Buccaneers name Williamson coach
Richard Williamson was named coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday, ending speculation that former Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan might get the job.
Williamson, named interim coach after Ray Perkins was fired Dec. 3, was the choice of owner Hugh Culverhouse, who last week interviewed Ryan, New York Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick and Miami Dolphins quarterback coach Gary Stevens.
Williamson, the Bucs' fourth head coach, guided Tampa Bay to a 1-2 record during the final three games of the 1990 season. The Bucs finished at 6-10 for their eighth consecutive losing season.
Ryan also lost out on the defensive coordinator position with the Minnesota Vikings when they named New York Jets linebacker coach Monte Kiffin.
* New York Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick could be named the Cleveland Browns' coach as early as today if a discussion with owner Art Modell late last night leads to an agreement.
Belichick and his wife, Debby, reportedly flew to Cleveland in Modell's private jet yesterday for a second interview with the owner. National Football League sources told Newsday the interview, which could extend through today, involves salary talks and responsibilities in personnel matters.
Ric Clarson, who heads the Senior Professional Golfers' Association Tour, yesterday confirmed the tour's interest in Baltimore as a tournament site, but pointed out that at this time there are no available dates for 1992.
A proposed $600,000 Senior event for 1992 to be held at Hillendale Country Club has been approved by the club membership, as reported in The Evening Sun yesterday. Previously, parties on both sides had determined that sufficient time and room on the schedule were lacking to formulate plans for this year.
"They have the majority of the needed elements in place, but it is a matter of continuing to develop their structure," Clarson said from his office in Ponte Vedra, Fla. "We have representatives of other cities who also have expressed interest in holding one of our tournaments. It will come down to the best proposals and possibly juggling a schedule.
"Baltimore is an area we would love to include in our tour, and they have been through the drill with two of the Tournament Players Series tournaments several years ago. Still, I'd have to say that anything at this time is tentative."
Sunkist Growers Inc. has bowed out as title sponsor of the Fiesta Bowl, but organizers of the New Year's Day game said they were in no hurry to find a replacement.
Sunkist had backed Fiesta Bowl events since the first game in 1971 and became sponsor of the game in 1985. The non-profit cooperative will continue to sponsor the Fiesta Bowl Parade.
In one of the unlikeliest doubles teams of the year, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi entered the Volvo-San Francisco tournament as a wild-card entry. They lost their first-round match last night, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, to third-seeded Neil Broad and Kevin Curren.
McEnroe and Agassi were not seeded because neither played many doubles matches last year. Agassi, who was 1-1, is ranked No. 524 in doubles, and McEnroe, who was 2-3 in 1990, is No. 343.
Meanwhile, McEnroe, has taken a wild-card spot in next week's U.S. Pro Indoor tournament in Philadelphia, rather than play in Brussels.
Andrew Watts, who played for the Birmingham Black Bears, Indianapolis Clowns and Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro Leagues, is dead at 68.
Watts died Thursday of cancer at his home in Inkster, Mich.
"Andy Watts was a great power hitter. He never hit under .300," said Elmer Anderson, founder of the International Afro-American Hall of Fame, of which Watts is a member. "When these old ballplayers die, they take history with them."