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February 15, 1992

NFL players offer to settle, report says

The Boston Globe has learned that the NFL Players Association, through New York-based lawyer Jim Quinn, sent a settlement proposal to the owners this week. An insider called it the biggest step toward peace since the sides separated after the player strike of 1987. This is the first time in 4 1/2 years that the players have made a settlement proposal. Some key elements:

* The players would consider a free-agency system that would allow any player to go free after four to six years in the league. Previously, the players have said that they would accept nothing less than total free agency, which they are seeking in court in Minnesota.

* A salary cap. Before this, the players said they did not want a cap, but they reportedly now feel that such a system would eliminate the owners' most recent proposal calling for a paid-performance system, better known as a wage scale for rookies and first-year free agents.

* The annual college draft would be reduced from 12 rounds to six starting in 1993.

* The players would share in at least 58 percent or more than 60 percent of the revenues, depending upon what is involved.

* Donald "Red Dog" Ettinger, a former All-Pro linebacker in the 1940s for the New York Giants, has died at age 70 in Cookeville, Tenn.

Tennis

Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker and Guy Forget won quarterfinals at the Donnay Indoor Championship in Brussels, Belgium. Courier, the world's top player and the second seed, will play Forget. Edberg, the world's second-ranked player and the No. 1 seed, will play Becker.

* Jimmy Connors, the 16th seed, beat 10th seed Aaron Krickstein, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the Federal Express International quarterfinals in Memphis, Tenn. Connors will play 14th seed MaliVai Washington. Unseeded Amos Mansdorf will play seventh seed Wayne Ferreira.

* Second seed Lori McNeil beat Zina Garrison, 6-1, 6-3, in Virginia Slims of Chicago quarterfinals and will meet second seed Martina Navratilova today. Third seed Jana Novotna will face top seed Steffi Graf.

* Defending Wimbledon champion Michael Stich drew the top seed for the field of 48 in the $1 million U.S. Pro Indoor beginning Monday in Philadelphia.

Boxing

There is no possibility Mike Tyson could be licensed to box in Nevada during any appeal of his Indianapolis rape conviction, said Chuck Minker, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. Tyson could remain out of prison for as long as four years if he appeals.

* Former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Michael Dokes (45-3-2) stopped journeyman Danny Wofford (10-17-2) in the ninth round of a scheduled 10-round bout in Las Vegas.

* Former heavyweight champion James "Buster" Douglas, 31, was released on his own recognizance after being charged with drunken driving in Westerville, Ohio.

Baseball

Detroit Tigers owner Thomas Monaghan has put up the team for sale, an aide said, but the aide wouldn't confirm reports of an imminent purchase by Edsel Ford II, the great grandson of Henry Ford.

College swimming

UMBC women won five of six events at the East Coast Conference Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Megan Malchak set a meet and conference record in winning the 100 breast stroke in 1 minute, 7.33 seconds. UMBC's Mike Stambaugh swam the 100 backstroke in 50.81 in the trials, a meet record. He won the finals in 50.82.

* Maryland is sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's

championships after two days in Chapel Hill, N.C., trailing leader North Carolina State, 456-224.

Pro basketball

Washington Bullets coach Wes Unseld will hold a clinic at the Baltimore Arena on Monday at 10:30 a.m. for children 16 and under holding tickets for the game with the Atlanta Hawks. The first 1,000 children will receive a free mini-basketball.

Track and field

North Carolina's men lead the ACC indoor championships in Johnson City, Tenn., with 34 points. Maryland is last with one. North Carolina's women lead Virginia's, 47-28. Maryland is tied for last with Wake Forest with 6.

Bowling

Bruce Hamilton leads heading into today's stepladder finals of the $200,000 PBA True Value Open in Peoria, Ill. Hamilton, who knocked down 10,027 pins, is followed by Amleto Monacelli, Pete McCordic, Dave Ferraro and Dave Arnold. Danny Wiseman of Parkville finished 12th with 9,250 pins. He earned $3,200.

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