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Manti beats Gunnison

EPHRAIM - Steve Neeley rushed for 155 yards and scored three touchdowns as Manti defeated Gunnison, 27-0 in the Region 12 opener for both schools Thursday at Snow College.

The Templars scored all of their points in the first half, thanks to touchdown runs of 15, 10 and 84 yards by Neeley and a 35-yard scoring strike from quarterback Alan Cox to Josh Jackson.

Manti not only prevailed in the state's first region game of the year but also won the inaugural battle of the Jackson brothers. Big brother Brenan said the win over little brother Rhett was bittersweet.

"It was weird because I never felt bad for winning before," he said.

Region play continues Friday for all 2A teams. The balance of Friday's games are non-region affairs. Pleasant Grove at American Fork, Brighton at Bingham and Skyline at West Jordan headline the schedule.

In other prep action, Skyline, Idaho, defeated Box Elder 3-0.

Marino pitches in to help bid for Sanders

DAVIE, Fla. - Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino has accepted a restructured contract to help the team's bid for free agent cornerback Deion Sanders. An NFL source said nearly $1 million that Marino was to receive this year will be deferred until 1995 and '96.

Knight cited for hunting violation

SULLIVAN, Ind. - Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight was cited for a state hunting violation on the first day of early goose season in the state, officials said. A state official said Knight apparently didn't have his hunting license with him.

Quotable

"I've experienced a lot of things in baseball, but I've never been traded during a strike. At least I know I'll be a in a new uniform the next time I put one on." - Dave Winfield, who was acquired by the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later, amid the baseball strike.

"The next time I schedule a game like this I'm going to talk to our athletic director and ask him to give me a lobotomy." - Fresno State coach Jim Sweeney, after losing to Ohio State, 34-10, in the Pigskin Classic.