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Names In The Game

November 26, 1992

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Vanderbilt coach Gerry DiNardo says one of his players breached a confidence by recording a conversation between the two about whether there was dissension on the team.

DiNardo dropped Mike Gandolfo from the team on Wednesday after learning the senior had carried a tape recorder under his jacket during Monday’s meeting.

″We had what I felt was a very private conversation,″ DiNardo told the Nashville Banner. ″Mike has not played and I know he’s not happy. The conversation was very long and we talked about a lot of things.

″I felt it was a private conversation. I felt he breached a confidence. When you run a program, there has to be a certain amount of trust and confidence.″

Gandolfo, a noseguard, said DiNardo had repeatedly referred to him as ″Watson’s Boy″ a reference to former coach Watson Brown.

Seniors recruited by Brown were routinely berated, according to Gandolfo.

Gandolfo said he recorded the conversation for the same reason he kept notes during the season, to back up his claims that players were unhappy with their coach.

Gandolfo said DiNardo controlled the team through fear and intimidation.

Gandolfo was president of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was suspended from two games for missing a team meeting because he went to a fellowship meeting.


LONDON (AP) - Britain’s most popular thoroughbred, 1989 Irish Grand National winner Desert Orchid, was walking again Thursday after an operation for a serious intestinal problem.

The 13-year-old gray retired from racing last season, after winning 34 races for a British steeplechase prize money record of $825,000.

Desert Orchid was so popular he appeared on television talk shows, and made guest appearances at race courses after his retirement.

He won the King George VI Chase a record four times, and added victories in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Whitbread Gold Cup and Irish Grand National.

Veterinary surgeons removed 10 feet of Desert Orchid’s small intestine Wednesday after the horse suffered a severe attack of colic.

Surgeons said he was making steady progress Thursday.

″I took him out this morning for a walk and a peck of grass and he was very interested in eating,″ surgeon Andy Bathe said. ″He’s alert and comfortable and relaxed and standing in his stall. He is being a very good patient. The critical period is the next two or three days.″

James Burridge, father of owner Richard Burridge, said a telephone hotline used to pass information to the horse’s fans was jammed with calls.


ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) - Soccer’s ruling world body on Thursday opened the way for its executive committee to rule next week in the dispute between Napoli and Sevilla over Diego Maradona.

FIFA said it was informed by Seville that it had negotiated the bank guarantees for $4.5 million and would make them available to Naples ″very shortly.″

FIFA said the executive committee will take up Maradona’s case if the two clubs fail to settle their differences before then.

Wednesday was the FIFA deadline for Seville to place the guarantees with an Italian bank. The amount of the guarantees is what remains of Seville’s debt to Napoli under the $7.5 million deal for Maradona.

FIFA had set the Nov. 25 deadline after Seville failed to meet a previous target of Nov. 10. FIFA said Seville had placed the guarantees with a Spanish bank, rather than with an Italian bank as specified in the contract.

Seville has already paid the first $3 million for the transfer deal.

The next payment of the remaining four installments is due next March, FIFA said.

Maradona led Napoli to two league titles and a UEFA Cup championship after joining the club in 1984, but he refused to rejoin the Italian club this year after ending a 15-month suspension for failing a drug test.

Napoli refused to release him from the final year of his contract, but FIFA pressured the Italian club to sell him to Seville.


GENOA, Italy (AP) - The trial of Uruguayan soccer player Carlos Aguilera and 11 other people charged in connection with a Latin American prostitution ring was postponed Thursday until March 2.

Public prosecutor Pio Macchiavello said the delay was needed to make transcriptions of about 600 wiretappings made by police during the investigation.

The case dates back to April 1990 when the Uruguayan forward, who now plays for Torino, was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting a prostitution ring.

Police said that the ring allegedly brought Uruguayan women to this Italian port city to work as prostitutes.


ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Five Lithuanian women’s basketball players pleaded guilty to shoplifting charges and paid $93.50 each in fines.

The women tried to take about $550 worth of shirts, pants, blouses and undergarments Monday at a department store in the Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall Township police said.

The teammates pleaded guilty to retail theft charges before District Justice Joan Snyder.

The women went on to play Lehigh University Tuesday night. They lost 77-75. The highest scorer for Lithuania, with 19, was Rima Janulviciene, who police said also had the highest theft total - $147.

Also charged with taking merchandise were Loreta Orinaite, Reda Bilaite, Ingrida Barciauskaite, Kristina Zemaityte.

The women arrived in the United States Nov. 14 and played Miami, Florida International, New Hampshire, Brown, Connecticut and the U.S. Military Academy.

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