Michael Andretti voted Driver of Year
Michael Andretti dominated the 1991 Driver of the Year voting even more than he did the CART PPG Cup series on the way to his first Indy-car championship. Andretti, who won eight poles and eight of 16 races while winning the title, was the unanimous choice of a 12-member national panel of motor-sports writers and broadcasters in the annual voting announced yesterday.
Andretti earned 108 points, all on first-place votes, and NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Harry Gant, Dale Earnhardt and Davey Allison split the 12 second-place votes. Gant, who had eight runner-up votes, wound up second with 62 points, Earnhardt, with three second-place votes, was third with 45 and Allison, with one runner-up ballot, wound up sixth overall.
Jim Weaver, associate athletic director at the University of Florida, was named to take charge of a UNLV athletic program rocked by internal bickering and ongoing problems with the NCAA. Weaver replaces interim athletic director Dennis Finfrock, who had served in the post 15 months before resigning Nov. 8 over a flap involving the secret videotaping of UNLV basketball players in a conditioning class.
Tennessee wide receiver Carl Pickens will forfeit his final year of eligibility to apply for the NFL draft, saying it's time to move on. Coach Johnny Majors said he "understands Carl doing it and hopes everybody else understands it also."
Vernon Forrest became the second U.S. finalist at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Sydney, Australia, because of crunching low blow by Cuban Candelario Duvergel. A penalty for slapping cost the Cuban team another finalist. Still, the Cubans have the most finalists, with six, and the U.S. team has two, one more than it had in the world championships at Moscow in 1989.
Track and field
Middle-distance runner Ruth Wysocki, who was banned for four years for competing in some 1988 meets in South Africa, has had her suspension reduced and will be eligible to return to competition Jan. 1. Wysocki's suspension was to run through Oct. 16, 1992. But she recently applied for reinstatement to The Athletics Congress, the national governing body for track and field, and her application was accepted. TAC gave no reason, but it was believed the changing political climate in South Africa regarding its racial separation policies and the softening of the sports community's isolation of that country were responsible.
Mount St. Mary's, led by junior guard Kevin Booth's 21 points, defeated the Burundi National team in an exhibition, 97-70. The Mount led at halftime, 49-39, but opened the second half with a 8-0 spurt capped by a breakaway layup by Booth. The Mount led by as many as 29 late in the second half.