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Thursday, January 13, 1994 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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For The Record

7 Charged Over Alleged Fixing Of Harness Races

Seattle Times News Services

Drivers, trainers and a bettor were among seven men charged yesterday in White Plains, N.Y., with plotting to fix harness races at Monticello Raceway in the Catskill Mountains.

The FBI said the horse that foiled one alleged fix attempt was the favorite, and his driver was paid to keep it from finishing first, second or third. The horse finished third.

Among those charged was a bettor who allegedly tried to bribe drivers to finish out of the money, the FBI said.

The complaints, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, also said the investigation was aided by a confidential informant - a harness driver at the track. The FBI said that in some cases, bettors split the profits with drivers; in other cases the drivers were paid straight bribes to keep their horses out of the money.

-- Horse racing at Yakima Meadows has been canceled this weekend so the track can be resurfaced. There will be no racing tomorrow through Monday. Because of recent bad weather, Yakima Meadows is removing most of its track surface and replacing it with sand.

Tennis

Pete Sampras avoided another midmatch collapse and eased into the semifinals of the New South Wales Open in Sydney, Australia, with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Aaron Krickstein today.

-- Patrick McEnroe fought back from the brink of defeat today to beat Frenchman Rodolphe Gilbert and advance to the quarterfinals of the $313,750 New Zealand Open tennis championship in Auckland.

-- Jim Courier beat Henri Leconte 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the Rio Challenge exhibition in Adelaide, Australia, a warm-up for Australian Open.

Yachting

Dennis Conner's strategy of separating from the rest of the fleet continued to pay dividends as the American yacht Winston extended its lead in the third leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race. Winston, a Whitbread 60 entry, led the nearest rival in its class, the Japanese-New Zealand yacht Tokio, by 83 nautical miles.

College football

Barry Alvarez, who led Wisconsin to its first Rose Bowl appearance in 31 years, was voted Coach of the Year. Alvarez, 48, was accorded the honor by the American Football Coaches Association at the group's 71st annual convention in Anaheim, Calif.

-- Tamarick Vanover, Florida State's star wide receiver, has apparently made up his mind to leave school after two years and play pro football. But Vanover hasn't attended classes this semester and Florida State officials are in the dark.

Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden, at the national coaches convention in Anaheim, Calif., spoke with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and was told the league does not plan to draft sophomores.

Vanover just completed his sophomore season. He would have to win a lawsuit against the league if he is to compete after just two years of college. The NFL does not draft any player who has not been in college for three years.

-- Taking himself out of contention for any NFL job, Florida Coach Steve Spurrier said he "will definitely be coaching the Gators in 1994 and hopefully for many years to come." The school released a statement in response to reports linking him with NFL coaching jobs, but Spurrier said that won't happen.

-- Todd Larson, a Weber State assistant football coach, was sentenced to jail in Alaska for attempted sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl. A jury convicted Larson, 33, Dec. 30. A Superior Court judge gave Larson the maximum one-year jail term, but suspended seven months and said he could serve the other five months over the next two summers.

Pro football

Author Tom Clancy is heading a major partnership interested in buying the New England Patriots and moving the team to Hartford, a Connecticut official said.

-- The Internal Revenue Service has ordered Bronco owner Pat Bowlen to turn over all his financial records as part of an investigation of a company that bears his name. The IRS is trying to collect $55,726.34 from Bowlen for taxes owed by Bowlen Holdings Inc., a Nevada corporation that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1989.

-- Ron Lynn, 49, resigned as defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, who finished the season with a 3-13 record, worst in the NFL.

Miscellany

-- A soccer player stabbed while watching an indoor match in Stuttgart, Germany, suffered liver damage, but doctors said his injuries are not life threatening. Oliver Moeller, an amateur player under contract with the Bundesliga club of Hamburg, was sitting in the stands when he was attacked by a woman.

-- Dan O'Brien, the world champion and world record-holder in the decathlon, cut three fingers on his right hand and required 10 stitches when he slipped on ice and fell outside his home in Moscow, Idaho. The injury Tuesday was O'Brien's second within a week. On Jan. 5, he aggravated an injury to his left foot.

Copyright (c) 1994 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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