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November 21, 1991

MIAMI (AP) _ Tommy Aycock shot a 2-under-par 70 to a take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Senior PGA Tour National Qualifying Tournament.

Aycock of Rockport, Texas, has a 1-under 143 total through Wednesday’s round on the 6,822-yard West Course at the Golf Club of Miami. Marion Heck of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and Bill Garrett of Glendale, Ariz., were tied for second. Heck shot a 71 and Garrett had a 73.

The top 16 players in the 72-hole tournament earn playing privaleges on the 1992 Senior PGA Tour and the top eight earn an exemption into all open co- sponsored events.


LONDON (AP) - Perhaps Dutch model John Emmen is posing a little too much in the ring. He apparently presents himself a very easy target.

Heavyweight Frank Bruno, fighting for the first time since losing to Mike Tyson in February 1989, needed just three minutes to defeat Emmen.

Bruno, who is trying to come back from the long layoff and a recent eye operation, dominated the fight but got into trouble for hitting Emmen while he was still down after a knockdown Wednesday night.

Emmen, a who also does modeling and television commentatary, was having trouble staying on his feet when referee Mickey Vann stopped the fight at the end of the first round.

Bruno, 33-3, floored Emmen for the first time with a jab and a right to the back of the head. But then he was warned for throwing a left while Emmen was down. Emmen fell to 16-3.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - It may be a long time before Bubby Brister plays quarterback again for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Chuck Noll isn’t saying exactly what he wants to do at that position, but apparently plans to stick with second-year man Neil O’Donnell for the rest of the season. And Brister isn’t resting easy.

″It doesn’t look like anything will change their mind,″ said Brister, who hasn’t taken a snap since leaving a game Oct. 14 with an injury. ″I’m sort of in the dark on a lot of things.″

Brister, in the final year of his 3-year contract, doesn’t know if he will return to the Steelers next season. But he’d like to know their plans.

″If they feel that Neil’s a better quarterback than me, I wish they’d tell me,″ Brister said. ″I’ve been injured a couple of times in the past and when I was healthy, I was right back in there.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Erik Howard used to look forward to games with the Detroit Lions.

It was a chance for the New York Giants nose tackle to say hello to former Giants coaches Lamar Leachman and Len Fontes and to talk with former Washington State teammate Mike Utley.

Howard on Wednesday joined players across the league in expressing shock at the neck injury sustained by Utley on Sunday that left the Lions guard a paraplegic.

″I’ve never had to deal with this type of situation,″ Howard said in the Giants’ locker room. ″I don’t know what I am going to say to him.″

Howard has missed most of this season after undergoing back surgery in October. The 6-year veteran has started aerobic workouts and done some light weight lifting in hopes of returning to action in December.

″I never looked at my back as a serious situation,″ Howard said. ″For me, it was always how long till I am back? For Mike, it’s am I ever going to walk again?″


LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nashville Network will televise six NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series events in 1992.

It marks the first time the final-round competition in the professional classes has been televised live on cable television in their entirety.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show by TNN general manager David Hall and NHRA president Dallas Gardner.

The Nashville Network’s live final-round coverage begins Feb. 23 at the Motorcraft Ford Nationals in Phoenix, and continues April 5 at the NHRA Winston Invitational in Rockingham, N.C.; May 17 at the Mid-South Nationals in Memphis, Tenn.; June 28 at the Le Grandnational in Montreal; June 26 at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver, and Oct. 18 at the Chief Auto Parts Nationals in Dallas.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Dori Roth doesn’t consider herself a crusader, despite her new job as coach of the Crusaders.

The 24-year-old business teacher, who came to Fort Wayne Christian last year with an interest in coaching, is the first woman to coach a boys basketball team at an Indiana High School Athletic Association-member school.

″It’s kind of neat being the first woman coach, but I haven’t really looked at it that way,″ Roth said Wednesday. ″It’s a growth period for my team and a growth period for me, and if it helps other women who want to coach, that’s great.

″I am definitely not a women’s libber. But when it comes to basketball, men and women are equal.″

Chad Leichty, the co-captain and only returning starter from last season, says there is little difference betwen Roth and any other coach.

″She runs us hard,″ he said. ″She yells at us.″

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