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May 22, 1990

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Point Park College’s season did not end with a continuation of its record winning streak.

It ended with consecutive losses to St. Rose (N.Y.) Colleger in the NAIA Area VIII playoffs. First, Point Park’s 41-game winning streak was snapped as St. Rose won 6-4 Saturday. Then, St. Rose did it again, 2-1 on Sunday.

Point Park’s streak broke its own national collegiate record of 37 consecutive victories in 1987.

Coach Mark Jackson blamed Sunday’s loss on the streak-ending defeat the previous day.

″Emotionally, it’s close to impossible to recover after the streak was broken,″ he said. ″Teams that finally lose always seem to slide backwards, even in the major leagues. You always start to wonder, ‘Why did we lose? What did we do wrong?’

″We just didn’t have a chance to get things back in focus.″

Point Park never finished higher than seventh during five consecutive NAIA World Series appearances in 1985-89. Opposing coaches have said the Pioneers manufactured their record winning streaks by loading their schedules with inferior-caliber opponents.

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, the winningest team in professional beach volleyball history, became the first qualifiers for the $125,000 Jose Cuervo Gold Crown tournament.

Smith and Stoklos won the first part of the three-event tournament, at Clearwater, Fla., on May 5, earning $50,000.

The second leg of beach volleyball’s triple crown will be held June 8-9 and features the largest purse in the history of the sport, with $60,000 going to the winner. The third portion of the Gold Crown will be held in September in San Diego.

Eight teams will compete in a round-robin format, with the three teams with the best records in the first round advancing to the final round. The second and third place duos meet, with the winner playing the No. 1 seed for the championship.

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Red Wings defenseman Steve Chiasson pleaded guilty to a drunken-driving charge stemming from a July 31 arrest in Oakland County’s Bloomfield Township.

Chiasson, 23, of Farmington Hills entered the plea in 48th District court. Sentencing was postponed pending an appeal to Oakland County Circuit Court. In the appeal, Chiasson claimed he should have been prosecuted on the lesser charge of driving while impaired.

Chiasson’s attorney, Mark Kriger, said his client was the victim of selective prosecution because he is a public figure. But Assistant County Prosecutor E. Reid Roe said Chiasson’s blood-alcohol level was too high to allow the lesser charge.

Police measured Chiasson’s blood-alcohol level at .12 and .13 of 1 percent. Under Michigan law, a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 constitutes drunken driving.