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February 28, 1995

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) _ Fred Biletnikoff has a new job with the Los Angeles Raiders. He is quality control coach-offense.

``Fred will coordinate the very important computer and video scouting of all of our future opponents,″ said new head coach Mike White in announcing the appointment Tuesday.

``He will also provide us with key internal review and analysis of Raider tendencies and productivity so we can see ourselves as our opponents see us.″

Biletnikoff, 52, was a Raiders wide receiver for 14 seasons, and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He joined the Raiders staff as a wide receivers coach in 1989 _ one year before White became an assistant. The two worked on the team’s offensive coaching staff for the last five years.

Mike Wilson, for the past three years an assistant coach under Bill Walsh at Stanford coaching the wide receivers and tight ends, was hired to succeed Biletnikoff as the Raiders wide receivers coach.

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LONDON (AP) _ World and Olympic sprint champion Linford Christie will lead Britain’s team at next week’s World Indoor Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Christie, who earlier said he would skip the meet, changed his mind and decided to enter. He was selected by the British Athletics Federation to compete in the 60 meters at the March 10-12 event.

Christie, now 34, won the 100-meters the 1992 Olympics and 1993 world outdoor championships.

World champion hurdlers Colin Jackson and Sally Gunnell are skipping the indoor championships.

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MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Alberto Tomba, Italy’s superstar skier, has been asked by defense attorneys to testify in a robbery trial of an acquaintance, according to news reports Tuesday.

Giuseppe Rebuscini was among 12 people on trial for the $3 million robbery of a Cartier store in 1991.

Rebuscini’s lawyer, Salvatore Stivala, asked the judge to have Tomba to take the stand to talk about his purported friendship with the defendant.

Tomba told the Italian news agency ANSA Tuesday that he met Rebuscini a few years ago while vacationing in Sardinia. He described the defendant as ``one of all those fans, one of the so many people I come in contact with in my work. That’s it.″

Rebuscini claims that the day in which he is accused of casing the jewelry store he went walking with Tomba and argues that if he were about to rob a store, he wouldn’t have drawn attention to himself by being in the area with a celebrity.

``I don’t remember going into that store with Rebuscini and if I was called to testify I’d say that,″ Tomba was quoted as saying by ANSA.

Attempts to reach Tomba, his manager or his trainer, for more comment were unsuccessful.

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LONDON (AP) _ Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez has split with her coach following a dispute over her friendship with fellow player Gigi Fernandez.

British newspapers reported Tuesday that Eric van Harpen, a Dutchman who had been coaching Martinez for seven years, blamed Fernandez’s influence for the Spaniard’s poor results since her Wimbledon triumph last July.

``Conchita is old enough to take decisions for herself, but she has been relying too much on Gigi,″ van Harpen was quoted as saying.

The newspapers stories said Fernandez has taken over as Martinez’s coach until a replacement for van Harepen can be found.

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BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch on Tuesday said he supports moves to bring Serb-led Yugoslavia back into the sports community.

Samaranch arrived in Belgrade for talks with Serbian officials, including President Slobodan Milosevic, which were to focus on gradual re-introduction of Yugoslav teams into international sports.

Sporting links with Yugoslavia, now comprising only Serbia and Montenegro, were outlawed by United Nations sanctions imposed in 1992 to punish the country for fomenting war in neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The embargo was relaxed last September, and Yugoslav athletes have gradually resumed participation in international events. The country wants to take part in next year’s Atlanta Olympics.

``We support Yugoslavia’s re-integration because it’s good for sports,″ the IOC chief said. ``This country has good athletes.″

``We are always on the side of the athletes, and against manipulations by politicians.″

Samaranch earlier visited the former Yugoslav republics of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia.

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