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September 12, 1992

STUART, Fla. (AP) _ A private investigator hired to help refute rape allegations against three New York Mets filed a lawsuit Friday seeking $11,480.08 from outfielders Vince Coleman and Daryl Boston.

The third Met involved in the rape case, pitcher Dwight Gooden, was not named in Jack Brucato’s suit. An attorney for Gooden settled his dispute by agreeing to send the investigator a check for $2,253.48.

Brucato said he worked for the players from March 6 to April 9. He received a $7,500 retainer, and Gooden later paid him an additional $2,890.07. He said he asked the players to settle their accounts last month, but did not receive any payment.

″We’re talking about three ballplayers that collectively get paid $8 million,″ he said. ″I’ve got poor people paying me better than they have.″

Brucato’s lawsuit was filed in Martin County Court.


EL PASO, Texas (AP) - UTEP’s athletic director Brad Hovious is investigating an allegation that a school academic counselor in the athletic department bet on college football, a violation of NCAA rules.

Rick Iager, director of student services for the University of Texas at El Paso, was quoted in the El Paso Times saying he placed a bet last week on a combination of college games at the Sports Book, where betting is legal, across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

UTEP’s game against Brigham Young University was not one of the games he bet on.

NCAA rules say athletic department employees and athletes may not participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics.

Iager told the El Paso Times he didn’t know such a bet was a violation of NCAA rules.

The Times quoted Hovious saying Iager later told him he had not placed a bet but was at the Sports Book with his brother to collect a bet for a friend.

Hovious said the Juarez Sports Book and Racetrack is now off limits to all members of UTEP’s athletic department.


NORTHAMPTON, Mass (AP) - A top state racing official said Friday that investigators hope to have some preliminary findings next week in their investigation of alleged race fixing at the Three-County Fair.

″We met in Northampton last night until 1 a.m.,″ said Jim Bell Jr., the state’s chief racing steward. ″When you are dealing with allegations of race fixing, naturally you have to investigate every avenue there is. By next Wednesday, we hope the investigation will have progressed enough for us to make some kind of decision.″

Meantime, he said, seven jockeys are not being allowed to ride at the fair. The seven were temporarily suspended pending the results of the investigation after allegations surfaced on Wednesday. The nine-day meet concludes Saturday.

Several of the jockeys vehemently denied any wrongdoing as they waited Thursday to be questioned by state racing officials.

An eighth, Jerry Halimi, told the Union-News in Springfield that he had informed the racing commission of alleged irregularities. Halimi maintained that at least one race had been fixed, but declined to elaborate after racing officials asked him not to discuss the issue further with reporters.


BERLIN (AP) - The German athletics federation, stressing ″fair play,″ Friday upheld the suspension of world champion sprinter Katrin Krabbe for taking a banned substance.

The federation also upheld suspensions of two other women athletes who, like Krabbe, admitted taking the substance Clenbuterol, though they said they did not know it was banned.

Krabbe has lost her lucrative sponsors because of the case.

Though some experts expressed doubt that Clenbuterol had the muscle- building effect of clearly banned anabolic steroids, the athletic federation said it based its decision on rulings of the International Amateur Athletic Federation and of the German federation’s own anti-doping commission.

Along with Krabbe, who won the 100 meters and 200 meters dashes at the 1991 world championships, the federation suspended Grit Breuer, the 400-meter European champion, and fellow sprinter Manuela Derr.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The city has submitted a plan for upgrading its minor league stadium that would bring it up to Major League Baseball standards by 1994.

Watt Powell Park, the 43-year-old home of the Class A Charleston Wheelers, would get $295,000 worth of improvements to clubhouses, dugouts, rest rooms and concession stands under the plan, said city Parks and Recreation Director Harmon Marks.

The plan, which was approved by a task force Aug. 27, was sent to Major League Baseball this week, Marks said.

Wheelers owner Dennis Bastien, who is considering moving the franchise to Lexington, Ky., has said the plan should be submitted by the club. He was not available for comment Friday night. A telephone call to the club was met with a tape recording.

Bastien has offered the city a $300,000 long-term lease in exchange for control of the concessions and scheduling at the park.

Major League Baseball has not responded to the plan, Marks said.

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