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September 8, 1992

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ Beth Scott of Rockville, Md., led an American medal sweep in the 400-meter freestyle with a world record performance Monday at the Paralympic Games.

Scott, 18, broke her second world record at the games and was joined on the medal stand by second place finisher Trischa Zorn of Indianapolis and third place finisher Heidi Schetter of Irvine, Calif.

″It was totally awesome to have three Americans on the medal stand tonight. I think our performances are getting better each day. Hopefully we’ll be able to break more records and bring home more gold,″ said Scott.

American blind swimmers have hauled in 26 total medals at the pool - nine gold, six silver and three bronze - and have broken six world records.

In track and field, Shawn Meredith of Champaign, Ill., won the 200 meters in 32.25. Joe Gaetani, of Meriden, Conn., broke his second world record on his way to gold in the 200 meters and Marla Runyan of El Cajon, Calif., won the 100 meter sprint in 12.56.

The U.S. won 20 medals on Monday, bringing their total medal count to 76 - 33 gold, 21 silver, 22 bronze. Germany is second with a total of 66 medals - 25 gold, 18 silver and 23 bronze.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tom Tumulty, Pitt’s third-leading tackler last season as a freshman, has been lost for the season with a torn chest muscle suffered on a freak play in the Panthers’ season opener.

Tumulty, the Panthers’ right inside linebacker, ″felt something pop″ when a Kent player stuck his arm out to avoid being tackled in Pitt’s 51-10 victory Saturday.

Tumulty underwent surgery Monday and will require 4 to 6 months of rehabilitation. He can be redshirted this season because the injury occurred in Pitt’s first game, leaving him with three seasons of eligibility.

″Obviously, this is a big blow to our football team,″ Pitt coach Paul Hackett said. ″Tom’s injury is a big disappointment, but he has the ability to fight through this thing. The only bright side is we will have him for a fifth year.″

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Tumulty was an all-stater and prep All-American at Penn Hills High School in suburban Pittsburgh in 1990, then started for Pitt last season as a freshman. He had 84 tackles, including 49 unassisted.

Tumulty was only the fifth freshman to start a Pitt season opener in 20 years; the others included All-Americans Tony Dorsett and Bill Fralic.


RIETI, Italy IAP) - Ed O’Bannon led UCLA with 29 points as the Bruins wrapped up a playing tour of Italy with a 118-87 victory Monday over Sebastiani Rieti.

Mitchell Butler added 28 points and Tyus Edney had 24 with 11 assists. Shon Tarver scored 17.

UCLA concluded the 16-day tour with three straight victories, compiling a 5-4 record.


NEW YORK (AP) - Reuters photographer Mark Cardwell was removed from center court at the U.S. Open after John McEnroe complained he was being distracted by the cameraman.

Cardwell, however, claimed U.S. Tennis Association officials had nailed the wrong man.

Told that, McEnroe said, ″If he claims that, it’s just not the facts. He did it while I was asking him not to. It’s just a courtesy.″

McEnroe complained first to chair umpire Bruno Rebeuh during the third game of the third set of his match against Jim Courier. At the break, McEnroe took his argument to tournament referee Tom Barnes, claiming the photographer ″jumped in my face,″ and ″he should be thrown out.″

Barnes then confronted Cardwell.

During the conversation with Barnes, Cardwell made an obscene gesture which he said was directed at another photographer and was escorted from the match.

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