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Heather Farr will miss next month's JCPenney Classic

LPGA player Heather Farr dropped out of next month's JCPenney Classic at the Innisbrook Resort because her recovery from breast cancer surgery is going slowly. Farr underwent surgery in July 1989, and after radiation treatments was expected to play on the tour two months ago. She has not resumed competitive golf and, although Farr received a sponsor's exemption to the JCPenney Classic (Nov. 29-Dec. 2), her doctors said she is not ready for a full tournament. Farr's scheduled partner, Mark Brooks, decided not to play with another partner.Rams get tough with

high school over nickname

Calgary (Alberta) Memorial Senior High School is fighting the Los Angeles Rams over the rights to a nickname. The high school has used the nickname "Rams" since 1908, but now the NFL team wants to gain exclusive North American rights to the name. Calgary lawyers have countered by filing a statement of opposition with the Registrar of Trademarks. An attempt to negotiate shared use of the Rams name failed. The school will argue the trademark is not distinctive and the NFL team should have known there had been prior use of the name.

Oklahoma favored to win

Big Eight basketball title

Oklahoma is favored in a preseason media poll to repeat as Big Eight basketball champions. The Sooners received 20 of 44 first-place votes in the poll, while Kansas received five first-place votes and was picked to finish second in the conference. Missouri and Oklahoma State, picked to finish third and fourth, respectively, each had nine first-place votes. Iowa State, which received a single first-place vote, was picked to finish fifth, while Kansas State, Colorado and Nebraska brought up the rear in the poll.

Vinny Del Negro tops

Italian all-star team

Former North Carolina State point guard Vinny Del Negro, after his first six games with Benetton Treviso, is the Italian basketball league's second-highest scorer, averaging 33.7 points a game. And his team has won all six games. Italian fans have made Del Negro, who is shooting 61 percent and is second in the league in assists, the leading vote-getter in balloting for the Italian all-star game Dec. 1 in Rome. In two seasons with the Sacramento Kings, he averaged 8.4 points a game.

W. Illinois lacrosse club

linked to hazing death

Western Illinois University officials say they will charge 18 students with university violations and suspend its lacrosse club because of a hazing that led to a freshman player's death. The students, all lacrosse club members, were among 20 students who authorities believe were involved in hazing activities last Thursday for nine new members. One, Nicholas E. Haben, 18, was found dead last Friday morning. Officials said the first-year players were encouraged to drink a concoction called "rookie juice" after practice. The drink included beer, schnapps, coffee, tuna fish, eggs and hot dogs. Criminal charges are pending.

Also worth


The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven new members at its Hall of Fame dinner Feb. 28. The seven inductees are Tony Cristiani (football), Don Curnutt (basketball), Thom Lehman (baseball), Greg Louganis (diving), Tom Pratt (footbal), Joaquim Rasgado (tennis) and Gaither Rosser (swimming). Jimmy Certain won his second PBA senior title with a 218-202 victory over Bob Hart in the finals of the Treasure Coast Senior Open in Fort Pierce. Defending champion Nikki Gianulias came from the No. 5 position to win the LPBT Lady Ebonite Classic in Houston. . . . Dixie White, who coached Northeast Louisiana University to national prominence in football, died Wednesday at a Monroe, La., hospital. He was 72 years old. The cause of death is undetermined pending the outcome of an autopsy.

_ Compiled by Rick Crotts.