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No. 1 UNLV preparing
to take Tigers by the tail

Look out, UNLV. The pushover part of your schedule is over.

After opening against outmanned Alabama-Birmingham and then beating up on cross-state rival Nevada and Michigan State, the defending national champions come home Wednesday night.

No more patsies for the Runnin' Rebels. On the agenda for No. 1's home opener is an undefeated, ranked opponent.

Princeton.

Make that No. 25 Princeton, winner of seven straight, all on the road, and ranked Monday for the first time since Bill Bradley played there in the mid-1960s.

In other movement in the poll, UCLA checked in at No. 5, the Bruins' highest rank since the next-to-last poll of the 1982-83 season.

The top four teams -- UNLV, Arkansas, Syracuse and Arizona -- are unchanged from last week. Georgetown fell from No. 5 to No. 12 after losing Saturday to Texas-El Paso, 71-60, clearing the way for UCLA to move up from No. 6.

On the court, Perry Carter scored 20 points and Jim Jackson added 18 as No. 7 Ohio State (7-0) scored more than 100 points for a school-record sixth time in a 103-66 victory over Tennessee State. The Buckeyes topped the century mark five times last year.

Iowa's day in the sun
will work out to 2 weeks

Pity the poor Iowa football team. The Hawkeyes arrived in Southern California Monday -- 15 days before they meet Washington in the Rose Bowl game -- because their indoor practice facility collapsed under heavy snowfall.

"It's a vinyl cover over 120 yards of artificial surface we practice on," coach Hayden Fry told reporters. "So much snow got on the roof that it just collapsed. That's kind of a blessing because it gave us an excuse to come out here early."

The 17th-ranked Hawkeyes will represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl against the No. 8 Huskies (9-2) despite losing two of their final three games.

Fry said they planned to take in the sights and have a good time, but, he quickly added, their primary goal is to get ready for the game on New Year's Day and win it. Fry said his team hadn't practiced since losing to Minnesota, 31-24, on Nov. 24.

At 6-2 in the conference and 8-3 overall, they tied with Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois for the Big Ten title but beat all three of those teams to earn the right to face Washington.

World indoor mark in mile
would be worth $100,000

The Vitalis-Meadowlands Invitational will offer a $100,000 bonus to any man or woman who breaks the indoor world best in the mile at the meet on Feb. 8, officials announced.

This marks the second straight year the meet has offered $100,000 bonuses for a record in the mile.

The men will be going the 3:49.78 time recorded at the Meadowlands by Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland on Feb. 27, 1983. Marcus O'Sullivan of Ireland has come close to the record twice while running at the Brendan Byrne Arena, the site of the Meadowlands meet.

In the women's race, Doina Melinte of Romania capitalized on the offer last year and earned $100,000 by winning in 4:17.14, breaking her own record of 4:18.86, set here in 1988.

Union icers invited to join
ECAC Division I league

Union College was invited to upgrade its hockey program from small-college status and replace Army in the ECAC's Division I league.

Elizabeth Eismeier of Colgate, co-chair of the ECAC's Ice Hockey Policy Committee, said she made the formal invitation in a letter to Union President Roger H. Hull.

"We believe they share our commitment to academic excellence and to balanced and fair competition," she said.

Dick Sakala, Union's athletic director, said the Schenectady college hopes to give the ECAC a decision by Jan. 31, when students and faculty will have returned from semester break and had a chance to express their opinions.

Union's hockey team competes on the Division III level in the ECAC's Hockey West region. Army, an ECAC member since 1984, announced last month that it was leaving the league to become independent.

Other members of the ECAC's Division I hockey league are Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, RPI, St. Lawrence, Vermont and Yale.

New women's cage league
to make TV debut Feb. 18

The Liberty Basketball Association, a new women's professional basketball league which won't begin regular season play until next December, will make its first appearance on television on Feb. 18, 1991.

The show, to be held at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., and televised by ESPN, will match the Detroit Dazzlers against the LBA All-Stars.

The league's first full season will have teams in five cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia. A sixth city will be announced in March.

The LBA, in announcing its formation Monday, said it would feature several modifications. They include baskets 9 feet, 2 inches high, instead of the customary 10 feet; a shorter court -- 90 feet instead of 94; a smaller basketball -- 25 inches in circumference instead of 28.

"Our goal is to give our players an equal opportunity to excel by giving them equipment in proportion to their size," said Jim Drucker, the league's founder.

"When players can slam dunk, drive to the basket and race down the court quickly, basketball generates excitement, large crowds, big revenues and high TV ratings."

Meanwhile, the 1992 NBA All-Star game was awarded to the Orlando Magic, and Walt Disney World will add its touch by assuming a major role in the event.

Tyson will fight Ruddock
in Las Vegas March 18

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will fight Donovan "Razor" Ruddock on March 18 at The Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas, hotel sources said Monday night.

The fight reportedly will be a 12-round bout, and will go as scheduled whether or not the World Boxing Council strips Evander Holyfield of its title and sanctions the bout as a title fight.

Sources at the Mirage said the fight had been signed and would be held in the resort's outdoor arena and televised on a pay-per-view basis.

Lendl surprise winner
of ITF world championship

Ivan Lendl scored a surprise victory over Stefan Edberg today when the International Tennis Federation named him its men's world champion for 1990.

Steffi Graf was named women's world champion for the fourth year in a row.

Although Edberg ends the year as world ranked No. 1, the ITF said it gave the title to Lendl, who is ranked third, because of his consistent form in the four Grand Slam tournaments.

Lawrence Taylor, Lex Luger
on same side of the ring

Lawrence Taylor, the New York Giants' All-Pro linebacker, will enter the professional wrestling ring Jan. 11 at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

He won't be wrestling, but will serve as a coach for Lex Luger, also known as Orchard Park native Larry Pfohl, who will wrestle Curtis "Big Cat" Hughes, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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