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Convict's scheme found to include horse-killing

A man sentenced Tuesday in Miami to 4{ years in prison for loan sharking and poisoning a race horse worked with the Colombo crime family, federal prosecutor Robert Lehner said. Lawrence Lombardo, 50, who ran New York Thoroughbred Productions Inc., was charged with having a veterinarian kill Fins, a son of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, to collect $400,000 in insurance. The horse was bought for $7,500, but Lombardo sold $10,000 shares to Florida investors participating in the deal to falsely build up the colt's worth, prosecutors said. Fins died by injection in Manorville, N.Y., on Sept. 9, 1990, according to the government. In a taped telephone conversation, Lombardo bragged about having the horse killed, saying it took five hours for Fins to die. Lombardo pleaded guilty in April to 21 counts of mail fraud, loan sharking and conspiracy. Along with imposing a 54-month sentence, U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno fined Lombardo $100,000 and ordered him to pay $400,000 restitution.

TRACK AND FIELD: Despite a prostate infection, Dan O'Brien led the decathlon at the USA-Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships through two events in Eugene, Ore. O'Brien won the 100 meters in 10.72 seconds to open the two-day, 10-event competition at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, then won the long-jump segment with 24 feet, 9 inches. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the world record-holder in the heptathlon, began the two-day heptathlon by taking the 100-meter hurdles in 13.01.

BASKETBALL: Florida State University women's coach Marynell Meadors will lead the 1993 Jones Cup team, announced USA Basketball, the national governing body for the sport. Meadors will coach 12 freshmen and sophomore women in the tournament at Taipei, Taiwan, this summer... Panama defeated Cuba 96-82 in Rosario, Argentina, for its first victory at the Panamerican Tournament, for men's players under 22 years old.

AUTO RACING: James Hunt, who captured the Formula One points championship in 1976, died of a heart attack at his London home. He was 45. Mr. Hunt raced six years on the Formula One circuit, earning 10 victories and 14 pole positions in 92 starts. When Niki Lauda recovered from a fiery crash midway through the 1976 season, Mr. Hunt beat the Austrian by one point for the title.

SOCCER: The world-champion U.S. women's team routed Italy 5-0 at Mansfield, Ohio, as Mia Hamm scored two goals and Michelle Akers-Stahl had three assists. Saskia Webber made seven saves for the shutout, the first victory by the United States over Italy in four meetings. The Americans are 3-0-0 in the Ohio Women's International Soccer Extravaganza. They face Italy again in Saturday's title match.

BOWLING: Bryan Goebel averaged 251 at Kennewick, Wash., to lead Rich Abboud 2,011-1,941 in the Northwest Classic.

_ Compiled by Matt Lorenz

As a rookie in 1973, Westphal scored six points for the Celtics in a double-overtime 117-110 loss to the Knicks in Game 4 of the Eastern finals. New York won in seven games.