For O's singles, Chase is game, set, love match Anderson is courting women's star Coetzer in latest pairing

Sports Plus Compiled from staff and wire reports by Andy Knobel

November 29, 1998

The Orioles Challenge, staged annually during the Chevy Chase Bank Tennis Challenge at Baltimore Arena, is interesting in more than one way. Through the years, it has proved to be one of the best ways for single Orioles to make a date.

Four years ago, Brady Anderson played the event for the first time and was paired with Mary Pierce. Afterward, the two began dating, and even later, Anderson introduced Pierce to his then-teammate, Roberto Alomar. Pierce and Alomar continue to be an item.

Now, Anderson is dating his partner from last year's event, Amanda Coetzer.

"I'm crazy about her," Anderson told Sun staff writer Sandra McKee on Tuesday night, but he would not divulge more.

Turnaround shot

Love among the sporting set can, however, be fleeting.

Eccentric NBA player Dennis Rodman and "Baywatch" actress Carmen Electra were married Nov. 14. Monday, he filed papers )) seeking an annulment.

"I have had hiccups that have lasted longer than that marriage," said comedy writer Alex Kaseberg.

Said TV talk-show host David Letterman said: "Rodman's honeymoon didn't turn out the way he hoped. Apparently, Spike Lee broke into the hotel room and taunted him all night."

In a somewhat related note, Los Angeles Times columnist Mike Downey wondered: "If Carmen Electra had married Alonzo Mourning instead of Dennis Rodman, the headline would have been 'Electra becomes Mourning.' "

Family affairs

"Rodman becomes family man" would have been the strangest headline of all.

But his might not have been the most dysfunctional family in sports.

Consider these cases:

Parental love: Craig Kilborn of cable's Comedy Central, on the dispute between undersized gymnast Dominique Moceanu and her parents:

"Dominique said her parents repeatedly hid her money where she couldn't get to it -- on top of the kitchen counter."

Dear, old dad: Former Chicago Blackhawk Dennis Hull didn't think his father had a clear grasp of the business world:

"My old man always wanted me to be a garbage man. He thought they only worked on Thursdays."

Just like mom: Martha Earnhardt, describing the similarities between her son Dale's Winston Cup driving style and hers:

"Dale has always been a real aggressive driver, and sometimes I think he might have gotten a little bit of that from me instead of his dad. When I'm on the road, I find myself not liking to follow people. Of course, I haven't run over anybody yet."

Did U know?

Unlike the Earnhardts, the Urbinas probably specialize in

U-turns.

Montreal Expos closer Ugueth Urbina is the first player in major-league history with the initials UUU: Ugueth Urtain Urbina.

Ugueth's brothers?

Ulises Utah Urbina and Ulmer Ulses Urbina.

Offensive lineage

Perhaps sports' closest on-field equivalent to a family is an offensive line.

The Denver Broncos' quintet of Tony Jones, Mark Schlereth, Tom Nalen, Harry Swayne and David Diaz-Infante -- known for its effectiveness at both blocking and avoiding the media -- announced last week that it will now refer to itself as "The Muzzlemen."

Jones, a former Raven, said the name "signifies our code of silence and the strength and unity of our group."

The name will be marketed in part by the same group that invented the musical video, "Three Amigos -- Touchdown Banditos" about the Broncos receivers Ricky Nattiel, Vance Johnson and Mark Jackson from the 1980s.

"The Muzzlemen," coming to a T-shirt near you.

Natural reaction

But, all kidding aside, nobody knows family like family.

About 300 people attended a funeral Nov. 20 in Miami for fight promoter Chris Dundee, who died recently at 91.

"If my father were here today," Suzanne Dundee Bonner said, "he'd count the house."

Pub Date: 11/29/98

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