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Monarchs 16, Admirals 13

May 27, 1996 GMT

LONDON (AP) _ Running back Tony Vinson set a World League record with 211 yards rushing Monday as his London Monarchs scored a 16-13 victory over Amsterdam Admirals to stay alive in the quest for a place in the WLAF final.

Vinson, allocated to the Monarchs by the Atlanta Falcons, carried 24 times and had a 67-yard run to set up a third quarter touchdown which turned the game around for London.

The victory tied the Monarchs and the Admirals at 3-4, one game behind the Frankfurt Galaxy in the race to the World Bowl June 23. The Scottish Claymores are 6-1 and already sure of hosting the championship game in Edinburgh.


The first half was dominated by defense with William ``The Refrigerator″ Perry, former NFL lineman with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles, making a couple of big tackles for London.

The Admirals were held to 77 yards and fell behind when Roger Ruzek, a former Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles kicker, hit a 19-yard field goal with 26 seconds to play in the half.

Former Denver Broncos running back Gaston Green fumbled on the first play of the second half for London, putting Amsterdam in position to score on a 6-yard run by Trevor Cobb.

Vinson’s 67-yard burst set up a 4-yard touchdown run by running back Russell White, giving the Monarchs a 9-6 lead with 10 seconds to play in third. Preston Jones threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Linzy Collins in the fourth quarter, making it 16-6. Cobb’s 1-yard TD run drew Amsterdam closer but the Monarchs held on for the victory.