Ex-Pirate Long dies after bout with cancer

Sports briefly

January 29, 1991

Dale Long, who set a major league record with home runs in eight consecutive games in 1956, died Sunday in Palm Coast, Fla., after a long bout with cancer. He was 64.

Long spent 11 years in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Washington Senators and New York Yankees.

His record string of homers began in Pittsburgh on May 19, 1956, off Jim Davis of the Chicago Cubs. It ended on May 28 with his eighth homer, off Carl Erskine of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Forbes Field. The record was tied by Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees in 1987.

* Roger Clemens appeared before American League president Bobby Brown yesterday in an effort to overturn his five-game suspension at the start of the season.

Clemens, who was given the suspension along with a $10,000 fine for his actions in Game 4 of the American League playoffs, argued his case along with his agent, Randy Hendricks, and Gene Orza and Michael Weiner of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

"Everybody had a chance to say what was on their mind," Brown said. "We reviewed the tapes and we reviewed the umpires' reports."

Umpires Jim Evans and Terry Cooney attended the 5 1/2 -hour hearing, along with Umpires Association lawyer Richie Phillips and AL umpires supervisor Marty Springstead. Boston president John Harrington represented the Red Sox.

Clemens and Hendricks were given until Feb. 28 to submit a brief.

Clemens and his brother were arrested on Jan. 19 in a Houston nightclub and the pitcher was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer. A hearing on that case is scheduled for Feb. 18.

Olympics

The U.S. Olympic Committee will meet in Dallas for four days this week to determine the sites of the 1993, '94 and '95 Olympic Festivals.

Possible sites are San Antonia, South Florida, Maryland, St. Louis and Denver.

The festival, involving hundreds of athletes in 37 sports, is held in non-Olympic years.

* The city of Atlanta and the Atlanta Organizing Committee have reached an agreement on the formation of a 30-member board to manage the 1996 Olympic Games, beating a deadline to do so by seven weeks.

The private Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games will be responsible for such things as constructing venues, coordinating business participation and managing the budget.

Tennis

Martina Navratilova played her first competitive match in two months, beating Gabriela Sabatini, 6-3, 6-4 in an exhibition yesterday in Hong Kong.

"It was much better than I expected," said the 34-year-old Navratilova, who had knee surgery late last year.

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