McEnroe and Courier headed to the Arena for Shriver's bash

June 23, 1994|By Phil Jackman

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John McEnroe and Jim Courier will top the bill of Pam Shriver's tennis party benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation due at the Baltimore Arena in late September.

* Games, rides, activities and fun for the whole family will be part of the 1994 NBA Draft Party, Bullets Division, next Wednesday at USAir Arena. Of course, there will be a $6 charge for non-season ticket holders, which is a good way to coax people to become plan holders, right?

* While Sharmba Mitchell of Tacoma Park was losing only his second bout in 33 starts (both have been successive and by knockout) on the "Tuesday Night Fights," USA conducted a telephone poll regarding the Roberto Duran-Vinny Pazienza battle Saturday night (pay per view). Initially, callers favored Paz, 53 to 47 percent. Then Vinny started talking. Suddenly, Duran shot ahead, first 51-49, then 53-47.

* After seeing the New York Rangers parading the Stanley Cup around anywhere a small crowd was gathered the past several days, an ESPN "SportsCenter" host assured listeners, "Don't worry, the Rangers are going to go door-to-door with the Cup." No sooner was this said when coach Mike Keenan showed up at Bart's Paradise in Greenwich, Conn., with Lord Stanley's goblet in tow.

* The esteemed commissioner of the NFL, Paul Tagliabue, has to be kidding when he states that veteran players like quarterback Phil Simms and kicker Nick Lowery were cut by their respective teams, the Giants and Chiefs, because of their age, not the new salary cap. Simms was running his team expertly right to the end, and Lowery, if anything, is better now than ever and he already has a page full of league records.

* Tonya Harding was making $4.50 an hour working for a landscaper when her childhood dream came true and she achieved the lofty position of "celebrity manager" for a wrassler named "American Love Machine." Now if a spot as a competitor on the "American Gladiators" TV show comes through, she can laugh when the U.S. Figure Skating Association strips her of her national championship.

* Favorites Italy, Colombia, Mexico are beaten right out of the box and Germany and Sweden are tied. Is this a great World Cup or what?

* This is the day Ohio State learns what its penalties will be following an 18-month investigation by the NCAA into the Buckeyes' basketball program (17 violations). It must be a prerequisite for any job Andy Geiger takes that the athletic department be under a dark cloud.

* If the Senate Judiciary Committee sends a bill outlawing a baseball strike on its way to Congress as expected today, here's opening it's a little more effective than similar legislation banning a strike by air traffic controllers was a decade ago.

* When unbeaten Derrell Coley and Anthony Jones meet for the NABF welterweight title July 5 at the D.C. Convention Center, they'll be carrying the Nos. 15 and 16 rankings as far as the WBC is concerned.

* Members of the National Park Service who voted against an interesting qualifying tournament lead-in to the Legg Mason Washington Tennis Classic next month, citing traffic and parking issues, should be boiled in oil. The format for the Million Dollar Challenge, scheduled for Rock Creek Park, is 64 area players vying for a wild-card spot in the tourney proper, the $1 million coming into play if he goes all the way, a billion-to-1 shot. "No more than a hundred people would be coming to these matches, so there would be no [traffic and parking] impact whatsoever," said Dwight Mosley of the Washington Tennis Foundation, correctly.

* The main honoree at the World Boxing Council's 30th convention recently was Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the fearsome middleweight of the 1950s who spent 20 years in jail after being found guilty of multiple murders in a bar in New Jersey. Attorney Myron Harvard and three Canadian citizens worked tirelessly and successfully for 15 years to get the original decision reversed.

* Amazingly, only one penalty shot was called during the Stanley Cup playoffs, which contained a total of 90 games and seven seven-game series . . . and the marvelous Canuck Pavel Bure failed to convert against Mike Richter of the Rangers during the finals.

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