport’s international governing body, FINA, of taking a soft approach to drug abuse after a Chinese world record-holder returned a positive test.

FINA announced over the weekend that Zhong Weiyue had been banned from the sport for two years and her world short-course 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly records would be wiped from the record books.

″It can no longer be considered acceptable for FINA to take a soft approach to the drug issue,″ Australian Swimming executive-director Simon Allatson said Monday. ″Australian Swimming calls on FINA to upgrade its efforts in the fight against the use of banned substances in swimming.″

Allatson said Australian Swimming favors the introduction of an international ″flying squad″ to conduct random out-of-competition testing.

Zhong was little known before setting the 100-meter butterfly record Jan. 5 with a time of 58.17 seconds at a World Cup short-course meet in Beijing. She recorded the 50-meter record of 26.44 the following day.

Chinese women set 11 world recorda at last year’s world short-course championships on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Allatson said it was imperative that a more effective drug testing program be in place internationally prior to the 1994 world championships at Rome Sept. 1-12.


KETTERING, England (AP) - The 1994 Open Tour of Britain cycling race was canceled Monday after the sport’s national governing body said it was unable to find a sponsor.

The 36-year-old race, known since its inception as the Milk Race, had been sponsored by the country’s Milk Marketing Board, which was disbanded last year.

British Cycling Federation president Ian Emmerson said he hoped the race, which featured both amateur and professional riders, could be revived next year.

″It is unfortunate that Britain will not have a national Open Tour for 1994, but we have already received encouraging signs for the future of the promotion,″ Emmerson said.

This year’s race had been scheduled for May 29-June 11.