ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ A statement by Edward Bennett Williams that he is willing ″to enter into a long term arrangement″ for his Baltimore Orioles to remain in Maryland is seen by top state officials as a good starting point for negotiations over a new stadium.
″It is not enough of a commitment for us to put up state money to start construction″ on a stadium, House Speaker Benjamin Cardin, D-Baltimore, said after receiving a copy of a letter Williams wrote to Gov. Harry Hughes.
But Cardin said he thinks Williams is ready to start negotiations and has staked out his first position.
Williams said in the letter that the Orioles ″are enthusiastic about our future in Maryland″ and ″are especially pleased that there is under consideration the erection of a new stadium . . .″
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Chicago Cubs’ second baseman Ryne Sandberg was named winner of the Inland Empire Sports Writers and Broadcasters Professional 1985 Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time in the last five years.
Sandberg, a graduate of Spokane’s North Central High School, batted .305 and scored 113 runs for the Cubs in 1985. He also stole 54 bases and knocked in 26 homes runs.
Sandberg was honored at the 39th annual SWABs banquet Wednesday night. He also was honored as Professional Athlete of the Year in 1981, 1982 and 1984.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The State of California would try to educate ninth-graders about the dangers of anabolic steroids, under a bill passed by the state Assembly.
″In the past five years, amateur and professional athletes are increasingly using steroids, including many high school athletes,″ Assemblyman Gary Condit, D-Ceres, said in floor debate Wednesday.
Condit’s bill, AB213, went to the Senate on a 52-9 vote.
He said the side effects of steroids, which are used to increase strength and muscle bulk, include ″stunted growth, damage to livers, strokes and damage to the reproductive system.″
The bill would require state education officials to develop a steroid education package, including lesson plans, pamphlets and video tapes, and distribute the package to school districts.
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) - Rookie Purvis Granger, bowling in his first national tournament, jumped from 15th place into the lead after the second round of the $150,000 Quaker State Open.
Granger, 21, of Lafayette, La., averaged 226 through the first 12 games Wednesday night and led a star-studded field with a pinfall total of 2,717.
He was followed by three more non-winners - Kent Wagner of Palmetto, Fla.; Jim Tilton of Huntington Beach, Calif., and first-round leader Randy Stoughton of Indianapolis.
Wagner trailed the leader by 54 pins at 2,663, one pin more than Tilton. Stoughton fell to fourth with 2,648.