Steelers' Long can practice, report says
Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long was granted NFL approval to return to practice with the team pending an appeal of his positive result on a steroids test, according to a published report.
Long, who twice tried to kill himself twice after learning the test results, received notice from the NFL this week that he can rejoin the Steelers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported today.
The newspaper said Long can practice until commissioner Paul Tagliabue hears the case and delivers a ruling. Long faces a four-game suspension at the start of the season.
* Penn State officials knew linebacker Quintus McDonald had a drug problem but failed in several efforts to rehabilitate the Indianapolis Colts player while he was on campus, coach Joe Paterno said yesterday.
McDonald said last week that he was playing football free of alcohol and drugs for the first time since his junior year of high school. He played at Penn State from 1985 to 1988.
* Tight end Ferrell Edmunds, a Maryland alumnus embroiled in a contract dispute with the Miami Dolphins, may sit out the year, his agent said.
"I don't think we're going to get it done," agent Tony Agnone said. "I've never had one of my players sit out the entire season, but I think it's going to happen this time."
Agnone said Edmunds, who has made the Pro Bowl as a backup the past two seasons, deserves a two-year $1.3 million contract. The Dolphins are offering a three-year deal worth about $1.25 million, a source close to the negotiations said.
* Paul Brown's sons, Michael and Peter, will inherit his shares in the Cincinnati Bengals, according to the late team founder's will.
The will, filed in Hamilton County (Ohio) Probate Court, says the sons will inherit their father's interest in the Brown Family Partnership and his shares of the NFL franchise.
Bengals president John Sawyer owns the largest share of the club. How much Bengals stock Paul Brown owned is not a matter of public record.
* Former Washington Redskin Dexter Manley has attracted a lot of interest from other teams, but Phoenix Cardinals coach Joe Bugel said the pass-rushing specialist is not available.
He's also not a starter, said Bugel, who plans to use Plan B free agent Jeff Faulkner and rookie Mike Jones as the bookends in the 3-4 alignment.
* Joe Montana's elbow soreness in his throwing arm flared anew yesterday, forcing the San Francisco 49ers quarterback to miss practice for the third time in four days.
Team doctors say they do not believe the pain will be ongoing.
* The father of Chicago Bears running back Neal Anderson was charged in Graceville, Fla., with murdering a woman he allegedly had planned to marry.
Tommy Anderson, 63, is accused of the shooting death of Laura Mae Tyson, 37, yesterday, said Police Chief Bruce Ward.
* Raghib "Rocket" Ismail scored his first two home touchdowns to help the Toronto Argonauts to a 62-10 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.
Fabrice Santoro, 18, seeded 14th, upset third seed Andre Agassi, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, in the third round of the U.S. Men's Hardcourts Championship in Indianapolis.
Agassi's coach Nick Bollettieri said Agassi felt nauseated leading, 5-2, in the first set.
Top seed Boris Becker beat 16th seed Christian Bergstrom, 6-2, 6-2, to set up a quarterfinal today against No. 9 Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland.
* Stefan Edberg and Ivan Lendl were upset at the Volvo International in New Haven, Conn.
Richard Krajicek, 20, from the Netherlands, consistently hit 120-mph serves that Edberg couldn't handle and beat the top-seeded Swede, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Marc Rosset, ranked No. 41, beat Lendl, 6-4, 6-4, by outlasting him on the baseline.
Of the top eight seeds, only fourth seed John McEnroe and fifth seed Goran Ivanisevic remain in the tournament. They'll play today in a quarterfinal.
* Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini continued toward their anticipated showdown, each winning a third-round match at the Virginia Slims of Los Angeles in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Seles, the top seed who is ranked No. 1 in the world, beat Amanda Coetzer of South Africa, 6-4, 6-1. Sabatini, the No. 2 seed from Argentina who will begin defense of her U.S. Open championship later this month, routed Debbie Graham, 6-3, 6-1.
Rick Steelsmith and Teata Semiz rolled 10 strikes in the final match to win the PBA's Senior-Touring Pro Doubles title in Buffalo, N.Y. The top-seeded team beat Steve Wunderlich and John Handegard, 243-198.
Shawn McCullough of Alexandria, Va., shot a final-round 80 for a 54-hole total of 236, and won the 37th Farmington women's invitation in Charlottesville, Va., by five strokes. Andrea Kraus of Pikesville birdied the first extra hole to edge Robbye Youel of Charlottesville for overall runner-up after tying at 241. Mary Ann Strader of Bel Air won Division II with 253.
* Kellee Booth shot a 76 to win the Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship in Wilmington, Del., by five strokes.
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