IndyCar owners threaten boycott of Indianapolis 500 Auto racing

SPORTS DIGEST

September 21, 1995

The biggest names in Indy racing may skip the biggest race in the world next year.

IndyCar owners are threatening a boycott of the Indianapolis 500 unless Speedway president Tony George rescinds a new qualifying plan that would affect teams and drivers not aligned with his new Indy Racing League.

"It's real, I know that," car owner Chip Ganassi said yesterday of the possibility of a boycott. "I hope cooler heads prevail."

George said: "We'll have to deal with it if that day comes. We've had a race at the Speedway every Memorial Day since 1911 and we're going to have one there in 1996, with or without them."

George's new IRL begins a five-race series in January. Hoping to attract defectors from Championship Auto Racing Teams, which sanctions the IndyCar series, George said 25 of the 33 starting spots at Indianapolis would be reserved for IRL regulars.

Hockey

Kings sold, will play in new L.A.-area arena

The Los Angeles Kings, left in financial chaos by former owner Bruce McNall, were sold by LAK Acquisition Corp. to Majestic Anschutz Venture, a partnership of Denver investor Philip Anschutz and Los Angeles developer Edward Roski Jr.

The team will remain in the Los Angeles area and eventually play in a new sports and entertainment complex that also will house the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.

Lemieux is back: Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux played an exhibition game in Detroit, taking the ice for the first time since April 27, 1994. The four-time NHL scoring champion, who will turn 30 on Oct. 5, is trying to make a comeback from cancer-related fatigue and a chronic back problem that has threatened to end his career.

Tugnutt a Cap: The Washington Capitals signed free-agent goalie Ron Tugnutt to a one-year contract. Tugnutt, 28, played 15 games for the Montreal Canadiens during the past two seasons.

Caps beaten: In exhibition play last night in Anaheim, Calif., Chad Kilger scored on a power play in the second period and Paul Kariya added a goal in the third to lead the Mighty Ducks past the Capitals, 2-1. Sylvain Cote scored for Washington.

Renberg out: Philadelphia Flyers forward Mikael Renberg needs surgery for a small hernia and will be out two to three weeks.

Pro football

Redskins' Johnson questionable for Sunday

Washington Redskins guard Tre Johnson, who missed Sunday's game with a sprained ankle, didn't practice and is questionable for this Sunday.

If Johnson can't go, Joe Patton, who replaced Jim Lachey on Sunday when he left with a torn rotator cuff, would replace Lachey. If Johnson plays, guard Ray Brown is likely to step in for Lachey.

Redskins robbed: Jerry Seeman, NFL director of officials, said the officials should have awarded Redskins cornerback Tom Carter a fumble recovery in the end zone late in the second quarter of Sunday's Denver-Washington game instead of giving Terrell Davis a touchdown. Davis lost the ball before he crossed the goal line.

Colleges

Did Tarkanian violate rules at Fresno State?

Fresno State basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian reportedly broke NCAA rules in his first week at his new job when he watched members of the team practice.

ESPN reported that Tarkanian observed Bulldogs players practicing at a health club, a violation of NCAA rules. Tarkanian said he was working out at the club on a stationary bike at the time. Supervised practices may not be held from April 15 to Oct. 15.

Acting athletic director Ben Quillan said he has found nothing to support the claims.

Hopkins wins upset: Maria Fontoura broke a scoreless tie with 16:00 left, helping host Johns Hopkins (4-2) upset No. 8 Salisbury State, 1-0, in Division III field hockey.

Terps tickets remain: Plenty of tickets are available for Maryland's football game against Duke on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. A crowd of 40,000 is expected; the game will not be televised.

Salisbury ranked: In its second season, the Salisbury State women's soccer team has been ranked No. 25 in the Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America's Division III poll.

Et cetera

Barkley decides against retirement

Star forward Charles Barkley says he'll be back with the NBA's Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Republic reported.

Barkley underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee during the summer and hedged about his future.

Coleman won't be dealt: The New Jersey Nets have no intention of agreeing to Derrick Coleman's request that he be traded, the New York Times reported. Coleman is to be paid $7.5 million annually for the next four years.

Mullis benefit: The Baltimore Catholic League will hold an end-of-summer party at Bohager's in Fells Point tonight from 7 to 11. Proceeds will benefit the Ray Mullis Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $25 per person. Call Mark Russo at (410) 659-6017.

Rooney to train Mathis?: Kevin Rooney, boxer Mike Tyson's former trainer, reportedly may train Tyson's next opponent Buster Mathis Jr. USA Today is reporting that Mathis has asked Rooney to help prepare him for the Nov. 4 fight.

The quiz

Ancient Angels

Name the only current Angels who played for California the last time it won a division title, in 1986. (Answer, 8D)

Quiz answer

Shortstop Kick Schofield and pitcher Chuck Finley.

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