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Knight to decide on suing IU

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech coach Bob Knight is close to a decision on whether to sue former employer Indiana University, an action his attorney described as "the only option."

Russell Yates said IU officials failed to respond to his notice of intent to sue. A letter from Yates to the university in March said Knight was wrongfully terminated from the school last year and claimed more than $7 million in damages.

Yates, a longtime friend of the coach, said he would prefer an out-of-court settlement to legal action.

Knight could decide within a week whether to file suit, Yates told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Saturday.

"That's the only option if they won't negotiate," Yates said. "There is the option to quit and forget about it, but that's not an option I'm willing to do. It's coach Knight's decision in the final analysis."

IU counsel Dorothy Frapwell declined comment, citing the school's policy not to talk about pending legal matters.

Knight's legal claim against IU includes slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress, tortious interference with potential contracts, including employment and libel.

Doctors want clear Tour rules

PARIS -- Doctors want clear instructions on which drugs will be allowed at next month's Tour de France, Le Monde newspaper reported Saturday.

For a grueling race like the Tour de France, doctors ordinarily might use as many as 300 different products, the French newspaper said.

Doctors, pharmacists and representatives from the French Sports Ministry are expected to address the issue Wednesday at the Drug Abuse Prevention Board.

The Tour de France is trying to shake the shadow of drugs. In 1998, the Festina team was expelled from the race after its trainer was caught with a stash of drugs in a team car.

The riders later admitted that they had taken banned performance-enhancing drugs. Team leader Richard Virenque is serving a nine-month ban.

The Tour de France starts July 7.

Bohn wins first ABC Masters

RENO, Nev. -- Parker Bohn III, a 26-time champion on the Professional Bowlers Tour without a major title but with six runner-up finishes, ended the jinx by winning two matches for his first ABC Masters title, defeating Tony Reyes in the semifinals, 200-170, and toppling top-seeded Jason Couch in the championship match, 248-237.

Bohn earned $40,000, Couch $20,000 and Reyes $14,000. The stepladder finals were taped for television today on ESPN at 12:30 p.m.

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