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June 27, 1986

Undated (AP) _ ″I’ve been here 10 years, and to say (this is) the saddest, darkest experience of my life would be an understatement. Team members are beside themselves with grief.″ - University of Maryland Athletic Director Dick Dull’s response to the death of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, who had been the No. 2 selection in the NBA college draft just two days earlier by the Boston Cletics.

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″I would tell Red (Celtics president Auerbach) today that I’d submit to drug testing any time he wants. The heck with the Players Association on this particular issue. They should be trying to help players rather than being concerned about protecting them from being caught. Lenny’s (Bias) death should make them see that the best thing the Association can do for its players is go along with the league and take the toughest stand possible on drug use.″ - Kevin McHale of the Boston Celtics. The NBA Players Association opposes compulsory testing, and under NBA rules, a player may not be tested unless permitted by a provision in his contract.

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″Our culture must reject drugs as a form of entertainment, recreation and escape ... We’ve lost more lives to dope than we did to the (Ku Klux Klan) rope. Movie makers and songwriters would not glamorize the KKK. But they will glamorize drugs as a thrill, or sex without love, or violence as a solution to problems ... and those things are at the root of why our schools may be the most dangerous place in our society.″ - The Rev. Jesse Jackson in his eulogy of Len Bias.

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″The real issue as far as I’m concerned is public confidence in the universities and colleges. I think there’s a serious question related to (Bias’ death). We’re asking parents to send their sons and daughters to public universities and I think there ought to be some assurance that it’s a safe home.″ - Sheldon Knorr, commissioner for the Maryland Board of Higher Education, after calling for an investigation into the drug situation at the College Park campus of the University of Maryland.

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″Just say I came within 450 feet of a no-hitter.″ - Kirk McCaskill of the California Angels after the only hit he allowed in beating the Texas Rangers 7-1 was a home run by Steve Buechele.

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″I knew warming up I didn’t have anything. Usually during the year, you have a humbler and tonight was it. I said to myself during the national anthem, ’Please, Lord, don’t let this be the humbler.‴ - Mike Boddicker of the Baltimore Orioles after giving up six runs - and three homers - in just 2 2-3 innings against the Detroit Tigers to snap his consecutive victory streak at seven.

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″You can hang a star on that one. It was a bonehead play on my part.″ - Detroit Tiger shortstop Alan Trammell after he was picked off second base on an unsuccessful sacrifice attempt with no outs in the eighth inning of a game the Tigers would lose, 1-0.

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″I went with what is in my heart. Once I signed on the dotted line, I knew I would never play football again ... I did what Bo wanted to do.″ - Bo Jackson, the fourth straight Heisman Trophy winner to spurn the NFL, after signing a contract to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals organization.

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″You never know what will happen. You never know which play will be your last. I couldn’t put up with that. My knees are my bread and butter. They have never been injured and I don’t feel like going under anybody’s scalpel.″ - One of Bo Jackson’s reasons for forgoing football stardom in exchange for a baseball career.

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″I’ve been here 13 years and I’ve never seen anybody hit one there before.″ - Kansas City Royals’ second baseman Frank White after Bo Jackson, in batting practice at Royals Stadium, hit a ball an estimated 460 feet. BASKETBALL

″Dealing with Harold was really a problem, and I’m looking forward to shutting his mouth. I’m glad to be coming to a great organization, not like the one in Philadelphia.″ - Moses Malone of the Washington Bullets, formerly of the Philadelphia 76ers, on Sixers’ owner Harold Katz.

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