LSU won't go bowling with Independence
The Poulan-Weed Eater Independence Bowl says it can't go with Louisiana State in the Dec. 15 game because coach Mike Archer might be fired before the game. LSU athletic director Joe Dean says the bowl people are "way off base making a statement like that. No decision has been made. We want to finish the season before we evaluate things." Dean also said the school wasn't interested in the bowl to begin with.
* Jeff Hathaway, assistant athletic director at Maryland, is leaving College Park to rejoin former Terps athletic director Lew Perkins, now athletic director at the University of Connecticut. Hathaway has been named senior associate athletic director at Connecticut. Hathaway, 31, has been on the athletic department staff at Maryland for eight years.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder R.J. Reynolds, who asked for a three-year, $4 million contract, signed a one-year contract worth $1.3 million with the Yokohama Taiyo Whales of the Japanese Central League. The Pirates offered a two-year, $1.5 million deal. Reynolds, who recently became a free agent, hit .288 with no home runs and 19 RBI in 215 at-bats last season.
* Frank Cashen and Al Harazin, the New York Mets' two ranking baseball executives, started into the free-agent marketplace Tuesday night when they flew to Chicago and had dinner with Vince Coleman, who stole 549 bases for the St. Louis Cardinals in the past six years, and his agent, Richman Bry.
"It was a get-acquainted meeting," Bry reported. "But Vince was impressed and flattered that they wanted to meet him personally. Frank told him they hadn't talked to a free agent since 1982. There's nothing else to report. We talked about a bunch of social questions: position play, the New York media. We'll talk on the phone again this week. Other clubs have also expressed interest, but it won't happen before the end of the winter meetings the first week in December."
Dallas Mavericks guard Fat Lever will be lost the next four to six weeks while he recovers from knee surgery. Lever had the underside of his right kneecap scraped clean, after he had experienced a roughening of cartilage, known as chondromalacia, which caused swelling and discomfort during training camp.
* European basketball officials will meet tomorrow in Munich, Germany, to discuss creating a league of top clubs from across the continent, but they said such a move is at least two years away. The new league would include 16 or 24 teams, with all of them pulling out of league competitions in their own countries.
* Phoenix Suns guard Kevin Johnson, the all-time leading scorer at California, is sympathetic to his alma mater's decision to compete in the Copper Bowl in the wake of an election that rejected a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Arizona.
"I don't think the kids should be punished after they have worked hard to reach a position where they can go to a bowl game," Johnson said.
"Had California had another option, another bowl bid, I definitely would have written a letter in support of them boycotting the game. If they had another choice, I'm sure they would have boycotted it."
* Manute Bol of the Philadelphia 76ers, a campaigner for human rights in his homeland, the African nation of Sudan, will speak today at the Mickey Leland Hunger Banquet in Washington. Leland was a congressman from Texas who died in a plane crash in August 1989 while on a hunger-relief mission in Ethiopia.
Tim Kerr of the Philadelphia Flyers will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow, and is expected to miss at least four weeks. The right wing injured his knee during the team's 2-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. A subsequent examination revealed torn cartilage in his knee. Kerr, a four-time 50-goal scorer, has played in 12 games with six goals, all on the power play, and seven assists for 13 points.
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Florence Griffith Joyner, who won three gold medals at the Seoul, South Korea, Olympics, is the mother of a 6-pound, 4-ounce girl. Mary Ruth Griffith Joyner was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. . . . Tryouts for the Baltimore Spirit-74 soccer team will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Herring Run Park. For information, call Jerry Kremer at 254-5925.