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March 1, 1996

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ The Justice Department said that while the NCAA does not discriminate against student-athletes with learning disabilities some policies on academic requirements should be changed.

In a letter to the NCAA released Thursday, Justice Department attorney Christopher J. Kuczynski said the department was making suggestions to the NCAA to correct policies that might place requirements on learning-disabled students that are not imposed on others.

Enforcing regulations unfairly against learning disabled students would violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. NCAA officials said an Academic Requirements Committee is already reviewing the process by which freshman are declared eligible to participate in college athletics.

The Justice Department’s civil rights division began studying the policies after the parents of Chad Ganden, an Illinois high school swimmer, complained about NCAA rules designed to prevent colleges from giving athletic scholarships to students who are not prepared to handle college academics.


MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) _ David Berganio, Chad Magee, Mike Nicolette and J.L. Lewis shot 6-under-par 66s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Nike Tour’s $200,000 Nike Inland Empire Open.

Rob Moss, Rob McKelvey, Mike Smith and Steve Jurgensen opened with 67s on the Moreno Valley Ranch course and Larry Silveira, who won last week’s season-opening San Jose Open, was in a group at 68.


MBABANE, Swaziland (AP) _ South Africa’s Steve van Vuuren shot a 7-under-par 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the FNB Tour’s Royal Swazi Sun Classic.

South Africa’s Richard Kaplan and Bradford Vaughan opened with 66s on the Royal Swazi Country Club course and countryman Mawonga Nomwa shot a 67. Americans Steve Woods, Greg Petersen and Kyle Coody were in a group at 68.


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ Rick Kuhn shot a 4-under-par 68 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Hooters Tour’s season-opening Grand Casino Classic.

Rick Boldt, Kevin Blanton and Bill Hoefle opened the $100,000 tournament with 69s on the Azalea City course.


ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Nimble Mind beat Silverbulletlover by 2 3/4 lengths Thursday in the $50,000 feature race at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, Nimble Mind covered 1 1/8 miles on the turf course in 1:52 and paid $5.60, $3.40 and $2.80. Silverbulletlover returned $4.40 and $3.80 and Stylish Society paid $6.60 to show

A 4-year-old daughter of Lyphard, Nimble Mind is unbeaten in two starts during the Santa Anita meeting and has three victories in 11 career starts.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Charlotte Hornets forward Scott Burrell had surgery Thursday to repair his dislocated right shoulder.

Burrell, who underwent the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgeries in New York, should be ready to play again during training camp in October.


PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) _ The Cincinnati Reds sold catcher Don Slaught’s contract to the California Angels’ Triple-A team for an undisclosed amount.

The move Thursday resulted from Monday’s signing of Joe Oliver, who is expected to share starting duties with Eddie Taubensee.

Slaught, 37, hit .304 with 13 RBIs in 36 games for Pittsburgh last year.


VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ The Los Angeles Dodgers signed pitcher Ismael Valdes to a one-year contract Thursday worth $425,000.

Valdes, 22, was 13-11 last year with a 3.02 ERA in 32 games. The right-hander made slightly more than the major league minimum in 1995.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Cornerback Mark McMillian, a free agent who spent the last four years with the Philadelphia Eagles, signed a three-year contract Thursday with the New Orleans Saints.

McMillan, who played two seasons at Alabama, had 63 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries last season.


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota Vikings signed former Northwestern receiver and kick returner Lee Gissendaner on Thursday.

Gissendaner, 24, was drafted in the sixth round by Houston in 1994 and was released before the regular season started. He attended training camp with Toronto in the CFL last season.


DILLON, Mont. (AP) _ Casey Keltz ended a 27-year run as basketball coach at Western Montana College by resigning Thursday.

Keltz was 409-347 at the school.

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