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Names In The Game

December 16, 1992

DENVER (AP) _ Michael Young, a receiver cut by the Denver Broncos just a few weeks ago, has said ″no″ to a chance to rejoin the team for two weeks. He said he wants to get on with his life.

Young, who led the Broncos last season with 44 receptions for 629 yards, said it would be ″difficult to mentally prepare for the remainder of the season.″

Broncos coach Dan Reeves called Young on Monday, saying he needed him to fill in for injured wide receiver Vance Johnson for two weeks.

″I kind of expected the call when Vance got hurt, but it still came as a surprise,″ Young said.

It has been speculated that Young turned down Reeves because the two have had a stormy relationship since the player joined the team in 1989 after four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams.

When Reeves cut Young on Dec. 4, two days before the Dallas game, he said it was either that or waive rookie receiver Cedric Tillman and sign him to the practice squad.

″I’m thinking about retirement. But at the same time, I want to leave a crack in the door.″ Young said. ″I don’t want to get on the roller coaster I was on before I was released by jumping back and forth. It’s not fair to me or my wife.″


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux acknowledged Wednesday that his image took a beating when he was linked to the investigation of a rape charge last month.

Dan Quinn, Lemieux’s former teammate, was arrested on rape charges Nov. 10 after a woman said she had been assaulted at the team’s hotel in Bloomington, Minn. It was later alleged the attack took place in Lemieux’s room with the Penguins star present.

Authorities later determined there wasn’t sufficient evidence to pursue charges. Quinn was then released by the Minnesota North Stars for violating team rules.

″It was certainly an unfortunate situation for everybody involved,″ Lemieux said. ″It’s a closed case. Now that it’s over I’m not going to talk about it.″

Lemieux ducked the media for several weeks, making himself unavailable to answer even hockey questions.

On Wednesday, he made the comments at a new conference held to announce production of a candy bar named for him. Until then, he would not discus the incident.

″It certainly didn’t help,″ he said when asked how the incident effected his image. ″Every time you have some allegations about yourself being involved in something like that, it’s got to hurt your reputation. But I think we came out pretty good when all the facts were out.″


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - William Cunningham, a center on the Temple basketball tam, will stand trial Jan. 14 on a robbery charge.

Until then, Cunningham can practice with the team, but can’t play.

Cunningham and Ronnell Collins, both from Augusta, Ga., were charged with second-degree robbery, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and making terroristic threats after a confrontation with a Philadelphia man.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - George Brett was named Kansas City Royals player of the year and of the 1980s on Wednesday.

The designated hitter, who still hasn’t announced a decision on whether he’ll play next year, became the 18th player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits at the end of last season.

Brett and Kevin Appier, the Royals pitcher of the year, will be honored at the Kansas City baseball awards dinner on Jan. 23.

Brett, 39, is on an extended honeymoon with his wife in Hawaii. Kansas City has exercised its option on the final year of his contract, but Brett hasn’t said whether he’ll come back after achieving the 3,000-hit milestone.

Brett began the ’80s by batting .390 and being named the AL’s Most Valuable Player while leading the expansion Royals into their first World Series. He hit .311 for the decade while switching from third base to first base and then designated hitter.

Brett won the third batting title of his career in 1990 with a second-half surge. He’s the only player to have won batting titles in each of three decades.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Alabama’s Gene Stallings has been chosen Southeastern Conference football coach of the year by his peers.

Stallings coached the Crimson Tide to a 12-0 record, No. 2 national ranking and berth in the Sugar Bowl against No. 1 Miami.

Billy Brewer of Mississippi was second and Steve Spurrier of Florida was third in balloting sponsored by the Nashville Banner newspaper.

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