Expos' Reyes suspended for 60 days
Montreal Expos backup catcher Gilberto Reyes was suspended for 60 days yesterday by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent for violating his after-care program and baseball's drug policy.
Reyes had a positive substance test several weeks ago while playing winter baseball in his native Dominican Republic, deputy commissioner Stephen Greenberg said. Greenberg would not say what substance Reyes tested positive for.
Reyes, 27, has been tested regularly since 1990, when he entered an Indianapolis rehabilitation center because of alcohol abuse. He hit .217 last season and drove in 13 runs in 207 at-bats.
The suspension will begin April 6, the first day of the 1992 season. He is permitted to play in spring training.
Lisa Welsch, Reyes' agent, could not immediately be reached. Eugene Orza, associate general counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association, indicated the union would fight the suspension.
* New York Yankees relief pitcher Steve Howe pleaded innocent in Missoula, Mont., to two misdemeanor drug counts, and said he planned to report for spring training this month despite the criminal charges. Howe was charged in January with buying 2 grams of cocaine. He earlier was arrested for allegedly buying 1 gram of cocaine from an undercover agent, though that charge later was changed to accuse him of attempting to make the purchase. U.S. Magistrate Bart Erickson accepted Howe's pleas and set trial for March 30.
* Florida Marlins officials denied reports that they tried to block the movement of the Seattle Mariners to St. Petersburg, Fla., but said the team should be required to pay a transfer fee. The Marlins, a National League expansion team, are based in Miami.
Former winner Wayne Levi shot a 9-under-par 63 to move to 12-under and into a share of the lead with Paul Azinger midway through the second round of the United Airlines Hawaiian Open Honolulu. Levi, the 1982 champ, made six birdies on the back nine, including the final three holes, to tie first-round leader Azinger.
* Michelle Estill shot a 4-under 68 to take the first-round lead at the $500,000 LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary in Lauderhill, Fla. Estill, 29, is one stroke ahead of Martha Nause, Katie Peterson-Parker and Hall of Famers Pat Bradley and Joanne Carner. Estill was an Olympic basketball hopeful in 1980, but the boycotted Moscow Games pushed her into golf. Her only win was at last year's Ping-Cellular One championship.
* Dale Douglass and Orville Moody, matching each other shot for shot, attacked the soft greens at the Vineyards Golf and Country Club for record-tying 64s to share the lead in the Senior PGA Aetna Challenge in Naples, Fla.
* Seve Ballesteros shot a 5-under-par 67 and took sole possession of the lead after two rounds of the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Desert Classic with a 133 total.
Syracuse coach Roy Simmons Jr. and Frank Urso, a four-time first-team All-American at Maryland from 1973-76, and four other former stars will be inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame during a ceremony tonight at the Sheraton Towson Hotel. A sellout crowd of 350, largest in the seven-year history of the event, is expected.
The other four inductees are Don Albertson (posthumously), a Navy All-American from 1924-26; Ted Bauer, a three-time first-team All-American at Washington & Lee from 1972-74; Mike French, NCAA Division I Player of the Year for national champion Cornell in 1976; and Dick Kowalchuk, a three-time first-team All-America at Johns Hopkins from 1972-74.
Advance sales for Tuesday's women's basketball game between No. 1 Maryland and No. 2 Virginia have assured the Terps of setting a single-game attendance record. Maryland had sold 4,423 tickets, surpassing the record of 3,414 set two seasons ago against Tennessee. The ticket office will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The phone number is (800) 462-8377. Home Team Sports has added the game to its schedule.
* A cardiologist said in court documents he probably would not have lowered the dosage of medicine that late Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers took for a heart disorder if coach Paul Westhead hadn't complained that the drug affected Gathers' performance. Dr. Vernon T. Hattori made the statement in a deposition given to attorneys for the Gathers family, who named Westhead and the university as defendants in a $32.5 million lawsuit.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Frank Brickowski pleaded guilty in Missoula, Mont., to a federal charge of possessing an ounce of marijuana, which authorities said was delivered to his Montana ranch in September. Brickowski, 32, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Bart Erickson in Missoula, and cursed a news photographer who took his picture outside the building. Prosecutors recommended Brickowski pay a $1,000 fine and serve no jail time.