Burns making his points at Maryland, but baseball draft didn't score any here

The Inside Stuff

November 19, 1992|By Bill Tanton

Evers Burns didn't waste any time showing University of Maryland basketball fans what he's capable of doing this season.

Burns led the Terps with 25 points and 11 rebounds in an 104-63 exhibition win this week over Akrides Haarlem of the Netherlands, backing up what coach Gary Williams is telling everyone as Maryland prepares for its official opener at home Dec. 1 against UMBC.

"When Evers Burns came out of Woodlawn High," Williams said, "he was regarded as more of a football player than a basketball player. Now he's a senior, and I expect him to be one of the five or six best inside men in the Atlantic Coast Conference."

Improvement like that is a credit to two people -- to Burns, of course, for working hard on his game year after year, and to Williams for having brought out the young man's potential.

* You couldn't call it much ado about nothing, because it meant a lot to the new Florida and Colorado clubs, but the NL expansion draft was, as far as we're concerned in Baltimore, much ado about not much. I mean, how many Orioles fans had even heard of Kip Yaughn and Richie Lewis?

And ESPN felt compelled to televise this live for seven hours? Shows how hard up ESPN is for programming.

Florida, going for kids, was smarter than Colorado, which took some old vets. The expansion New York Mets taught everybody a lesson when they drafted fading stars in '61 -- and the club went 40-120 in its first year.

No club was dented as badly in this draft as our friends from New York, the Yankees, who lost third baseman Charlie Hayes. They're talking about filling the hole with Hensley Meulens, who has already failed in a trial at third. George Steinbrenner may be forced to sign free agent Wade Boggs.

* Stu Satosky is promoting an interesting fight card next Tuesday featuring middleweights Les Johnson and Demetrius Davis at a new venue, Martin's West. The trouble with boxing hereabout, Satosky said, is that shows like this come along only every few months.

"Believe it or not, there are more fighters than fights," Satosky said. "Fighters need fights."

* Artie Donovan, being honored tonight at the Sports Boosters banquet at Martin's West, is enjoying greater popularity than ever -- at age 70. He'll soon begin to appear on Pepsi-Cola commercials.

In a time when most people are careful to say what's politically correct, Donovan says what he really thinks, which is what he has always done.

When John Buren asked Donovan on Channel 13 last Friday who he liked that night in the $40 pay-per-view Holyfield-Bowe fight, Donovan answered: "What do I care about a fight? If I had $40, I'd buy $40 worth of pizza." That's why we love Donovan. A lot of people would take the pizza.

* At 5 feet 3, Baltimore's Muggsy Bogues remains one of the

most amazing men in sports. He had nine assists in Charlotte's 134-111 rout of Dallas Tuesday night. Several of those were sensational; one was breathtaking -- a half-court alley-oop pass to Larry Johnson for a one-handed dunk. Bogues is the driving force at Charlotte just as he once was on the greatest team to play at Dunbar High.

* People ask why John Tucker would come out of retirement to play for the Baltimore Thunder this winter. I ask why not? The Major Indoor Lacrosse League pay scale is based on seniority. Tucker earns $400 a game, which is chump change to Cal Ripken, but substantial to a young schoolteacher with a wife and new baby. Also, the World Games in England in '94 are close at hand. No great player -- and Tucker is one -- quits lacrosse with that around the corner.

* Johns Hopkins athletic director Bob Scott couldn't be more pleased with his third-year football coach, 32-year-old Jim Margraff, whose team just completed a 6-4 season by beating arch-rival Western Maryland.

"Jimmy has had two recruiting classes," Scott said, "and 15 of those freshmen and sophomores started for us this year. In two more years we should have a real nice Division III team."

* It's too bad Towson State couldn't have ended its football season with that miracle finish and 33-32 win over Northeastern last week. But some Towsonites were saying it was too bad the season couldn't have ended the game before, when the Tigers pulled another miracle finish to win at Indiana of Pennsylvania. Towson's season really ends Saturday at Delaware.

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