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Tue., Oct. 24, 1995

Two top American beach volleyball players have escaped suspensions after becoming the first athletes in the sport to fail drug tests.

In Lausanne, Switzerland, the International Volleyball Federation said Mike Whitmarsh and Scott Friederlchsen tested positive for the banned stimulant pseuodephedrine at a World Championship Series event at Hermosa Beach, Calif., July 16.

However, a suspension will not be applied because certain testing “formalities” were not respected by the U.S. national volleyball federation.

Travis Roy, the Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed after crashing headfirst into the boards, remained in guarded condition after undergoing several hours of surgery in Boston.

Bruce Arena, who guided Virginia to four consecutive men’s NCAA championships, is expected to be named coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic soccer team today in Washington.

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team could face two years’ probation and other sanctions if the NCAA upholds 11 charges, mostly of academic eligibility fraud.

In a 28-page letter of inquiry sent to the school in Las Cruces, N.M., the NCAA said the case “appears to be major.”

In New York, Don King’s former accountant testified that King’s income tripled to $60 million after he took in then-boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, but the promoter still would not let his employees sign checks for as little as a nickel.

Joseph Maffia, King’s financial consultant from 1986 to 1991, took the stand as a key witness in the government’s attempt to convince a jury that King faked a contract in 1981 to collect $350,000 from Lloyd’s of London after a fight was cancelled.

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