Mavericks' Tarpley takes drug test
Troubled Dallas Mavericks forward Roy Tarpley was given a drug test yesterday by ASAP, the administrative arm of the NBA's anti-drug and alcohol program, team officials said.
Tarpley has taken and passed numerous drug tests in the past two years after slips in his after-care program.
A positive test for cocaine or heroin would result in his suspension from the league for at least two years. There was no immediate word on when the results of the tests, which are not made public, would be known.
Tarpley, who refused to practice with the team on Sunday and walked out of a practice on Monday, was in Houston yesterday to talk with counselors at John Lucas' drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic, where he is an outpatient.
* Former UNLV star Larry Johnson apparently will miss a homecoming game tonight between the Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors at the UNLV campus arena, and an official said it would cost the event an estimated 5,000 ticket sales.
Johnson, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, has yet to come to contract terms with the Hornets.
Johnson's absence will trim the crowd at the Thomas and Mack arena from an estimated 12,000-14,000 to an estimated 7,000-9,000, said Pat Christenson, assistant director of the arena.
The Baltimore Thunder of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League has announced its schedule for the upcoming season. The Thunder will play four of its eight games at the Baltimore Arena -- Dec. 27, Jan. 25, Feb. 29 and March 14. Tickets are available by calling 347-2006.