Joy rider dies in Indianapolis crash
A man who sneaked onto the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a joy ride died yesterday morning after crashing into a van parked across the track to stop him. Stephen C. White, 31, of Indianapolis was declared dead upon arrival at Methodist Hospital.
He drove a pickup around the track three or four times at high speed before crashing near the start-finish line about 7:30 a.m., Speedway police chief Jeffrey L. Dine said. "Witnesses said he appeared to be having a very good time. They saw him laughing and waving his arms," Dine said.
White was a manic-depressive who was on medication, Dine said. White's parents told police he left home at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and never returned.
The University of Virginia may have violated NCAA regulations by having more than 95 players on football scholarships in 1989, The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star of Norfolk reported.
The school rescinded the scholarship of punter Fred Carter in fall 1989, but paid for his tuition and living expenses on the condition that he graduate in December. The school then gave his scholarship to Eugene Rogers, when he enrolled in January 1990. When Carter failed to graduate in December, he was billed for $2,141.48 in tuition and expenses. The school completed the paperwork on the scholarship withdrawal in March 1990.
"Midway through the year, you can't ask him to pay a scholarship back and avoid" being over the 95-scholarship limit, said Steve Mallonee of the NCAA legislative services office. Rich Murray, the school's sports information director, declined to comment on the newspaper's story or on the facts surrounding Carter's scholarship.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission upheld a one-year suspension and $25,000 fine for promoter Murad Muhammad's involvement in a brawl after the March 18 fight between Mike Tyson and Donovan "Razor" Ruddock. The commission voted, 4-0, not to lift its earlier sanctions against Muhammad, despite a lengthy appeal by the promoter, his doctors and attorneys.
Muhammad told commissioners that the June 28 rematch between the two fighters at The Mirage would go on regardless of the commission's ruling. Ruddock had threatened not to fight if Muhammad, his promoter, was not involved in the promotion, but said during the weekend that he had changed his mind and the fight would go on.
Muhammad told the commission that his part in the brawl may have been triggered by a sleep disorder that can cause irritability and other symptoms.
San Antonio Spurs coach Larry Brown would "listen with interest" if the University of South Carolina contacted him about becoming the school's coach, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported. But Brown said he won't initiate contact about the position. Brown, who has just completed his third season with the NBA team, led Kansas to the NCAA championship in 1988.
"I haven't heard anything from anyone with South Carolina," Brown said. "I obviously want to get back into college coaching at some time, and it's a good job, but I'm not really looking to go anywhere."
But the newspaper quoted a source as saying Brown, a North Carolina graduate, loves the Carolinas and would like to return to the area. One of his daughters lives in Charlotte, and the other is in Chapel Hill, N.C. George Felton was fired as South Carolina's coach May 14.
The chief steward for the Indianapolis 500 said he spoke to Mario Andretti about the driver's stalled car and accepted his version of what occurred late in Sunday's race. "He says he didn't do it on purpose, and there is no reason for me to go further than to take his word for it," Tom Binford said.
He said he and Andretti spoke about the incident briefly Monday after the official posting of the results of the race, which Rick Mears won.
Several news photographers and spectators who were monitoring scanner radios during the 75th running of the race said they heard Andretti ask his crew whether they needed a yellow caution flag, supposedly to give Michael Andretti, his son and teammate, a better chance to catch Mears in the final laps.
Mike Morrill scored seven goals, three in the fourth quarter, and Brian Nikula added three to lead the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club to a 15-13 victory over the Maryland Lacrosse Club in a U.S. Club Lacrosse Association Southern Division semifinal at Norris Field. Mount Washington will meet the winner of tonight's semifinal between Chesapeake LC and Eagles' Eye LC on Saturday at Norris Field. The Southern champion will meet the Northern winner June 8 at Homewood Field for the national title.
Leanne Barrette extended her lead to 312 pins after six rounds of the U.S. Open women's tournament in Fountain Valley, Calif. Barrette, who led by 119 pins after the fifth round, led Sandra Jo Shiery, 10,929-10,617, after 48 games.