Charron asked to light Flames' playoff path
As the Calgary Flames' new co-coaches, Guy Charron, Paul Baxter and Jamie Hislop are officially sharing the responsibility of getting the team into the NHL playoffs. But Charron, 43, has been designated the main man to make the quick decisions needed behind the bench during games.
The three had been assistants under Doug Risebrough, who relinquished his job as head coach Tuesday night to concentrate on his general manager duties.
"We don't have time to experiment right now," said Charron, whose team is four points out of a playoff spot in the Smythe Division with 15 games left. "We've got to think about putting the best guys on the ice."
* Bob Goodenow, executive director of the NHL Players Association, denied reports that players had set March 16 as a walkout date. Goodenow said some of the teams "were still in the process" of voting on whether strike action was necessary. Players on at least 12 of the 22 NHL clubs have voted to give Goodenow and his negotiating committee a mandate to call a strike. Other teams are to vote this week.
Danny Wiseman of Dundalk trails Jim Johnson of Wilmington, Del., by 14 pins (2,729 to 2,715) after the second round of the Professional Bowlers Association Paula Carters Homestead (Fla.) Classic. Wiseman has won four tournaments, including last year's Toyota Classic in St. Louis. Mark Bowers of Aberdeen is 25th with 2,540.
Track and field
Nikolay Antonov, fresh from winning the 200-meter European indoor title last weekend, defeated Carl Lewis in that sprint with a clocking of 20.51 seconds at an international meet in San Sebastian, Spain. Lewis finished in 20.75. Renaldo Nehemiah (Maryland) won the 60-meter hurdles in 7.53 seconds.
Senior Wendy Weaver pushed the Towson State all-around record to 39.0 in a 191.45-186.95 victory against Temple at the Towson Center. Weaver was first in uneven bars, beam and floor exercise; she was second in vaulting.
Maryland (1-3-1) scored seven times in the fourth inning and went on to defeat George Washington (0-6), 12-9, at Shipley Field in College Park. The Terps' Ken Noe had two hits and drove in five runs. Teammate Derek Hacopian had two hits, including a home run.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Tim Worley said he expects the NFL to suspend him for a season without pay for missing two mandatory drug tests. Worley, the team's No. 1 draft choice in 1989, subjected himself to an automatic one-year suspension when he failed to take drug tests Feb. 7 and 10. He said he missed the tests because he went with several other NFL players to the NBA All-Star Game.
Sled dog racing
Joe Runyan tore through two more checkpoints, trying to put distance between himself and other top mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race before he takes a mandatory 24-hour layover. Runyan, who won the 1989 race, said he didn't plan to take the break until Kaltag, another five checkpoints and 325 miles down the trail from Ophir, Alaska. Race officials said that might be the longest anyone has waited to take the layover.
A rally car skidded off the course at the Portuguese rally in Lousa, killing a spectator on the first full day of the five-day event. Portuguese driver Rui Madeira lost control on a winding stretch through the Serra da Lousa mountains, Lisbon's TSF radio station reported.
* Lella Lombardi, 48, an Italian woman who made history in the 1970s by gaining points in Formula One races on the Grand Prix tour, died Tuesday in Milan of cancer. She drove for March and Brabham teams before retiring in 1976.