Goalie Manning not headed to Storm
St. Louis Storm coach Don Popovic said last night that he most likely will sign former Kansas City Comets goalkeeper Jim Gorsek instead of ex-Blast player Scott Manning to replace the retired Zoltan Toth.
Popovic said Manning, who was not re-signed by the Blast this season, is the better goalkeeper for the long run, but Gorsek fits his team for the short run, because he has played with six Storm players (Branko Segota, Fernando Clavijo, Daryl Doran, Mark Frederickson, Ted Eck and John Klein) and will have less of a communications adjustment to make. Popovic also said Gorsek's willingness to accept less money has a "small part to do with it."
Mack Lobell, generally considered the greatest trotter in history, is finished racing. The Harness Horse of the Year in 1987-88 will stand at stud full-time in Sweden, where he has been based since being purchased from Lou Guida for a reported $7 million in 1988.
Mack Lobell is the fastest trotter ever on a mile track (1:52 1-5), a five-eighths-mile track (1:54 1-5) and half-mile track (1:56). He won the Hambletonian in 1987, Breeders Crown races in 1986-88 and the Elitlopp, Sweden's most prestigious race, in 1988 and 1990.
An assistant Nebraska coach blasted Big Eight Conference officials, saying they missed calls in the Cornhuskers' 19-19 tie against Colorado. "The league needs to get more young officials," Milt Tenopir told about 200 people at a Cornhuskers football breakfast gathering. "It's like a fraternity. Once they're in, you can't get rid of them."
Tenopir, an assistant at Nebraska 17 years, said officials missed a clipping and an unsportsmanlike-conduct call against Colorado Saturday. Nebraska athletic director Bob Devaney said Tenopir should not have criticized the officials.
Germany's Carl-Uwe Steeb upset top-seeded Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia, 6-3, 7-5, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup at Olympic Stadium in Moscow. American Jim Grabb also reached the quarters with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over Australian Mark Woodforde. Grabb, the only American left in the singles draw, faces eighth-seeded Alexander Volkov of the Soviet Union.
The International Boxing Federation has joined the World Boxing Association in recognizing Evander Holyfield's heavyweight defense against Francesco Damiani Nov. 23 as a championship fight. It will not be sanctioned by the World Boxing Council, which means that if Damiani should upset the champion, the WBC title would be vacant.
Hartford Whalers managing partner Richard Gordon was thwarted, at least temporarily, from gaining majority ownership when a partnership owning 37 percent of the team filed for bankruptcy. The Colonial Whalers Limited Partnership filed for federal bankruptcy protection after Gordon issued a $13 million cash call for what he called expenses and anticipated losses.
Jim Thorpe shot a course-record 64 and took a three-stroke lead over Bobby Wadkins in the $750,000 Amoco-Centel Championship in Bluffton, S.C. Thorpe birdied five of the first seven holes en route to a 31 on the front side on the par-72, 6,761-yard Hilton Head National Golf Club course. He had three birdies on the back nine, completing a bogey-free round. The tournament, which is approved by the PGA but not sponsored by the organization, features 32 golfers between the ages of 40 and 49.
Tickets for March's NCAA Eastern Regional finals at The Spectrum in Philadelphia are on sale by mail. Tickets at $59.50 each will cover admission to both the March 26 and March 28 games. Spectrum officials said only money orders and certified checks would be accepted. The maximum number of all-session tickets is limited to four per order.
Orders should be made out to "The Spectrum" and mailed to NCAA Tickets/Spectrum, P.O. Box 25066, Philadelphia, Pa., 19147.