Tarkanian rips NCAA before Congress
Jerry Tarkanian accused the NCAA of conducting "a reign of terror" in college sports and said Congress should step in to reform the group. Nevada-Las Vegas' Tarkanian and fellow basketball coach Dale Brown of Louisiana State lambasted the NCAA for an hour yesterday before the House subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Competitiveness.
"The biggest problem in college sports? The NCAA, period," said Tarkanian, whose basketball program has been under investigation for eight of the past 18 years.
Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., has introduced a bill requiring the NCAA to accord due process to coaches, players and colleges it investigates. Tarkanian and Brown support the measure. They back a newly formed coalition called the Federation for Intercollegiate Fairness and Equity.
General manager Pierre Page said the Quebec Nordiques will make junior star Eric Lindros the first pick in Saturday's NHL draft -- despite reports that Lindros doesn't want to play for a Canadian-based team.
Page said he felt compelled to call a news conference before the draft because of the rumors throughout the hockey world about Lindros, the most eagerly awaited junior player since Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux. The rumors say Lindros, the Canadian Junior Player of the Year last season, when he had 71 goals and 78 assists in 57 games, doesn't want to play in Quebec because his contract would be paid in Canadian money and the endorsement potential isn't as great as it would be in a major U.S. market.
A court hearing has been set for tomorrow on Murad Muhammad's effort to overturn a suspension blocking him from helping promote the June 28 fight between Mike Tyson and Donovan "Razor" Ruddock. The Nevada State Athletic Commission imposed a one-year suspension and a $25,000 fine for Muhammad's actions after the first fight between Tyson and Ruddock March 18.
Videotapes of a post-fight melee show Muhammad going into the ring and repeatedly kicking Tyson's trainer. The melee erupted when referee Richard Steele made a controversial call to end the fight in the seventh round with Ruddock hurt but still on his feet.
* Junior middleweight Paul Rees may have set a world record by winning a fight in Brisbane in just five seconds, Australian officials said. Rees was declared a TKO winner over rival Brisbane boxer Charlie Hansen after five seconds of the first round of their four-round bout last night. The pair exchanged one flurry of blows before the contest was halted.
* Kid Akeem Anifowoshe, who lapsed into a coma after losing a bloody International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight title fight last week, has shown dramatic improvement and hasn't lost any mental faculties, his doctor said. Anifowoshe's condition was upgraded from critical to fair but guarded late Tuesday and remained the same yesterday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio.
Martina Navratilova lost only two points on her serve and defeated Brenda Schultz of the Netherlands, 6-1, 6-2, in 36 minutes to reach the quarterfinals of the Pilkington Ladies tournament in Eastbourne, England. Navratilova has lost only four games and needed less than two hours in her three victories in the tournament being used as a warm-up for Wimbledon next week. American Lori McNeil was ousted by fourth-seeded Jana Novotna, 6-2, 7-6.
* John McEnroe and Brad Gilbert were eliminated in the opening round of the Manchester (England) Open. McEnroe, the third seed, lost, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), to Italy's Cristiano Caratti. Gilbert, seeded fourth, was beaten, 6-2, 6-0, by Gilad Bloom of Israel.
PBA Hall of Famer Earl Anthony extended his career, winning the last game of qualifying to reach the final round of the PBA Flint (Mich.) Senior Open. Anthony, who will retire at the end of the tournament, needed his last ball in the last game of the sixth round to defeat Teata Semiz, 220-216, and earn the fourth seed for the finals. That means Anthony, the all-time PBA champion with 41 regular and four senior titles, will meet fifth-seeded John Hricsina in the opening match tonight. Richard Beattie was the leading qualifier and would not face Anthony until the championship match.
Canadian sprinter Brian Morrison and New Zealand sprinter William Hinchcliff have been suspended for at least two years after testing positive for banned steroids, Athletics Canada, the national governing body for track and field, said. Morrison and Hinchcliff tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol -- the same substance found in Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson's urine after his gold-medal run at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
* A suburban Harrisburg, Pa., doctor faces a federal trial on charges of supplying steroids to Hulk Hogan and four other professional wrestlers, but Hogan's lawyer is trying to keep the former World Wrestling Federation champion out of the case, sources said. The trial of Dr. George Zahorian III, an osteopath and urologic surgeon, is scheduled to begin Monday in U.S. District Court.
None of the wrestlers will be charged because steroid use was not a federal crime during the period covered in the indictment, assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore Smith III said. Three sources close to the case identified the wrestlers as Hogan, Rick Martel, Roddy Piper, Brian Blair and Dan Spivey.