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Monday, June 12, 1995 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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For The Record

Supreme Court Rejects NFL Players' Appeal

Seattle Times News Services

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected the appeals of 18 present and former NFL players who say they wrongly were forced to join the $200 million settlement of an antitrust lawsuit against the league and its 28 teams.

The court turned away arguments that those players who objected to the settlement should have been allowed to opt out and pursue their own lawsuits.

Had the court taken the case, it would have brought labor uncertainty to a league that presently is the only major professional sports league in North America without labor strife.

The legal scrimmage involved broad stakes for rules in class-action lawsuits. The multimillion-dollar dispute raised basic questions about whether individuals with monetary claims can be forced, over their objections, to accept a legal settlement supposedly negotiated on behalf of a broad class of people with similar interests.

The court's rejection of the case leaves, for another day, the opportunity to clarify confusion about the rules for imposing class-action settlements.

BROADCASTING

Lindsey Nelson, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who was the network voice of 26 Cotton Bowls, died Saturday night in Atlanta. He was 76.

Nelson died of complications from Parkinson's disease and pneumonia. He had Parkinson's for 17 years and was being treated at Emory University Hospital.

Nelson was the voice of Notre Dame football for 13 seasons, a broadcaster for the New York Mets for 17 years and the San Francisco Giants for three.

Nelson's attire featured wildly colorful sport jackets.

He said the sartorial tradition began when he learned the expansion Mets planned to televise 120 games. He went to a clothing store and asked to see all the sports jackets the store couldn't sell. "People didn't always recognize me, but they knew my outfit," he said.

BOXING

Cus D'Amato, who molded champions, was remembered as a champion himself as he was enshrined posthumously in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

"Cus was the best mind that boxing ever produced. Cus D'Amato now takes his place among the kings of the Hall of Fame," trainer Kevin Rooney said of his one-time teacher.

D'Amato, who died in 1985, was one of 15 boxers and ring personalities installed yesterday in Canastota, N.Y. The living inductees in attendance were Arthur Mercante, the first active referee elected; Wilfredo Gomez, longtime super-bantamweight champion; flyweight champ Masahiko "Fighting" Harada; and lightweight champ Bob Montgomery.

-- Tommy Morrison could get another chance to revive his up-and-down career.

His camp hints it might get a big payday with a fight against Mike Tyson, after Morrison stopped Donovan "Razor" Ruddock in a controversial sixth-round finish of their IBC title bout Saturday night in Kansas City, Mo. Referee Ron Lipton stopped the fight.

BASKETBALL

Mark Sanford, a University of Washington sophomore-to-be, was among 12 players named today to the U.S. Junior World Championship team that will play July 12-22 for the world title in Athens, Greece. The selections were made by Oklahoma Coach Kelvin Sampson after three days of trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.

HORSE RACING

Coming from last place to pick up her first stakes victory, Pleas Write won the $28,350 Belle of Rainier Handicap at Yakima Meadows by fourth lengths. Ridden by Gary Baze and owned by Ron Crockett, Pleas Write (6-5) covered one mile in 1:38 2/5.

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