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Bruce told to hit the road
. . . with trash bag in hand

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Aundray Bruce will be assigned to pick up trash along Gwinnett County highways the next three Saturdays as part of a community service requirement imposed by courts inLawrenceville, Ga.

Bruce, the NFL's No. 1 draft pick in 1988, failed to show up last weekend for a charity golf event, his original assignment under the community service program. Probation officer Lee McCauley said he will be treated as any other probationer who failed to complete an assignment.

Bruce was placed on probation in April after he pleaded no contest to one count of disorderly conduct for allegedly threatening a pizza deliveryman with a BB gun. He was fined $650 and given a 12-month suspended sentence on the condition he perform 32 hours of community service.

Bruce already had spent some time at a day program for handicapped people and could have finished his community service had he shown up for the golf event. Instead, he will be assigned to the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Detail, which meets each Saturday.

NFL tries to soothe
ruffled college coaches

The National Football League, under pressure from college coaches over its process of scouting and testing prospective draftees, will act quickly to make changes, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said.

Tagliabue and members of his staff were joined by New Orleans Saints president Jim Finks and Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson for a meeting with NCAA executive director Dick Schultz and four college coaches -- LaVell Edwards of Brigham Young, Terry Donahue of UCLA, Dick Sheridan of North Carolina State and Hayden Fry of Iowa.

Tagliabue and Schultz expressed satisfaction with progress made in the talks, and the NFL commissioner said he hoped to be able to have new policies in place by Aug. 1.

NBC clarifies Riley's role;
Olsen switching to CBS

The Life of Riley is returning to television next season.

No, not the old series starring William Bendix. This time, the star will be Pat Riley and the subject pro basketball.

NBC announced Riley will host the network's first year of NBA coverage next season.

Riley, who resigned last week after leading the Los Angeles Lakers to four NBA titles, was expected to join NBC as a commentator. Instead, he will anchor its pregame, halftime and post-game shows during the regular season and playoffs.

Meanwhile, Merlin Olsen, who spent the last 13 years as an NFL analyst with NBC Sports, is moving to CBS beginning this season.

Olsen and Dick Enberg formed NBC's No. 1 football team until last year, when Olsen was replaced by former San Francisco 49ers Coach Bill Walsh.

Wimbledon is last chapter
for Mandlikova in singles

After 13 years, $3 million and four Grand Slam titles, Hana Mandlikova is calling it quits for her singles career after Wimbledon.

Mandlikova, 28, who rose to No. 3 in the rankings but is now 31st on the computer, made her announcement at the Pilkington Glass Championships in Eastbourne, England.

Mandlikova will continue to play doubles at selected events and will make a limited number of appearances in exhibition matches.

Flip Johnson, 72, dies;
raced at Buffalo Speedway

Irving L. (Flip) Johnson, 72, local stock driver at the Buffalo Speedway in West Seneca, died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital after a short illness.

Born in Tarboro, N.C., Johnson came to Buffalo at the age of five.

In the early 1930s, Johnson competed at Buffalo Civic Stadium in the midget stock car races.

He continued racing throughout the '50s, '60s and '70s, driving at Lancaster Speedway and other Western New York and Canadian tracks.

Around & About

Louis Jacobs of East Aurora rode Janus de Ver to victory in the $30,000 main event at the Ox Ridge Grand Prix horse show at Darien, Conn., last weekend. Jacobs was one of only three of the 31 competitors to post a clean first round, then rode the 16-year-old French thoroughbred to the only clean round in the jumpoff. . . . Associate Commissioner Michael Tranghese was named today to succeed Dave Gavitt as commissioner of the Big East Conference. Tranghese, 46, has been with the conference since its inception and worked closely with Gavitt over the years. Gavitt left the conference last month to become director of operations for the NBA's Boston Celtics. . . . Joe Salvemini averaged 235.3 for 12 games to take a six-pin lead over Marc McDowell in the Professional Bowlers Association's $125,000 Fresno Open. Salvemini, a left-hander and three-time PBA champion, toppled 2,824 pins. Dave Arnold is third with 2,763 pins, Doug Kent is fourth at 2,729 pins and Rich Abboud is fifth at 2,725. . . . John Hricsina bowled games of 278 and 279 to nail down the top-seeded position in the $75,000 AMF Bobcat Senior Open in St. Charles, Mo. Hricsina finished with 8,494 pins in the 36 qualifying games, 200 more than runner-up Dick Weber.

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