Eagles join Ravens, Raiders in pursuit of Jets tight end Mitchell

Sports Digest

April 18, 1996

Pro football

The Philadelphia Eagles have had discussions with the New York Jets about acquiring disgruntled tight end Johnny Mitchell, who also has drawn interest from the Ravens and Oakland Raiders.

Philadelphia Inquirer sources say Eagles coach Ray Rhodes is unwilling to give the Jets either of his two second-round picks (Nos. 54 and 61 overall) in the NFL draft, which will begin Saturday.

No one is saying whether Rhodes would part with a third-round pick, however. Mitchell, 25, is a "franchise" player, meaning he has to be paid the average salary of the top five at his position, $1.47 million. But it also guarantees the Jets compensation if he signs with another team.

Colts: General manager Jim Irsay announced that he formally has assumed control of the team, which he has been running since his father, Robert Irsay, suffered a massive stroke last fall. In a statement, the younger Irsay said he has taken the title of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

College basketball

Morgan leaves Syracuse to coach Long Beach State

Wayne Morgan, an assistant to Jim Boeheim at Syracuse for 12 years, was named Long Beach State's coach.

Morgan, 45, replaces Seth Greenberg, who went to South Florida on April 3 after coaching the 49ers to the Big West Conference regular-season title.

Wisconsin: Women's coach Jane Albright-Dieterle, 40, was released from intensive care, four days after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Hospital officials listed her in good condition.

Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award: All-American Jennifer Rizzotti of Connecticut was picked as this year outstanding women's college player under 5 feet 6.

Colleges

Michigan State to forfeit '94 victories due to violation

Michigan State will forfeit its five football victories of 1994 because it used an ineligible player, university president M. Peter McPherson said.

McPherson said NCAA regulations were violated by an academic adviser to keep a player eligible and that a technical violation occurred when a Florida man gave gifts to recruits.

McPherson said he hoped the university's decision to forfeit the 1994 victories would head off stiffer sanctions when the NCAA infractions committee meets June 1-3.

Obituary: Leo Strang, Kent State coach from 1964 to 1967 and a two-time national champion high school football coach at Massillon (Ohio) High, died Tuesday after a 3 1/2 -month illness. He was 73.

Learning disabled: The NCAA Council acted to change accommodations for learning-disabled students attempting to meet the academic standards required to play sports their freshman year at an NCAA-member college or university. The NCAA's Academic Requirements Committee recommended those changes. Those actions include agreeing to sponsor two pieces of NCAA legislation: one to eliminate the rule requiring certification that a high school prospect has specific academic achievements to take an early visit, and one to allow learning-disabled students to count high school courses taken in the summer after they graduate toward their core-course requirements.

Locally: College of Notre Dame junior Tinah Houck (Westminster) has been named the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference Most Outstanding Lacrosse Player. She's joined on the all-conference team by junior goalkeeper Alicia Abad (Dundalk), who is fifth in the nation in Division III with a 6.00 goals-against average, junior midfielder Rachel Barnes (Sparrows Point) and freshman defender Tara Surlis (Arundel).

Et cetera

Hospital releases Pippig, who had been dehydrated

Uta Pippig, who won her third straight Boston Marathon on Monday despite being slowed by diarrhea and menstrual cramps, was released from a Boston hospital one day after being admitted.

"She was very, very dehydrated because she lost so much fluid," said coach Dieter Hogen.

Bowling: Danny Wiseman of Baltimore averaged 231 after the first 12 games of qualifying to take a 10-pin lead at the Bud Light Championship in Sayville, N.Y. Wiseman has a pinfall of 2,766.

Diving: David Pichler of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., won the 10-meter platform semifinal at the Phillips 66 National Diving Championships in Oxford, Ohio, with 598.71 points. Kevin Burke of Cabin John was eliminated after finishing 18th with 448.86. Koffi Kla of Olney was eliminated after finishing 22nd with 288.18 in the quarterfinal.

Tennis: Steffi Graf's father was charged in Mannheim, Germany, with evading $13 million in taxes by failing to report as much as $28 million of his daughter's income. The prosecutor's office filed the charges against Peter Graf and the Graf family tax adviser, Joachim Eckardt, with the Mannheim state court charging tax evasion between 1989 and 1993.

Soccer: U.S. coach Steve Sampson had emergency surgery for an acute appendicitis three hours after checking himself into Westlake Medical Center in Westlake Village, Calif. Sampson, 39, was listed in satisfactory condition.

Baseball: Connie Mack Jr., father of Florida's U.S. senator and son of Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack, died in Fort Myers, Fla., from cancer of the esophagus. He was 83. Mack moved to Florida in 1951 after 15 years as an executive with the Philadelphia Athletics.

The quiz

April power

Cecil Fielder's nine homers in April are two shy of the major-league record for that month. Name the three players who share the mark, doing it in 1971, 1974 and 1976. (Answer, 7D)

Quiz answer

Willie Stargell (1971), Graig Nettles (1974) and Mike Schmidt (1976).

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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