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April 3, 1990

LONDON (AP) _ A former British soccer coach and the chairman of the team involved on Tuesday lost appeals of decisions that they bet against their own club.

Lou Macari, the former manager of Swindon, and chairman Brian Hillier had asked the Football Association to reconsider the findings, along with fines and suspensions imposed last month.

Macari, who has since resigned as manager of West Ham, was fined $1,700 and Hillier was suspended for six months. In addition, Swindon Football Club was fined $12,750 but dropped its appeal.

The FA said it would announce later whether the fines and suspension would be reduced.

The FA acted after newspaper reports that Hillier, with Macari’s help, bet $11,050 on Swindon to lose to Newcastle in an FA Cup match in January 1988.

Newcastle won 5-0 and Hillier collected $6,800, which he said helped to cover the club’s travel expenses. The FA, however, said the bet violated its rules against wagers other than on registered soccer pools.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The head of the International Olympic Committee Tuesday praised organizers of the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games for making great strides on public works projects involving Olympics venues.

President Juan Antonio Samaranch said he saw greater unity among the national, regional and city governments.

In the past, officials have blamed each other for funding and construction delays in roads and public transport needed to get people to and from the events.

Last September, Samaranch said ″drastic and urgent″ decisions would have be made to guarantee Barcelona would be ready for the Games.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Vladimir Krutov promised to be in much better condition next season when he shows up at the Vancouver Canucks’ training camp.

″He is going to work hard all summer,″ Krutov’s agent, Vitali Shevchenko, said Monday.

The Soviet left winger arrived in Vancouver with a reputation for being one of Europe’s best hockey players, but he didn’t play that way. He had 11 goals and 23 assists in 61 games.

″He was the best, No. 1,″ Shevchenko said, translating Krutov’s comments. ″And now he’s nobody. ″

The Canucks finished the National Hockey League season with a 25-41-14 record. They missed the playoffs for the third time in four years.


LISBON, Portugal (AP) - The Portugese Grand Prix auto race in September is threatened by a feud between the owners of the Estoril track and the Portuguese Automobile Club.

″Either there’s a decision regarding the future of the autodrome by Thursday, or there will be no Portuguese Grand Prix,″ Alfredo Cesar Torres, president of the auto club, said Monday.

Cesar Torres said the government could take over the track.

Education Minister Roberto Carneiro, who is responsible for sports on a national level, said Portugal could not lose the Sept. 23 event that was ″worth millions to the country’s image.″

Lusa, the Portugese news agency, quoted Carneiro as saying, ″If the impasse continues, the government may opt for requisition of the track, though only as a last resort.″

Autodril, which owns the track, claims local authorities have gone back on promises to allow it to build a major tourist development close to the track.


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Thailand and China each won three bouts Tuesday, the second day of the King’s Cup amateur boxing tournament.

South Korea and Kenya had two victories apiece. A total of 20 bouts were fought Tuesday.

Thailand won six bouts on the first day.

East Germany, the defending champion, has won both its bouts thus far.

Fighters from 18 nations are participating in the weeklong tournament.


MIAMI (AP) - Jim Pencak of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, was named Bowler of the Month for March by the Bowling Writers Association of America on Tuesday. Pencak won two tournaments in March, including the PBA National Championship.

Tour newcomer Robert Lawrence of Austin, Texas, was second in the voting after winning his second PBA crown in five weeks March 31.

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