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May 24, 1991

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Psssst 3/8 There’s a dynasty in San Diego.

The San Diego Sockers, getting two goals and two assists from Paul Dougherty, defeated the Cleveland Crunch 8-6 Thursday to clinch their fourth consecutive Major Soccer League championship.

The victory gave the Sockers the best-of-7 series four games to two, giving San Diego its seventh MSL crown and its ninth indoor title overall, including two in the old North American Soccer League.

Dougherty’s second goal at 2:49 of the fourth quarter started a string of three straight San Diego scores as the Sockers took an insurmountable 8-4 lead. Michael Collins followed with an unassisted goal at the 6:56 mark and Wes Wade concluded the Sockers’ scoring with 2:17 to go.

Zoran Karic posted his second three-goal game of the series for the Crunch, and San Diego’s Ben Collins earned most valuable player honors.


NEW YORK (AP) - More than 800 players submitted claims for the $280 million in collusion damages as of Monday’s deadline, the Major League Baseball Players Association said.

The union, which will divide the money into awards for individual players, said Thursday it would not know for weeks how much the claims totalled. Under the collusion settlement last fall, the 26 clubs agreed to pay the money, which began accumulating interest on Jan. 2.

Individual awards are not expected to be issued until 1993, and players may appeal the union’s decision to arbitrators Thomas Roberts and George Nicolau.

A union lawyer said that it was not yet known how many of the claims submitted Monday overlapped the 237 claims filed in the autumn of 1989 for the first of the three collusion cases.


FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) - Wright State University will discontinue wrestling as a varsity sport, Athletics Director Michael Cusack said, citing cutbacks in state education funding support.

Cusack also said he has accepted the resignation of wrestling coach Al Manning, who led the grapplers to a 2-9 record this season, his fifth as coach.

Cusack said cutbacks resulting from a tight state budget helped prompt the decision to drop the wrestling program.

″Additionally, our affiliation with the North Star and Mid-Continent conferences has required a reallocation of our available resources among conference-sponsored sports,″ he said. ″Wrestling is not a conference- sponsored competition.″

The deletion of wrestling leaves Wright State with 14 sports for the 1991-92 season.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The American Professional Soccer League has assumed control of the Salt Lake Sting and will run the franchise, at least for a time, while a buyer is sought.

APSL co-chairman William Sage said the league had been contemplating a takeover of the franchise because of the Sting’s inability to meet its APSL obligations.

The league’s board of directors voted to take ownership of the club Thursday after learning that Saturday night’s Sting-Miami Freedom game at Derks Field was in danger of being canceled.

″There’s been an ongoing failure of the Sting ownership to post performance bond, pay league assessments and provide other documentation of the ownership group and structure,″ Sage said. ″But we took the action we did when we received information that the game might not otherwise occur.″

The Salt Lake-Miami contest will be played as scheduled, with all team and game operations being run by the APSL.

″The league is now in ownership of the team title, logo and player contracts,″ said Sage. The non-profit Sting Foundation, which has owned the franchise since March 1, is absolved of further responsibility, he said.

Sage said the league would run the club and entertain offers from interested buyers for the next seven to 10 days. Beyond that, the APSL is making no commitments.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Most Portland residents like the idea of a new arena a whole lot better than they like the idea of paying for it.

That’s the message representatives of the Portland Trail Blazers got Thursday when they held a public meeting at Memorial Coliseum to discuss plans for a new arena.

″Why does a multimillion-dollar business have to beg the taxpayer for money for their playground?″ asked L.K. Stanton of Portland.

Marshall Glickman, Blazers senior vice president for marketing, asked people to focus on parking, access and how the new arena could be a good neighbor. But most of the 15 speakers wanted to talk about the team’s proposed ″public-private partnership″ in building the 16,000- to 20,000-seat arena.

″Portland is politically liberal and fiscally conservative,″ said James Lee of Portland. ″It might be a very tough sell to the citizens of Portland if the nature of the public-private partnership is not perfectly clear.″

Glickman said the goal was to use as much private money as possible. He said urban-renewal money would be the source of any public assistance. He added that the public would get a fair return on its investment.

″I realize this is very vague to many people, myself included,″ Glickman said.

Tyrone Patrick of Tigard said the scarcity and high cost of Blazers tickets contribute to public resistance to picking up any part of the tab. The Blazers, currently in Los Angeles preparing for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, routinely sell out the 12,884-seat Memorial Coliseum.

Glickman answered that the Blazers hope to offer both more expensive and less expensive seats in the new arena.

People also were worried about the fate of the 30-year-old coliseum, which currently makes a profit and helps support the city’s money-losing Civic Stadium and Center for Performing Arts. Officials doubt Memorial Coliseum could survive direct competition with a new arena.

″We are confident that two arenas can co-exist,″ Glickman said.

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