Robinson unlikely to face active duty
San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson would be assigned to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington in the unlikely event he is called to active military duty, a Navy official said yesterday before war began in the Persian Gulf.
Cmdr. Dottie Schmidt said the National Basketball Association All-Star probably will not be called up during the crisis. Robinson is an individual mobilization augmentee and does not participate in monthly reserve drills. His active duty is restricted to two weeks of annual training.
Robinson, who has an architecture specialty in building runways, has three years left in his six-year reserve commitment.
"If I have to serve, I'll serve and I'll go eagerly," he said Tuesday night. "I don't consider myself any different than anybody else, so if I go, I'll go eagerly."
Gordie Howe and other former stars will meet in Chicago today to decide whether to file a $26 million lawsuit against the National Hockey League in an effort to improve retired players' pension plans.
The players, led by Hall of Famers Howe, Bobby Hull and Bobby Orr, contend that NHL owners unjustly took a $26 million surplus from the pension fund and used it to finance current players' pensions, Ed Garvey, an attorney for the NHL Alumni Association, said.
* The Edmonton Oilers have asked NHL president John Ziegle to lift goaltender Grant Fuhr's one-year suspension for cocaine use. When Ziegler suspended Fuhr in September, he said the Oilers could apply to have him reinstated Feb. 18.
A federal judge in Newark, N.J., refused to consider a lawsuit over the World Boxing Council heavyweight title and bumped the case back to state court, where a judge already has ordered arbitration. WBC attorney Gabriel Penagaricano said the council would seek speedy arbitration of its effort to strip heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield of his title for not fighting former champion Mike Tyson.
Tyson and the WBC contend that Holyfield's first defense of his title should be against Tyson, but boxing's two other major ranking organizations have sanctioned a bout set for April 19 in Atlantic City, N.J., against former champion George Foreman.
* Baltimore lightweight Chuckie Sturm, who lost a 10-round televised fight to Vinnie Burghese of Philadelphia in Atlantic City last month, will be sidelined for an estimated six months because of blurred vision in his left eye.
Manager Frank Gilbert said Sturm injured his optic muscle. "It won't require surgery," Gilbert said, "but it will require a lot of rest."
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Anyone interested in officiating lacrosse games on the junior, high school, collegiate and club levels this spring can contact Charlie Libby of the Southern Lacrosse Officials Association at 889-2525 during the day or at 435-0964 in the evenings. The first meeting for the applicant group will be in the Gilman School cafeteria Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. . . . Teams USA will hold soccer tryouts at the Baltimore Arena Saturday (9 a.m.-11 a.m.) for boys 12-18 and girls 14-18. Call Kevin Cromwell at (301) 676-4806.