Hull completes father-son MVP sweep
Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues became part of the first father-son team to win the Hart Trophy when he was named the NHL's most valuable player at the league's award ceremony last night. Hull (86 goals), son of Hall of Famer Bobby Hull, beat out scoring champion Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks rookie goaltender Ed Belfour, who won two other awards, in the balloting by selected members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Belfour won the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie and the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. Gretzky won the Lady Byng Trophy, given for skillful and gentlemanly play, for the second time, beating out Hull and the Quebec Nordiques' Joe Sakic.
Belfour's teammate, Dirk Graham, won the Frank Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward. Another member of the Kings, Dave Taylor, was honored with the Bill Masterton Trophy, given for sportsmanship and dedication to hockey and the King Clancy Award for his humanitarian contributions to hockey. The Boston Bruins' Ray Bourque won the Norris Trophy, the fourth time in five years he's been recognized as the NHL's top defenseman. St. Louis' Brian Sutter won the Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach.
* Blackhawks coach Mike Keenan denied a report that he has agreed to step aside in favor of associate coach Darryl Sutter after next season. Quoting sources close to the team, the Arlington Heights, Ill., Daily Herald said Sutter was guaranteed the job in 1992 at a Monday meeting with Keenan, owner Bill Wirtz and senior vice president Bob Pulford. Keenan would continue as general manager.
Nevada-Las Vegas coach Jerry Tarkanian met with the university president Robert Maxson to discuss his future at the school -- a day after a report had said Tarkanian will step down after next season -- but Maxson said, "There were no deals made, no agreements reached."
"He wants me to make my decision," Tarkanian said. "He told me to think about it some more and come back to him." Tarkanian, 60, said he already had made up his mind and knew what he wanted to do, "but I don't want to reveal it right now." He said he would meet again with Maxson today or tomorrow and make an %% announcement at the end of the week.
UNLV is banned from postseason play and television next season, the resolution of a 14-year battle between Tarkanian and the NCAA. Another NCAA investigation into the UNLV program also is looming.
Meanwhile, NCAA executive director Richard Schultz confirmed that he met with Tarkanian last month in Dallas to hear the UNLV coach's concerns over the latest UNLV investigation.
* The NCAA has informed Clemson that it is conducting a preliminary inquiry into possible rule violations within the Tigers program. No specific allegations were contained in the letter from the NCAA informing the school of the probe. But Clemson officials said they believed it concerns the 1988 recruitment and academic certification of Wayne Buckingham.
Buckingham, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, has been dogged by eligibility questions since arriving at Clemson. He sat out this past season as a result.
* The NCAA cleared San Diego State's women's basketball program, ruling that the school had acted promptly two years ago in reporting rules violations and firing its coach. Although no sanctions were imposed, San Diego State could receive penalties if a second violation is reported in the next five years.
Gary Hymel had two three-run homers, and Louisiana State blasted its way into the championship game of the College World Series with a 19-8 victory over Florida. The fourth-seeded Tigers, who had 14 hits against five pitchers, reached the title game for the first time despite having been in the CWS five of the last six years. LSU will face either Creighton or Wichita State for the championship Saturday.
Phillip Gyau, the Most Valuable Player for the Bays last season, has signed a contract with the team and will be in uniform Saturday night when Maryland meets the Miami Freedom at Cedar Lane Park at 7:05 p.m.
Gyau has missed the first five games for the Bays (5-0) because of a hip injury and lagging contract negotiations. Gyau had 12 goals and six assists last season for Maryland.
* The National Soccer Coaches Association will hold its midyeaboard of directors meetings in Baltimore for the first time this weekend. The 16 board members, who represent high school, college and youth coaches from throughout the United States, will meet tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at Stouffers Hotel. University of Maryland Baltimore County coach Pete Caringi is a member of the board.