Biondi, Evans get gold at swim championships
Matt Biondi and Janet Evans got the United States squad back on the victory stand at the World Swimming Championships yesterday in Perth, Australia.
Biondi retained his gold medal in the men's 100-meter freestyle in 49.18 seconds and Evans won the women's 400 freestyle in 4 minutes, 9.40 seconds, beating Australian Hayley Lewis. The victory gave Evans, a triple gold-medalist in the 1988 Olympics, revenge for Lewis' win Tuesday in the 200 freestyle.
Kent Ferguson, a six-time U.S. champion, beat top-ranked Tan Liangde of China in the men's 3-meter springboard.
The United States had been favored to capture win the men's and women's team titles but had won a total of just one gold the first two days.
Boston Celtics All-Star forward Larry Bird (19.2 points per game) will miss games tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Clippers and Saturday against the host Washington Bullets because of an inflamed nerve root in his lower right back and a swollen disk. Bird, who missed Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks, is out indefinitely.
A national high school football rules committee has decided to keep football goal posts wider than those used in college and the pros. High school posts will remain at 23 feet, 4 inches. The National Collegiate Athletic Association will narrow goal posts to the National Football League standard of 18 feet, 6 inches next year.
The committee passed two rules, one preventing a player who is knocked unconscious from returning to a game without the written permission of a doctor, and the other making any attempt to hit, kick or elbow an opponent grounds for ejection, even if no contact was made.
Mario Lemieux, an all-star center for the Pittsburgh Penguins who has been out all season because of back surgery and subsequent complications, went through his first full-scale practice yesterday but said he isn't sure he can make the targeted Jan. 22 return date. The problem, he said, isn't the back injury that has caused him to miss 67 games but a lack of conditioning.
* The Ottawa Senators, one of the two newest expansion teams, will ask the National Hockey League to allow them to make their debut in October, a year earlier than scheduled, possibly taking the place of the San Jose Sharks, the Ottawa Sun reported. The Senators have sold out the 10,600-seat Ottawa Civic Centre, their home until a 22,500-seat Paladium is built.
Baseball's newest Hall of Famers have decided which caps to wear on their plaques. Gaylord Perry chose to be bronzed as a San Francisco Giant, Rod Carew as a Minnesota Twin and Ferguson Jenkins as a Chicago Cub.
* Joe Hicks, who coached Long Beach City College, one of the nation's top junior college baseball programs, died at age 64 after a four-year battle with cancer.
Syracuse University replaced coach Dick MacPherson, who left Monday to become coach of the National Football League's New England Patriots, with linebacker coach Paul Pasqualoni, a 1972 graduate of Penn State. Meanwhile, wide receiver Rob Carpenter, whose 52 catches last season were one short of a school record, said he will decide within the next few weeks whether he'll return to school for his senior year or make himself eligible for the NFL draft in April. "Coach MacPherson and me were supposed to have a long talk about my future right about now," Carpenter said. "I really don't know what's going to happen around here."
American skier Bill Hudson suffered multiple injuries in Kitzbuehel, Austria, in a training spill and will miss the World Alpine Skiing Championships Jan. 21 in Austria. Hudson, 24, suffered back and chest injuries, a broken left arm and a broken right shoulder.
David D'Entremont of Cleveland averaged 254 for six games to take the first-round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association $175,000 AC-Delco Classic in Torrance, Calif. Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Stockton, Calif., was second, 39 pins behind.