Spanish League teams cut Sampson, Coleman
Ralph Sampson, who had been hoping to work himself into shape for another shot at the NBA, was cut yesterday by Unicaja Ronda of Malaga, Spain.
Sampson, who played earlier this season with the Washington ** Bullets, is one of several Americans who will be missing from the Spanish League playoffs this weekend.
Ben Coleman (Maryland) was released by FC Barcelona after leading the team to the quarterfinals of the European Cup, and forward Harold Pressley (Villanova) will be on the sidelines for Joventut of Badalona after suffering a hand injury.
Sampson, the first No. 1 overall NBA draft pick ever to play in Europe, signed with Unicaja on Jan. 9 for $225,000 for the rest of the season. But the club cut Sampson after he averaged 7.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in eight games. He made just 29 percent of his field-goal attempts.
Second seed Martina Navratilova was eliminated in straight sets, and a qualifier for the first time in a decade made the quarterfinals at the $550,000 Family Circle Magazine Cup in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The top seed, Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, led her third-round match against Amanda Coetzer of South Africa, 7-5, 5-3, when play was suspended because of darkness. Navratilova was ousted, 6-4, 6-2, by Natalia Zvereva of Belarus, who is seeded No. 10.
* Top seed Ivan Lendl advanced to the quarterfinals of the Estoril Open in Lisbon, Portugal, with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Javier Molina of Spain. Karel Novacek, the No. 3 seed, was upset by Horacio de la Pena of Argentina, 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.
* Second seed Aaron Krickstein defeated Leonardo Lavalle of Mexico, 6-2, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals of the South African Open in Johannesburg. Fifth seed Javier Frana of Argentina was upset by South African Gary Muller, 6-4, 6-4.
Funeral services were held in Tallahassee, Fla., for former major-league catcher and coach Ken Silvestri. He died Tuesday at age 75. Silvestri played for two pennant-winning teams, the 1941 New York Yankees and the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies during an eight-year career. The Chicago native also played for the White Sox.
* Edwin Dibrell "Dib" Williams, a shortstop who played in seven games of the 1931 World Series for the Philadelphia Athletics, died in Conway, Ark., at age 82. Williams played for Philadelphia from 1930 to 1934 and for the Boston Red Sox in 1935.