Burrell,Kingdom said to use enhancing drugs
American runners Leroy Burrell, Roger Kingdom and Danny Everett tested positive last summer for drug use, Mittwoch, an Austrian newspaper, reported yesterday. The same story has been rumored elsewhere for months.
The Athletics Congress, which oversees U.S. track and field, immediately issued a statement saying it had information that proved the allegations were false.
Meanwhile, six-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Kristin Otto, long jumper Heike Drechsler and several other top East German athletes were named by Stern magazine as long-term users of performance-enhancing drugs.
Stern said in yesterday's edition that it had obtained a confidential East German document detailing systematic and comprehensive use of anabolic steroids by East German stars over the years. Among the other stars named by Stern were Olympic shot put champion Ulf Timmermann, Olympic discus champion Juergen Schult, Olympic decathlon champion Christian Schenck and world decathlon champion Torsten Voss.
Voss, the only one of the accused athletes who could be reached for comment, dismissed the Stern report as a "flat-out lie."
Sophomore guard Rich Mount is leaving the Purdue basketball team and will transfer to another school at the end of the semester, his father, former Boilermakers star Rick Mount, said. Rick Mount, an All-American at Purdue and the school's all-time leading scorer, said his son was leaving over philosophical differences with coach Gene Keady and a lack of playing time. The player met Tuesday with Keady to inform him of the decision, the elder Mount said.
* The National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men's basketball committee announced the sites it will recommend to the NCAA Executive Committee for first-round and regional games of the 1994 tournament. Among the first- and second-round arenas are the Capital Centre in Landover. The Executive Committee will act on the recommendations at a meeting Monday.
* Nevada-Las Vegas officials say the NCAA will announce today whether it will modify its ban on postseason play for the defending national basketball champions. This summer, the NCAA Committee on Infractions banned the Runnin' Rebels from defending their national championship, the final resolution of a dispute with coach Jerry Tarkanian dating to 1977.
After a Davis Cup practice session at the Florida Suncoast Dome in St. Petersburg yesterday, Australian players gave only marginally better reviews to the purpose-built clay courts, which replaced the planned crushed red brick imported from Germany. A change was made because Davis Cup rules stipulate that materials for the court must come from the host nation.
"It's gone from being horrendous to pitiful," said Pat Cash, who hopes to lead Australia to an upset victory over the United States in the finals, which will begin tomorrow. "There are some places where the ball just doesn't bounce right."
Bits and pieces
Tickets for the third Beltway Classic basketball tournament tomorrow and Saturday nights at the Towson Center are available at the four competing schools -- Towson State, Loyola, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Mount St. Mary's. They are priced at $5 for reserved seats, $4 for general admission and $2 for students of the schools. . . . The University of Baltimore's 1975 NCAA Division II soccer championship team will hold a 15-year reunion at Jerry D.'s on Harford Road Saturday (8-12 p.m.). Anyone interested in attending the reunion should call Bo Schmith at 732-7610.