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January 24, 1991

Irish's Ismail expected to rocket into the NFL

Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, Notre Dame's talented flanker and return specialist, has called a news conference in South Bend, Ind., today, where university officials expect he will announce his decision to enter the National Football League draft.

Ismail was a 1990 All-American and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. In three seasons, he has returned five kickoffs for touchdowns, one short of the National Collegiate Athletic Association record set by Southern Cal's Anthony Davis from 1970-72.

* Wide receiver Rob Carpenter will pass up his final year of college eligibility at Syracuse and enter the NFL draft.


Joe Montana, home from the hospital, says he plans to play a couple of more years despite a a broken hand he suffered in the NFC championship game.

Montana, who accepted the Miller Lite NFL Player of the Year award yesterday, said the injury and surgery had not caused him to think about retiring.

Montana, who will turn 35 in June, has said in the past that he wants to play at least until the end of his contract, which runs through the 1993 season.

* The World League of American Football, which has European teams in Barcelona, Spain, Frankfurt, Germany and London, will make its debut on March 23 despite the war in the Middle East, WLAF president Mike Lynn said. The other WLAF sites are Montreal; New York; San Antonio; Orlando, Fla.; Sacramento, Calif.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

* The Cleveland Browns are expected to call New York Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick as soon as the Super Bowl is over and invite him to interview for their vacant head coaching job, the New York Daily News reported.

Track and field

Henry Marsh, the American record-holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and a four-time Olympian, has had his two-year suspension revoked by the American Arbitration Association.

Marsh, 36, was suspended after failing to report for a short-notice, out-of-competition drug test in December 1989. Marsh was retired unofficially from competition at the time.

Marsh intends to return to competition in a 5-kilometer road race March 3. He said he would attempt to make U.S. teams for the 1991 World Championships and 1992 Olympics in the steeplechase.

* A panel of The Athletics Congress said that shot put world record-holder Randy Barnes did not prove his drug tests were tampered with, and refused to lift his suspension for steroid use.

Barnes, 24, was suspended by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the world governing body for track and field, after testing positive for use of methyltestosterone at a meet in Malmo, Sweden, last Aug. 7.

Mechanical courage

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