Names In The Game
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) _ Monica Seles could return to tennis later this month at the Chris Evert celebrity tournament.
Seles has been invited to the event, and if she plays, it would be her first competition since she was stabbed in the back during a tournament in Hamburg, Germany, in April.
Seles, with her father’s help, has been continuing an extensive rehabilitation program, according to a news release from her agent.
″For an hour every other day, Karolj Seles stands about 4 feet from his daughter and tosses a tennis ball to her,″ the statement said. ″She then hits a limited number of forehands and backhands and practices her serve. Ms. Seles also does extensive exercises and routines which do not involve her left shoulder and the scapula (where the stab wound occurred).″
No date has been announced for her return to the women’s tennis tour. ″We’ve talked to Monica,″ Evert said Thursday. ″She is just now starting to hit some balls.″
BALTIMORE (AP) - The city has not yet acted on a complaint of racial bias that Minnesota Twins outfielder Dave Winfield and his family lodged against a Baltimore cab driver last July.
The cab driver allegedly passed by the black family, telling them he was off duty before picking up six white men.
″Needless to say, we were quite disturbed at the racial overtones to that entire incident,″ Tonya T. Winfield said in the complaint.
The cab driver, Alexander Barmak, denied that he had done anything improper and he was not on duty at the time.
Tonya Winfield said she, her husband and her mother and father were leaving Oriole Park when they spotted Barmak’s cab. When they tried to hail the cab, Barmak waved them off and continued on.
″He laughed as well as some of his passengers,″ the complaint said.
Barmak said the cab’s ″off duty″ sign was lit when the incident occurred. ---
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - No. 1 pick Bobby Hurley was immediately thrust into the spotlight as the Sacramento Kings opened camp Friday.
″It’s a lot more physical than what I expected,″ said Hurley, who signed a six-year, $16.5 million contract Sept. 15. ″There’s a lot of bumping and pushing going on.″
The 6-foot guard led Duke to two NCAA titles as the all-time collegiate career assist leader. ″It’s quite an adjustment, and it will take some time to learn all the plays and offenses.″
The Kings, who have not made the playoffs since the franchise’s inaugural season in Northern California in 1985-86.
With Hurley and returning All-Star shooting guard Mitch Richomd, the Kings may have a quality backcourt for the first time since the team moved from Kansas City for the 1985-86 season.
″He’s a general out there,″ said Richmond about Hurley. ″He’s knows how to get the ball to guys, and when someone knows how to get the ball to me, it makes me happy.″
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Shawn Bradley slipped a Philadelphia 76ers practice jersey over his 7-foot-6 frame and headed out for the team’s first official practice Friday.
After 2 1/2 hours of defensive drills, sprints and Moses Malone’s elbows in his ribs, the rookie on whom many of the team’s hopes lie looked tired and walked with a limp.
″I was happy with what that kid did,″ coach Fred Carter said. ″This is like a whole new world to him.″
Bradley played only one year of college basketball at BYU and spent the last two years on a Mormon Church mission in Australia.
He was drafted No. 2 in the June draft and signed an eight-year contract worth a reported $44.2 million.
″Things are going well today. I know there’s still a lot of work to do, but I feel good,″ Bradley said. ″I’m just going to play the best I can. If I do that, I know things will fall into place.″
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - Summerville High School coach John McKissick stepped off the sidelines and into history Friday night, becoming the winningest coach in football.
The Green Wave gave their coach of 42 seasons his 406th victory, the most ever in high school, college or the pros, with a 42-0 victory over Wando.
McKissick surpassed the total of Gordon Wood, who coached at seven Texas high schools over 46 seasons. The Summerville coach equalled Wood’s mark of 405 last week with a victory over Berkeley.
McKissick, 67, has a career record of 406-84-13 since starting at Summerville in 1952. He’s had six undefeated seasons, nine state championships, 20 years with 10 or more victories, and only one losing season (1957).