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A man in debt over his used car business admitted threatening to blow up the Delta Center unless successful car dealer and Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller gave him $150,000. Richard Lewis Christiansen, 43, pleaded guilty to sending a threatening communication through the mail. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and fined $250,000.

Boris Becker is taking over as manager of Germany's Davis Cup team with the task of restoring it to the level it enjoyed when he led the team as a player. Becker was selected to replace Niki Pilic, a Yugoslav who managed the team for 10 years.

Sunday Adebayo is returning to Arkansas and will play basketball after the NCAA relented and gave him another year of eligibility. Adebayo switched to Memphis last year amid a flap over his eligibility. The NCAA had questioned whether Adebayo was eligible during the 1995-96 season because his junior-college grades had not been properly certified at Arkansas, but later said it was wrong.

Pete Weber shot past Norm Duke in the final game of qualifying and now needs to win only one game today to claim the $21,000 top prize at the Ebonite Challenge in Windsor Locks, Conn. Weber, who went into the final game trailing by 71 pins, defeated Duke, 278-214, and claimed the 30 bonus pins to move into the lead. Lackawanna's Jack Jurek finished 20th and won $1,650.

Notre Dame offensive tackle Chris Clevenger, a senior, is out for the season because of a herniated disk in his back.

Pulpit, an early favorite to win this year's Kentucky Derby, has been retired to stud after bruising his left front foot in training.

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