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December 18, 1991

CHICAGO (AP) _ Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to their first NBA title last spring, has been named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

The 28-year-old basketball star will be on the cover of the magazine’s Dec. 23 issue.

″This year Michael dominated his sport and led his team to a great championship,″ managing editor John Papanek said Tuesday. ″At the same time, he displayed a kind of joy and exuberance that captured the imagination of an entire population.″

Jordan last season won his fifth NBA scoring title, was named Most Valuable Player for the season and the NBA finals, and won a spot on the 1992 Olympic team.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Rock singer Billy Idol pleaded innocent to punching a woman in the face.

Idol’s lawyer entered the plea Tuesday. Idol is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

Prosecutors said Idol punched Amber Neval twice on Oct. 11 after having dinner with her at a restaurant. The woman said she suffered a concussion, bruises and cuts from the heavy silver rings he was wearing.

Among Idol’s hits are ″Rebel Yell″ and ″Cradle of Love.″

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Singer Wayne Newton’s gaming company has made good on bounced checks issued to bingo winners.

The checks bounced following a dispute between the Seneca-Cayuga tribe and the Wayne Newton Gaming Inc., which runs the tribe’s bingo hall in northeastern Oklahoma. Checks issued to five Dec. 8 winners were not honored at a Miami bank.

The Grove bingo hall shut down last week because of differences over how it should be operated.

After a hearing Tuesday in federal court, Newton’s lawyer, Mark Moreno, signed checks for prize money ranging from $16,500 to $667.

The company agreed to let the tribe run the hall until the dispute is resolved through arbitration.

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - ″Major Dad″ star Gerald McRaney told a judge he wants his former maid to return $11,000 taken from his household account.

McRaney, who is married to actress Delta Burke, said at a hearing Tuesday that Paulette Ava Broughton didn’t have permission to write herself the checks.

Broughton, 45, pleaded no contest earlier this month to embezzlement and was ordered to repay the money. The hearing was to determine how much is owed.

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NEW YORK (AP) - ″The Silence of the Lambs″ was named best picture by the New York Film Critics Circle and won top awards for director Jonathan Demme, actor Anthony Hopkins and actress Jodie Foster.

Hopkins played Hannibal Lecter, a man-eating killer who matches wits with an FBI trainee portrayed by Foster.

On Monday, the National Board of Review named the thriller the movie of the year and honored Demme as best director and Hopkins as best supporting actor.

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