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Arkansas names Crowe replacement to Hatfield

Jack Crowe, offensive coordinator at Arkansas for less than a year, was named the Razorbacks' football coach Monday, one day after Ken Hatfield resigned to take the job at Clemson.

Crowe, 41, the school's 26th head coach, was introduced at a news conference by Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles.

"In the relatively brief time he has been here, Arkansas fans have recognized he is a brilliant coach and a fine person," Broyles said.

Ironically, Crowe came to Arkansas from Clemson, where he was quarterback coach and offensive coordinator under Danny Ford. Last Thursday, Ford resigned less than two weeks after an NCAA investigation turned up 14 alleged rules violations.

Meanwhile, things remained hectic at Clemson. Athletic Director Bobby Robinson is under 24-hour police protection after receiving threats following the resignation of Ford.

In Birmingham, Ala., the president of the University of Alabama's faculty senate said less than a third of the athletes who received football scholarships at Alabama over a three-year period went on to pick up their diplomas.

The university released its football graduation rates Monday after hearing complaints that Alabama was the only Top 10 school which failed to release the information to the ESPN cable sports network for a report aired Jan. 4.

Alabama issued a total of 70 football scholarships between 1982-84, the last year figures are available. Of those, 22 went on to graduate from the university, or 31 percent. The class of the 1983 had the lowest rate, 19 percent, while the class of 1982 was the highest at 53 percent.

Mavs' Tarpley reinstated with 2 strikes against him

Forward Roy Tarpley, reinstated to the Dallas Mavericks but still bearing two strikes in the NBA's anti-drug program, concedes that many fans have heard his story before.

"A lot of people . . . were trying to help me and I think it's important for me to take responsibility for myself. And that's what I have done," said Tarpley, who resumes practice today.

In addition to his latest suspension, which cost him more than $240,000 and forced him to miss 34 games, Tarpley has been treated twice for drug and alcohol abuse.

Tarpley, 25, was suspended Nov. 16 for violating his substance-abuse aftercare program. Dr. Dave Lewis of the ASAP Family Treatment Center at Van Nuys, Calif., said that if Tarpley uses cocaine again, "he is out of the league for at least two years. He will be banned from play."

Jockey Chavez fined by state racing board

Jockey Jorge Chavez was fined $1,000 by New York Racing and Wagering Board steward John Joyce for misjudging the distance of Sunday's sixth race at Aqueduct.

Chavez was riding Westelm Stables' High Policy in a $50,000, 2 1/4 -mile race for 4-year olds and up on the inner track. The race started at the head of the stretch and required horses to make more than two circuits of the track, crossing the finish line three times. After making one trip around the oval, Chavez began whipping his mount and opened a lead of some 10 to 12 lengths approaching the finish line for the second time.

Apparently under the impression he won easily, Chavez pulled his mount up at the wire, while the rest of the field quickly caught up with High Policy. It was only after surrendering his advantage that Chavez became aware of his mistake and resumed riding High Policy the rest of the way.

High Policy finished second, beaten four lengths by the favorite, Dual Elements.

Tigers turn down plan to renovate Tiger Stadium

The Detroit Tigers have ruled out renovating the 78-year-old stadium near downtown and will proceed with plans to build a new stadium, much to the dismay of the Tiger Stadium Fan Club.

The club presented a renovation plan Monday that was turned away by the American League club. The city of Detroit owns the stadium.

The Tigers want to build an open-air stadium with about 47,000 seats, estimated to cost $180 million. Officials have said they want to remain in Detroit, although they have considered other areas including the suburb of Dearborn.

The fan club says it will be persistent in asking the Tigers to consider its plan.

Around and about

New York Yankees outfielder Luis Polonia had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to be ready by the start of spring training. Dr. Stuart Hershon, who performed the operation at North Shore Hospital on Long Island, said the surgery took 30 minutes and was done to remove loose cartilage. . . . Raul Perez retained his World Boxing Council bantamweight title, taking a unanimous decision over Jose "Gaby" Canizales in Inglewood, Calif. . . . Ben Johnson's last remaining international track record was all but wiped out today when officials agreed to strip the Canadian sprinter of his Commonwealth Games mark of 10.07 seconds.

CAGE CALENDAR

St. Bonaventure and Canisius will bid for their second straight victories tonight after winning at home Saturday.

The Bonnies will try to atone for a 93-61 blitzing at Penn State Jan. 13 when the Atlantic 10 rivals meet again at 7:35 at the Reilly Center. St. Bona (6-7, 2-3) is coming off a 65-59 victory at Duquesne. Penn State is 10-5, 4-3.

The Griffs (3-12) who beat Loyola (Md.), 75-67, Saturday for their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory, will face Vermont (7-8), a North Atlantic Conference rival last year, in a non-conference game at 7:30 at Burlington.

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