Manhattan's Lappas to take Villanova job
Steve Lappas of Manhattan will return to Villanova and take over his old boss' job, a source said.
Lappas, 37, was an assistant under Rollie Massimino from 1985 to 1988. Last night, Bruce Parkhill of Penn State followed Pete Gillen of Xavier of Ohio and withdrew his name from contention. According to reports, two other coaches interviewed -- George Washington's Mike Jarvis and Vanderbilt's Eddie Fogler -- also withdrew their names.
* Baltimore native Pat Dennis (Loyola High), an assistant at Richmond for the past seven seasons, yesterday was named head basketball coach at The Citadel.
Dennis, also a former assistant at George Washington, Loyola (Md.) and Towson State, replaces Randy Nesbit, who was fired last month after a 75-121 record in seven years at his alma mater. Richmond was 151-62 while Dennis was an assistant.
Rex Chapman's debut as a Washington Bullet was put on hold again yesterday when the team doctor said the veteran guard, obtained in a Feb. 19 trade with the Charlotte Hornets, was suffering from tendinitis in his left Achilles' heel.
Chapman, who had hoped to play in New York against the Knicks tonight, aggravated his Achilles' tendon while working out strenuously three times last weekend to test the sore heel that has kept him sidelined since January.
"Our doctor [Steve Haas] was encouraged by the way the heel withstood three tough practices," said general manager John Nash, who is in Orlando, Fla., this week scouting prospective NBA draft picks. "But it was a case of too much, too soon, and that caused the Achilles to flare up."
* Charles Barkley says general manager Gene Shue is "a clown whose only ambition is to caddy for [Philadelphia 76ers owner] Harold Katz."
According to news reports, Shue said Barkley has the talent of Michael Jordan but not the will to win, preferring to play for himself and not the team.
"I've no respect for Gene Shue," Barkley said. "He's just a robot who does as he's told."
In Orlando, Fla., Donnie Rice threw a no-hitter against top-ranked Calvert Hall (7-4) as Boone won, 3-0, in the Colonial Classic. Rice had seven strikeouts and walked two. He also was 3-for-3 with two doubles and one run scored.
* No. 2 Old Mill defeated top-ranked North County, 6-3, in an Anne Arundel County Bay Division softball game.
The Patriots (6-0, 4-0) broke a 2-2 tie against the Knights (9-1, 6-1).
A woman who sustained head injuries in an alleged beating by Nebraska running back Scott Baldwin will receive the proceeds of the university's spring game, coach Tom Osborne said.
A trial is scheduled June 8 for Baldwin on assault charges stemming from what police say was a random attack Jan. 18 on Gina Simanek outside the woman's Lincoln, Neb., apartment.
Track and field
Delisa Floyd, the 1991 national champion at 800 meters who received a four-year suspension after a positive test for amphetamines at the World Championships last summer in Tokyo, could be reinstated next month.
The Athletics Congress, the national governing body for track and field, voted Sunday at Columbus, Ohio, to accept the recommendation of a three-member National Athletics Board of Review hearing panel, which recommended that Floyd be reinstated.
A foursome headed by professional David Quelland of Ocean City Yacht & Country Club won a Middle Atlantic Professional Golfers' Association pro-scratch tournament at Hog Neck Golf Club in Easton. With scoring based on best two scores of four, they returned a 6-under-par total of 68-70138.
Quelland was joined by amateurs Evan Hileman, Mitch Wyatt, and Johnny Boston. Teams headed by pros Joe Greenawalt of Northwest Park and John Dodson of Twin Shields tied for second at 144 in the 31-team program held for the benefit of National Golf Day.
Derek Williams averaged 237 for 10 games Monday to lead the Pro Tour Qualifier event of the $160,000 PBA Tums Classic at Windsor Locks, Conn.
Pernell Whitaker has forfeited his World Boxing Council lightweight title because of problems keeping within the 135-pound weight limit, the WBC said.
* Miami Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wilson ordered a mental examination of Trevor Berbick after the former heavyweight champion's arm-waving, raving outburst at his sexual battery sentencing hearing.
No. 4 Penn State rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat No. 6 Dartmouth (5-3), 7-6, in a women's sudden-death overtime game in Deerfield, Mass.
Deanna Blood (Dulaney) led the Nittany Lions (8-2) with three goals, including the tying tally at the 45-minute mark. Chris McGinley scored the game winner, 13 seconds into the sudden-death period.
A 14-run fourth inning in the opener and a pair of triples by Sean Warfield in the nightcap helped Frostburg State (16-7) sweep a doubleheader from visiting Bowie State, 23-0, and 12-4. C.J. Hill and Steve Bell were the winning pitchers.