Court backs Robert Morris' NCAA ban
Robert Morris College's lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association was tossed out yesterday by a county judge who upheld the school's ban from postseason basketball, beginning with next week's Northeast Conference tournament.
Robert Morris is believed to be the first school to seek a court order allowing it to play in the 64-team NCAA tournament.
After a daylong hearing, Allegheny County Commons Pleas Judge John L. Musmanno ruled the college didn't prove its punishment for rules violations was too harsh compared with recent penalties imposed on Nevada-Las Vegas, Illinois and Missouri.
Robert Morris was barred from the 1991 NCAA tournament last May after an internal investigation disclosed a trustee helped pay a student loan obtained by senior guard Andre Boyd (Walbrook). Former athletic director Robert Miller assisted in arranging the loan.
Musmanno's decision means Robert Morris (17-11) ended its season with last night's 90-66 victory over Mount St. Mary's.
* The University of Pittsburgh has asked a lawyer who specializes in NCAA investigations to handle its in-house probe of alleged violations by former football assistant Frank D'Alonzo.
Mike Glazier of Kansas City, Kan., was retained by Pitt last week, athletic director Ed Bozik said.
* No. 15-ranked Towson State (10-2), winner of its invitation women's gymnastics meet for the sixth straight year last week, will have its biggest home meet of the season tonight when it faces the University of Kentucky (7-7) at 8 o'clock at the Towson Center. A year ago, the Wildcats won the meet in Lexington, Ky., for Towson State's only loss in 24 starts.
* Former basketball coach Bud Millikan's first Maryland team (1950-51) will be honored at halftime of the Terps' game against Wake Forest tomorrow (1 p.m.) in College Park. Nine of the players from that 16-11 squad will be present, including Lee Brawley, the leading scorer at 15.0 points per game. Millikan coached the Terps for 17 seasons, winning 243 games.
World No. 1 Stefan Edberg saved three set points in the second-set tie-breaker to beat Omar Camporese, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), in 1 hour, 44 minutes to reach the quarterfinals of the $1-million Eurocard Classics tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.
* Top-seeded Ivan Lendl made quick work of No. 16 Paul Haarhuis, moving into the quarterfinals of the Volvo Indoor tennis tournament at Memphis, Tenn., with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Second-seeded Pete Sampras, ranked fifth in the world, was leading Mark Koevermans, 6-2, 1-1, when he retired after straining his left hamstring.
Koevermans, the 15th seed, advanced to the quarters against defending champion Michael Stich, the No. 7 seed.
Stich advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Mats Wilander.
No. 5 seed Michael Chang struggled with Grant Connell, ranked 101st by the ATP, before taking a 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 victory.
* World No. 2 Boris Becker has asked German Davis Cup captain Niki Pilic to be his new tennis coach.
"It's not yet definite, but there's a good chance. Boris has asked me," the Yugoslav-born Pilic told reporters in Stuttgart. Robert C. Bonner, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, noted that under a law that takes effect Wednesday, anabolic steroids will be classified as a controlled substance subject to closer regulation. Illegal manufacture, distribution, importation and possession of the drugs will carry tougher penalties.
For the first time, possession of even small quantities of anabolic steroids for uses not validly prescribed by a doctor will be a federal crime. The maximum penalty for possession will be one year in prison and minimum $1,000 fine.
Jayson Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers injured his right hand in a two-car traffic accident in New York, the National Basketball Association club said, and he will miss tonight's game in Miami. Williams required six stitches in the hand and was admitted to a hospital, the 76ers said.