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Hoosier schoolboy on target for 58,000 hungry fans

To 58,000 Indianapolis Colts fans, Mike Pierce kicked three of the most satisfying field goals in the Hoosier Dome this season Saturday night.

Pierce, from Darlington, Ind., was picked to take part in a promotion at halftime of the Colts-Redskins game.

If he made three field goals in a row, he would win a pizza for everybody in the dome and pizza for a year for himself.

Pierce, who was a defensive end in high school, kicked the first two through the goalposts.

But then there was the third one, a 40-yarder that even the pros sometimes miss.

"It seemed a mile away." Pierce said.

He backed up and hit it as hard as he could.

"As soon as I looked up," said Pierce, "it was right down the middle."

And then he heard the applause.

"I felt important for 15 minutes of my life."

UNLV maps strategy for battle with NCAA

Strategy planning has begun for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas' latest legal battle with the NCAA.

Nearly a dozen attorneys have met with UNLV legal counsel Brad Booke to discuss a letter of inquiry which alleged 29 possible violations of NCAA rules. The letter was received Dec. 18 and the university has 90 days to respond.

Among the attorneys at the meeting were those representing coach Jerry Tarkanian, assistant coach Tim Gurgrich and the players.

Ten of the allegations involve the 1986 recruitment of former New York City high school star Lloyd Daniels.

Cleveland State erred in recruiting cager

A Cleveland State official says a basketball player accused of rape should never have been recruited.

Former basketball coach Kevin Mackey was not cautious in recruiting Roy Williams, according to Jan P. Muczyk, Cleveland State's senior vice president for planning and operations.

"I don't expect an FBI investigation of every athletic recruit, but this kid was a media star on the West Coast for a while (because of his status as a murder suspect)," Muczyk said Monday.

"That kind of background investigation I certainly do expect. I do expect good judgment of coaches and of everyone else associated with the university, and I expect common sense. The recruiting of Roy Williams did not evidence either."

Mackey is in Houston in a drug rehabilitation program. Mackey was fired from his head coaching post July 19 after being arrested for using cocaine.

Williams, 25, is a 6-foot, 8-inch transfer from Compton (Calif.) Junior College.

Williams was questioned by California authorities last year about the suspicious death of 19-year-old Compton Junior College student Lina Aldridge, whose body was found in the trunk of a car in July 1989. The cause of death was undetermined. Williams was not charged with any crime.

Meanwhile, an official with the Juvenile Court of Los Angeles County declined to confirm published reports that Williams was found guilty of murder in 1981. He reportedly served nearly five years in California youth institutions.

Because the rape charge is a felony, Williams also faces a hearing Thursday before a referee appointed by the Ohio Board of Regents to determine whether he can continue as a student at Cleveland State.

Prior to the rape charge, Cleveland State basketball coach Mike Boyd suspended Williams from the team Dec. 11 for academic problems involving incomplete class work during the just-ended quarter.

A 19-year-old woman student who has charged she was raped failed to appear at a preliminary hearing this week in Cleveland Municipal Court, but Detective Michael Cipo of the Cleveland Police Department's sex crimes unit said the woman would continue to press charges against Williams, who is accused of raping her Nov. 3 at an off-campus Delta Sigma Phi fraternity party.

'Most Popular' Waltrip says year 'wasn't all bad'

During 1990, Darrell Waltrip broke his leg, missed several races and struggled through his first winless Winston Cup season in 16 years.

So what does Waltrip, 43, have to be merry about during the holiday season?

"Maybe just the fact that it's over," Waltrip quipped. "I don't like to even think about what all happened this year."

Seriously, he says, the year wasn't all bad.

He might not have won any races, but he certainly won more fans. For the second consecutive season, Waltrip was voted Most Popular Driver in a nationwide poll of racing fans.

He also has a new career: team owner.

"The big thing that happened was I was able to form my own racing team," Waltrip said last week. "It's the best thing I've ever done. I think I had kinda gotten into a rut and this is a new challenge. It has really been motivating.

The new team, with Waltrip driving, will debut February in the Daytona 500.

Free throws still problem for Wilt the restaurateur

Free throws were a problem for Wilt Chamberlain during his NBA career.

And so they were at the opening of "Wilt Chamberlain's Restaurant" last week in Boca Raton, Fla.

Chamberlain was taking some shots in the enclosed free throw court in the place. Rip. A sleeve on Chamberlain's tuxedo had gone.

A life-size, 7-foot-1 wax sculpture of Chamberlain was unveiled at the restaurant. It is not in a free-throw pose.

O'Sullivan to defend title in 1991 Wanamaker Mile

Marcus O'Sullivan, winner of the Wanamaker Mile in five of the last six Millrose Games, will run in the event in the 1991 meet, set for Feb. 1 at Madison Square Garden.

Another victory would make O'Sullivan the third most prolific winner in the 66-year history of the race, behind Eamonn Coghlan and Glenn Cunningham.

O'Sullivan, like Coghlan, ran at Villanova. He is a two-time Olympian and world champion. He set a 1,500-meter world record in 1988 and his 3:50.94 clocking for the mile is the second fastest indoors, behind only Coghlan's 3:49.78.

Coghlan's record seventh and last Wanamaker win was in 1987 -- the only one O'Sullivan has failed to win since 1986.

Rothfuss drives favorite in Raceway pacing feature

Don Rothfuss will drive Freddie's Skipper, the morning-line favorite in the pacing feature when harness racing begins a new week at Buffalo Raceway tonight at 7:30.

The 8-year-old pacer will be attempting to earn his sixth victory of the year. A field of seven will start in the eighth, a race for medium-price claimers that carries a purse of $2,300.

Eight Breeders stakes set at Pompano track

Eight of the 12 stakes races in the Breeders Crown series have been awarded to Pompano Harness Track in Pompano Beach, Fla., the Hambletonian Society announced.

The eight races for freshman and sophomore trotters and pacers, worth an estimated $2.7 million, will be televised by ESPN Oct. 25. Eliminations are scheduled for Oct. 18-19.

The Hambletonian Society also awarded the four stakes for older horses to Ladbroke at the Meadows in Meadow Lands, Pa. Those Breeders Crown events, worth an estimated $1.4 million, will be held Oct. 11.

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