Shula's wife dies at 57 after battle with cancerDorothy...

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February 26, 1991

Shula's wife dies at 57 after battle with cancer

Dorothy Shula, wife and mother in pro football's most famous coaching family, died yesterday afternoon at her home in Miami after a long struggle with cancer. She was 57.

"She went peacefully, thank God," Don Shula said. "It was about as peaceful as it could be. She went into a coma and just drifted away. Thank God everybody was here, all the five children. That's what she wanted."

Dorothy and Don Shula, the Miami Dolphins' head coach since 1970, were married in 1958. Their five children include two National Football League assistant coaches in David, who recently moved from the Dallas Cowboys to the Cincinnati Bengals, and Mike, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mrs. Shula also is survived by daughters Donna Jannach, Sharon Shula and Annie Shula, and by five grandchildren.

"Any time you anticipate death, when the final moment comes, it's always a very sad moment," said longtime Shula assistant coach John Sandusky. "She fought it for a long time. They were a rough couple of years, but she held up well. She was tough."

* Rhode Island's economic development director confirmed that he has made a pitch to New England Patriots owner Victor Kiam to move the team here. Kiam met with Gov. Bruce G. Sundlun for lunch about two weeks ago, but it was an introductory meeting and there were no substantive talks, economic development director Joseph R. Paolino Jr. said.

* The Houston trial for Washington Redskins wide receiver Ricky Sanders, accused of aggravated assault in a parking lot incident, was delayed, Randy McDonald, an attorney for the athlete, said. "We were prepared to go to trial, but now we are on call for tomorrow [today]," said McDonald.


The World Boxing Council's Executive Council has ruled that the winner of the Mike Tyson-Razor Ruddick fight will be declared its heavyweight champion if the WBC wins its arbitration with Evander Holyfield and George Foreman. Holyfield, the undisputed heavyweight champion since his victory over James "Buster" Douglas last year, opted to make his first title defense against Foreman instead of a WBC-mandated match against Tyson.

Goodwill Games

Thirty-three cities -- including Baltimore -- in the United States and Canada are being extended invitations to play host to the 1998 Goodwill Games. The host city will be named in 1992. The inaugural Goodwill Games were held in Moscow in 1986. The 1990 Games were held in Seattle, and the 1994 Games will be in Leningrad.

College basketball

After a tumultuous weekend, Minnesota basketball coach Clem Haskins received mostly good news yesterday. Haskins learned that he would only be reprimanded -- rather than suspended or fined -- for his harsh criticism of referees after Saturday's 63-62 loss at No. 2 Ohio State. Haskins called the officials "jackasses" and lambasted them for "having cost us the game."

Earlier yesterday, it was announced that Haskins would coach the men's North team in the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival in Los Angeles.

College football

Todd Marinovich has asked to be placed in a drug-counseling program, and if the request is met, misdemeanor drug charges against him may be dismissed. The former Southern Cal quarterback, a sophomore who has decided to enter this year's NFL draft, applied for admission to the counseling program during a pre-trial hearing in Harbor Municipal Court in Santa Ana, Calif. Marinovich, 21, earlier pleaded innocent to misdemeanor charges of possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana.

Doubling up Chrysler Corp., wary of pressure from the United Auto Workers union and war-driven patriotism, has dumped plans to offer a Japanese-made vehicle as the Indianapolis 500 pace car. rTC

In the place of the Dodge Stealth, made by Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the company will supply the premier American automobile race with a home-grown Dodge Viper, a sports car that doesn't exist yet. The Viper is to go into production later this year in Detroit.


Robert Morris won't appeal a judge's decision that upheld the NCAA's ban on the team's appearances in postseason basketball tournaments this season, college president Edward Nicholson said. The NCAA sanctioned Robert Morris for rules violations in 1986 and 1989, with the main infraction concerning a loan to player Andre Boyd (Walbrook). The Colonials (17-11, 12-4 in the Northeast Conference) this season were banned from television and the conference's postseason tournament. Other penalties were two years of probation, removal of two grants-in-aid and an order to return $88,145 earned in the 1989 NCAA tournament.

* Mount St. Mary's will replace its field hockey program with a new varsity sport by the 1993-94 season, J. Thomas Balistrere, the college's athletic director, has announced.

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