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Soccer star's murderer sentenced to 43 years

The gunman who killed a soccer star because his own goal against the United States helped eliminate Colombia from the World Cup was sentenced Friday to 43 years in prison.

Humberto Munoz Castro, a driver for a Columbian businessman, shot Andres Escobar on July 2, 1994, outside a bar in Medellin, 155 miles northwest of Bogota.

Days earlier, Escobar accidentally kicked the ball into his own net in a 2-1 first-round loss that eliminated the team from the World Cup.

Escobar, a defender, was approached the night of his death by several people who berated him. One said, "Thanks for the own goal," before Escobar was shot six times.

BASKETBALL: Paced by their NBA stars, Lithuania, Croatia and Yugoslavia joined host Greece in the semifinals of the European Championship, clinching berths at the Atlanta Olympics. Toni Kukoc of the Chicago Bulls led Croatia over Italy 71-61; Arvydas Sabonis, who will play with the Portland Trail Blazers, powered Lithuania past Russia 82-71; and Vlade Divac of the Lakers anchored Yugoslavia's 104-86 win over France. Kukoc had 24 points despite playing with a cut on his right hand.

BOWLING: Dave Davis beat John Handegard 216-209 in the championship game of the ABC-PBA Senior Masters Tournament in Reno, Nev. Davis, 53, from West Palm Beach, beat Adam Toney 195-171 and Pete Couture 225-203 to advance to the championship game.

BASEBALL: Tampa's Pam Davis, a pitcher for the Colorado Silver Bullets, missed out on a decision Thursday night as the Bullets lost 5-4 in 10 innings to the semi-pro Portland Yankees in Portland, Maine. Davis pitched eight innings, yielding eight hits and four earned runs.

HOCKEY: Former Philadelphia Flyer Glen Seabrooke won a $5.5-million malpractice award against former team physician John Gregg. Seabrooke, the Flyers' first-round pick in 1985, divided time between NHL and the minors and was injured in November 1988 when he jammed his left shoulder into a goal post. Aggressive physical therapy just caused more damage. Gregg has never been able to regain shoulder movement.

BOXING: Mike Tyson's comeback fight Aug. 19 could reach the magic number of 1-million buys and challenge the 4-year-old pay-per-view record of Evander Holyfield-George Foreman. Holyfield-Foreman in April 1991 was purchased by 1.36-million homes and grossed $48.9-million. Suggested cost of Tyson's fight with Pete McNeely: $39.95-$59.95. The IBF told promoters for Francois Botha and Axel Schulz they have 30 days to arrange a fight for the heavyweight title vacated by George Foreman. The fight must take place in 120 days, IBF president Bob Lee said. Merqui Sosa stopped Prince Charles Williams at 2:12 of the 10th round in Philadelphia to capture the vacant NABF light heavyweight title.

COLLEGES: The NCAA concluded two days of interviews with FSU officials regarding rules violations, including the $6,000 shopping spree at a Foot Locker in 1993 that led to the suspension of five football players. FSU athletic director Dave Hart Jr. characterized the interviews as "productive and positive" and said that it is hoped the NCAA's preliminary inquiry will be complete in "four to six weeks." An FSU internal investigation, conducted by a Kansas law firm, revealed 14 violations. ACC faculty representatives agreed to permit the league's nine schools to allow four partial qualifiers per year. Under the decision, the schools would allow two men and two women partial qualifiers and not more than one per sport. Partial qualifiers may not compete during their first year and will have three years of eligibility. The University of San Francisco narrowed its search for a men's basketball coach to UCLA assistant Steve Lavin, Ventura (Calif.) JC coach Phil Mathews and Florida assistant Robert McCullum. The 1996 SEC baseball tournament has been awarded to Birmingham, Ala., and the 1997 tournament to Columbus, Ga.

POWERBOATS: Dennis Kaiser and Dave Wesseldyk set a world record for superboats with a clocking of 158.452 mph at the World Kilo Speed runs in Sarasota. Tom Russell and Robert Loeffler set a mark in the Offshore C class at 111.072 mph.

_ BRIAN LANDMAN, TIMES WIRES

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