Former Citadel linebacker Marc Buoniconti was paralyzed by an injury he suffered as a result of an "illegal" tackle, not because of a prior injury, according to the team's doctor.

Buoniconti said in a lawsuit filed in May that Dr. E.K. Wallace Jr., the team's doctor, failed to diagnose and warn him of old neck injuries and a congenital narrowness of his spine after several examinations. The suit said that failure, along with the fact that coaches urged him to play, caused the injury.

Wallace's reply to the suit says X-rays in 1984 and 1985 showed a "flattening" of the fifth cervical vertebra and that Buoniconti was "cautioned to follow the rules and avoid using his head in tackling." The injury that paralyzed Buoniconti is to the third cervical vertebra.

"The spinal injury of Buoniconti was in no way related to any injury or congenital abnormality of the spine which were existing prior to the accident," Wallace said . . .

Art Fowler, former major league pitcher and ex-New York Yankees coach, will be spending his weekdays in jail for the next few months after being convicted of a third offense of driving under the influence.

A Spartanburg, S.C., jury found Fowler guilty and he was sentenced to 60 days in jail and a $300 fine.

Judge C. Anthony Harris ordered that Fowler serve his sentence on weekdays because he makes his living by making public appearances on weekends. Harris also ruled Fowler did not have to report to jail Aug. 6 through Aug. 13 so he can attend the ceremony retiring the uniform of Yankees great Billy Martin, his friend and former boss.