Marinovich arrested on cocaine chargeSouthern Cal's Todd...

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January 21, 1991

Marinovich arrested on cocaine charge

Southern Cal's Todd Marinovich, one of the nation's top college quarterbacks, was arrested yesterday in Newport Beach, Calif., for investigation of cocaine possession. Marinovich, 21, was carrying about a gram of the drug when he was arrested at 4:15 a.m. while walking down a street in the city 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, police Sgt. Mike McDonough said.

He was booked and released at 11:10 a.m. on his own recognizance pending an arraignment at Harbor Municipal Court, McDonough said. Cocaine possession in that amount carries a maximum penalty of one year in a county or state jail.

Marinovich was kicked off the Southern Cal team Jan. 11 for missing a mandatory players meeting and failing to register for classes before the start of the spring semester. There has been widespread speculation that the sophomore will enter the National Football League draft.

Football

An avid fan of the Los Angeles Raiders was arrested on charges of holding up 24 banks to finance trips to games of his favorite football team, authorities in Sacramento, Calif., said. Claude Dawson Jones, 32, was jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

He was arrested Friday in a motel room, where federal agents found a ticket to yesterday's American Football Conference championship game between the Raiders and the Buffalo Bills.

The agents also found an airplane ticket to Buffalo, N.Y., where the game was played. A total of $20,000 was taken in 24 bank robberies in the Sacramento area since Nov. 7, FBI spokesman Tom Griffin said.

Hockey

Wayne Gretzky is the highest-paid player in the National Hockey League at $3.3 million this season, but only seven others make $1 million or more, according to a survey by the NHL Players Association. Los Angeles Kings center Gretzky is far ahead of the second-highest-paid player, Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux, who, at $2.33 million, is the only other player to top $2 million.

Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues is third at $1.36 million, followed by Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings at $1.3 million.

In major-league baseball, 161 players made $1 million or more last season and 29 made $2 million or more. In the NBA, the average salary is approximately $1 million.

* The Washington Capitals recalled left wing Steve Seftel and defenseman Mark Ferner from the Baltimore Skipjacks of the American Hockey League. Seftel and Ferner will practice with the Capitals today at Mount Vernon Rink and travel with the team to Detroit for tomorrow's game against the Red Wings.

Boxing

Cruiserweight Phil Gilberti of Rockville, will have a chance to test his all-or-nothing-at-all, knockout reputation against Dean Moore of Forest City, N.C., in the 10-round feature bout tonight at 8 at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Rockville.

All of Gilberti's 12 victories have been by knockouts. Of his five losses, four were the result of being knocked out. Moore (19-15) boasts a strong chin and reportedly never has been knocked down. He lost a controversial decision last September to Richard Mason, who is in line for a title shot.

* Columbia's Luis Mendoza retained his World Boxing Association junior featherweight title, stopping Thailand's Noree Jockeygym in the eighth round in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tennis

Because of the Persian Gulf war, the U.S. Tennis Association is considering postponing its Davis Cup match against Mexico. The USTA probably will decide today whether to go ahead and defend its Davis Cup title as scheduled with a first-round match in Mexico City, Feb. 1-3.

Meanwhile, Israel has said it will ask the International Tennis Federation to postpone its Davis Cup match against France that weekend.

Skiing

Concerned about possible terrorism stemming from the Persian Gulf war, U.S. ski officials haven't decided whether to send a team to the World Alpine Championships in Austria. The (( U.S. team returned home from Switzerland after war broke out in the gulf.

Marathon

Canada's Carey Nelson remained undefeated as a marathoner with his second victory, and Britain's Veronique Marot became the first three-time winner in the wind-buffeted Houston Marathon.

Nelson, who ran and won his first marathon at Toronto last October, pulled away from Czechoslovakia's Martin Vrabel on the 23rd mile and recorded a personal record time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 28 seconds.

Marot, the 1986 and 1989 Houston winner, dueled with Denmark's Dorthe Rassmussen through most of the race. Marot took the lead for good during the 17th mile and finished with a time of 2:30:55.0.

Track and field

Toronto has been picked as the host city for the 1993 World Indoor track and field championships.

Radio

Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams and Washington Bullets general manager John Nash are the scheduled guests on the "Hoops" talk show tonight at 10 on WCAO (600 AM).

Take that, 'Superman

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