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Iona-Fairfield Game Postponed Due To Food Poisoning

January 14, 1996

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ The men’s basketball game between Iona and Fairfield was postponed Sunday after Fairfield players and coaches were hospitalized for food poisoning.

Ten players and two assistant coaches were sent to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport late Saturday and early Sunday.

All 12 had attended a Friday night dinner of chicken and salad made by some of the players in a kitchen in the campus chapel, university sports information director Vic D’Ascenzo said.

``They all met in a team setting to have a meal together,″ he said.

D’Ascenzo did not know the exact cause of the poisoning. He said the players wanted to start making weekly meals for the team. Friday’s was their first.

The sick players included starters Greg Francis and Shannon Bowman. The assistant coaches were Art Dyer and Mark Calzonetti.

Doctors advised the players not to compete for 24 to 48 hours, the university said.

D’Ascenzo said he did not know if members of the team remained hospitalized Sunday, referring the question to school sports medicine director Mark Ayotte.

Ayotte did not immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press.

A new game date had not been set.

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