Westhead dropped from Gathers suit
Basketball coach Paul Westhead was dropped yesterday from a lawsuit filed by the family of Hank Gathers, the Loyola Marymount star who died after collapsing during a game in 1990.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge J. Gary Hastings approved dismissal of Westhead from a negligence lawsuit filed by the Gathers family. Westhead since has left Loyola Marymount and become head coach of the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
Loyola Marymount agreed to pay Gathers' 8-year-old son, Aaron Crump, $855,000.
Harry Sullins won six of eight games to take the fourth-round lead in the PBA's $130,000 Paula Carters Homestead (Fla.) Classic. A four-time PBA champion from Detroit, Sullins finished with a 5,920 pinfall total. Mark Bowers of Aberdeen is 16th, with 5,539. Danny Wiseman of Dundalk is 19th, with 5,477. Scott Poe of Glen Burnie finished with 3,633, earning $390.
Morgan State, coming off its eighth successive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship, will be the host school when the annual NCAA Eastern Regionals are held at Hill Field House today and tomorrow. There will be two sessions each day, beginning this morning at 10. Morgan State and Coppin State will be among 13 teams sending out individuals seeking a place in the NCAA Championships on March 13-14 in Oklahoma City, '' Okla. Each of the 10 individual champions and four wild cards will advance.
Ed McCarron hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Tim Sheehan pitched a five-hitter and struck out 10, as Mount St. Mary's (2-4) turned back Navy (2-4), 3-2, at Bishop Stadium in Annapolis.
* George Mason (3-5) included three home runs among its 10 hits and defeated the University of Maryland (1-4-1), 10-6, at Shipley Field in College Park. Randy Dillingham, first of six pitchers for coach Tom Bradley, was the loser. Chris Cannan, Derek Hacopian and Matt Bailey had two hits apiece for the Terrapins.
Sources said NHL president John Ziegler was livid after New York Islanders general manager Bill Torrey, a member of the owners' negotiating committee, predicted this week that the NHL players would strike March 16. NHL Players Association president Bryan Trottier of the Pittsburgh Penguins said it was "not realistic" to expect a strike before the regular season ends April 5.
The parents of a Notre Dame swim team member killed in
January in a bus crash filed a wrongful death lawsuit South Bend, Ind., against the bus company and driver. Gordon and Kathy Beeler of Granger, Ind., filed the lawsuit in St. Joseph Circuit Court on behalf of their daughter, Margaret "Meghan" Beeler.
Sled dog racing
Joe Runyan and Doug Swingley pressed on toward the Yukon River, still without having taken their mandatory 24-hour layover in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The two mushers left Cripple, Alaska, the race's halfway point, at 11:50 a.m. and 12:09 p.m., respectively. But a pack of mushers that had taken the required rest was closing in on Cripple. Ketil Reitan moved into third place by leaving Ophir, 60 miles away, at 10:18 a.m.
John H. McCray Jr., vice president for student development at University of Rhode Island, promised quick action to determine whether players were involved in an alleged campus gambling ring. The university wants to learn about any player involvement as quickly as possible because the Atlantic 10 tournament begins tomorrow.