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June 18, 1990

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Top-seeded Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos defeated Karch Kiraly and Brent Frohoff 15-11 in the championship match of the $60,000 Miller Lite beach volleyball tournament Sunday.


HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - Hall of Fame baseball star Joe Morgan, in cap and gown, came through this weekend with a promise he made to his mother before signing his first professional contract nearly three decades ago.

Morgan, 46, graduated with 2,565 others from California State University at Hayward on Saturday. His mother and father were among the family members in the audience.

Looking back 27 years, the second baseman recalled how ″my father ... wanted me to sign. My mother wanted me to continue my education. I promised her I would get my degree.″

Morgan added witha chuckle, ″I didn’t say when.″

Morgan played his first major league game with Houston, then nicknamed the Colt .45′s, late in the 1963 season. He ended his career with the Oakland Athletics in 1984 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in January. He was selected the National League’s most valuable player in 1975 and 1976 with the Cinicinnati Reds.


HELSINKI (AP) - Pekka Marrkkenen, who plays collegiately for Kansas, scored 20 points as the Finish National Team defeated a team of Big East all-stars 74-72 Sunday.

Rod Sellers of Connecticut led the Big East with 18 points and eight rebounds. The teams meet again today before the Big East travels to the Soviet Union for four games.


LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - Former major-league reliever Steve Howe was released Sunday from the Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center after an eight-day stay due to a blood clot in his lung.

Howe, 32, could be back in action with the Salinas Spurs of the Class A California League in three weeks, Spurs general manager John Jonas said.

Jonas said doctors believe the clot was the result of arthroscopic surgery Howe had last month on the deltoid muscle in his left shoulder. Howe was treated with an anticoagulant during his hospital stay.

Howe was admitted to the hospital on June 9. He had been in the Antelope Valley, located about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, to deliver an anti-drug speech to junior high students.

Howe was the 1980 National League Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He faced a series of suspensions for cocaine use, the first in 1983.


BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Craig Witcher captured the all-round title and Shawn Vant took the bareback championship as Montana State won the men’s team championship at the College National Finals Rodeo on Saturday night.

Montana State finished with 627 points to take its second crown in the last three years. Sam Houston State finished second with 465 points and Southern Idaho was third with 435.

Wyoming’s Jimmi Jo Martin scored 447 points to capture the cowgirl title. Wyoming took the women’s team title based on Martin’s points. Howard College finished second with 417 points and Idaho State was third with 300 points.


RIJEKA, Yugoslavia (AP) - West German Rainhold Roth was in critical condition after a three-way collision in the 250cc class of the Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Grobnicko Polje circuit Sunday

Roth, riding a Honda in the 250cc, sustained a cracked skull and broken nose and jaw when he slammed against the barrier after a three-way collision with Frenchman Alex Criville and Australian Darren Milnar who broke his collarbone.

Wayne Rainey of the United States won in the 500cc class. Riding a Yamaha, he completed the course in 48 minues, 10.806 seconds to maintain his top spot in the standings with 131 points ahead of his fellow American Kevin Schwantz with 104.

Spain’s Carlos Cardus took the 250cc competition in 35:46.457.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chicago Cubs center fielder Jerome Walton sustained a broken left hand when he was by a pitch from Philadelphia’s Ken Howell in the fifth inning Sunday night. A Cubs spokesman said Walton would be out of action for three weeks. He is hitting .270 with 13 RBIs in 57 games.

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