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February 16, 1991

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A severe throat infection has rendered LSU coach Dale Brown speechless, a condition his players have some trouble handling.

″I’m just wondering if he can go 48 hours without talking,″ LSU point guard T.J. Pugh said. ″I don’t think he can do it. He may be able to go for a few hours.″

″Practice should be very interesting,″ reserve center Geert Hammink said.

A news release, issued Friday by LSU, said Brown was ordered by his doctor not to talk for the next couple of days so he could rest his throat for Sunday’s game against Alabama.

″Even though Coach Brown can’t speak, you know what he wants,″ forward Vernel Singleton said. ″There are a lot of times when I’m running down the court, and I see him stomping around over there, and I know exactly what he means.″

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Four-time world champion Roberto Duran made his first ring appearance in 14 months in a three-round exhibition against South Florida heavyweight Harold ″Hackie″ Reitman.

Duran, seeking to join Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard as boxing’s only five-time world champions, used Friday night’s exhibition as a tune-up for his next fight. That’s a scheduled 10-round bout against Pat Lawlor on March 18 in Las Vegas on the undercard of the Mike Tyson-Razor Ruddock heavyweight encounter.

Duran, 39, has not fought since losing to Leonard for the world middleweight title in December 1989.

Duran, a former champion in the lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight divisions, now aspires for the 168-pound super- middleweight belt.

″I am well prepared for another world title,″ said Duran, who has an 86-8 record in a career which began in 1967. ″Although I haven’t fought in over a year, I am mentally and physically ready for the challenge.″

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Being late caused Sylvester ″Sly″ Williams problems when he was a standout basketball player at Rhode Island and with three NBA teams. Now it nearly cost him his freedom.

Williams was nearly two hours late Friday for his sentencing hearing at Superior Court for first-degree unlawful restraint and other charges related to attacks on his girlfriend.

Assistant State’s Attorney Burton Kaplan had agreed to recommend a suspended 2 1/2 -year prison term for Williams if he stayed off drugs and didn’t harm his girlfriend. But that agreement was jeopardized when Williams, who pleaded guilty Dec. 31, didn’t show up on time.

Kaplan told James Chase, Williams’ court-appointed attorney, that he would be forced to seek a re-arrest warrant if Williams didn’t show by noon. At 11:59 a.m., he walked through the courthouse metal detector.

Zoarski agreed to put off sentencing to April 5.

In the past year, the state has elected not to prosecute Williams on at least 10 other charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia after an arrest last February.

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