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March 8, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A former physician for the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission has been placed on one year’s supervised probation for practicing medicine without a license.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Tignor on Thursday sentenced Clinton Hoffler, 41, of Upper Marlboro, Md., to 90 days in jail but suspended the sentence and placed Hoffler on one year’s probation on the condition that he pay a $500 fine and serve 100 hours of community service.

Hoffler examined and certified fighters for boxing events between July 1982 and April 1984 but had never been licensed as a doctor in any state, according to prosecutors. He pleaded guilty in January to practicing medicine without a license.

Hoffler resigned from the commission last July after an investigation was started by the D.C. Corporation Counsel, who referred the case to the U.S. Attorney’s office for prosecution. ---

PITTSBURGH (AP) - University of Pittsburgh football Coach Foge Fazio apparently violated NCAA recruiting rules by having photographs taken of himself shaking hands with high school recruits, signing the pictures and then sending them to the players.

David Berst, director of enforcement for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, said the violations are not regarded as serious. In the past, guilty schools have only been reprimanded, he said.

″It’s prohibited by our rules,″ Berst said. ″Technically, this would be a violation. That’s not the kind of thing that’s judged to be a serious action. I have to qualify that by saying it would have to be an unintentional violation.″

John Bolvin, the university’s NCAA faculty representative and chairman of the University Athletic Committee, said such action ″doesn’t promise a kid anything. Technically, that should not be a violation.″

Fazio expressed surprise that the practice violates rules.″We send it to all recruits here,″ he said Wednesday. ″We’ve been doing it for years.″ ---

ALFRED, N.Y. (AP) - Sam Sanders has resigned as head football coach at Alfred University to become defensive line coach of the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, and has been replaced by assistant coach Jim Moretti, school officials said Friday.

Moretti, 33, a 1972 graduate of Alfred and assistant coach for the past six years, set almost every passing record during his three years, 1969-71, as the Saxons’ quarterback. He completed 259 of 604 passes for 4,085 yards and 36 touchdowns.The 1971 team was undefeated and won the Lambert Bowl as Division III champions in the East.

Sanders, 47, a graduate of the University of Buffalo, had an eight-year record of 49-37-2 with the Saxons. His 1981 team was 10-0 and was the first Alfred team to appear in the NCAA playoffs. ---

LONDON (AP) - British soccer officials said Friday England will play an exhibition match against the United States at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum June 16 on its way home from a four-nation tournament in Mexico.

The June 6-12 tournament is part of England’s preparation for next year’s World Cup finals - assuming it qualifies. Also taking part are Mexico, which hosts the finals, West Germany and defending World Cup champion Italy.

Glen Kirton, spokesman for the English Football Association, said because England will be sending a full-strength squad to the tournament, its lineup for the exhibition also will contain Britain’s best players.

It will be England’s fifth full international match against the United States. The first was during the 1950 World Cup finals in Brazil, where the United States created one of the greatest shocks in international soccer by beating a star-studded England team 1-0. Since then, England has won 6-3, 8-1 and 10-0. In 1976, England was a 3-1 winner over an international lineup called Team America, made up of players from the then-booming North American Soccer League. ---

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The damaged fabric roof of the Pontiac Silverdome may need a $10 million redesign to improve drainage and ensure it doesn’t rip apart again.

Twenty-six of 100 Teflon-coated fiberglass roof panels were damaged earlier this week during a winter storm that dumped 6 inches of ice and snow on the Silverdome.Reapirs were estimated at $6 million, but could climb to $10 million if the dome is redesigned, said James Clarkson, chairman of the Pontiac Stadium Authority, which runs the Silverdome.

Insurance would pay for most of the repairs, but money to lower light banks inside the dome and change the roof design for better drainage, might have to be raised through bond sales, Clarkson said.

The roof brushed against interior light banks, which punctured the fabric and started ″a chain reaction,″ Clarkson said. ″Whatever it costs, it’s going to be done to make sure this building is secure,″ he said.Stadium authorities hope to reopen the Silverdome by April 1, but say that depends on the weather.

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