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December 23, 1985

Undated (AP) _ Miami Dolphins assistant coach David Shula. has denied that he has broken off discussions with Philadelphia Eagles owner Norman Braman,. and for the first time said that he wants the vacant Eagles head coaching job.

″If things can be worked out, yes, I’d like to have the job,″ Shula said.

Shula, the 26-year-old son of Dolphins Head Coach Don Shula, made his comments after Miami beat Buffalo 28-0 Sunday afternoon to clinch the AFC East title. He held an impromptu news conference to answer questions raised by a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer that talks between Shula and Braman had broken down Saturday.

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San Francisco 49ers’ Roger Craig. on Sunday became the first player in National Football League history to gain 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 receiving in one season. He went over 1,000 rushing when he ran for 28 yards in the first half against Dallas, but had to wait until the third quarter to reach the 1,000 mark receiving.

Until this season, no back in NFL history had 1,000 yards receiving in a season. The old record of 938, by the Baltimore Colts’ Lenny Moore in 1958, was surpassed last week by both Craig and the San Diego Chargers’ Lionel James.

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Kansas City’s Stephone Paige. broke a 40-year-old National Football League record Sunday with 309 yards in pass receptions in a 38-34 Chief victory over San Diego. Paige, a third-year pro from Fresno State, caught touchdown passes of 56 and 84 yards in the first half. His 309 yards on only eight receptions surpassed the NFL mark of 303 yards set Nov. 22, 1945, by Jim Benton of the Cleveland Rams. BOXING

A bout that drew national attention to a fighter trying to make a comeback following the amputation of his right foot was thrown because of death threats, the loser says. Francis Sargent. said Saturday he intentionally lost the Dec. 14 fight to Craig Bodzianowski, who won the cruiser-weight bout on a second-round knockout even though he was wearing an artificial foot.

Sargent made the admission Saturday after Gordon Volkman, chairman of the Illinois Athletic Board, said he would call for an investigation into the bout because of questions about the way Sargent went down for the 10-count.

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Texas Gov. Mark White. said Sunday in a nationally televised news program that the state’s no-pass, no-play rule has been fair and effective and defended the controversial requirement against a lawsuit and criticism that it has made life hard for many students.

″I think that the rule is appropriate and I think it’s fair,″ White told CBS News. ″And I think you’ll find that students are studying harder and are doing better. ...″

The rule, which stemmed from a sweeping school reform law, forbids students from taking part in any extracurricular activities for six weeks if they fail a single course.

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