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July 10, 1991

Police: Ex-Patriot Collins tried suicide

Former New England Patriots running back Tony Collins, whose NFL career was shortened by drug use, apparently drove his car into a lake early yesterday in what Orlando, Fla., police said was a suicide attempt.

Collins, 32, was rescued from his car after it went into Lake Ivanhoe near downtown Orlando. The police officer on the scene, Patrick Schneider, treated the incident as an attempted suicide and invoked the Baker Act.

Under provisions of the Baker Act, a state mental health statute that allows someone to be held for examination if officials believe he could be a danger to himself or others, Collins was transferred to the Crisis Stabilization Unit from Florida Hospital Orlando after being found free of physical injury.

"It's been Baker-acted, and they've taken him to the crisis center," said police spokeswoman Joni Gauntlett, who added that the case was treated as an attempted suicide because of "the things he said at the time [of the accident]."

Confined to the crisis center, Collins, who plays for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League, was not available for comment. He did make at least one telephone call -- to Predators coach Perry Moss, indicating a desire to be released.

* Raghib "Rocket" Ismail's pro football career was put on hold last night. The Toronto Argonauts announced that their rookie wide receiver will miss the season opener in Ottawa tomorrow night. Ismail, the $18 million acquisition of new Toronto owner Bruce McNall, will remain on the sidelines with a strained quadriceps muscle in his left leg.

* Tight end Zeke Mowatt, one of three players accused of sexually harassing sportswriter Lisa Olson last September, was waived by the New England Patriots.

* Former NFL player Larry Flowers was indicted along with two policemen and three other men on charges of operating a cocaine distribution ring out of a northern New Jersey bakery. The alleged conspiracy began in August 1986. Flowers' last NFL season was 1985 (with the New York Giants and New York Jets) and prosecutors said there were no allegations that other players were involved in the alleged drug ring either as sellers or users.

Pro basketball

The Philadelphia 76ers could soon fill the $1.3 million salary slot left vacant by Rick Mahorn with center-forward Charles Shackleford.

Team owner Harold Katz said Monday that a deal might be completed this week, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reported.

"It's come down to three guys -- [Jack] Sikma, [Moses] Malone and Shackleford," Katz told the Inquirer. "Sikma prefers the West Coast. Moses is looking for more money than we have under the [salary] cap. By subtraction it's looking like we'll be going with Shackleford."

* The NBA champion Chicago Bulls will face the Miami Heat in the Hall of Fame game Oct. 29 in Springfield, Mass.

Proceeds from the annual exhibition game go to benefit the Hall of Fame in the city where basketball began a century ago.

College basketball

Murray (Ky.) State coach Steve Newton met with South Carolina's basketball search committee last night on campus. Newton said just before entering the meeting that he had not been offered the South Carolina job, left vacant since George Felton was fired May 14.

The search committee, which began meeting at 6:10 p.m., adjourned at 12:15 a.m. No specifics were given as to when the committee might resume the meeting.

"We're going to stay over and get a little rest," Newton said.

Asked whether he'd been given a job offer, Newton said: "No. We're discussing the position. That's as far as we've gone."


Justin Klein, 17, shot 78-76154 at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club to lead 11 starters and claim the only available place in the Baltimore qualifier for the United States Golf Association's U.S. Junior Amateur championship, scheduled for the Bay Hill Club in Orlando on July 23-27. Klein, a Gilman School senior who Sunday became the youngest player to win the Maryland Amateur Stroke Play championship, was followed by Mike Hartman, 81-80-161.


Brett Hull, the NHL's dominant scorer, and Tom Barrasso, goaltender for the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, were among 44 players invited to try out for the U.S. team in the Canada Cup tournament.

Hull, who also has Canadian citizenship, has said he will play for the United States. He played for the U.S. team at the 1986 world championships.


American David Wheaton struggled to a 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 first-round victory over Switzerland's Marc Rosset in the Swiss Open. Third-seeded Guy Forget of France ousted Czechoslovakia's Marian Vajda, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.


The Greater Baltimore Dynamos, the under-17 girls Maryland State Cup champions, began their competition in the 1991 USA Cup in Minneapolis, Minn., yesterday with a 2-0 victory over the St. Paul, Minn., Blackhawks.

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