NBA suspends Suns rookie Dumas
Phoenix Suns rookie Richard Dumas, a second-round draft choice whose basketball career at Oklahoma State was shortened by drinking problems, was suspended yesterday for one year by the NBA after he tested positive in a random drug test.
Under the NBA's anti-drug agreement, all rookies are subject to random testing during training camp, as well as three more times during their first year in the league.
* Philadelphia 76ers owner Harold Katz bristled at Charles Barkley's suggestion of racism, saying the team makes talent, not race, the factor in picking players.
Barkley had predicted Katz would succumb to fan pressure and keep center David Hoppen as the team's sole white. Yesterday, the 76ers kept Hoppen and cut guard Rickey Green, who is black.
Katz suggested that Barkley stay quiet.
"Charles wants the spotlight on him every second, but for us to be a great team, he has to widen it. . . . This team is more than Charles and Hersey [Hawkins]. He has to open that circle if we're to be more than a 45-win team," Katz said.
College cross country
Morgan State is host to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships today. Morgan's men's team and Delaware State's women's team are the defending champions. The races will be at Oregon Ridge Park, with the women starting at 11 a.m. and the men at noon.
The MEAC double-elimination championships will begin today at 10 a.m. at Morgan State. Florida A&M, unbeaten in conference play, is the top seed. Morgan is seeded second.
Promoter Don King denied allegations in Sports Illustrated that he has ties to organized crime, saying, "This charge is a blatant falsehood."
Former FBI agent Joe Spinelli, who conducted a four-year investigation into corruption in boxing, says the promoter's name kept surfacing as the probe looked into the role of organized crime in the sport.