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February 27, 1987

DALLAS (AP) _ Two Southwest Conference schools have already found competitors to replace Southern Methodist on their 1987 football schedules, officials said Thursday.

Baylor official said Southwest Texas State will take SMU’s place in a game scheduled for Oct. 10 in Waco. Rice will play Louisiana State on Sept. 19, replacing the Nov. 7 date it had with SMU.

SMU’s 1987 football season was canceled, among other sanctions, by the NCAA for improper payments to football players by an alumni booster.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Duval A. Headley, a retired Lexington thoroughbred horse breeder and former president of Keeneland Race Course, has died after a long illness. He was 77.

Headley died at his winter home in Key Largo, Fla. Wednesday.

Headley, nephew of Keeneland founder Hal Price Headley, also served as a state racing commissioner in the 1950s, was a horse trainer and was president of the Thoroughbred Club of America.

Headley sold his 126-acre Manchester Farm adjacent to Keeneland in 1978 to Texas oilman Michael G. Rutherford for $1.25 million. The farm produced Tom Fool, the 1953 Horse of the Year, and Dark Mirage, the 1968 3-year-old champion.

Headley was named president of the race track in 1956 and remained a director of the Keeneland Association.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Graham Headley, and two daughters. Arrangements are pending at W.R. Milward-Broadway in Lexington.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona State’s football team has hired former Southern Cal assistant coach Frank Falks as its new running backs coach, school officials said.

Falks, 43, replaces Tommy Vaughn, who resigned Feb. 11.

Dino Babers, the Sun Devils’ graduate assistant coach for running backs, also has resigned to take a job at another school.

Since Arizona State was left with no one to coach the running backs with spring practice approaching, school officials asked the NCAA to waive the affirmative-action hiring rules that require the vacant position be advertised for a full month and Falks was hired Thursday on an emergency basis.

Falks coached running backs and coordinated recruiting for three years under USC head Coach Ted Tollner, who was fired after the 1986 season. Falks also held the title of assistant head coach last season.


SEATTLE (AP) - If the owners of the Seattle Supersonics build a new arena, the best place would be next to the Kingdome, according to the head of a study on on the economic impact of stadiums in nine cities.

In each case, said Robert Baade, economics professor at Lake Forest College near Chicago, the new and renovated stadiums generated lower economic benefits than team owners had promised.

Besides the 62,000-seat Kingdome, where the Sonics used to play, Seattle has the 14,000-seat Coliseum, where they now play, and the 20,000 Tacoma Dome 30 miles away.

Nonetheless, another stadium in Seattle could work, ″depending upon how judiciously they locate it,″ Baade said.

″You have to tie the arena in with a larger development package,″ he said. ″With the Kingdome already there, you could attract major conventions. You could capitalize on the existing traffic system and the broad economic development scheme.

Last month owners of the NBA club hired a Philadelphia consultant to do a feasibility study of building an arena with 16,000 to 20,000 seats for the Sonics. The report is due in about two months.


ATLANTA (AP) - Members of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team are trying to score some funds for financially troubled Atlanta University.

Forward Cliff Levingston said Thursday that IMPACT, a group of about 200 professional athletes headed by Hawks’ center Wayne Rollins, will help raise money for the school.

The group plans to ask its membership for contributions and to hold a fund- raising dinner in the fall, Levingston said. He would not estimate how much money those activities might bring in.

Atlanta University’s deficit for this school year is between $2.5 million and $3 million, according to Board of Trustees Chairman Jonathan L. Smith. He and other board members have said that the faculty must be reduced and some academic programs must be eliminated at the predominantly black graduate school to close the gap.

’It would be a catastrophe, a national disgrace, if this institution failed,″ Levingston said.

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