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March 21, 1991

Ex-Patriots owner said to threaten to sue NFL

Former New England Patriots owner Bill Sullivan is threatening to sue the National Football League for more than $100 million, sources have told The Boston Globe.

"Sullivan sent a lot of us owners a seven-page letter saying he was going to bring the lawsuit," an American Football Conference owner told the newspaper. "At the end, after going through all of these complaints, he says, 'Now what are you going to do about it?' "

Sources in the league have confirmed that the letter has been sent to commissioner Paul Tagliabue and that Tagliabue has informed the owners that he anticipated a lawsuit from Sullivan.

Sullivan, in deep debt, sold the team to Victor Kiam, owner of Remington, for more than of $80 million in 1988.

Sullivan says that a meeting in October 1987, in which the league denied his request to sell 49 percent of the team publicly, forced him to sell.


Major Soccer League playoff tickets for the Baltimore Blast will go on sale today at 10 a.m. at the Baltimore Arena box office, Hecht Co. stores and TicketCenter outlets. Prices are the same as those for regular-season tickets ($14, $12, $11, $10 and $7). Strips of tickets for nine playoff games can be purchased at a $1 discount for each game.

* A European Champions Cup match between Dynamo Dresden and Red Star Belgrade in Dresden, Germany, was suspended with Red Star leading, 2-1, after fans began throwing rocks and bottles onto the field. Approximately 30 people were arrested.

College baseball

Chris Smoot and Scott Olson had three hits each and starting pitcher David Mysel earned his first victory of the season, as the University of Maryland (8-6-1) outlasted Temple University (2-4) in College Park.

* Navy (4-6) scored nine in the third and beat Division III Widener, 16-0. Catcher Mike Griffith threw out Widener senior Alan Robinson (McDonogh) attempting to steal; Robinson had stolen 32 in a row since his freshman season.

* Campbell University and Towson State tied, 4-4, in a game called after 10 innings. It will be finished today.

* Frank Szymanski (Loyola) drove in host Salisbury State's run in a 2-1 loss to Wesley College.

* Western Maryland and Johns Hopkins split doubleheaders in Cocoa, Fla. Western Maryland defeated Tiffin, 4-3, its string of scoreless inning pitched ending at 25, then lost to Tarkio, 7-3. Hopkins lost to Mount Vernon Nazarene, 10-6, then stayed unbeaten in its University Athletic Association series, beating Brandeis with a four-run seventh, 6-4.

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