KO of Benson draws review for fast count
Baltimore cruiserweight Lou Benson, who was knocked out by Jason Waller of Stafford, Va., in the ninth round of their main event at the Pikesville Armory on Wednesday, has claimed a fast count by referee Karl Milligan.
After watching a tape of the match, Benson has requested a hearing by the Maryland Athletic Commission, claiming Milligan never counted to 10 before ending the scheduled 10-round match at 45 seconds of the ninth round.
"We will review the tape and decide if a hearing is necessary," said commission secretary Dennis Gring. The most Benson can hope for is that the knockout is changed to "no contest."
Five University of Maryland players have quit the team since Mark Duffner became head coach in late December. The turnover is not unusual, especially since three of the players were walk-ons, but one is junior Mike Hopson, a 5-foot-6, 163-pound cornerback/safety who started for the Terps several times as a replacement last season. Hopson left to concentrate on graduating next spring.
Maryland also is expected to sign three freshmen in the next three days. Duffner would not name the players, but one is Walt Williams, a 6-1, 185-pound wide receiver from Miami Killian High in Florida. Williams, one of the nation's top high school sprinters, runs the 40-yard -- in 4.4 seconds.
Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent said he expects Leonard Kleinman's lawsuit against him to be dropped today, a key step in George Steinbrenner's campaign to regain control of the New York Yankees.
Kleinman, former chief operating officer of the Yankees, sued Vincent for $22 million after the commissioner blocked him from succeeding Steinbrenner as managing general partner in August 1990. Steinbrenner paid for the suit at first, then asked Kleinman to drop it when it became an obstacle to Steinbrenner's discussing a return to the Yankees.
CBS has given Pat Summerall an indefinite period off to take care of what it calls "a personal medical problem," a network spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman called it a private matter, but other sources indicated that the problem is alcohol-related.
Bjorn Borg, returning to the scene of last year's comeback, made another quick exit with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 loss to injury-hampered Wayne Ferreira at the Monte Carlo Open.
* Morgan State's women's team finished second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships last weekend in Greensboro, N.C., with 23 points to Howard's 34. Morgan's Michelle Brantley, who won the No. 6 singles, was named outstanding performer.
Maryland will face Duke and North Carolina will play Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Friday at Maryland's Byrd Stadium. The North Carolina-Virginia game is scheduled for 6 p.m., with Maryland-Duke to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. The championship game is Saturday at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call (301) 314-7070.
Excessive speed was involved in a single-car crash in Cumberland that left two West Virginia players seriously injured, Maryland state police said.
Wilfred Kirkaldy, 19, a center who has played one season, and Lawrence Pollard, 21, a forward who has played two, were in guarded condition in the intensive care unit of Cumberland Memorial Hospital, said spokeswoman Mary Ziler.
Florida A&M came back from the losers' bracket with three victories Saturday to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title in Greensboro, N.C. Florida A&M defeated North Carolina A&T, 8-6, then beat Howard twice, 4-2 and 12-6. Coppin State defeated Delaware State and Bethune-Cookman, but was eliminated by losses to UMES and Howard.
Jack Skilling, a Columbia Country Club assistant professional, continued his domination of the Middle Atlantic PGA with a three-stroke victory in the pro sweeps phase of a pro-am at Hunt Valley Golf Club.
Skilling, 31, winner of the section's Tournament of Champions two weeks ago, shot 31-3667 to lead a field of 54 pros over the 6,352 yards of the club's regular layout. The round included seven birdies and two bogeys, with only 12 putts on the Lowlands nine.
Track and field
Dawnette Douglass, a junior sprinter from Bermuda, led UMES to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women's championship in Tallahassee, Fla., the first MEAC title for the Hawks' athletic program in nine years.
Douglass won the 100-meter -- in 12.02 seconds and the 200 in 24.47, and anchored UMES' winning 4x400 relay, which was timed in 3:45.15. Michelle Nurse, the 400 hurdles victor, was also on that relay, along with Jessica Hudson, who was runner-up in a close 400 to Morgan State's Andrea Thomas (53.12).
Arizona State's Bobby Douglas joined an elite group today when he was named coach at Iowa State. Douglas became only the fifth head coach in 76 years of wrestling at Iowa State, a longtime national power in the sport.