Colts to deal Dickerson to Raiders, ESPN says
Running back Eric Dickerson, traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Indianapolis Colts in 1987 after a bitter contract dispute, might be returning to Southern California, this time with the Los Angeles Raiders.
Although Colts GM Jim Irsay denied the trade talks, ESPN reported that Dickerson is willing to take a pay cut to facilitate a trade to the Raiders, who train near his Malibu home.
After a first-round fade on the closing holes left him in a six-way tie for first Thursday, Phil Blackmar turned in a 6-under-par 66 for a two-day total of 133 and a two-shot lead over Mike Reid at the Greater Greensboro Open.
* Dana Lofland, Tracy Kerdyk and LPGA rookie Florence Descampe tamed the Hermitage Golf Course in Nashville, tying the course record with 7-under-par 65s to share the first-round lead in the $525,000 Sara Lee Classic. In a group at 66 were Angie Ridgeway, Tina Barrett of Baltimore and Carolyn Hill. Barrett had the low round of her four-year pro career, a 34-32--66.
* Bobby Nichols, winner of the 1964 PGA Championship, and J.C. Snead added a second-round 63 to their opening 61 for a 20-under-par 124 to take the lead in the Legends of Golf in Austin, Texas, a two-man, better-ball event.
Dunbar High basketball players Michael Lloyd (Arkansas) and Donta Bright (Massachusetts) made it official, signing national letters of intent at a news conference at the school yesterday.
Aaron Krickstein advanced to the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Open with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) victory over former champion Andrei Chesnokov of Russia. Krickstein, seeded 16th, next plays Goran Prpic of Croatia, who outlasted Wimbledon champion Michael Stich of Germany 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5.
* No. 1 seed Monica Seles defeated Mary Pierce, an American who plays out of France, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the International Women's Tennis Championships of Spain in Barcelona.
The other top three seeds also advanced to the semifinals. No. 2 seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario beat Julie Halard of France, 6-2, 6-3; third-seeded Conchita Martinez had a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Nathalie Tauziat of France, and fourth-seeded Manuela Maleva-Fragniere defeated unseeded Wiltrud Probst of Germany 6-3, 6-4.
Darrell Waltrip, winning his first pole in 99 races, led a front-row sweep by the much-maligned Chevrolet Luminas in first-round qualifying for tomorrow's Hanes 500 in Martinsville, Va.
Dale Earnhardt took the outside pole.
* Mark Rypien, quarterback for the Washington Redskins, is following coach Joe Gibbs into NASCAR stock car racing as a team owner. Rypien hired longtime friend Chad Little to drive for the new team, which will be based in Harrisburg, N.C., near Charlotte Motor Speedway and will begin racing next year.
Jay Logwood had four hits, drove in three runs, and raised his batting average to .500 (60-120) to lead Towson State (19-16-1) to a rain-delayed 5-3 victory over Virginia Commonwealth at Burdick Field.
* Erik Ostmo and Todd Butler combined for seven hits, five runs, and four RBI as Navy (18-18) defeated the Merchant Marine Academy (10-6), 8-2, in a rain-shortened five-inning game at Bishop Stadium in Annapolis.
* At UMBC, the Retrievers (29-6) scored all their runs in the first three innings, as they defeated Delaware State (16-9), 6-5.
The Washington Redskins will play a scrimmage July 25 against the New York Jets at Goodman Stadium on the Lehigh University campus at 1 p.m.
Ray Scott, the founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, apologized for using a racial slur that offended the fishing organization's black members, and the presidents of two black fishing clubs said they were satisfied.
Blackmar's 2-day 133 leads Greensboro by 2
After a first-round fade on the closing holes left him in a six-way tie for first Thursday, Phil Blackmar turned in a 6-under-par 66 for a two-day total of 133 and a two-shot cushion over Mike Reid at the Greater Greensboro Open.
Blackmar had three birdies on the front nine, hitting his iron shots close to the pin for two of them and blasting out of a sand trap to within 5 feet for the third birdie. Blackmar closed his day with two birdies, the last one off a 250-yard, 3-wood shot to 25 feet of the pin.
Reid parlayed good iron shots into six birdies and one bogey and a second-round 67 for a 9-under-par 135.
Chip Beck had a 5-under-par 67 and was in third place at 6-under-par 136. It puts him contention to win a tournament in his home state.
* Dana Lofland, Tracy Kerdyk and LPGA rookie Florence Descampe tamed the Hermitage Golf Course in Nashville, tying the course record with 7-under-par 65s to share the first-round lead in the $525,000 Sara Lee Classic.
In a group at 66 were Angie Ridgeway, Tina Barrett of Baltimore and Carolyn Hill. Barrett had the low round of her four-year pro career, a 34-32--66, and Nancy Lopez, the defending champion, shot a 73 and Dottie Mochrie, winner of two of the past three tour stops, had a 3-under 69.
* After taking a one-shot lead with partner J.C. Snead in the Legends of Golf in Austin, Texas, Bobby Nichols said the tournament record of 39-under par may be in jeopardy.
"It's going to take a lot of birdies to win," Nichols said.
Nichols, winner of the 1964 PGA Championship, and Snead added a second-round 63 to their opening 61 for a 20-under-par 124 in the two-man, better-ball event.
In second were Jim Colbert and partner Tommy Aaron, who also shot 63 and were at 125.
Defending champions Lee Trevino and Mike Hill were third with an 18-under 126.