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1 Voice of Sounds flics to Philly Steve Carroll, who has been the voice of the Nashville Sounds for the last five years, will become the top radio man for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League this winter. The 40 year-old has been a fixture on the Nashville sports scene for quite a while now. Carroll had broadcasted a variety of sports on television and radio since coming to the Music City. Carroll broadcast the Nashville Knights (the East Coast Hockey League) on radio, did television work for Vanderbilt In basketball and was in the midst of doing football games for the Ohio Valley Conference on TV when get got the call to interview for the Flyers job a couple of weeks ago. "This is a great opportunity for me." said Carroll, who has been doing radio work now for 20 years. "It's a great opportunity, and gives me a chance to be with a quallity organization in a major market-Carroll will be working on WIP in Philadelphia, which is a 24-hour-a-dny sports radio stntion. The news of Carroll leaving Nashville was taken well by officials with the Sounds. "Obviously we're very proud of him," said public relations director Robbie Bohren. "With Larry Schmittou, Nashville Sounds president out of town we havent had a chance to address who will replace Steve. But well do that when he gets back." - ANTHONY COLEMAN HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES - Los Angeles Kings' first-year head couch Larry Robinson is going to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Robinson was unanimously selected in voting by the Toronto-based hall's player selection committee. Robinson spent 17 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, who won the Stanley Cup in his 1972-73 rookie season. Other named to the hall are the late Fred (Bun) Cook, in the veteran players' category; and Bill Torrey and Gunther Sa-betiki, in the builders' category. The induction ceremony is Nov. 20. AVALANCHE WARNING - Wendel Clark, a 10-year NHL veteran, and Chris Simon were missing when the Colorado Avalanche opened Its first training camp in Denver. The two left wings, in the option years of their contracts, are seeking new agreements. More than 200 fans turned out at the University of Denver arena to watch the team's first practice. NOT GUILTY Edmonton Oilers right wing Kirk Mattby was found not guilty Monday of assault-ins nun outside a bar last spring. Maltby, 22, was aoruard of punching Greg Kjemhus, 19, of Edmonton Kvmhus jaw was broken during a fight March W in the parking lot of an Edmonton nightclub. SIGNINGS The Flyers signed left wing John LOAir to a five-year contract worth $10 million; the limp Ray Lightning agreed to terms with center Xifca CVlten. the W innipeg Jets re-signed veteran cen-tes RanJv Gilhen to a one-year contract; the Pitts-frcrsft Penguins re-signed right wing Ed Patterson. STRESS FRACTURE - New York Rangers AlKSar oefenseman Brian Leetch will miss two wwfcs with a stress fracture in his right foot Leetch complained of pain in his foot during a team physical. A precautionary X-ray revealed the injury. SPORTS A.M. COMPILED FROM SIAFF, WIRE REPORTS BY JAVIER GONZALEZ NBA's vote count today Will Michael Jordan's decertification effort carry the day or will his NBA colleagues back their union and a new labor deal? The answer will come today, when players' votes are counted. But even that wont necessarily be the end of the NBA's tangled labor dispute. What happens next and how longer the lockout continues will be determined by who wins and by how much. "We believe we've won," said Jeffrey Kessler, the lawyer representing Jordan, Patrick Ewing and other players pushing to disband the union. "I think it will be a real revelation to people," said an equally confident Simon Gourdine, the union's executive director. The losers will likely challenge the election results, erecting legal roadblocks that could delay the opening of training camp Oct 6 and drag on past Nov. 3, when the season is scheduled to start If the union wins the election, 21 of the league's 27 player representatives must still formally ratify the new deal tomorrow at a meeting in Chicago. JORDAN CANCELS TOUR - Michael Jordan has canceled a weeklong European tour because of other engagements. Jordan was scheduled to visit Madrid, Milan, Paris, Brussels and Leverkusen, Germany, from yesterday-Sept 19. MAGIC'S MESSAGE Magic Johnson, who was forced to retire from professional basketball after being infected with HIV, will help the Philippines government's campaign against the disease. Anthony Roda, a spokesman for the Department of Health, said that Johnson would visit Manila and central Ce-bu City Oct 26-28 for a speaking tour. A private company will pay Johnson $400,000 for his services. Long drivers to tee off today At 7,104 yards and with wide and forgiving fairways, Muirfield Village Golf Gub in Dublin, Ohio, is a course tailored for long drivers. That figures to become even more obvious as the Three-Tour Challenge tees off today. John Daly is one of the three representatives of the PGA Tour, Laura Davies will play for the LPGA Tour team, and the Senior PGA Tour team includes course designer Jack Nicklaus. RYDER SUB - Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal. winner at Augusta last year, was forced to withdraw from the 12-man Ryder Cup team because of a recurring injury to his right foot He was replaced by Ian Woosnam of Wales, the 1991 Masters champion. The tournament runs Sept 22-24 at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y. -ULifflIEJ UTS -r) -,v.. - J i - ' AP READY FOR BATTLE - wbc super lightweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, left, form Culiacan, Mexico, and WBC No. 1 contender David Kamau, of Los Angeles, pose at a news conference to hype their championship fight Saturday in Las Vegas. Wet Summer Games predicted If you put your faith in the Old Farmefs Almanac, better bring an umbrella to the Atlanta Olympics The first three days of the July 19-Aug. 4 Games will be marked by heavy showers. Then three-day stretches of sun and showers will alternate the rest of the time. The newest Old Farmer's Almanac reaches newsstands today. Redskins owner's son dies Ralph Kent Cooke, eldest son of Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, died yesterday at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky He was 58. The hospital would not release any Information on th cause of death. The coroner's office said no in-vestijj&'tyjn of Cooke's 6fnh was planned. LJfiMLJ American scores upset Steve Campbell of the United States upset third-seeded Alex Corretja of Spain 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 last night in the first round of the Club Colombia Tennis World Series In Bogota. Campbell won the final five games of the match after trailing 4-1 In the third set Defending champion Nicolas Pereira of Venezuela beat Brian Shclton of Atlanta, Ga., 6-4, 6-4. OPENING WIN Defending champion Wayne Fcrrelra of South Africa, the No 2 seed, defeated SJcng Schalkcn of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-4 In the opening round of the Passing Shot tournament yesterday In Bordeaux, France. Czech breaks own record Diinlela Bartova of the Czech Republic broke her women's pole vault record, leaping 13 feet, 10 Inches, Monduy in an International competition in the town of Sulgotarjan, Hungary. Bartova had set the previous record of 13-9 at Llnz, Austria, Aug. 22. Driver killed on autobahn British driver Keith Odor died yesterday of Injuries suffered when his Nissan was hit by a car traveling 120 mph during the Super Touring Car race on the Avus course. The crash and Odor's death raised anew serious questions about using an Improvised race course on the autobahn for such high-speed driving. Berlin Mayor Eberhard Diepgen said there should be a thorough investigation before ruling on future races on the Avus, as the stretch of the autobahn is called. CRITICAL CONDITION - Japanese motorcycle racer Yasutomo Nagai was in critical condition with "serious brain damage" after a crash at the International World Superbike Race in Assen, Netherlands. Cardinals ruled ineligible Two Louisville basketball players have been ruled academically ineligible for the coming season, Coach Denny Cram said yesterday. Jason Osborne, a 6-foot-8 junior forward from Louisville Male High School and Alex Sanders, a 6-7 sophomore guard from Houston, Texas, could be back by January If they meet NCAA academic requirements in the fall. COACH GETS EXTENSION - Vilianova basketball coach Steve Lappas was rewarded with a contract extension, which will keep him at the school through the 1999-2000 season. Since taking over the program in 1992, Lappas has compiled a 53-39 record, including back-to-back 20-win seasons and the National Invitation Tournament title in 1994. Vilianova won the Big East tournament last season. Chance for Phillips? UNCOLN, Neb. Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips, suspended Sunday after being arrested during the weekend for allegedly assaulting a former girlfriend, may not be history with the Cornhuskers. "Obviously, we've lost a great player," Coach Osborne said. "Lawrence was playing as well as any l-back we've had In a long time . . . Unfortunately, he will not play for quite a while, If at all." Osborne said he didn't suspend running back Damon Banning., also arrested over the weekend on charges of assaulting an ex-glrlfrlend, because he believes Banning Is Innocent. "Lawrence and I have agreed on what happened and there's no question I wouldn't call It a beating but he certainly did Inflict some damage to the young lady," Osborne sakJ. "She was dragged down some stairs and there were some Injuries." Asked If Phillips could return to the second-ranked Cornhuskers, who easily won their first two games, Osborne said he didn't know. "You never say never," he said. "But he's certainly got to get some things accomplished. ... There's no time limit on his suspension. Obviously, It he did return, It would not be any time real soon." ASSOCIATED PRESS No Holtz, but show will go on But surely Notre Dame will react differently without Holtz on the sidelines. He's reached the same lofty status of so many before him and will someday Ik mentioned in the same breath with Knckne, Parseghlan, Leahy and Devlne. Notre Dame has already endured turmoil this season, stumbling out to a 1-1 stnrt that Included an embarrassing loss to Northwestern and n neiir-upset by Purdue. And Holtz missing the first game of his career casts n bigger specter over the Fighting lash this week. "In 2(5 years as n head coach, I've never nitsst-d ii nmrtlre. let alone a game," Holtz said In n ROBERTS statement released by the university. "I've seen three different doctors, trying to find the least bit of encouragement to delay tills, but they all say It has to be done now." Holtz appointed defensive coordinator Hob Davie . us head coach In his nhsence. Former Vanderbilt assistant Dave Roberts, Notre Dame's offensive coordinator, will assume most of the offensive duties he usually shares with Holtz, who normally calls all the plays. "It might change the way they play It's a different head coach," Dowhower said. "I'm sui-e he has some deep-seated things he wants to do and hasn't l-en able to do, I dim'l know," When linked If he ever winded to le III the (Million Dnvle mid Rolwrls find themselves tins week when he was nil awtlslimt, Dowhowrr bluntly wild: "No. 1 think It's a very difficult Hilimlioit," Roberts, who left VII la MM to become coiirli hi Western Kentucky, was I(h busy to return culls to his office yesterday. "Are you nware of what's going on mound hcif today?" said a secretary in the Notre Dame foottmll office yesterday. "Conch Rolwrts Is ii little busier than he Ls on most Mondays," Roberts, a flrey competitor, will also lo counted on to get the team emotionally ready for the game. "1 can tell you one thing for sure, he Ls an intense couch and he'll have a lot to do with getting them ready," said VU strength coach Chris Caines, who was recruited by Roberts to play at Vanderbilt ami sHnt one year playing under him. "1 respected him a lot. He was just such a tough guy and he demanded a lot out of hLs players, I thought he was a heck of a coach." Holtz could miss as many as three games against current Top 25 teams. After Vanderbilt, Notre Dame faces No. 15 Texas, No. 10 Ohio State and No. 18 Washington. But, at Notre Dame, the Irish aren't going to le caught looking ahead especially not this season, "What's Important right now is Lou Holtz gels healthy," Davie said at a news conference yesterday, "And No. 2, this foottmll team stays focused on Vanderbilt." Vandy gets receivers back Tht Vwidmlillt fmoMno, game will ut H lift flnliittlay when votman Kenny (Union hi id hpocxly MiiIioiI filnminim lelilin to tlio lineup nijnliml Nolie I Initio Uimoii, VU' loading i ivor Innt aohroii, itnd Nlinmoim, one ot llio tomn's trtiilent (iltiyoia, Imvo Blniuulod with lnuilo Hint have kept tluiin oft the tiold Since pinnomton til HIS began larit month, "Kenny looks good and looks like he's moving well ngnln -quite obviously, be can help us," Couch Rod Dowhower said, Simon recovered from a strained abductor In his tight log. He Is listed No. 2 on the now depth chart behind Fred Baker at wide recolver, Simmons underwent knee surgery prior to the season. Ha Is not on the two-deep chart. "Robert's got some spood and hopefully he'll be able to hold up and got back Into the flow. He could help us too," Dowhower said. MIKE ORGAN Call242-NEWS Holtz kept trying to delay inevitable INTRODUCING Nuhvlllt'i NtwMt: Table Showw Eipwtt In Rdiutkxi Stuni - Stum Utiug MIKO'S SPA PHONE (615) 255-9177 ill till Av S. NuhvtlW, TN 37203 0pm 7 by Oriental Spa Sauna, Shower & Massage 10.00 Off 716 Murfreesboro Rd. Open 7 Days A Week 742-0024 EXOTIC TAN Professional Alternathv to blude Bars 320-8686 1805-C Church St. 110 Off WITH THIS AO By MARK BLAUDSCHUN I he tknhm Uke For a week, Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz carried the uncertainly around in his gut. He went lo work and put together a game plan for Purdue, but somehow that didn't seem lo be as Important as It had been a few days earlier. The tingling sensation Holt, fell In hLs legs was getting worse, moving up hLs spine In a slow crawl. It had been so bad before the Northwestern game that he couldn't run onto the field with his team. He had difficulty climbing the steps Into the lin ker room. "I'm having some problem with my legs," Holtz told ltob Davie, his defensive coordinator. After that game a stunning loss at home that Increased his anxiety Holtz agreed to a series of physical tests. Hy Sunday night, the doctors had come up with an Initial diagnosis, or at least a list of 16 possibilities. Of those 6 possibilities, 15 were terminal. Holtz listened to the doctors, nt-sorbed the news and went back lo work, preparing for Purdue. For five days, the coach Ignored the pain, talked to his coaches and players and went about his business. The doctors (old Holtz they needed one more lest, a magnetic resonance Imaging. Holtz had It done Friday morning. On Friday evening, the results came back. It was the Kith possibility, a compression of the vertebrae In the upper portion of his spinal column. It Ls correctable through the surgical removal of a herniated disc, which will he done this morning at the Mayo Clinic In Rochester. Minn. Said Notre Dame doctor Jim Morlarily: "We're happy to find something that we hopefully will be able lo correct." For Holtz and for Noire Dame, II has been a harrowing few weeks. The football team, which will be led by Davie until Holtz returas, hiw dropped from elite to ordinary status, beginning wiin the loss to North western the Wildcat' first win over the Irish hi 33 season and continuing wilh a SHtty effort In a 35-28 victory over Purdue, "He had lieen experiencing Home problems for a few weeks." Morlarily said. "Hut on the morning of the Northwestern game, he came to us and explained he was having some unexplained weaknesses In his legs." Without the time to do extensive tests, the doctors let Holtz conch the game. When the Initial opinions came In Sunday night, the gloom around the athletic offices deepened. Athletic Director Mike Wad-sworth, who look control of the Notre Dame program only this summer, told Holt, to forget ulxml the problems of the football team. "My message to I.ou was simple." Wadsworth said. "The team and the university will be all right; the concern he should have would lie wllh him and his family." Hut Holtz chose to do things his way, on his time frame, even though the doctors told hlu surgery was necessary, not oplumal. He coached against Purdue knowing Hint an unexpected jolt could cause paralysis. Notre Dame officials gave (lie team special Instructions, If not a complete explanation of Holt' condition, No currying Holtz off the field If he won, which would have lieen appropriate since It was going lo le his 200th career victory, n significant milestone, A iio-coiiliirt Zone around Holtz was established during the game, Players got the complete word from Holtz at a learn meeting yesterday. "We kind of just all sal there In disbelief," offensive guard Hyan I.eahy wild. The timetable for Holtz Is uncertain. He will spend n week In (lie hospital, then return lo Notre Dame. He may resume couching for the Southern Oil game Oi l. 21 or eihm for the (button College Kame Oil. 2H. Major surgery Is major Nurgery, even though Holtz, like iiionI coach-rfl, thought he was Indentrurfthln. Now he known belter. Akridge may be out for season- By ANTHONY COI F MAN llnrf ; Middle Tennessee State, which i staged a mighty comeback during Its 3-12(1 loss to tleorgla Southern -oa Saturday, might now have lo ' come back from some major Inju-' ry problems. Outside linebacker Vlnce Ak-y ridge was one of four players who got hurt In the game, He will have na MK1 oa his BHaaM, left knee today UFVT rAD .,. and could be NtAl HJK gone for the rest Mf $IJ of tlte season. , -. "It doesn't MpmSMtur. look really Moi . Rood," Coach Stnta. , Hoots Donnelly said about Akrldge's Injury. Akridge Is Just one of five return-,' Ing defensive starters for M't'SU, 't "Ills loss would be major," Donnelly said, "lie's tin older, expert-enced guy. It would be a big blow , to us because of his knowledge anil , our lack of depth at that position,",' "They think II might be a lorn ligament." Akridge mild, "Hut I'm-: hoping Its not that bad and thai I -can play (IIiIh season!" To make mutter even more dlf-' flcull for Donnelly, the availability nf his other starting outside line-1 backer Is also In doubt, " Terrell Johnson suffered tin mi-.', kle sprain against the Fugles, tail , Isn't expected lo be out loo long, ,", "He's day today right now," Ihm-, nelly said. "llotefully he'll be OK by Saturday," . Two other plnyei who suffered ( Injuries me exacted to be In unl ' form when Middle travels to More-head Stale (I (I) on Saturday, Flanker Matt Lowe, who suf- fered an ankle sprula. was linpre ' Nlve vs. the Fugles, And senior running hark HiIkIiiiiii Lyons (bnilned hliolililiT) should Ixi irmly, Also. Donnelly Is concerned '-libou! the slnle of Ills dcfrnrilve- 1 secondary (lluee fiefihnmtt mid tt Sophomore), Which allowed till re touchdown purines itgatniil (ieoig)rt Southern, whli h Inula') tht own 8. touchdown piiMN In 1.1 games, "Our problem Is that we're not playing Aggie salve," Dotiflelly' Niild.M

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