Top Wimbledon purse again will go to men
The total purse for the Wimbledon tennis championships will be a record $6.8 million, but it won't be equally distributed among the men and women, Wimbledon officials said yesterday.
While the total payout is a five percent increase over last year, Wimbledon officials rejected demands by female players and officials for equal pay. The breakdown of prize money for the June 24-July 7 event has the men receiving $3.7 million and the women $3.1 million. The men's champion will receive $408,000, while the women's champion gets $367,000. The runners-up will receive $204,000 and $183,600, respectively.
"We're pleased in the increase in prize money. However, we still are disappointed that we have not been able to close the gap in the prize money offered to men and women," said WTA executive director Gerry Smith, who was in Hamburg, Germany. "We would hope that in time the All England Club would grant the women equality in prize money."
* Jimmy Connors, 38, was beaten in his first clay-court tournament in two years at the Villa de Madrid ATP tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain. Brazilian Cassio Motta outlasted Connors, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-1, in just under two hours. Top seed Emilio Sanchez Vicario of Spain was another first-round victim, losing to Renzo Furlan of Italy, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
* Top seed and defending champion Andre Agassi defeated Scott Davis, 6-2, 6-3, in the opening round of the $280,000 AT&T Challenge in Roswell, Ga. Agassi, ranked fifth in the world, had little trouble in the 68-minute match with Davis, who is part of the world's No. 1 doubles team with partner David Pate.
Seven former National Hockey League stars, including Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe, said yesterday they want their day in court in an effort to recover more than $25 million in pension money they feel belongs to them. Others named as applicants in the suit are Carl Brewer, Eddie Shack, Andy Bathgate, Leo Reise and Allan Stanley.
The retired players have filed suit against the NHL Pension Society, league president John Ziegler and the 21 teams to recover money they contend was unjustly taken from the pension fund. The action was filed Friday in the general division of Ontario Court in Toronto and the two sides will meet in court on June 26.
The Washington Redskins announced the signing of seven undrafted free agents, bringing their total to 11 since the end of the draft. The players included defensive end Gary Willingham of Howard University and three players from the Washington suburbs, wide receiver Victor Cahoon of Arizona State, linebacker Ted Rogers of Williams and offensive tackle Chris Sterns of Virginia.
The other three players signed were offensive tackle Shane Elliott of Weber State, linebacker Brian Johnson of Mesa (Colo.) College and offensive tackle Matt McCartin of Penn State. All the players will be invited to the team's mini-camp at Redskin Park this weekend.
University of Maryland football coach Joe Krivak announced the selection of quarterback Jim Sandwisch, center Mitch Suplee and cornerback Scott Rosen as tri-captains for the 1991 season.
Argentina's leading sports magazine, El Grafico, said that a drugged Diego Maradona was arrested in an elaborate trap baited with a pretty blond policewoman. Federal Police claimed details published by the magazine "do not correspond to reality."
"Events leading to Maradona's arrest will be revealed through the courts in due course," police said in statement issued almost 24 hours after the magazine went on sale.
College women's lacrosse
No. 14 Loyola College (9-7) battled No. 3 University of Maryland (13-2) on even terms for 40 minutes before finally succumbing to a superior offensive display, 11-7, at College Park. The Terrapins finally broke away with four successive goals, including one by freshman Theresa Ingram (Lansdowne) and another by senior Michele Uhlfelder (Pikesville), her second of the game.
* No. 1-ranked Virginia (15-1) scored the game's first three goals and went on to beat Towson State (7-6), 11-7, in Charlottesville, Va. Cynthia Mathes led the Cavaliers to their 10th straight win with three goals. Courtney Page had two goals for Towson State.
* Anne Arundel Community College (14-0) completed an unbeaten season with a 12-2 triumph over visiting Villa Julie. Sharon Orendorf had four goals and an assist for Anne Arundel.