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April 4, 1990

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ IBF junior welterweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez must defend his title against Meldrick Taylor, from whom he took it in a dusputed ending, within six months, the boxing organization ruled.

Its did so by ranking Taylor No. 1. Taylor lost to Chavez when referee Richard Steele stopped the 12-round fight with two seconds remaining on March 17 in Las Vegas.

Taylor was ahead on two of three judges’ cards when the referee halted the fight after Taylor had been knocked down by Chavez.

IBF president Bob Lee said his organization intended to rank Taylor No. 1, necessitating a fight with Chavez within six months, without a protest. But he said the IBF agreed with the Taylor camp’s protest that referee Richard Steele erred in the final seconds of the fight.

Lee said Steele did not direct Chavez to return to the farthest neutral corner while the count was in progress.

″We are not saying he (Steele) shouldn’t have stopped the fight. We think he did the right thing to protect the fighter,″ Lee said. ″But if he stopped the count, who knows what might have happened?″


AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Clemson golfer Chris Patton has set a modest goal for himself during the 1990 Masters tournament, despite shooting a 65 during a practice round at the course.

″I just want to be here on Saturday,″ said Patton, referring to surviving the cut after Friday’s second round. ″Then I’ll set new goals.″

Patton, the current U.S. Amateur champion, had eight birdies and only one bogey on the par-72 course during the first day of practice Monday. He played in a foursome with PGA rookie Robert Gamez, 1984 Masters champion Ben Crenshaw and current U.S. Public Links champion Timothy Hobby.

But Patton said he was not nervous.

″There are a lot of people here from around the area,″ he said. ″They make me feel right at home.″

Clemson golf coach Larry Penley said Patton, a Fountain Inn native, responds favorably to pressure. Penley said he expects Patton will play well in the Masters.


BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) - Damon Bailey, who didn’t do much traveling in becoming Indiana’s all-time scoring leader, is on the road to pick up another national award.

Bailey received the 1990 Gatorade Circle of Champions National High School Player of the Year award Tuesday at his school. Bailey, who led Bedford North Lawrence High School to the state championship last month, just returned from a vacation trip to Florida. He will also go to Atlanta to accept the Naismith National Player of the Year award Thursday night.

Bailey, who is also expected to receive the coveted Indiana Mr. Basketball title this month, is the first Indiana basketball player to receive the national award. Quarterback Jeff George of Warren Central, who recently made himself available for the NFL draft by giving up his final year of eligibility at Illinois, previously received the national award for football.

Bailey finished his high school career with 3,134 points, having led the Stars to the Final Four of the state tournament three times. He scored 30 points as Bedford defeated previously unbeaten Concord 63-60 in the state championship game, making 11-of-16 shots. The senior will attend Indiana next fall.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)- The Hartford Whalers have announced that they will sever their American Hockey League affiliation with the Binghamton, N.Y., team.

Ed Johnston, the Whalers’ vice president and general manager, said Tuesday that, although the Whalers had an good relationship with the Binghamton organization, ″after five years we feel it is time to move on and develop a new affiliation.″

Johnston said he was discussing a new AHL affiliation for the Whalers with several cities, but would not make a final decision for three or four weeks.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A $1 million donation to the 1991 International Special Olympic Games hs been made by Volvo North America Corp.

Bill Mergler, director of corporate promotions for Volvo, in making the announcement Tuesday, said plans have been made for the company to actively promote its association with the Special Olympics through the next two years.

The 1991 Games, which be held July 19-27 in Minneapolis, will be the largest international, multi-sport athletic event in the world next year and the largest such event ever held in Minnesota. It will attract more than 6,000 athletes with mental retardation from nearly 90 countries and will require about 30,000 volunteers and supporters to orchestrate.

Special Olympics, the world’s largest, year-round program of sports training and competition for persons with mental retardation, was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

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