Names in The Game
NEW YORK (AP) _ Three sons of NFL fathers, including Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, will be trying this summer to increase to 94 the number of father-son combinations who have played in the league.
The other two are defensive back Rodney Young, a third-round choice of the New York Giants and Tony Cline, a fourth-round pick of Buffalo.
Salaam, the Chicago Bears’ first-round choice, is the son of Sulton Salaam, who as Harold ``Teddy″ Washington, was a running back in 1978 for Cincinnati.
Young is the son of Willie Young, an offensive tackle for the Giants from 1966 to 1975 and, if he makes the squad, will be the first son of a former Giant to play for the team.
Cline’s father, Tony Cline, was a defensive end for the Raiders and 49ers from 1970-76.
There have been 91 other father-son combinations in the NFL going all the way back to 1921, when Ted Nesser was player-coach of the Columbus Panhandles, playing center, tackle and guard and his son Charles was a running back for the team.
TOKYO (AP) _ Orestes Destrade is quitting the Seibu Lions and going back to the United States, saying he is concerned about his effect his divorce is having on his children.
``It’s been a very difficult month for me,″ Destrade said Friday. ``My children, especially my daughter, are having a difficult time with that.
``My heart tells me that I need to be with them.″
Destrade’s last game with Seibu will be on Thursday, Kyodo News Service said.
Destrade returned to the Lions this season after nearly two seasons with the Florida Marlins, who dropped him before the end of last year’s strike-shortened season.
His contract this season was worth a $3.7 million, a record when it was signed. Since then, Shane Mack signed an $8.1 million, two-year deal with the Tokyo Giants and Kevin Mitchell signed a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. Mitchell has returned to the United States after a dispute with the Hawks over a knee injury.
Destrade is batting .252 with five home runs.
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Los Angeles Lakers center Vlade Divac may not be able to play for Yugoslavia at the European Basketball championships because of a legal dispute with his former Serbian team.
``I would love to play, but the prospects are quite bleak,″ Divac said Friday
Divac said he cannot play until his former Serbian team, Partizan Belgrade, drops a claim on a one-quarter of his contract with the Lakers. He would not discuss figures.
He said a lawsuit between Partizan and the Lakers is expected to be discussed at an international court on July 15.
At the championships, Croatia’s powerful team could include the Chicago Bulls’ Toni Kukoc and the Boston Celtics’ Dino Radja.
``It would be great to play against them in Athens,″ Divac said about his former Yugoslavia teammates
``Maybe I’m subjective, but I think Yugoslavia has a better team than Croatia.″
He said the three players were in agreement about one thing.
``We’re all sad about this war If it was up to us, peace would prevail,″ Divac said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Buffalo Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine, Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Dineen and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Smith were nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given each year to a player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.
The winner will be announced July 6 at award ceremonies in Toronto.
The award is named for the late William Masterton, who played for the Minnesota North Stars.