Chamberlain OK, has abnormal heart rhythm
Wilt Chamberlain was in excellent condition at an Inglewood, Calif., hospital yesterday, a day after experiencing a slightly abnormal heart rhythm at a Los Angeles Lakers game, doctors said. "Considering he has an arrhythmia, he's in excellent condition," said Chamberlain's personal physician, Dr. Ellen Goudlock. "He's in absolutely great spirits. He's laughing, and watching TV."
Goudlock said at a news conference that Chamberlain's arrhythmia was merely an abnormal heart rhythm. Chamberlain, 55, was taken to Centinela Hospital Medical Center from the Great Western Forum on Wednesday night after suffering what Dr. Goudlock called "a gastric upset" at game in which he was honored as a member of the 1971-72 Lakers.
Amy Frazier, the eighth seed, used her consistent passing shots to defeat Pam Shriver of Lutherville, seeded 10th, 6-2, 6-3, in the third round of the Evert Cup tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. Shriver received a warning for throwing her racket at 1-4 in the second set and hit a ball at a bird on the court in the last game, causing Frazier to call her unprofessional. "I'm an emotional person, and that's hard for Amy to understand," Shriver said.
* Dutchman Jan Siemerink upset top seed Swede Stefan Edberg in straight sets in the second round of the ABN tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Siemerink, 21, is ranked 42nd in the ATP Tour.
Veteran Winnipeg Jets defenseman Moe Mantha, who just finished a tour with the U.S. Olympic team, has been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for future considerations. Mantha, 31, had been anticipating a trade for some time. "I know I can still play the game, and it's a matter of getting on a team that maybe needs an older defenseman," Mantha had said earlier this week.
Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain of Spain and American Greg LeMond, a three-time winner of that event, will compete in the streamlined Tour Du Pont, part of which runs through Maryland. The 1,000-mile stage race, reduced in length about 150 miles from last year, will begin May 7 in Wilmington, Del., and conclude May 17 at RFK Stadium in Washington.
The race, which began in 1989 as the Tour de Trump, is the largest cycling event in the United States. The field, which will include 13 professional and three amateur teams, also will race through Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Nevada-Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian could be reassigned to another position within the university if he is able to keep his job through legal action. According to terms of his contract, a copy of which was obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Tarkanian can be reassigned within the university at the discretion of UNLV President Robert Maxson. Tarkanian announced Sunday that he would withdraw the resignation he submitted last June.
Meanwhile, several hundred people rallied in support of academics at UNLV, and argued with supporters of Tarkanian about the future of the university. The rally by UNLV employees and students also drew a crowd of Tarkanian supporters in a public showing that reflected the division caused by Tarkanian's planned ouster.
* The arrest of two students and a third person broke up a college gambling ring that had ties to the mob, Rhode Island state police said. Unanswered were allegations of possible involvement by University of Rhode Island players. Police said one allegation involved an alleged extortion attempt against the brother of URI basketball captain Jeff Kent. URI president Robert Carothers, in a brief meeting with reporters before the school's basketball game against Temple, confirmed that players were under investigation, but said "there is no concrete evidence" against any athlete.