Kiam signs Patriots over to St. Louis backer
Victor Kiam, after much haggling with minority owner Fran Murray past a noon deadline yesterday, signed the papers that would remove him as owner of the New England Patriots by agreeing to sell his 51 percent ownership share of the troubled franchise.
"It wasn't easy, and we went way past the deadline, but we finally got it done," said Kiam last night at the annual NFL meetings. Murray would not agree that the deal was done. "Yes, Kiam did sign the papers today, but it does not mean the deal is over," he said. "We have some important bank documents that have to change hands." If those hurdles are met, James Busch Orthwein, the money man behind the St. Louis expansion effort, will be the majority owner of the Patriots.
Track and field
Lee McRae, the world indoor record-holder at 55 meters, was barred from competing on the U.S. track team against Britain after The Athletics Congress determined he sexually harassed a female athlete, TAC announced. McRae was accused of verbal sexual harassment, said Doriane Lambelet, a Durham, N.C., lawyer who chaired the hearing panel. She declined to elaborate on the charge.
McRae acknowledged he had "demonstrated disrespect for his teammate, and expressed regret at his conduct," TAC said. The incident occurred during a series of track meets in Puerto Rico last summer, according to the release. McRea said he would not appeal the decision, TAC said.
Bryan Lefley, a Canadian who played five seasons in the NHL, was named the new coach of the Italian national hockey team, replacing former Skipjacks coach Gene Ubriaco, who was fired after a 12th-place finish by Italy in the Olympics.
* Mike McNamara, 21, a sophomore from Elmira College, regained consciousness, five days after he hit his head on the ice during a national playoff game.
A volunteer assistant high school coach in Naples, Fla., was near death after being struck in the head while pitching batting practice. Rick Saggese, 44, was in "extremely critical condition," said spokeswoman Linda Darrah at Naples Community Hospital. The school's principal said he was told Saggese was brain dead, but Darrah said hospital officials wouldn't elaborate on his condition. Saggese, whose son plays on the Barron Collier High team, was hit in the head by a line drive Wednesday.
Freshman Joe Bushey pitched a five-hitter, with nine strikeouts and a walk, and Joe Kail had three hits and three RBI, as Johns Hopkins (9-2) defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene, 6-0, at Cocoa, Fla. Earlier, Scott d'Entremont gave only three hits, and Gettysburg stopped Hopkins, 8-0.
* In another game at Cocoa, Western Maryland (3-3) used a four-run fourth inning to beat Culver-Stockton, 5-3. Ron Chanski limited the Missouri college to four hits, and Jerry Rush backed him with two hits and two RBI.
* H.C. Henerix of Campbell (10-13-1) drove in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, and the Camels tied Towson State (6-3-1), 2-2, at Buies Creek, N.C. Jamie Keitsock and Steve Farling drove in the Towson State runs in the rain-shortened contest.
Navy's 190-pounder, Tom Storey, defeated Northern Iowa's Dave Malecek, 4-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I championships at Oklahoma City.
Storey defeated Bucknell's Rob Ferraro, 5-4, in an earlier match to advance to the second round. Storey will face top-seeded Rex Holman of Ohio State today in the quarterfinals.
Midshipmen Jamie Cummings and Dan Hicks lost to No. 3 seeds in the first round. Navy's Brad Gazaway lost to Missouri's Kenny Liddell, 7-4.
Paul Tomick (John Carroll), who had four assists earlier, scored his fourth goal of the game with 2:48 left in the second four-minute sudden-death overtime period, and Randolph-Macon (5-1) beat LeMoyne, 13-12, at Ashland, Va. Matt Bollinger (Loyola), who had a goal, drew an assist on the final goal.
The Kansas City Chiefs, looking for help at quarterback after Steve DeBerg's inconsistent 1991 season, signed 12-year veteran Dave Krieg. Krieg, 33, has spent his entire pro career with the Seattle Seahawks. He led the NFL with a 65.6 percent completion percentage in an injury-shortened 1991 season.
The Baltimore County All-Star basketball games will be held tonight at Dundalk Community College. The boys game, pitting seniors from the county's Class 1A/2A teams against the Class 3A/4A seniors, will begin at 8. The girls game is at 6.
Alamo Rent A Car has withdrawn as sponsor of the Heritage Bowl after a power struggle with the event's president, leaving the future of the playoff between predominantly black colleges in doubt. Alamo pulled out after learning that ousted bowl president James McKinley won back his post in a settlement of his lawsuit against his board and top Alamo executives.
The company spent $650,000 -- $500,000 more than planned -- on the inaugural Heritage Bowl last December, which drew 7,728 fans to the 73,000-seat Joe Robbie Stadium.
Petra Kronberger of Austria clinched her third consecutive overall World Cup title in the winter's next-to-last race, a super-giant slalom in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Carole Merle of France won the race for her fourth straight season title in the super-G. She was clocked in 1 minute, 30.17 seconds on a hill made difficult by warm temperatures. Kronberger, who needed a 24th-place finish to take the overall title ahead of Merle, finished 19th.