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April 15, 1992

Marinovich's drug test positive, report says

Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich, who is nearing the end of a drug diversion program, was tested positive by the NFL for a banned substance, ESPN reported yesterday.

ESPN said Marinovich declined to be interviewed but denied the report through his agent, Tom Condon.

ESPN, citing sources within the NFL, said the league-conducted test that came back positive was taken shortly after the Raiders lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 10-6, in an AFC wild-card playoff game last Dec. 28. The cable network said it was not known what drug was involved.

Marinovich, 22, was arrested on Jan. 20, 1991, on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession in Newport Beach, Calif. Earlier that month, he was suspended indefinitely from the Southern Cal football team for missing a meeting and failing to register for classes.

* Jim Irsay says the Indianapolis Colts plan to use the first two picks in the NFL draft on Steve Emtman and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard. For now, anyway.

Plans have been known to change, though, and by draft day on April 26, the Colts general manager may end up with a new strategy.

"We know what direction we're going, but nothing is etched in stone," new coach Ted Marchibroda said. "Anything can happen between now and the 26th."

College basketball

The two-week search for Rollie Massimino's replacement is over, with Steve Lappas of Manhattan College the choice to lead Villanova University's basketball program.

Lappas was hired yesterday, ending a search in which one coach turned the job down and at least three others withdrew from consideration.

Lappas, 37, leaves Manhattan after four seasons to succeed Massimino, who left Villanova to replace Jerry Tarkanian at Nevada-Las Vegas. Lappas was an assistant under Massimino from 1984 to 1988.

College football

Maryland coach Mark Duffner said he probably will not select a starting quarterback until preseason camp begins in August.

The Terps have six more practices left in the spring, but Duffner said no prospects have performed "head and shoulders" above the others.

"I would have liked to be able to name a starter, but each day, one quarterback keeps doing something better," Duffner said. "By the end of the spring, I'd like to have it down to a top three."

Duffner, in his first year at Maryland, will operate the run-and-shoot offense in the fall. The six candidates for the starting job are junior John Kaleo, sophomore David Mike, redshirt freshman Tony Scarpino and true freshmen Greg Lister, Tom Marchese and Scott Milanovich.

Women's lacrosse

Freshman Laura Harmon scored the first of her six goals 12 seconds into the game, and second-ranked Maryland (8-1) went on to rout Richmond (4-11), 17-0, in College Park. Harmon's flurry raised her team-high total to 28 for the season.

The Terrapins were without three starters, including Mandy Stevenson, the nation's top-rated goalkeeper. Freshman Jamie Brodsky had six saves in her first start.

* Meghan Mulqueen led visiting Delaware (4-6) with four goals and one assist, as the Blue Hens stopped UMBC (3-6), 11-4. Kelly Archambo was the top scorer for UMBC with three goals.

* At Westminster, Western Maryland (5-2) overcame an early deficit with eight straight goals and went on to its fifth straight win, an 18-6 decision over Goucher (2-8). Junior Jenny Preston (Notre Dame Prep) scored a career-high five goals to lead Western Maryland. Allison Armiger had four goals for Goucher.

* At St. Mary's City, St. Mary's (6-3) opened a 7-3 halftime lead on Anne Arundel CC, as Suzanne DeHann had four of her six goals, and teammate Amy Brewer had two.

* At Chestertown, Amy McCleary (St. Paul's) scored three second-half goals to help Washington College defeat Dickinson, 9-7, in the Middle Atlantic Conference-West. McCleary scored twice in the first two minutes of the second half to give Washington (3-5, 2-2) a 5-4 lead. After Dickinson (0-7, 0-3) put together a three-goal spurt, McCleary ignited a four-goal run at 13:38.

College baseball

Chris Smoot and Scott Olson hit three-run homers to power Maryland (17-17-1) to a 9-7 triumph over UMBC (21-6) in College Park. UMBC had beaten the Terps last week, 14-8.

Olson's blow turned out to be the game-winner, as it gave the home team a 9-5 lead. For UMBC, Andy Coleman drove in two runs and Brian Loewe had three hits, two of them doubles, and drove in two runs.

* At George Washington, the Colonials (15-19) out-homered Towson State (15-13-1), 7-4, and thwarted the Tigers, 11-9. Allen Browning hit three homers and drove in six runs for the winners. Jay Logwood, Erik Sheetz and Jon Eichner had three hits each for the Tigers, Logwood raising his average to .500 in the process.

* At Westminster, Western Maryland (11-10) edged Catholic (18-14), 5-4, in 10 innings, after each side had scored four in the ninth. Eric Landseadel scored the winning run on a bases-loaded wild pitch with two out. Todd Leskoski pitched a complete game for Western Maryland, striking out nine and walking two.

* At Salisbury, the Sea Gulls (6-13) scored in seven of the eight innings in beating visiting Washington College, 14-2. Brad Rickards tripled and homered, and teammates Andy Harrison and Jeff Garrett also homered.

Golf

Chi Chi Rodriguez and Hale Irwin were inducted into the PGA World Golf Hall of Fame at ceremonies in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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