Johnson to run Jan. 11 in comeback from ban
Ben Johnson, declaring himself fit and clean, confirmed yesterday in Castlefranco Veneto, Italy, that he will begin his comeback in January at the Hamilton Spectator Games at Hamilton, Ontario, on Jan. 11. Johnson said he wants to win the world and Olympic titles over the next two years and regain the world record in the 100 meters. Johnson's two-year suspension for steroid use expires Sept. 24.
*Randy Barnes, the world record-holder in the shot put, tested positive for drugs at a meet in Sweden in August, the French newspaper L'Equipe reported. L'Equipe said Barnes tested positive at the Aug. 7 meet at Malmo. He won the shot put there with a throw of 74 feet, 11 1/4 inches, 11 inches short of the record of 75-10 1/4 he set earlier in the year.
Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association formally ratified an amendment to the collective-bargaining agreement that may limit free agency by lowering the salary cap. Isiah Thomas, the NBPA's president, and Charles Grantham, the group's executive director, announced the 26-1 vote in favor of the plan, which gives pensions to retired players until age 50, when their regular pensions become available. The plan must now be approved by the Federal District Court of New Jersey on Sept. 24 and by the Internal Revenue Service.
Loyola Marymount chose assistant Jay Hillock, 41, to replace Paul Westhead as head basketball coach. Westhead left to become head coach of the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets. Hillock was hired by Westhead in 1985. Hillock is credited with coming up with the 40-minute, full-court, man-to-man press Loyola Marymount used to keep opponents from stalling when Westhead wanted to implement a pressing style of defense.
*An Oklahoma County judge denied Eric Manuel's request for a temporary injunction against the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, which ruled that Manuel could not play for Oklahoma City University because he had used up his eligibility at a four-year school, but Chief Judge David M. Cook did say, however, that Manuel could practice with Oklahoma City University, provided he does not play in any games while the litigation is pending. Manuel played one season at Kentucky before being banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which determined that he had cheated on an entrance exam.
Eight jurors were seated to hear the case in Port Crane, N.Y., against a Detroit bar owner charged with drunken driving in the ** crash that killed former New York Yankees manager Billy Martin last Christmas. Opening statements are scheduled today in the trial of William Reedy, 53, a longtime friend of the five-time New York manager. The trial is expected to last a week to seven days. Reedy, who owns Reedy's Bar near Tiger Stadium, pleaded innocent in January to driving while intoxicated.
*The lawyer for Howard Spira wants a federal judge to order Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to turn over all documents and tape recordings that he has from his relationship with the self-described gambler. David Greenfield said that he would make his motion on Friday, when Spira is scheduled for a pretrial hearing before U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in New York. Spira is charged in an eight-count indictment with attempting to extort Steinbrenner and threatening to harm the Yankees owner and former New York outfielder Dave Winfield. No trial date has been set.
*Roger "Doc" Maxwell Cramer, 85, a major-league outfielder fo19 years, died Sunday at his home in Manahawkin, N.J. Cramer had a .296 career batting average and was a standout defensive player in his career with the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics, Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers. In 1940, when he was with the Red Sox, Cramer, a left-handed batter who finished with 2,705 career hits, led the American League with 200 hits.
Herb Brooks, who coached the 1980 U.S. Olympic team to its "Miracle on Ice" gold medal-winning performance, is one of three men selected for induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minn. Willard Ikola, whose 600-140-38 record over 32 years of coaching at Edina (Minn.) High School, and Connie Pleban, who coached the 1952 U.S. Olympic team to a silver medal, are the others who be inducted Oct. 6.
Steven Bornstein, a key figure behind ESPN's America's Cup coverage, was picked to become the network's president and chief executive officer. Bornstein, 38, the network's executive vice president for two years, replaces Roger Werner Jr., who resigned as president Aug. 29 to become president and CEO of Prime Ventures Inc., a new company that will oversee several regional cable networks.