Maryland won't give boxing license to Pryor
The Maryland Athletic Commission has rejected former junior welterweight champion Aaron Pryor's request for a boxing license to fight in the state, commission secretary Dennis Gring said yesterday.
"We have reciprocal agreements with other state commissions, and Pryor is currently on suspension in New York and Nevada for medical reasons," said Gring. "Specifically, he failed an eye examination."
Boxing promoter Don Elbaum, who has a fight card scheduled at the Baltimore Arena March 4, has been working in behalf of Pryor, 35, seeking to resurrect his career.
Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco was clocked at 104 mph while driving his Porsche in Miami last week, earning him yet another speeding ticket. In an 18-month span in 1989 and 1990, Canseco was ticketed four times for speeding and running a red light and was arrested in San Francisco for illegal possession of a pistol.
"I don't think it was a big deal to him," said Florida Highway Patrol trooper Rafael Lola, who gave Canseco the ticket on Feb. 6. "You could say he was kind of cocky. When I told him he clocked in at 104 mph, he said, 'Oh, you're so generous.' " Lola said Canseco told him he had just put some special aviation fuel in his car and wanted to test it out.
* If Philadelphia and the Phillies do not come to an agreement over control of Veterans Stadium, club president Bill Giles is talking about moving the team to the suburbs. Giles said the city-owned stadium has fallen into disrepair.
Giles wants an agreement with the city either to have the team take over the stadium or for the city to fix it. He said the option to leave Philadelphia for neighboring Delaware County was "not serious," but said he has explored a possible site for a baseball-only stadium near the intersection of Interstate 95 and the so-called Blue Route, which is under construction and will link I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
* Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale, 54, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge in Los Angeles and was fined $2,350, prosecutors said. Drysdale also was ordered to attend a 90-day alcohol education program and perform 200 hours of community service with the Youth Sports Program of the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Washington Redskins started the process of looking at Plan B free-agent prospects, bringing free safety Solomon Wilcots of the Cincinnati Bengals to Redskin Park for a tryout. General manager Charley Casserly said the team plans to look at about a dozen prospects and hopes to sign from four to seven of them.
Casserly also said the Redskins are interested in Ronnie Lott, the San Francisco' 49ers safety, but wouldn't be willing to match his 49ers contract at more than $1 million. One of the players the Redskins left unprotected, offensive guard Russ Grimm, will go to Phoenix next week for a tryout with the Cardinals.
* On the opening day of the World League of American Football draft in Orlando, Fla., teams selected strictly offensive linemen, and eight of the first 19 players taken weighed more than 300 pounds. The largest player picked was Mark Nua, 6 feet 6, 374 pounds from Hawaii, chosen ninth overall by the Sacramento Surge.
Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs apologized to an Oklahoma City television station cameraman for an alleged altercation that occurred after the Sooners lost to Oklahoma State Wednesday. While walking toward the locker room in Gallagher-Iba Arena after the game, Tubbs allegedly grabbed at a camera lens, ripping the lens cover off.
The cover struck the photographer stationed in the area in the right leg, cutting him, police said.
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The Baltimore Rams semipro football team is accepting applications for players. Call head coach Anthony Knox at 448-4845.