Santiago loses bid in Day 1 of arbitration
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar and Montreal Expos outfielder Mike Aldrete were salary arbitration winners yesterday, but San Diego Padres catcher Benito Santiago failed his in attempt to set the record.
Santiago, a two-time National League All-Star, was given San Diego's offer of $1.65 million by arbitrator Rols Valtin, rather than his request for $2.5 million.
Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees got the top arbitration salary ever, $1,975,000 in 1987.
Alomar, traded by San Diego to Toronto this winter, was awarded $1.25 million by arbitrator William Rentfro rather than the Blue Jays' offer of $825,000.
Aldrete was awarded $510,000 by arbitrator John Caraway, instead of Montreal's offer of $350,000.
Four players in arbitration settled, reducing the remaining number to 52.
* Padres right fielder Tony Gwynn underwent a 4 1/2 -hour operation Thursday to remove a benign tumor from his mouth. Gwynn, a four-time National League batting champion, was reported to be resting comfortably at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. Gwynn had entered the hospital Thursday to have a polyp cut out of his mouth. Further tests revealed the tumor.
* Free-agent third baseman Jim Presley agreed to a one-year contract yesterday with the Padres. Presley, 29, hit .242 with 19 homers and 72 RBI in 140 games with the Atlanta Braves last season, his first in the National League after playing for the Seattle Mariners.
WMAL (630 AM), the University of Maryland's flagship radio station for football and basketball for 22 years, is having trouble working out a new deal, The Washington Post reported. "There is a possibility we will not be the flagship in the future," Jim Gallant, WMAL station operations director, told the Post. "I would still hold out some hope we can work out an agreement, but right now I just don't know."
If WMAL and Maryland split, WBAL (1090 AM), the Terps' Baltimore home, could sail into the picture.
"They asked us if we'd be interested in flagging," Jeff Beauchamp, WBAL station manager and vice president, said yesterday. "We said we'd like to sit down with them."
Track and field
Notre Dame football All-American Raghib "Rocket" Ismail ran a National Collegiate Athletic Association indoor season-best 6.07 seconds for 55 meters in the Central Collegiate Conference championships in West Lafayette, Ind. Ismail, the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, set a meet and track record with his run. The previous indoor best this season was 6.14 by Ainsley Blackman of South Carolina State. The NCAA indoor record is 6.00 by Lee McRae of Pittsburgh in 1986.
* Algerian Noureddine Morceli, 20, ran the mile in 3 minutes, 50.81 seconds, the third-fastest indoor time in history, at the Vitalis Meadowlands Invitational. The record is Eamonn Coghlan's 3:49.78, set in this meet in 1983, and the second-best time is Coghlan's 3:50.60 in San Diego in 1981. Morceli, in only his fifth indoor race, was given the impetus he needed by Air Force Lt. Mike Michno of Pease AFB in New Hampshire, who paced him through the first half-mile in 1:54.8.
Debbi Lawrence became the first woman to crack six minutes for the indoor 1,500-meter walk. Lawrence, 29, of Kenosha, Wis., was timed in 5 minutes, 54.35 seconds in smashing the world indoor best of 6:01.16, set by fellow American Maryanne Torrellas in this meet four years ago.
Todd Marinovich has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana. Marinovich, a Southern Cal quarterback who announced last week that he plans to make himself available for the National Football League draft in April, entered his pleas in an out-of-court arraignment this week at Orange County Harbor Municipal Court in Newport Beach, Calif.
Carl-Uwe Steeb ousted Aaron Krickstein, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), in the quarterfinals of the Milan (Italy) Indoor ATP tournament, and the hometown favorite, Cristiano Caratti, breezed past Niklas Kulti, 6-3, 6-1, and earned a semifinal berth against Steeb. Also moving into the semifinals were Jakob Hlasek and Alexander Volkov.
* Third-seeded Brad Gilbert and No. 7 Wally Masur fought off strong upset challenges to reach the semifinals of the Volvo-San Francisco tournament. Gilbert turned back Dan Goldie, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. Masur beat David Pate, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1).
Chantal Bournissen of Switzerland, a gold medalist at the World Championships, won a women's World Cup downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, edging Carole Merle of France. Bournissen, who won the combined at the World Championships and placed fourth in the downhill there, had a winning time today of 1 minute, 37.01 seconds.
* Elena Valbe of the Soviet Union took the lead early and cruised to victory in the women's 15-kilometer cross-country race at the World Nordic Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Edward McCaskey, chairman of the Chicago Bears, says he && will be back at work Monday after being hospitalized for tests. McCaskey has a history of heart problems and doctors originally feared he had suffered a heart attack. But McCaskey said doctors had told him he was bleeding from the small intestine. McCaskey, 71, became ill while in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl and returned on Tuesday to be examined by his doctors in Chicago.