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P.M. Briefing

Marvin Webster Jr., 19, Dies After Heart Attack

Seattle Times News Services

Marvin Webster Jr., 19, a Temple University sophomore and the son of onetime Seattle SuperSonic Marvin Webster, died early today in a Greensboro, N.C., hospital after suffering a heart attack.

Webster was stricken Tuesday while riding in a car with a friend. Doctors said they found evidence that Webster had a weak heart.

Webster's grandmother, Frances Meadows, said he had complained of being tired and having some chest pains when he returned home from summer school last week, but family members thought he had the flu.

Webster was ineligible to play basketball as a Temple freshman but had improved his grades in summer school and was expected to be part of next season's team.

Track and field

The Weltklass Grand Prix meet in Zurich, Switzerland, lived up to its name - "world class" - as three track and field world records were broken, including the oldest.

Kenyan-born Wilson Kipketer, 24, who is a citizen of Denmark, smashed Sebastian Coe's 16-year-old record in the 800 meters with a time of 1 minute, 41.24 seconds.

Wilson Boit Kipketer of Kenya, no relation to the 800-meter runner, shattered the 3,000-meter steeplechase record with a time of 7:59.08. Ethopia's Haile Gebrselassie, 24, pulverized his 5,000 record with a time of 12:41.86. He set the old mark of 12:44.39 in 1995.


Emil "Bus" Mosbacher, who was the skipper for two America's Cup winning yachts - Weatherly in 1962 and Intrepid in 1968 - died of cancer Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. He was 75.


-- Tests performed on the remains of a marijuana cigarette do not link it to the driver of the limousine involved in an accident that injured three Detroit Red Wings, a Michigan prosecutor said today.

The smoked cigarette was found near the driver's seat of the limousine after it crashed into a tree June 13 in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham. The limousine was driven by Richard Gnida, 28, of Westland.

There were traces of saliva on the cigarette, but tests showed DNA in the saliva did not match Gnida's DNA, prosecutor David Gorcyca said.

-- The Philadelphia Flyers believe they signed Tampa Bay forward Chris Gratton to a $16.5 million offer sheet. The Lightning claims it had already traded the 22-year-old forward to Chicago. An arbitrator is sorting it out.


-- Nebraska I-back Jay Sims will be sidelined for three to four weeks and miss the season's opening game after straining a ligament in his right knee during a scrimmage.

-- Three San Diego State football players were jailed, accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman near the campus March 3. Bail was set at $1 million each for Azzahir Ali Hakim, Lonny Rochad Mitchell and Tyrone Curtis Evans. A fourth man, Damon Paul Carter, was being sought in the Los Angeles area, police said.


Unseeded Naoko Sawamatsu beat French Open champion Iva Majoli 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 in the first major upset of the du Maurier Open tennis tournament in Toronto.

Top-seeded Monica Seles pulled out a 6-3, 7-5 victory over No. 16 Sabine Appelmans of Belgium and No. 3 Amanda Coetzer rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Nathalie Dechy.

-- Andre Agassi reached the third round of a tournament for the first time since April by beating Olivier Delaitre of France 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 in the RCA Championships in Indianapolis.


Mary Rose Wilcox, a Maricopa County Supervisor, was shot and wounded by a man angry over her support of a new major-league ballpark in Phoenix. Wilcox was in fair condition with a gunshot wound in the pelvis, said Jennifer Pool, spokeswoman at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

The gunman said he shot Wilcox because she supported a sales tax to partly pay for the Arizona Diamondbacks' ballpark, which is under construction in downtown Phoenix.


Hydroplane driver Dave Villwock has been released from Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. Villwock, the Miss Budweiser driver whose right hand was nearly severed and right arm broken in a blowover in the Tri-Cities July 27, is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery within the next few weeks, said Harborview spokesman Larry Zalin.

-- The Bellevue-based Tony Maroni's Baseball Club was eliminated from the Senior Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown, N.Y., when it lost 2-1 to Mineral Area, Mo. Ryan Kern had two of Maroni's four hits.

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