ACC eyes new basketball tourney sites
The Atlantic Coast Conference is considering new sites for the league's basketball tournament even as Charlotte, N.C., plans to make a bid to become the permanent home for the competition.
The Charlotte Coliseum, site of the past two tournaments and the next two, holds 23,900 seats. Early next year, league officials will begin considering bids for 1994 and beyond, ACC assistant commissioner Tom Mickle said.
Three new facilities are opening the marketplace:
* The Greensboro Coliseum, site of the most ACC tournaments (13), has budgeted $43.7 million for renovations and expansion from its current 16,000 seats to more than 23,000. Construction is to be completed in fall 1993.
* The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, which will seat up to 40,000 for basketball, is on schedule for opening next August.
* The Suncoast Dome in St. Petersburg, Fla., has become a viable alternative with the addition of Florida State to the conference. But general manager Jerry Oliver said only preliminary discussions have been held with the ACC. It seats 28,000.
Representatives from each site could make formal presentations the conference as early as its February meeting in Marco Island, Fla. A decision is expected no later than its May meeting in Myrtle Beach.
Three of the newest Seniors (55-over) and the best veteran in the field earned places in the United States Senior Amateur championship in sectional qualifying held at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville. The championship will be held Sept. 16-20 at Crystal Downs in Frankfort, Mich.
Ken Newlin, 55, of Chantilly National and Shelly Blitz, 56, of Woodmont CC shared the medal in the 42-man field with 1-over-par rounds of 73, followed by eight-time qualifiers Ralph Bogart, 71, of the Chevy Chase Club, 74, and Jim O'Malley, 56, of Lakewood, 75. O'Malley squeezed in with a 2-under-par 34 on the back after an out-going 41.
* Cindy Peterka of Baltimore had an 82 and Bonnie Fry of Bel Air 84 to be among the 10 qualifiers for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championship in a sectional test at Sunnybrook GC in Philadelphia. Peterka took a nine at the 10th hole, and still finished 39-4382, and Fry needed a back-nine 38 after a 46 to avoid a playoff for the final places.
* A team headed by professional Mike Welsh and celebrity Scott Garceau finished at 51, and placed first on a match of cards in the sixth annual Ronald McDonald House pro-am at Eagle's Nest. A team led by Tina Barrett-Howard Stevens also finished at 51. The event drew 14 four-player teams (each team was joined by a pro for nine holes and a celebrity for nine holes), with proceeds going to the local facility.
University of Maryland starting left guard Dave deBruin, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee yesterday, still could miss the opener against Virginia on Sept. 7 even though no cartilage damage was found.
Maryland head coach Joe Krivak said deBruin could miss a week or possibly two. deBruin has been replaced by junior Kevin Arline, who started three games and played in eight last year.
Krivak also said he will not make a decision on redshirting freshmen, including Widle Lake's Raphael Wall and Randallstown's Larry Washington, until the week proceeding the Virginia game.
* Sophomore running back Robert Smith, who blasted the coaching staff when he quit the Ohio State football team last week, met with athletic director Jim Jones in what could be the first step toward rejoining the team.
Smith, who broke Archie Griffin's freshman rushing record last year, quit the team Friday and called for the dismissal of head coach John Cooper and offensive coordinator Elliot Uzelac, former head coach at Navy. Smith said the coaching staff had little regard for players' safety and academics.
Center Bill Cartwright, 34, signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, ensuring that the starting five from the past season's NBA championship team will return for the 1991-92 season. The Bulls reportedly will pay Cartwright $2.1 million in each of the next two seasons and up to $2.4 million in the third year, depending on the amount of time he spends on the roster. Cartwright earned $1.5 million last season.
* A woman who observed Dallas Mavericks forward Roy Tarpley's arrest for drunken driving testified that the player did not appear to be intoxicated when he was pulled over. Linda Adams, who was riding in the patrol car of one of the officers involved in the March 30 arrest, testified during a daylong pre-trial hearing. Jury selection was expected to begin yesterday as was Tarpley's drunken-driving trial.
The legal feud between Steffi Graf's father and her wealthy former patron, Jim Levee, ended this weekend as both sides agreed to resolve their differences outside the courtroom.
Levee's attorney, Ellis Rubin of Miami, released a statement that the misunderstanding between Graf and Levee had been "resolved amicably." Peter Graf hit Levee on the head at the French Open in May.
Rubin said a gag order prevented him from disclosing the terms of the settlement.
A Miss Black America contestant who says boxer Mike Tyson touched her improperly nonetheless wants no part of a lawsuit against the former heavyweight champ. Jacqueline Boatwright of Millen, Ga., is among 10 contestants listed as victims in the suit a pageant official has filed against Tyson.
The $21 million suit by pageant director J. Morris Anderson accuses Tyson of fondling the 10 women during festivities surrounding the July event in Indianapolis.