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Rose's lawyers hire
private investigator

Pete Rose's lawyers have hired Jim Simon, a private investigator, to interview potential witnesses for the Cincinnati manager's delayed hearing before Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, according to story in the Cincinnati Post.

Simon was added to help interview witnesses, but attorneys will not say whether they will call witnesses to the hearing.

The showdown between Rose and Giamatti, which had been scheduled for Thursday, was put off until June 26 at the request of Rose's lawyers.

Reuven J. Katz, a Rose lawyer, said additional time was needed to evaluate the evidence and prepare for the hearing after baseball had given him 60 more transcripts.

"I think it wasn't unreasonable to ask for the 30 extra days," Rose said. "We appreciate the commissioner giving it to us."

Developer envisions
a senior baseball league

Real estate developer Jim Morley, 32, a former Class A outfielder, is forming an over-35 league for former major leaguers to be patterned after the senior golf and tennis tours with teams in eight Florida cities.

It's called the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

Morley said he wrote 1,000 former major league players and about 450 showed interest, including such former stars as Graig Nettles, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, Bill Lee and Luis Tiant.

Player salaries would range from $5,000 to $15,000 a month. The league is planning to start in November and play a 72-game schedule through January.

McEnroe withdraws
from French Open

John McEnroe withdrew from next week's French Open, as recurring back problems forced a new setback in his effort to return to the top of the tennis world.

McEnroe has fought back into the top 10 in the world computer ranking, but has been unable to regain the form that dazzled crowds and made him No. 1 from 1981 to 1984.

Two weeks ago, McEnroe was beaten easily by Jose Louis Clerc of Argentina, 6-4, 6-2, in an exhibition in The Netherlands. McEnroe then pulled out of the Italian Open and headed back to the United States.

Organizers of the Italian tournament said they were told McEnroe injured his back when he stepped on a ball in the match against Clerc.

McEnroe played well in the Davis Cup quarterfinal against France in March, winning matches against Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte.

He also said he was taking it easy, playing tournaments with a break in between. He had played in the Tokyo tournament in April, losing in the semifinals to Stefan Edberg.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, NBC Sports has reached a multi-year agreement with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to keep coverage of the Wimbledon championships on the network.

This year's coverage will begin June 25.

In Duesseldorf, West Germany, Tim Mayotte and Aaron Krickstein both lost first sets but rallied to lead the United States past Switzerland at the World Team Cup. Mayotte overcame Jakob Hlasek, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, while Krickstein outlasted Claudio Mezzadri, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0. The U.S. team completed a 3-0 sweep when Rick Leach and Jim Pugh beat Hlasek and Heinz Guenthardt, 6-3, 6-4, in doubles.

In Athens, Ga., Stanford won the NCAA championship by beating Georgia, 5-3, in the finals. Stanford clinched the victory with two doubles victories after the teams had split six singles matches.

Around & About

Leanne Barrette held on to win the top qualifying position for tonight's finals in the $35,000 Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Fair Lanes Denver Classic by 72 pins over Lorrie Nichols. Barrett finished with a 42-game total of 9,572 (with bonus pins) to 9,500 for Nichols. Amateur Sharon Owen Todd was third at 9,443. Carol Norman was fourth with 9,358 and Cheryl Daniels fifth at 9,314. Buffalo's Cindy Coburn finished 16th with 8,939 and earned $925. . . . Mike Tyson's lawyer, John Hicks, went to Albany Traffic Court to try to get an adjournment of Tyson's arrest for two speeding charges but couldn't get a trial date. Under DMV regulations, Tyson is in danger of losing his driver's license for the speeding tickets. . . . Dr. Mario "Jamie" Astaphan, the doctor who allegedly administered banned drugs to Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson for five years, began testifying today at a government inquiry in Toronto into drug use in Canadian amateur sports. Astaphan has been implicated by previous witnesses as the doctor who advised Johnson and teammates on the use of anabolic steroids and other banned drugs.

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