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March 29, 1995

ATLANTA (AP) _ The NBA fined Atlanta Hawks forward Ken Norman $4,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner after being ejected in the final minutes of a 99-98 loss Saturday night to the Chicago Bulls.

Norman, upset by referee Jim Clark’s call of a loose ball foul with 3:46 left in the game, cursed the official, charged after him and had to be restrained by teammates.

The ruling was announced Tuesday, and the ejection carries an additional automatic fine of $1,000.


PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) _ The NCAA said it has extended Washington State’s probation for another two years because of a rules infraction case involving athletes who competed in football and baseball.

Washington State’s football scholarship allotment also was cut by two, the NCAA said Tuesday.

Washington State began revamping its compliance program after the Pacific-10 Conference, acting in the same case, penalized the school last June for allowing two football players and a baseball player to compete even though they did not qualify under NCAA rules.

Washington State was already on probation because of a separate case in which the school awarded too many scholarships in baseball and track and field.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Penske Racing entered cars for defending Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Jr. and fellow two-time winner Emerson Fittipaldi for the Indianapolis 500.

Tuesday’s entries increased to 55 the number for the May 28 race. The deadline for entering the race is midnight Friday.

The Penske pair dominated last year’s race, with Fittipaldi leading 145 laps and Unser 48.


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) _ Ball State has extended men’s basketball coach Ray McCallum’s contract through the year 2000.

``He has proven in a short amount of time to be a quality head coach,″ Andrea Seger, Ball State’s athletic director, said Tuesday.

McCallum, who has a 35-23 record in two years at Ball State, coached the Cardinals to a 19-11 record, a Mid-American Conference Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament in 1995. The Cardinals lost to Arizona State in the opening round.


CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ Athletic Director Wilbur ``Pony″ Wilson has been named head coach of Rutgers-Camden, the NCAA’s all-time losingest basketball team. He succeeds Greg Ackles, 40, who resigned two weeks ago.

Rutgers-Camden has lost 84 consecutive games and suffered through three 0-24 seasons in a row. Its last victory was Jan. 18, 1992 against Ramapo College.

Wilson, 62, served 18 years as coach, in two separate stints, before handing over the reins to Ackles five years ago.

``I decided to come back,″ he said Tuesday. ``I’m not saying I’m making a career of it. But we need some stability.″


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers made a temporary trade, swapping catchers Glenn Sutko and Marc Ronan until the strike is settled.

Ronan had refused to be a replacement player, but Sutko has agreed to play during the strike. Once the strike is resolved, the two players would be traded back to their respective organizations, the Cardinals said Tuesday.

Sutko, 26, has played in 11 major league games with the Cincinnati Reds, and Ronan, 25, played for the Cardinals in six games in 1993.


LAS VEGAS (AP) _ The search for a new coach for UNLV’s beleaguered basketball program is nearing an end, according to the the head of the university.

``We’re going to have a coach by Wednesday,″ interim president Kenny Guinn said Tuesday. ``We’ve been getting a lot of calls the past few days but there comes a point where you have to cut it off and focus on the people you’ve talked to.″

Guinn confirmed that Cal State-Bakersfield coach Pat Douglass interviewed last weekend and Massachusetts assistant coach Billy Bayno interviewed Monday.

Guinn said he would be talking again with Saint Louis coach Charlie Spoonhour.

Former Rebel star Sidney Green is also under consideration.

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