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July 23, 1994

CLEVELAND (AP) _ A former Cleveland Browns’ quarterback convicted of defrauding the welfare system at his dental office has been released on $100,000 bond to await his appeal.

Dr. David W. Mays of Shaker Heights was convicted of welfare fraud in May. Mays was convicted on 36 felony counts in a scheme in which he billed Cuyahoga County $2.7 million for dental procedures he never performed.

Judge Patrick Kelly sentenced Mays, who played for the Browns in 1976-77, to five to 15 years in prison, then declined to set an appeal bond because he said Mays might run away with the money he was convicted of stealing.


SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) - Two Atlanta Falcons underwent surgery as training camp opened, but one missed only a few minutes of training.

Defensive tackle Jumpy Geathers had surgery to repair an abdominal hernia and probably will be sidelined for three weeks, the team said.

Linebacker Clay Matthews tore off the end of a finger in a weight room accident and it was stitched back in place. He saw limited action in Friday’s first day of contact drills.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Candlestick Park is discontinuing packaged grape sales due to increasing pressure from the United Farmworkers of America.

The move comes three weeks after the California Table Grapes Commission kicked off a campaign to sell grapes at the ballpark.

The UFW was notified of the decision by Angela Alioto, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s office, along with the San Francisco Labor Council.

The UFW supports the ban of pesticides which they believe can cause cancer and birth defects.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Spectrum 2 arena is finally under way after five years of negotiations.

In a teleconference Friday, Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider - who founded Spectacor Inc., the parent company of the Spectrum and Spectrum 2 - announced with city officials that construction will begin next week.

The city and the state have allotted about $8 million each for the project.

Total cost is estimated at $205 million.

The 21,000-seat arena will be home to the Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers and other sports and entertainment events.


NEW YORK (AP) - Top-seeded Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., defeated unseeded Marlie Buehler of New York, 6-4, 7-5 Friday in the semifinals of the USTA National Senior Women’s Championships at the West Side Tennis Club.

Karwasky will meet fourth-seeded Carole Ford of Bethesda, Md., in the finals on Saturday. Ford ousted second-seeded Carol Baily of Steamboat Springs, Colo., 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.


MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers activated catcher Dave Valle from the 15-day disabled list Friday and sent backup catcher Mike Matheny back to Class AAA New Orleans of the American Association.

Matheny had two doubles and his first major-league home run in Milwaukee’s 7-3 victory over the Twins on Thursday night. He is hitting .226 this season.

Valle is hitting just .219 this season, with two homers and nine RBIs.


BOSTON (AP) - Point guard David Wesley signed a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Wesley, who played 60 games for the New Jersey Nets last season, took part in the Celtics’ rookie camp last week and played for the team’s entry in the Doral Arrowwood Summer League.

Wesley, 23, averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 assists for the Nets last season. ---

MADISON, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants finally got their No. 1 draft pick Thomas Lewis into training camp Friday, but it will take some doing to get him into pads and onto the practice field.

The wide receiver from Indiana signed a four-year, $3 million contract Friday, then was barred from practice when doctors determined his pulled hamstring needs more time to heal.

The Giants also announced the signings of linebacker Corey Miller, punter Mike Horan and rookie defensive back Tito Wooten.


WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles released defensive end Tim Harris on Friday to free enough money sign defensive end Greg Townsend and stay under the NFL salary cap.

Harris was scheduled to earn a base salary of $1.5 million this season. He had a salary-cap number of $1.75 million from a $750,000 signing bonus he received last year.

Townsend, who agreed to terms with the Eagles on Thursday and signed the contract Friday, received a one-year deal worth $730,000 with a signing bonus worth $80,000.

Harris was bothered by a right elbow problem last season, and played in just four games with no sacks.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs retrieved another player from the team’s past on Friday, signing free-agent point guard Avery Johnson.

Johnson appeared in 82 games last season with Golden State, starting 70 times. He averaged a career-best 10.9 points per game, 5.3 assists and 1.38 steals.

The previous season, Johnson played for the Spurs. This marks his third stint with San Antonio.

The 5-foot-11 Johnson, a six-year veteran, is expected to start at point guard for the Spurs.

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