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March 10, 1992

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ Former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan will have to pay his former manager near-record damages after a jury found McGuigan guilty of libel.

The fighter had said on a videotape that manager Barney Eastwood forced him to fight while injured.

McGuigan and makers of the tape were ordered on Monday to pay $775,000 to Eastwood. It was the fourth-highest libel award in British history.

The boxer and Channel-5 Video also were told to share the court costs, estimated at nearly $1.4 million.

The boxer said in a video called ″The Barry McGuigan Story″ that he was forced to defend his title against American Steve Cruz in June 1986 at Las Vegas despite ankle and ear injuries. McGuigan lost and blamed Eastwood for the decision to go ahead with the fight.

The loss was one of only two in 31 fights for McGuigan, who attracted non- sectarian support in Ireland and Northern Ireland. As champion, he campaigned for religious cooperation and integrated education.

″I am sorry it has come to all this,″ Eastwood said. ″Naturally I was upset, because here was a wee lad where we did everything possible for him.″

McGuigan said he was ″absolutely amazed″ by the verdict and that he planned an appeal.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jerry Meyer, a guard at David Lipscomb, was named winner of the NAIA’s Frank Hesselroth Leadership Award on Tuesday.

The award announced each year is presented by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to an outstanding junior basketball player who also is active on campus and in the community.

Meyer, who has a 4.0 grade-point average while carrying a double major in political science and psychology, set an NAIA single-season record last year with 424 assists.

Meyer, the son of David Lipscomb coach Don Meyer, has helped support needy children in Third World countries and has participated in Special Olympics activities.

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DENVER (AP) - Paul Westhead isn’t worried about keeping his job as Denver Nuggets coach, despite fans’ calls for his firing.

″I never worry about that because I come and I do the very best that I can in my job,″ Westhead said Monday from Orlando, Fla. ″I feel that I give maximum input and I have a lot of experience and ability that I can be very confident in what I do.″

The Nuggets are on a nine-game losing streak, including the last three at home.

Westhead is regularly booed during pregame introductions at McNichols Sports Arena. Fans demand his firing on sports talk programs on a daily basis.

Westhead, who is in the second year of a three-year contract, says he is doing the best he can with the Nuggets’ talent.

″I work my hardest, I evaluate, I use my experience and skills and deal with the situation. If that doesn’t work, I know I did my best.″

Westhead said he understands the disapproval of fans, but he doesn’t enjoy it.

″The public and the media by and large will respond to winning,″ Westhead said. ″So you’re always vulnerable if you’re in the swing of a program that is losing.″

Other coaches have come to Westhead’s defense in recent weeks.

After Portland trounced Denver last week, Trail Blazers coach Rick Adelman said, ″Paul, I think, has done a great job with these guys.

″With all their younger guys, he’s brought ’em together and they play hard.. You run into a wall sometimes and you just have to keep at it.″

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Karen Jennings of Nebraska puts up outstanding numbers not only on the basketball court but also in the classroom, and because of it, she was named the GTE women’s Academic All-American of the year for the university division.

Jennings is the fifth-leading scorer among major college players with a 25.4 average and has a 9.8 rebound average. In the classroom, she has 3.90 grade point average as an exercise physiology major.

Named to the GTE Academic All-America university division with Jennings were Susan Robinson of Penn State, Jennifer Cole of LaSalle, Rosemary Kosioreck of West Virginia and Martha Sheldon of The University of Portland.

The team was selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) - Adelphi University will beat the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Al Davis.

Davis, managing general partner of the Los Angeles Raiders, and former coach, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on this summer.

But on April 3, Davis will be inducted into the Adelphi Hall of Fame at a dinner to raise funds for the school’s scholarship fund.

Davis was a line coach and baseball coach at Adelphi in the 1950s.

He won national notice at the time for his innovative football articles, which were published in coaching magazines.

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