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Knight always has a kind word for Kentucky folks

Bob Knight is king in Bloomington, Ind., and he certainly won't be upstaged by a mere television set. The Indiana University basketball coach was among the dignitaries on hand when Thomson Consumer Electronics unveiled its 50 millionth RCA color television last week. Knight left the crowd in stitches with one-liner after one-liner. He called University of Kentucky athletic director C.M. Newton the school's "director of corrections." That elicited a response from Joe Clayton, Thomson's vice president for American television operations, who replied that people from Kentucky are not all bad. "You obviously know people from Kentucky I don't know," Knight countered. Clayton, a native of Bardstown, Ky., noted he holds a graduate degree from Indiana, which prompted the coach to marvel at Clayton's rise from "illiterate" roots.Temples leads Clermont over Brooksville Central

Tony Temples made touchdown receptions of 57 and 58 yards from quarterback Chris Griffin to lead the Clermont Highlanders (3-1) to a 21-7 win over the Brooksville Central Bears on Saturday afternoon at Highlanders Field in Clermont. Dwight Wright clinched the victory for the Highlanders with a 19-yard touchdown run with 5:14 left in the game. Central back Kevin Kanaar ran for 101 yards on 20 carries _ but the Bears kept losing the ball before they could reach the end zone. Central (4-2) had seven turnovers _ four fumbles and three interceptions. Central did not score until Chris Carrington pulled down a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Degracia with 15 seconds left. "We just made mental mistakes out there," said Central coach Barry Gardner. "They were mistakes caused by a lack of playing experience. We did what we wanted to do, but there was just a breakdown in concentration. We're suffering from mental fatigue."

Report: Illini basketball may get post-season ban

The University of Illinois basketball program won't shut down, but it may be put on probation and face a one-year ban on post-season tournament play and television appearances, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Illinois won't receive an NCAA committee's findings on its 17-month investigation until Oct. 29. But an unnamed source told the Sun-Times that "a decision has been made. The committee is just putting it in a final draft." The violations are expected to include the improper use of complimentary tickets and the preferential treatment given two former Illini players, Kendall Gill and Stephen Bardo. The two weren't required to fill out auto-loan applications when buying used cars from a Decatur auto dealer, the report said.

Finland's officials say they pay a price to host Soviets

According to Finland's sports officials, Soviet athletes smuggle crates of vodka and wine into their country whenever they arrive for competition. The Finns pay the fines to save sporting events involving the Soviets. "We had to do it, otherwise the whole tournament would have been in ruins," sports chief Esko Ranto said after officials paid over $2,000 in smuggling fees on behalf of a visiting Soviet volleyball team. One sports official said Finnish athletes themselves often purchase alcohol smuggled by Soviet players.

Sprinter Ben Johnson extols virtues of seaweed

Forget about steroids, sprinter Ben Johnson has turned to seaweed capsules. Johnson said that legal Norwegian seaweed pills are helping his comeback, two years after he was banned from competition after testing positive for steroid use. "I'm clean. I'm off. I feel good," said Johnson, who was reinstated Sept. 24. Johnson was in Oslo helping his Norwegian sponsor promote the seaweed pills, and he said he has been taking them for 15 months.

Also worth

mentioning The University of Florida women's golf team holds a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the PING Tour Tulsa Invitational in Tulsa, Okla. Mike Mason, a guard for the University of Texas at San Antonio basketball team, was killed Saturday in a traffic accident in San Antonio. The University of South Florida women's volleyball team (13-17) finished fourth in the South Florida Showcase Tournament in Tampa, and Syracuse won the tournament. Germany's Katrin Dorre, the sixth-fastest woman marathoner in history, has entered the Nov. 4 New York City Marathon. Jockey Travis Kinnamon, hospitalized with head injuries after being thrown Friday from his steeplechase-race mount at Belmont Park, was reported in stable condition Saturday.

_ Compiled by Mike Kern.