Colts are losing again, this time at box office
Last year's 1-15 season is hitting the Indianapolis Colts now where it hurts most -- in the wallet. The Colts will have a drop of about 9 percent in season-ticket renewals this year, according to figures obtained by The Indianapolis News.
The club does not make public its ticket figures, team spokesman Craig Kelley said yesterday. The newspaper reported that close to 4,000 season-ticket holders did not renew by the March 1 deadline, the largest one-year drop since the team moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore in 1984. That first season, the ticket base was 57,500. Now it is reported to be close to 41,000, down from 45,000 last year.
* Ken Staninger, agent for Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, said yesterday that he's been contacted by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Staninger said he has had two calls from the Argonauts, and he is waiting to see whether the team is going to make an offer.
Staninger said that staying with the Redskins is Rypien's first choice, but that Rypien will keep his options open. "You don't close any doors," Staninger said.
* Defensive lineman Dexter Manley, who has been banned for life from the NFL for drug abuse and just finished a stay at a rehabilitation clinic, may get another chance to play in the CFL. Dan Rambo, general manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders, met with Manley last week and said he plans to pursue further talks.
Manley, a former Washington Redskin who had served two previous suspensions, was banned after flunking a drug test in December, while he was playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manley said he was so frustrated about the ban that he had "two or three" relapses since then and checked himself out of a drug clinic in Tucson, Ariz., after a six-day stay in January. But he returned for a stay of more than 30 days in February and is now attending daily meetings.
* Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer Art Donovan was hospitalized yesterday after complaining of chest pains, but was expected to be released today, a Baltimore television station reported. Donovan did not suffer a heart attack, but was admitted for observation and listed in stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital. Donovan said last night that he felt fine and hoped to supervise construction of a pool at his Baltimore County home today, WJZ-TV reported.
Chuck Daly is undecided about stepping down as coach of the Detroit Pistons after five straight 50-win seasons and two NBA championships. Daly told The Detroit News: "I have to survive this season. And it has not been easy." Booth Newspapers, quoting an unidentified Pistons player, reported that Daly called a team meeting Saturday to announce his departure.
* Washington Bullets guard David Wingate, a Dunbar graduate, will receive a proclamation from Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Cecil Kirk Recreation Center when Wingate conducts a "Stay In School" program for an estimated 125 students.
Xavier's Pete Gillen, a former Villanova assistant, withdrew his name from consideration for the head coaching job left open by the departure of Rollie Massimino. "I was very impressed with the great situation they had at Villanova. I love it at Xavier and love living in Cincinnati. This is our home," Gillen said in a statement.
* The University of Michigan mopped up yesterday after post-game revelers who clashed with police following the Wolverines' loss in the NCAA final. Three people were arrested and at least five others suffered minor injuries when an estimated 6,000 people crowded downtown Ann Arbor streets Monday night. Ann Arbor police were criticized for using tear gas disperse the crowd. But officials said yesterday that they took the action only after revelers began pelting police with rocks, bottles and other objects.
* Hall of Fame coach Frank McGuire was in serious but stable condition in a Columbia, S.C., hospital. Physicians say he faces intense physical therapy and possibly some paralysis because of a stroke he suffered Friday.
Veteran Washington boxing trainer Pepe Correa, who helped tutor former welterweight champions Sugar Ray Leonard and Simon Brown and current International Boxing Federation king Maurice Blocker, has been named the trainer of unbeaten heavyweight contender Lennox Lewis of England. Lewis (19-0) ranked fourth by the World Boxing Council and IBF, will defend his European crown against countryman Derek Williams in London on April 30.