New book tells critical tales of JordanA...

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November 12, 1991

New book tells critical tales of Jordan

A soon-to-be-published book contends Michael Jordan told the Chicago Bulls not to pass the ball to a teammate in the closing minutes of games and once punched a teammate in the head during practice, a published report said.

"The Jordan Rules," by Chicago Tribune sportswriter Sam Smith, soon will be published by Simon & Schuster. The Chicago Sun-Times said in a column in yesterday's editions that it had obtained an advance copy.

According to the Sun-Times account, the book reports that Jordan warned teammates against passing the ball to center Bill Cartwright in the final four minutes of a game. The book also reports that Jordan slugged backup center Will Perdue during practice.

Baseball

World Series MVP Jack Morris and suspended Atlanta outfielder Otis Nixon were among the five players who filed for free agency to raise the total to a record 97.

The total of free agents broke the previous record of 96, set last year. Others filing yesterday were Minnesota second baseman Al Newman, Twins catcher Junior Ortiz and California outfielder Max Venable.

* The Pittsburgh Pirates made a late $18.5 million, four-year offer to outfielder Bobby Bonilla, who filed for free agency on the first possible day. The offer was rejected Friday by Bonilla's agent, Dennis Gilbert, and other teams can start making offers today.

* Shortstop Tony Fernandez, who had the right to demand a trade, has told the San Diego Padres that he will return next season.

Because Fernandez was traded during a multiyear contract, he had the right to demand a deal. He is to be paid $2.1 million in 1992 and the Padres have a 1993 option for $2.3 million.

Pro football

Richard Afflis, a former pro football player better known as "Dick The Bruiser" during four decades in professional wrestling, has died at age 62.

Afflis died Sunday of internal bleeding, according to a spokesman for Suncoast Hospital in Largo, Fla., near his winter home. His widow, Louise, said her husband had been weightlifting at home and ruptured a blood vessel in his esophagus.

Afflis got his nickname in the early 1950s as an offensive lineman with the Green Bay Packers. He played four seasons with the Packers, leaving in 1954 for pro wrestling.

Shooting

A member of the U.S. shooting team fatally shot himself in the head at a Colorado home where he and two members of the Spanish national shooting team had gone to buy a pistol, authorities said.

The victim was identified as Robert Plante, 29, of Westland, Mich.

"In a joking manner, Mr. Plante placed the pistol to his head and pulled the trigger, discharging the firearm," said sheriff's Capt. William Walker.

College football

Oklahoma quarterback Cale Gundy underwent emergency surgery to correct a hernia problem and could miss Saturday's game against Oklahoma State.

Olympics

The International Olympic Committee formally restored the three Baltic states as independent members and invited them to the 1992 Winter and Summer Games.

The committee's 94 members voted without opposition to recognize the national Olympic bodies of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, an IOC statement said.

Golf

The father-son combination of Bruce and Brian Lehnhard shot par-matching 72s to share the medal in qualifying for the annual Middle Atlantic PGA match-play championship at Woodmont Country Club yesterday.

Two rounds today will reduce the field to four for tomorrow's semifinals and final, all at 18 holes.

Tennis

Sixth-seeded Conchita Martinez defeated Catarina Lindqvist, 6-2, 6-4, in the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia tournament.

Marianne Werdel staged two comebacks to beat Larisa Savchenko, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7).

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