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May 03, 1991

Redskins set to open short minicamp

At least 81 players, including 23 rookies, are expected t arrive at Redskin Park today for the opening of the Washington Redskins' weekend minicamp.

In past years, the rookies spent a week at minicamp, but under a new agreement between the National Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, they are allowed to spend only one weekend at a team's facility before June 1.

Eight veterans are unsigned and not obligated to attend camp, but general manager Charley Casserly said they've all indicated they will take part.

They are quarterback Mark Rypien, offensive linemen Russ Grimm and Joe Jacoby, defensive lineman Eric Williams, tight end Ken Whisenhunt, wide receiver Stephen Hobbs, defensive back Martin Mayhew and punter Kelly Goodburn.

Soccer

The first meeting between Major Soccer League commissioner Earl Foreman, Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale and National Professional Soccer League commissioner Steve Paxos to discuss a possible consolidation between the two indoor leagues was held yesterday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Foreman said he didn't want to comment on the meeting, Hale couldn't be reached for comment and Paxos was flying back to Canton, Ohio.

Foreman has said there is a possibility the MSL would absorb four NPSL teams. Hale has proposed that the MSL invite all nine members of the NPSLmembers.

* Diego Maradona has begun psychological treatment to rid himself of a drug problem that threatens to end his career, his manager, Marcos Franchi, said Thursday.

College football

NCAA officials will visit Michigan State University to review the school's internal probe of reports that athletes used steroids and got free airplane trips, drinks and sporting goods.

* The runner-up football team in the Pacific-10 Conference would be assured a berth in the Fiesta Bowl as soon as next season if "preliminary discussions" lead to a formal agreement, Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen said.

The Fiesta Bowl unofficially has been off-limits to Pac-10 and Big Ten Conference teams since it chose to challenge the lucrative Rose Bowl for television ratings with an overlapping kickoff time.

* Doctors attending paralyzed Mississippi football player Chucky Mullins declined to speculate on what damage he might have suffered from a blood clot that shut down his lungs.

Mullins remained in critical condition in the intensive-care unit at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford, where he was taken Wednesday after passing out at his home.

Golf

Pro football players Boomer Esiason, Neil O'Donnell, Scott Zolak and Warren Powers will be among the participants in The Joe Krivak Golf Tournament.May30 at Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City.

Proceeds will benefit The Door, a non-profit organization that helps inner-city children, ad the University of Maryland's capital campaign.

For information or a registration form, call Paul Paolisso at (301) 465-8930.

Horse racing

The Florida Senate voted 37-1 to allow Hialeah Park -- which closed in December 1989 amid financial troubles -- to reopen for 50 exclusive winter dates starting Nov. 10.

The bill, will go to Gov. Lawton Chiles who is expected to approve it.

Jockey Tim Doocy, who suffered a broken neck in a spill at Golden Gate Fieldson Wednesday, was listed in serious but stable condition.

Basketball

The Amateur Athletic Union games between Baltimore and Philadelphia teams Saturday, originally scheduled for Southern High, have been moved to Dunbar High. The games will start at 1:30 p.m.

* Former Boston Celtics guard Charles Smith was indicted by a Suffolk (Mass.) County grand jury for the hit-and-run deaths of two Boston University students six weeks ago.

Smith, 23, who played at Georgetown, was indicted on two charges each of manslaughter, motor-vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of an accident after causing personal injury and one charge of negligently operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Hockey

Canada kept alive its gold-medal hopes at the world championships in Turku, Finland, by tying the defending-champion Soviet Union, 3-3. The United States lost to Sweden, 8-4, and fell out of contention for either the gold or silver medals.

Bowling

Rene Fleming picked up her third career title when she beat Leanne Barrette, 180-176, to win the $35,000 Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Ashland (Ky.) Blue Ribbon Classic.

* Defending champion Chris Warren lost back-to-back matches and was eliminated on the first night of match-play competition at the American Bowling Congress Masters tournament in Toledo, Ohio.

Tennis

Monica Seles and Steffi Graf scored straight-sets victories and led eight seeds into the quarterfinals of the Hamburg (Germany) Open.

Baseball

The University of Maryland (24-25-1) scored four runs in the first en route to an 11-3 victory against host Mount St. Mary's (12-18). Starter Tim O'Neill won for the eighth time, tying a school single-season record.

Auto racing

Ernie Irvan won the pole for Sunday's Winston 500, the second leg of NASCAR's Winston Million by driving his Chevrolet Lumina to a one-lap average of 195.186 mph around the 2.66-mile Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

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