Union drops grievance over Astros' long trip
The Major League Baseball Players Association yesterday withdrew its grievance over a 28-day, 26-game road trip this summer by the Houston Astros. In announcing the decision, which clears the way for the Republican National Convention on Aug. 17-20 at the Astrodome, the National League said that Astros owner John McMullen had agreed to make "sizable charitable contributions to the baseball program at the Naval Academy and to New York area Little League programs."
The amount of the contributions was not announced, but a lawyer familiar with the settlement, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Navy would get $100,000 and the Little League programs would get $25,000. McMullen, a Naval Academy graduate, served in the military from 1940-54 and retired with the rank of commander.
The lawyer also said that McMullen agreed to pay first-class airfare for a guest of each player during a four-day stay in Chicago on the trip, and agreed to give all players single rooms that weekend.
Neil Richardson, chairman of the U.S. Bobsled Federation's board of directors, was suspended by a 9-3 vote of board members.
The vote followed an arbitrator's ruling last weekend that the Olympic bobsled team wasn't picked fairly and ordered a new round of tryouts.
Michael Jordan surprisingly trails Philadelphia's Charles Barkley and Boston's Larry Bird in balloting for the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Jordan has 314,860 votes to lead all guards. Barkley (385,686) and Bird (327,859), out of the Celtics lineup with a back injury, are outdistancing the other forwards.
The top vote-getter among East centers is New York's Patrick Ewing with 177,232.
Jordan is likely to be joined in the backcourt by Washington's Michael Adams (217,035).
Baltimore's Reed Cordish (Gilman) defeated Kip Layman of Newport News, Va., 7-5, 7-6, in the final of the back draw of the Mid Atlantic Tennis Association's boys 18 winter championships Monday at Greenspring Racquet Club.
In the main draw final, David Caldwell of Richmond defeated Paul Goldstein of Bethesda, 6-0, 6-0.