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Shoemaker settles suit out of court

An out-of-court settlement has been reached in Los Angeles in a malpractice lawsuit filed by former jockey Bill Shoemaker against a hospital and seven doctors that treated him after a car accident.

The Los Angeles Times reported in today's editions that Shoemaker would get about $2.5-million from the Ford Motor Co., but no other money from other defendants.

Shoemaker, a quadriplegic since a single-car accident in a Ford Bronco II six years ago, sued Glendora Community Hospital and physicians for more than $50-million, saying their decisions aggravated his condition.

In a pretrial settlement, Shoemaker collected $1-million from Ford, who manufactured the vehicle that went down a 30-foot embankment and rolled over three or four times.

"I'm happy that it's all over," Shoemaker said. "This is the way it should be. I don't think I wanted this to go all the way to a jury verdict. The whole thing was getting to be a grind."

GOLF: Europe's Ryder Cup committee refused the bid of captain Seve Ballesteros to have four captain's picks instead of two. The tournament committee of the PGA European Tour and the Ryder Cup committee quashed the idea, saying it could not legally change the selection process unless the players unanimously agreed. The third round of the Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas, was rained out, shortening the men's tournament to two rounds. Florida tied with Houston and TCU for third at 595, nine strokes behind winner UNLV. Oklahoma State was second at 593. Houston's Victor Schwamkrug won individual medalist at 143, a shot ahead of UNLV's Jeremy Anderson. Steve Scott was the top Gator individual at 147, tied for fifth. South Florida's women were sixth at the River Wilderness Invitational. Indiana won the team title by 30 strokes over Miami. Tanya Cecil and Cecilia Hedlund were the top USF individuals, tying for 20th at 239.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Wittenberg (Ohio) centerfielder Bryan Magoteaux hit two grand slams in the eighth inning of a 27-8 victory over Thomas More to tie three NCAA Division III records: grand slams in an inning, grand slams in a game, and most RBI in a game (11). Kevin Kalmin and Tom DiCicco hit homers as Eckerd routed Merrimack 17-1. The Tritons scored seven runs in the sixth and five in the eighth to highlight the attack.

SOFTBALL: Florida State's Windy Weltz won ACC player of the week honors, batting .571 (8-for-14) in four games. FSU's Kristy Fuentes was ACC pitcher of the week. She struck out 13 in 21 innings. Florida's scheduled doubleheader against LSU was rained out and will not be made up unless it is necessary to determine SEC tournament bids.

HOCKEY: Manon Rheaume, the only woman to play in an NHL exhibition game, was released from the Canadian national women's team. Rheaume played in a 1992 exhibition game for the Lightning and also has played in the Eastern Hockey League.

COLLEGE TENNIS: Florida State's women defeated Maryland 7-2 at Tallahassee, improving to 8-9 and 5-2 ACC. Ann Olsson and Ali Weber were straight-set singles winners for the Seminoles. South Alabama led South Florida 4-2 when rain interrupted play at Tampa. The match was canceled and will not be rescheduled. Shelly Sewell and Jacqueline Bunting won in singles for the Bulls.

BOWLING: Norm Duke took the early at the PBA National Championship at Toledo, Ohio, with a 243.37 average over eight games. George Branham III was second with 1,824 pins, 123 behind Duke, followed by Tommy Delutz Jr., Jeff Morin and Bob Spaulding. Fewer than half of the 176 players averaged 200 for the opening round of eight games. PBA Hall of Famer Larry Laub, seeking his second senior tour title, took the lead after two rounds of qualifying in the Showboat PBA Senior Open at South Bend, Ind. John Woessner, the first-round leader, was 11 pins behind, followed by Teata Semiz. Earl Anthony (62nd) and Dick Weber (133rd) failed to make the cut to the top 24.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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