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BRIEFLY RODMAN'S TRIAL OFF AFTER WAITRESS DIES?

Byline: - Daily News Staff and Wire Services

Lawyers do not know if the sudden death of a Las Vegas cocktail waitress makes moot her battery and sex harassment lawsuit against former NBA star Dennis Rodman.

Gloria Chapa, 62, was found dead Sunday at her home in Henderson, Nev. An autopsy determined she died of a heart attack, the Clark County Coroner's Office said.

Rodman's lawyer, Corey Eschweiler, said U.S. District Judge Philip Pro has scheduled a hearing Feb. 4 at which he could dismiss the case.

Chapa's lawyer, David Pancoast, said he will ask the judge to let the case continue.

``Why shouldn't her estate be able to recover?'' said Pancoast, who added he was seeking unspecified damages for lost wages after Chapa was fired. She alleged retaliation and negligence.

The civil lawsuit, filed in July 1999, accuses Rodman of pinching her and grabbing breasts in June 1998.

TENNIS: Mats Wilander, who won seven Grand Slam singles titles, and doubles specialist Pam Shriver were elected Wednesday to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.

JURISPRUDENCE: A federal law credited with transforming women's athletics discriminates against men in low-profile college sports such as wrestling and track, coaches and athletes said in a lawsuit against the government.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia largely blames a 1996 rule clarifying the 1972 statute known as Title IX, which prohibits any school or college that receives federal funding from discriminating based on sex in sports or academics.

The suit against the Education Department, financed by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, contends that many colleges and universities have come to see trimming men's sports - rather than adding women's teams - as the only way to achieve equality.

FOOTBALL: UCLA coach Bob Toledo exercised the option on his contract, rolling it over to a seventh year.

--UCLA received an oral commitment from Mike Nixon, a 6-foot-3 defensive back from Sunnyslope High in Phoenix.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jan 17, 2002
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