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December 21, 1985

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Eamonn Coghlan, Steve Scott and Sydney Maree will head the field for the mile in the Vitalis-U.S. Olympic Invitational track meet Feb. 8 at the Meadowlands Arena, meet director Ray Lumpp announced Saturday.

Coghlan set the world indoor best in the mile, 3 minutes, 49.78 seconds, in this meet in 1983. Scott is the American record holder both indoors (3:51.8) and outdoors (3:47.69), and Maree is coming off an outstanding outdoor season in which he set American records for 1,500, 2,000 and 5,000 meters.

Also entered are Spain’s Jose Abascal, the 1984 Olympic bronze medalist at 1,500 meters and winner of the Olympic Invitational mile in 1984, and Jim Spivey, the fifth-place finisher in the Olympics.

Lumpp said that two or three others would be added to the field. Among those under consideration are 1976 Olympic 1,500-meter champion John Walker of New Zealand, and Ray Flynn, Marcus O’Sullivan and Frank O’Mara, all of Ireland.


PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions of the National Football League placed wide receive Mark Nichols on the injured reserve list Saturday.

Nichols will miss Sunday’s season-ending game against Chicago after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair knee damage, Lions spokesman Tim Pendell said.

Nichols had caught 36 catches for 592 yards and four touchdowns this season. He aggravated the injury Dec. 8 in a game at New England and sat out last week’s 26-23 loss to Green Bay.

Duane Galloway, a first-year cornerback from Arizona State, will fill Nichols’ roster spot. Galloway had been on injured reserve with a broken arm suffered in the Lions’ season-opening game.


NEW YORK (AP) - Sue Harbour of the University of Oregon heads the GTE 1985 Academic All-America Volleyball Team as selected by the 1,200-member College Sports Information Directors of America.

Harbour, from Pullman, Wash., had a 3.97 grade point average. She made the team for the third consecutive year.

To qualify for the team, a player must be a starter or a key reserve and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.2 for her college career.

Others named to the team Saturday were Julie Maginot of the University of Pacific, Mary Bernhardt of Northern Iowa, Lisa Cummins of Southern Illinois, Jaki Copeland of Marshall and Karen Dahlgren of Nebraska.

Chosen to the College Division team were Therese Dorigan of Elmhurst (Ill.), Nicky Pesik of Western Maryland, Mary Tschirhart of Angelo State (Texas), Michelle Workman of Peru State (Neb.), Amy Birney of Augustana (S.D.) and Clara Piersma of Cal Poly-Pomona.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University quarterback and receivers coach Jim Tressel was named Saturday as head football coach at Youngstown State University, the school announced.

He was hired to replace Bill Narduzzi, who coached the Penguins for 11 years. Narduzzi’s contract was not renewed after the team posted a 5-6 record this season.

Tressel, 33, is a graduate of Balwin-Wallace College. He previously coached at the University of Akron, Miami University and Syracuse.

Tressel has held the post at OSU for three years.

He said he will take over coaching duties on Jan. 1.

He left Youngstown Saturday for Orlando, Fla., where Ohio State is preparing for the Dec. 28 Citrus Bowl against Brigham Young.

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