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January 26, 1995

BRADFORD, Vt. (AP) _ The settlement of the NHL lockout came too late for some workers at a factory which makes jerseys for players and referees in addition to those sold to fans.

An undisclosed number of people will lose their jobs because Sports Maska is reducing production.

Andre Larouche, chief operating officer, said the 103-day lockout cut into demand. He said two thirds of the hockey selling season had passed.

Sports Maska’s Montreal plant also makes Canadian big league baseball jerseys.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Edith Libutti was given a court date of March 27 to challenge the IRS claim that Devil His Due is owned, in part, by Libutti’s father, Bob Libutti.

The IRS placed a levy on the horse’s earnings last August.

Bob Libutti was sentenced to five years in prison last month following his conviction on tax evasion and bank fraud charges stemming from the IRS’s claim that he had hidden ownership of 1971 Kentucky Derby runnerup, Jim French. Libutti has appealed the sentence.

Libutti’s daughter maintains she is Devil His Due’s sole owner. She says the IRS is pressuring her in an attempt to get approximately $4 million in back taxes and penalties owed by her father.


MBABANE, Swaziland (AP) _ American Scott Medlin drew a 6-month suspension from southern Africa’s golf tour for signing an incorrect scorecard.

Medlin signed for a 71 in the second round of last week’s ICL International in Pretoria, giving him a 36-hole total of 144 and placed him right on the cut-off mark for the last two rounds.

His playing partners, Hugo Lombard and fellow American Brad Ott, maintained Medlin shot a 72, and that the discrepancy arose from the par-5 fourth hole, where Ott, Medlin’s marker, recorded a 5 instead of the six strokes he actually took.

Medlin, of Rockingham, N.C., has 21 days in which to appeal.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Morocco’s Said Aouita, a former multi-world record-holder, has signed to run the 3,000 meters at the Sunkist Invitational indoor track and field meet Feb. 11 at the Sports Arena.

The 35-year-old Aouita, who held records for 1,500, 2,000, 3,000 and 5,000 meters and won the 1984 Olympic gold medal in the 5,000, is on the comeback trail. He missed most of the past three years because of injuries.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Chip Falivene, who has 13 years of NFL experience, all with the Cleveland Browns, was hired Thursday as an assistant by the New York Jets.

Falivene will work directly with the offense in addition to assisting head coach Rich Kotite with special projects. Falivene held several positions with the Browns, including pro personnel director and director of player personnel.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Kansas City Chiefs fired defensive line coach Tom Pratt and replaced him with Gunther Cunningham.

The Chiefs on Thursday also reassigned defensive secondary coach Herman Edwards to the player personnel department.

Cunningham has been a defensive assistant for 13 years with the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Raiders.

No replacement was named for Edwards.


WACO, Texas (AP) _ Baylor on Thursday appointed a director of compliance for university athletic programs, saying the move shows the school ``recognizes the increasing importance and complexity of compliance.″

The appointment of Susan Glatter, who worked for the NCAA national office six years, comes in the first year of a self-imposed two-year probation for Baylor’s basketball program.

Glatter served as the women’s enhancement charter intern at the NCAA national office and was promoted in 1989 to eligibility representative with the enforcement and eligibility appeals staff.


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Lothar Matthaeus, captain of the German national soccer team, ruptured his left Achilles tendon., and his career could be in joepardy.

``It’s shattering, but I am not giving up,″ the 33-year-old star said after undergoing surgery Thursday in Munich.

Matthaeus was hurt in a practice match Wednesday night.

``I stopped the ball with my chest and I wanted to give a pass. Suddenly I felt like someone hit me in the left foot with an ax from behind,″ he said.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A total of 112 soccer players and coaches were being investigated for bribery and match-fixing in Malaysia’s Premier League, the deputy president of the Malaysia soccer federation said Thursday.

Tengku Abdullah Ahmad Shah said some of these players have been reprimanded by their football associations and were suspended until the federation cleared them.

Tengku Abdullah said not all the players and the few coaches being investigated could be charged in court because of lack of evidence.

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