Hawks to deal Webb to Kings for MaysThe Atlanta Hawks will...

SPORTS BRIEFLY

June 29, 1991

Hawks to deal Webb to Kings for Mays

The Atlanta Hawks will send sixth-year point guard Spud Webb to the Sacramento Kings for shooting guard Travis Mays, Webb's agent confirmed yesterday.

"Yeah, they've done it," Bill Blakely of Dallas said. "That's what I'm hearing."

According to published reports, the Hawks also have dealt the rights to their second first-round draft pick, Anthony Avent, to the Denver Nuggets for 7-foot center Blair Rasmussen. Hawks general manager Pete Babcock would neither confirm nor deny either trade.

Babcock is expected to announce both trades Monday, when players finishing the final year of their contracts officially become free agents and their salaries are no longer counted against the team's salary cap. The Hawks are expected to renounce free agent Moses Malone, deleting his salary from the $11.8 million cap.

* Yugoslavia, despite the last-minute pullout by a key Slovenian player, Juri Zdovc, who heeded the call of the secessionist republic, beat France, 97-76, to qualify for the final of the (P European basketball championships in Rome.

Yugoslavia, the defending champion, will play Italy, which defeated Spain, 93-90.

Broadcasting

Arthur Watson, former NBC Sports president who was responsible for bringing two straight Summer Olympics to the network, died Thursday in Ridgewood, N.J. He was 61.

Auto racing

Davy Jones drove the fastest practice lap in North American road-racing history, making him the favorite to capture the pole position for the IMSA Camel GT sports car race in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Jones turned in a lap of 149.135 mph in his Jaguar XJR-16 around the 2.428-mile short course. Tom Kendall was second in a Chevy Intrepid at 148.212 mph.

* Terry Labonte won the pole position for today's $152,246 Fay's NASCAR Grand National Series stock car race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Horse racing

A decision by New York state's highest court will enable jockey Angel Cordero Jr. to shoot for his 14th riding title in 16 years at Saratoga Race Course.

The Court of Appeals on Thursday agreed to hear Cordero's argument that he was wrongly suspended for a bumping incident at Saratoga two years ago. Cordero has been contesting his 10-day suspension, which would have forced the Hall of Fame rider to sit out a third of this summer's 30-day Saratoga meet.

College basketball

Former University of Cincinnati star Louis Banks was found innocent of two counts of rape and one count of sexually assaulting another woman.

Judge William S. Mathews of the Hamilton County (Ohio) Commons Pleas court delivered his verdict in the non-jury trial after four days of testimony.

* Danny Tirado, a starting Jacksonville point guard who withdrew from school this week, said he was paid to play basketball in Puerto Rico the past three summers.

His statement, if true, is an apparent violation of NCAA rules, said Rick Evrard, the NCAA's director of legislative services.

Steroids

Lyle Alzado's inoperable brain cancer was caused by bodybuilding steroids, just as the All-Pro defensive end has said, the former NFL drug czar said yesterday.

"Anabolic steroids depress the immune system and lymphocytes," which are disease-fighting white blood cells, said Dr. Forest Tennant. "He has lymphoma. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the connection."

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