Boxer dies of injuries received during bout
A boxer who collapsed after losing his first professional fight in Ocala, Fla., died yesterday of brain damage apparently inflicted during the bout.
Middleweight Alan Lonnie Goldstein, 26, of Miami, had been in critical condition since undergoing more than five hours of brain surgery late Sunday. Goldstein collapsed after returning to his corner after a four-round fight against Richie Smith.
Goldstein died of brain damage at Munroe Regional Medical Center, said Bill Mansfield, the hospital's director of public relations.
Barry Krauss, a former linebacker with the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts now playing for the Miami Dolphins, was charged with drunken driving after being stopped Monday night on Interstate 465 in Indianapolis. A test indicated a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent, the minimum to be considered legally drunk in Indiana. Krauss, who was released on his own recognizance, is to appear in the court April 17.
* Ben Bennett, the top passer in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A history for Duke, was put on waivers by the the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football. Bennett, who played in six professional seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears of the National Football League and three seasons of Arena Football, was replaced by former South Carolina quarterback Todd Ellis.
Mount St. Joseph left-hander Ryan Clark, who compiled an 8-3 record last season (1.05 ERA) and is off to a 1-2 start this season, will sign a letter of intent today to attend George Washington on a baseball scholarship. Mount St. Joseph (7-2) is ranked No. 3 in the area.
Seattle SuperSonics center Benoit Benjamin has apologized to Los Angeles Clippers fans for an obscene gesture he made at them Friday night during a loss to his former team at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Benjamin called his actions "totally unprofessional."
Benjamin gestured at fans who booed him when he stepped onto the court and every time he touched the ball during the Clippers' 109-90 victory.
"It hurt me to see that I was there for six years and when I come back, I get booed," Benjamin said. "But what I did was totally unprofessional. I was wrong."
Rusty Pritzlaff scored five goals to lead Salisbury State, ranked No. 1 in the Division III coaches poll, to a 17-7 defeat of St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City. Rick Berkman and Eric Ungleich each scored three goals for the Gulls (10-0). Berkman assisted on four other goals, and Ungleich had three assists.
Jimmy Connors, trying to come back at 38 after wrist surgery, got off to a shaky start, then went on to defeat fellow American Jim Pugh, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0, in the first round of the Japan Open in Tokyo.
Connors, who has dropped to No. 590 in the world rankings, is a wild-card entry in his third tournament since wrist surgery in October.
* Gabriela Sabatini needed only 65 minutes to beat Federica Bonsignori, 6-1, 6-0, and advance to the third round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. Steffi Graf also advanced with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Rene Simpson-Alter.
Peter Rogot, who had been hired last month as a anchor for ESPN's "SportsCenter" and was to make his debut next week, collapsed at the cable network's studios in Bristol, Conn., last night and died at Bristol (Conn.) Hospital a short time later, a network spokesman said.
Rogot, 37, collapsed while working at the studios and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead of natural causes at 8:45 p.m., ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said.
* Former University of Georgia track-and-field coach and 1936 Olympic gold medalist Forrest "Spec" Towns died yesterday morning of heart failure in Athens, Ga. He was 77. At the Berlin Olympics, he won the high hurdles with a record time of 14.1 seconds. Two weeks later in Oslo, Norway, Towns set a world record of 13.7 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles, a mark that would last 14 years.
* Norris Bowden, a former world figure-skating champion and Olympic silver medalist, has died in Toronto. He was 64. Bowden and partner Frances Dafoe won the world pairs championships in 1954 and 1955 and then earned the silver medal in the Olympics and world championships in 1956.