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November 7, 1991

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Two football players at Grambling and one at Texas Southern have been cleared of allegations regarding eligibility, the Southwestern Athletic Conference said Thursday.

The SWAC investigated allegations that Grambling running back Darren Tatum and tight end Eudean Toney did not meet NCAA satisfactory progress rules.

But the league said that Tatum successfully completed the required 24 semester hours the preceding two semesters and Toney had completed 30 semester hours during the required period.

The league also investigated whether Texas Southern running back Gary Williams was in his fifth year of football and not eligible.

The investigation concluded that Williams, a transfer from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, withdrew before attending classes at Mississippi Valley State in 1986 and did not participate in athletics at Navarro Junior College at Corsicana, Texas, in 1986.

The league said Williams is in his fourth year of collegiate competition.

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ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - Four football players at the University of Missouri-Rolla were charged with assault and suspended from the team for one game.

The players, two of them starters, each were charged with second-degree assault in an Oct. 27 attack on Kevin Whittington.

Authorities said Whittington was struck with a golf club and a club during a fight on campus. The fight allegedly was over the girlfriend of one of the defendants. Whittington attends Southwest Missouri State.

Three players, David Barr, 18; Carlos Cain, 21, and Ruben Howell, 19, were arraigned Tuesday. Freddie Finley, 20, was scheduled for arraignment Nov. 20.

The players will be barred from playing in Saturday’s game against Southwest Baptist, said coach Charlie Finley, no relation to the player.

″Behavior like this we cannot tolerate, so we’re suspending them for one game,″ he said.

Cain is a starting tailback and Howell a starting offensive guard. Finley is a running back and Barr a defensive back.

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ENSENADA, Mexico (AP) - Nearly 300 racers are expected to compete in the Baja 1,000 off-road race across this Mexican peninsula this weekend.

The field of factory supported professionals and first-time racers from the United States, Japan, France and Canada will take on winding trails and narrow roadways in rugged, mountainous territory.

Robby Gordon of Orange, Calif., is the defending champion in the 736.1-mile race, which begins Friday and ends Saturday.

Felix Giles of Anaheim Hills, Calif., will be the first black American off- road competitor.

The competition starts and ends in the suburbs of Ensenada.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The World Cup Squash championships, scheduled for Dec. 4-9, have been postponed for a second time.

The International Squash Players’ Association, in consultation with the United Arab Emirates Squash Rackets Association, said the tournament was rescheduled for Feb. 11-16.

The World Cup was first scheduled for a year ago. It was postponed because of the Iraqi invasion and occupation of Kuwait for seven months.

The latest postponement was caused by a conflict with the Arab Youth Football Championships at Dubai Dec. 3-25.

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ZUSHI, Japan (AP) - Yachts skippered by American John Kostecki, New Zealander Chris Dickson and Italian Paul Cayard each won three races and lost one Thursday, opening day of the Nippon Cup International Yacht Match Race.

Australian Peter Gilmour, Frenchman Marc Pajot and Japan’s Makoto Namba each raced their 34-foot cruisers to two victories and two defeats in the round-robin races in Sagami Bay.

A yacht piloted by Spain’s Pedro Campos won one race and lost three, while a yacht skippered by Japan’s Yutaka Takagi lost all four of its races.

After round-robin races through Friday, matches to decide fifth through eighth places will be Saturday. The races to decide first through fourth will be Sunday.

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SUVA, Fiji (AP) - New Zealand defeated Fiji 4-0 in an Oceania Zone Olympic qualifying soccer match Thursday.

Australia, which faces New Zealand in the second round, leads the qualifying group with a 3-0 record.

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