Chase is on A federal judge in Tampa, Fla., decried society's permissive attitude toward law-breaking athletes as she told an Atlanta Falcons draft pick yesterday that he must go to prison for dealing crack cocaine.
Wide receiver Walter Sutton of Southwest State University (Minn.) was a 10th-round National Football League selection this week, even though he pleaded guilty to drug charges last fall and was ordered to begin serving a nine-year sentence next January.
The Falcons said they had received misleading information about Sutton's legal status and will not pursue signing him to a contract.
U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich asked Sutton, 25, whether anyone ever told him his sentence could be reduced if he pursued a job playing football.
In a barely audible voice, he replied, "I thought they would probably give me probation."
The judge replied: "You want me to forget that sentence just because you have a great employment opportunity? That's specious and ridiculous."
Outside the courtroom, Sutton said he participated in workouts for 12 teams. He declined to say who told him he might be able to get out of going to prison.
* Boston Herald sportswriter Lisa Olson has left Boston and, at least temporarily, will leave her position at the paper after filing suit in Suffolk County Superior Court against the New England Patriots, owner Victor Kiam, three players and two front-office employees charging sexual harassment and violations of her civil rights.
Olson's suit also charges intentional infliction of emotional distress and interference with advantageous relations by the defendants, who include former general manager Patrick Sullivan, former public relations director Jimmy Oldham and players Zeke Mowatt, Michael Timpson and Robert Perryman.
The suit stems from an episode Sept. 17 when, Olson alleges, the players made lewd remarks and displayed their genitals hTC while she was interviewing another player.
* Tight end Ferrell Edmunds, a Pro Bowl alternate each of his two seasons and a University of Maryland alumnus, is being shopped around by the Miami Dolphins, his agent, Tony Agnone, said.
Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela won seven of eight games to increase his lead to 225 pins through four rounds in the PBA's $250,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions in Fairlawn, Ohio.
Monacelli, the reigning PBA Player of the Year, totaled 7,368 pins. David Ozio of Vidor, Texas, is second. Danny Wiseman of Dundalk is tied for 11th with Mike Aulby of Indianapolis with 6,883 pins. Bruce Hollen of Baltimore is 21st with 6,761.
John McEnroe, changing his mind, will play on the U.S. Davis Cup team for the first time in three years, the U.S. Tennis Association announced.
The United States will play Spain in the quarterfinals June 14-16 in Newport, R.I. Also on the team will be Brad Gilbert, Rick Leach and Jim Pugh. Leach and Pugh will play doubles.
McEnroe's decision may have turned on the fact that the Newport courts are grass.
* Boris Becker beat Alexander Volkov, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, and became the last of the top four seeds still in the Monte Carlo (Monaco) Open. Guy Forget of France, the No. 3 seed, followed top-seeded Stefan Edberg and No. 4 Andre Agassi out of the $1 million tournament, victim of a 6-2, 6-0 beating by Yugoslav Goran Prpic.
* Bjorn Borg visited his wife in a Milan, Italy, hospital yesterday, a day after she tried to commit suicide by swallowing sedatives. "She is decidedly better," Dr. Ezio Omboni said. "Tests showed her body had not suffered any damage. Her recovery should be complete."
Brian Quinn and Paul Dougherty each scored twice, as the San Diego Sockers moved to within one game of the Major Soccer League's championship series by defeating the host St. Louis Storm, 11-4.
The three-time defending MSL champs lead St. Louis, 3-1, in the best-of-seven Western Division finals.
Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins said he may look into the vacant Notre Dame job but would not say whether he had been contacted by the school.
Prime Ticket, a cable television service, had cited unidentified sources in reporting that Notre Dame would hold a news conference yesterday to name Cremins coach.
Team USA overcame the Swiss team, 4-2, at the World Hockey Championships in Tampere, Finland. The victory moved the Americans closer to the medal round with a 2-2-1 record and two games left in the preliminary round.
The Soviet Union squeezed by Canada, 5-3, for its fifth straight victory.