Interim USOC president is nominated
The executive committee of the U.S. Olympic Committee yesterday unanimously nominated Colorado Springs, Colo., business executive William J. Hybl to finish the term of Robert Helmick, who resigned last week as president amid charges that he had used his volunteer position to gain lucrative legal and consulting work.
Hybl, 49, who has ties to Presidents Reagan and Bush, was not one of those prominently mentioned as a possible successor to Helmick.
"I was certainly pleasantly surprised," Hybl told the Chicago Tribune via telephone from Colorado Springs, where the executive committee met.
"Over the past few days, several members of [individual sports federations] have talked to me about taking this job. My name came up today because the presidency this time has parameters."
The most significant is that the person accepting this interim appointment cannot run for president or any other USOC office in the 1992 October election.
A ballot asking for Hybl's approval is being circulated to 105 members of the USOC's Board of Directors, who must return it by Friday. The directors are being asked to approve the process for selecting an interim president (by two-thirds majority) and the choice of Hybl (by simple majority).
Hybl is chairman and chief executive officer of the El Pomar Foundation, which makes grants in health care, education and the environment. Hybl also is vice chairman on the Broadmoor Hotel's board of directors.
Victory shower A New York actress has filed a lawsuit against Mike Tyson, accusing the former heavyweight champion of grabbing her in a "sexually suggestive" way at a Manhattan night club.
The woman, Robin Young, seeks $2 million in damages from Tyson for the alleged incident on Nov. 12, 1990, at the China Club.
Tyson faces trial next year on a criminal indictment that charges he raped a contestant at the Miss Black America contest in Indianapolis.
Young, an actress and model living in Manhattan, said Tyson "forcefully grabbed" her in a "sexually suggestive and embarrassing fashion causing her great humiliation and distress," according to the lawsuit. No further details of the alleged incident were given.
* Lou Duva, co-handler of heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, will undergo a heart bypass operation today in Houston.
"We're looking at a triple," said Kathy Duva, his daughter-in-law. "He's going to miss a couple of title fights, but he'll be back in time for the big one [against Tyson on Nov. 8]."
The Woodmont Country Club team of Bob Boyd-Mike Davis blistered Woodholme CC with a 7-under-par 32-3466, and wound up a five-stroke winner in the annual Pro-Assistant championship of the Middle Atlantic Professional Golfers' Association.
* Sarah Ingram, a former Owings Mills resident now living in Nashville, Tenn., reinforced her position as the third-ranked woman amateur in the country when she outlasted defending champion Carol Semple Thompson, of Sewickley, Pa., on the 21st hole of a first-round pairing of the fifth annual U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championship at Desert Highlands, GC, Scottsdale, Ariz.