Pressure forces out Helmick from IOC post
Robert Helmick resigned under pressure as a member of the International Olympic Committee yesterday in Switzerland. That move spared Helmick and the IOC the likely embarrassment of a formal vote asking him to quit.
Helmick, 54, an attorney from Des Moines, Iowa, also had resigned under pressure as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee in September. Once one of the most powerful figures in international sports and considered a potential successor to Juan Antonio Samaranch as IOC president, Helmick's 30-year sports career bottomed out in the wake of revelations he had represented six clients with ties to the Olympic movement. The appearance that he had used his office for personal gain proved his undoing.
* South African Olympics officials say they are fully integrated in 23 of the 26 Olympic sports and had gained full international affiliation in 18 of them.
The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that two corporations' contributions to organizations sponsoring bowl games are subject to taxation. The immediate ruling applies only to Mobil, which sponsors the Cotton Bowl, and to John Hancock, which backs what used to be known as the Sun Bowl. However, tax authorities said the same terms are likely to be applied to other sponsors in the near future.
"If this ruling stands, the real losers will be the colleges and universities that receive proceeds from the bowls," said Bruce Bernstein, who represents the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. He noted that NCAA rules require that 75 percent of bowl proceeds go to participating schools and that those schools share with other members of their conference.
* Florida State's Casey Weldon, Texas A&M's Bucky Richardson and Brigham Young's Ty Detmer have been named finalists for the 1991 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor surprised his teammates and the coaching staff by working out yesterday for nTC the first time since spraining his left knee against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 24. He indicated he probably would play Sunday when the Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tour Du Pont officials have selected Hagerstown to be host to a section of the event next May.