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May 23, 1986

HOUSTON (AP) _ Houston Rockets fans trying to camp out in a field to buy tickets to watch their team play the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals were told to get off the property by the company managing the lot.

An estimated 100 people were at the field late Thursday afternoon, but they all left voluntarily by 5:45 p.m. after about 10 police officers arrived.

″They’re violating our civil rights,″ said Jackie Bullock, 36, of Houston - one of those who had to leave the field near The Summit, the Rockets’ arena.

Several thousand tickets will be sold first-come, first-serve Sunday at 8 a.m., said Brad Ewing, director of Rockets season ticket sales. The tickets will be for June 3, the fourth game of the best-of-seven series, Ewing said.

The third game, scheduled for June 1, has already been sold out, and the first two games will be played in Boston, Ewing said.

--- FLAT RIVER, Mo. (AP) - Mineral Area College basketball coach Bob Sechrest, who won 465 games in 24 years at the southeast Missouri school, has announced his retirement as an active coach.

Sechrest said Thursday that he will stay on as athletic director at the junior college. His replacement will be Tim Gray, who served as Sechrest’s assistant for two years.

Sechrest, who was named the state’s junior college coach of the year three times in his career, is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. His career record is 465-273.


LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - Larry Larvick of Denver won four straight matches to win the $250,000 first prize in the Lucky Strike Filters bowling tournament.

Larvick had to beat top seed Steve Minnick of Utica, N.Y., twice to win the the double-elimination tournament.

Larvick, seeded third going into the final round, won the first game 198-169, then easily topped Minnick in the second match, 236-150. Minnick earned $100,000 for second place.

Finishing third was Tom Bates of Marina, Calif., who earned $40,000, while Sam Guarino of Roseville, Mich., won $20,000 for fourth.

A total of 532 bowlers put up $1,000 each to enter the event.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Free safety Bill Currier failed his physical examination and probably will not play football again, New York Giants Coach Bill Parcells says.

″I would make it 99 percent that he’ll probably retire,″ Parcells said during a press conference at the Giants’ minicamp. ″He could not play this year even if he wanted to.″

Currier, who had one interception last season, missed the final 14 games of last season after undergoing surgery for a herniated disc in his back. He suffered the injury in the second game of the season.

Currier was waived injured and will be eligible to be picked up by other National Football League teams for the next 10 days, the coach said.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Indians utility infielder Dan Rohn is on the 15- day disabled list after suffering a broken nose in pre-game practice.

Rohn, 30, was struck in nose on a bad-hop grounder during workouts Thursday and was hospitalized.

He was hitting .200 during limited action. He had appeared in six games.

To fill Rohn’s position on the roster, Cleveland acquired the contract of infielder Fran Mullins, who had been playing with the Class AAA Maine Guides. He was hitting .271 in 30 games with Maine.

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