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Rowdies sign Hudson as midfielder, assistant

The Tampa Bay Rowdies signed Ray Hudson, longtime star for the FortLauderdale Strikers, to a two-year contract for a "substantial" package, the soccer team announced. Hudson, 34, will anchor the midfield and serve as the Rowdies' assistant coach, team general manager Rodney Marsh said. Marsh also said the team has agreed to terms with midfielders Wes McLeod and Perry Van Der Beck and forward Peter Ward.

Solomon among three entering Tampa hall Professional tennis player Judy Alvarez, former University of Tampa and Miami Dolphins football player Freddie Solomon and Tampa sports booster Bernie Epstein will be inducted into the Tampa Sports Hall of Fame during the Tampa Sports Club banquet Feb. 23 at the Egypt Temple Shrine, the club announced Thursday. Tickets to the banquet, which also honors Tampa's outstanding amateur and professional athletes and teams, are $40. To order, call 879-7775.

Tarpon Springs' Hoskins keeps lead in tournament Steve Hoskins of Tarpon Springs maintained his lead through the third round of the Professional Bowlers Association $160,000 Budweiser Classic, in Sunrise. Hoskins, PBA Rookie of the Year for 1989, knocked down 4,203 pins for 18 games to average 233.5 and build a 69-pin lead over Mike Edwards.

Distance Classic to determine top dog Eight greyhounds will compete in the final of the 31st annual $100,000 Distance Classic at Derby Lane on Saturday night. Carrying a winner's purse approaching $40,000, the Distance Classic is the top-money greyhound racing event on the Suncoast. Magic Micole has the most points through four qualifying races.

Felony count removed from case against Billups A municipal court judge in Hamilton County, Ohio, ruled that there is

insufficient evidence to press a felony concealed-weapons charge against Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Lewis Billups. Judge Sylvia Hendon did set a hearing date for three misdemeanor charges, including two counts of aggravated menacing and one of illegally transporting a loaded weapon. Former New York Jets coach Joe Walton met with Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll on Wednesday to discuss the Steelers' vacant offensive-coordinator job.

Becker, Svensson win in Belgium on tiebreakers Top-seeded Boris Becker won a tiebreaker in the deciding set to beat France's Guy Forget 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the Belgian Indoor Championship, a tennis tournament at Brussels. Jonas Svensson of Sweden also needed a third-set tiebreaker, beating fourth seed Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (11-9). Linda Harvey-Wild, who upset French Open champion Arantxa Sanchez in her previous match, beat Nicole Provis of Australia 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Virginia Slims of Chicago.

Top seeds Lendl, Becker advance in tournaments World No. 1 Ivan Lendl led seven of the top eight seeds into the quarterfinals with his 7-5, 6-2 win over Paul Haarhuis at Toronto in the $1.2-million SkyDome World Tennis tournament. Top-seeded Boris Becker beat France's Guy Forget 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the Belgian Indoor Championship, at Brussels. Martina Navratilova routed Anne White 6-0, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the Virginia Slims of Chicago.

Also worth mentioning . . .

The University of Texas baseball team (8-1) takes its No. 1 ranking into Mark Light Stadium for a three-game series against No. 12 Miami (6-1) tonight through Sunday. Roland Martin caught only three fish Thursday in Leesburg but leads nine other fishermen going into the second and final round of the $600,000 B.A.S.S. Megabucks V Tournament. The University of Florida has hired former Olympic swimmer and Olympic coach Mitch Ivey to lead its women's team. Plans for an auto rally stretching 11,000 miles from Paris to Moscow to Beijing were announced for 1991.

Miami Dade-North Community College (9-8) defeated St. Petersburg Junior College 6-2 in a baseball game at Clearwater. Mike Place (1-3) took the loss for the Trojans (15-8), who play Edison College today in Fort Myers at 3 p.m. - Compiled by Matt Lorenz.