Ex-Steelers player Joe Gilliam arrestedFormer Pittsburgh...

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July 20, 1991

Ex-Steelers player Joe Gilliam arrested

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Joe Gilliam was arrested and charged with robbing a fried chicken restaurant in Shreveport, La., at knife-point, police said.

"He walked up to the window, placed an order and, when the employee turned his back, he reached in the window with a knife," said police spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick. "He took a small amount of money and took off on foot, but a patrol officer arrested him about a block away."

The suspect at first identified himself as Thomas Alderman, "but, this morning, upon further investigation, he told us that he is Joe Gilliam II and gave his address as New Orleans," said Chadwick.

Gilliam, 40, played from 1970 to 1975 and made his mark in the NFL as one of the first black starting quarterbacks. Pittsburgh won the Super Bowls after the 1974 and 1975 seasons. The Steelers cut Gilliam after Super Bowl X in 1976 and a drug habit destroyed the remainder of his career. As he fell on harder times, Gilliam sold both Super Bowl rings.

Auto racing

Michael Andretti, trying to regain the momentum he lost last week after winning three of his previous four races, fought off a handful of challengers to take the provisional pole for tomorrow's Toronto Molson-Indy.

* World champion Ayrton Senna was bruised badly but not seriously hurt in a spectacular, 187-mph crash at Hoeckenheim (German) Ring during a Formula One practice run, officials said.

* Leading rookie driver Roy Payne will be on the pole for the first time for today's ARCA 150 stock car race at Pocono International Raceway.

* Alan Kulwicki edged Ken Schrader at event-record speed to win the pole for tomorrow's $604,460 NASCAR Miller Genuine Draft 500 stock car race in Long Pond, Pa.


Reed Cordish (Gilman) finished ninth of 128 18-and-under boys invited to the National Clay Court Championship in Louisville, Ky. In his final three matches, Cordish defeated Stepan Figley of West Fort Worth, Texas, 6-2, 6-4, and Damon Henkel of North Largo, Fla., by default, before losing to fourth seed Rob Givone of Katonah, N.Y., 7-5, 6-3.

* Monica Seles reached the semifinals of the Pathmark event with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over former UCLA star Jessica Emmons. Her next opponent will be sixth seeded Kathy Rinaldi, the tournament winner in 1985.

Second seed Jennifer Capriati advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 8 Audra Keller, and will play No. 6 Peanut Louie Harper today.

* Unseeded Lars Koslowski of Germany joined Wimbledon champion Michael Stich in advancing to the semifinals in the Mercedes Cup tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. Koslowski, 20, overpowered Yugoslavia's seventh-seeded Goran Prpic, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. Stich clinched a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Richard Krajicek.

College football

The NCAA is investigating a recent trip to South Texas taken by Brigham Young Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer and his wife, but it appears a serious penalty is unlikely.

According to the McAllen Monitor, travel arrangements and hotel accommodations that may have been used by Detmer and his wife, Kim, during a July 4 speaking engagement could have cost as much as $1,787.

* Football legend Earl Campbell has gone on 10 minority recruitments trips for the University of Texas since he was hired in 1987, but has triple that number of school-sponsored golf trips, costing the athletics department $9,131, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Campbell, a Heisman Trophy winner at Texas and All-Pro running back with the Houston Oilers of the NFL, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame July 27. He said he will give the money fTC back if the taxpayers demand it.

Horse racing

A 2-year-old colt sank and drowned in a pond at Miami's Calder Race Course after he escaped as he was being led to the starting gate for the fifth race. Track officials hope to be able to remove the submerged body of Lucky Ben by the start of today's racing program.

Track and field

Leroy Burrell, who holds the world record in the 100 meters, left the European circuit after coming up with a sore back and an injury to his left hamstring.


Tommy Morrison will be unable to challenge Ray Mercer for the World Boxing Organization heavyweight title Aug. 9 because of a cut eyelid suffered in training.

Promoter Bob Arum said Mercer will defend against either unbeaten Riddick Bowe or once-beaten Bruce Seldon.

Olympic Festival

Debbi Lawrence of Kenosha, Wis., smashed her American record in the 10-kilometer walk to highlight competition at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Los Angeles.

Lawrence, 29, finished in 45 minutes, 28.4 seconds, breaking the record of 46:06.36 she set June 13 at The Athletics Congress meet. The victory marked her third straight festival gold medal in the event.

Pro basketball

Mitchell Wiggins, who has played just 66 games since being suspended for cocaine use 4 1/2 years ago, signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers worth a reported $325,000.


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