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Former UNLV athletic director alleges threats

A former Nevada-Las Vegas interim athletic director told university regents during a closed session that he feared for his life if he continued to investigate the Runnin' Rebels' basketball program, the Las Vegas Sun reported. Dennis Finfrock told regents on June 3, 1991, that he received a threat from someone who suggested he "make peace" with restaurateur and booster Freddie Glusman or he would be killed, the Sun said in Tuesday's editions. Finfrock also charged during the meeting that he had been threatened by Richard Perry, a convicted sports fixer whose relationship with former UNLV basketball players led to the resignation of coach Jerry Tarkanian. Tarkanian supporters claim Finfrock teamed with UNLV president Robert Maxson to force the coach out.

BOXING: Vinny Pazienza said he will give up his WBA junior-middleweight title because of excessive purse demands by mandatory challenger Julio Cesar Vasquez. Pazienza won the title on Oct. 1, 1991, with a 12th-round technical knockout of Gilbert Dele. Six weeks later, Pazienza broke two bones in his neck in a car accident.

COLLEGES: A Rhode Island grand jury indicted eight men on racketeering, conspiracy and gambling charges stemming from an alleged betting ring at the University of Rhode Island and Bryant College. . . . A federal appeals court in St. Louis said Missouri was within its rights to suspend basketball player Jamal Coleman for a semester after he pleaded guilty to stealing in a bookstore refund scam. An injunction blocking the suspension for part of the semester allowed Coleman to finish his last season, but he did not graduate. He has signed with Rochester (Minn.) of the CBA. . . . Wake Forest hired Illinois State AD Ron Wellman as its athletic director. . . . The University of Florida men's golf team shot an 8-over-par 296 in the final round at Dallas for an 863 total, finishing fourth in the Red River Classic. Texas won with an 11-under 853. Gators junior Brian Gay shot a 7-under 209 for the three rounds to tie Justin Leonard of Texas and Larry Barber of Arizona State for first.

SOCCER: The San Francisco Bay Blackhawks have withdrawn from the American Professional Soccer League to seek admission to the first division of a yet-to-be-formed league. Blackhawks owner Dan Van Voorhis, whose team won the league title in 1991, said losses have totalled $5-million. The APSL includes the Tampa Bay Rowdies. . . . Kristjan Brooks and George Fotopoulos each scored three goals to lead Tampa, the nation's top-ranked Division II team, past Florida Southern 8-1 in Lakeland . . . The French government Tuesday contributed $1.4-million to help build a new soccer stadium in Corsica near theone where 15 people were killed in a grandstand collapse in May.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Senior Allison Beecroft had 10 kills and four aces, three in the first game, to lead the Brandon volleyball team past Class 4A, District 6 rival Chamberlain 15-6, 15-6.

CROSS COUNTRY: Chris Schmidt led from start to finish in the Largo Invitational, winning in 15 minutes, 22 seconds to help Dixie Hollins High upset Leto 77-85 at Largo's Taylor Park. Damon Friedman of Gibbs was second in 15:45, nipping Anthony Rintala of Admiral Farragut. Leto, ranked second among state Class 4A teams, was seeking its fifth consecutive victory. Farragut finished third in the 16-school meet.

_ Compiled by Matt Lorenz

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