NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ High school football championships will keep hometown fans of the New Orleans Saints from seeing two Saints division rivals - Atlanta and San Francisco - play in a televised game Saturday.
A federal statute prohibits televising NFL games if the broadcast conflicts with a high school or college sports event within an 80-mile radius.
The Falcons-49ers game conflicts with the Superdome Classic - the state high school football championship.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association, which runs the Superdome Classic, has waived the rule in the past but requested the blackout this year.
New Orleans NFL fans have an interest in the Falcons-49ers matchup for a couple of reasons.
For one thing, it could affect the Saints’ playoff hopes. The Saints are two games behind San Francisco and two games ahead of Atlanta in the NFC West.
For another, Atlanta quarterback Bobby Hebert, a Louisiana native and former Saints quarterback, is still popular among many in the New Orleans area.
HOUSTON (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed against a Houston firm alleging they unlawfully duplicated the 14th hole at the renowned Pebble Beach golf course in northern California.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court by Pebble Beach Co. of Monterey, Calif., alleging that Tour 18 I, Ltd., has infringed on its federal service mark by promoting one of its holes as a replica of Pebble Beach’s 14th hole.
The Tour 18 course was designed to include a replica of the 14th hole - a par 5 dog-leg with an elevated, sloping green guarded by sand traps. It is the longest hole at the Pebble Beach course and one of the toughest in the world.
Tour 18, which opened last year in north Harris County, consists of replicas of other famous golf holes, such as Augusta’s Amen Corner in Georgia and Hilton Head’s lighthouse hole in South Carolina.
The lawsuit asks U.S. District Judge David Hittner to order Tour 18 not to offer or use any golfing facilities in conjunction with the Pebble Beach service mark.
The lawsuit also asks the judge to stop Tour 18 from using Pebble Beach’s course design or offering any course design that is similar to any Pebble Beach course design.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Florida State’s Charlie Ward, runner-up to Miami’s Gino Torretta for the 1992 trophy, headlines the 10 finalists who were announced Wednesday for the 1993 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
An advisory committee will select the 1993 O’Brien winner and make the announcement during a football awards show Friday on ESPN.
The winner and the top two runners-up will be honored Feb. 7 at the annual awards dinner at the Fort Worth Club.
Joining Ward as finalists for the honor are Trent Dilfer, Fresno State; Glenn Foley, Boston College (also a finalist last year); Tommie Frazier, Nebraska; Cale Gundy, Oklahoma; Jake Kelchner, West Virginia; Steve McNair, Alcorn State; Heath Shuler, Tennessee; Chris Vargas, Nevada; and Eric Zeier, Georgia.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Pitcher Mark Gardner was placed on unconditional release waivers by the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Gardner, 31, was 4-6 with a 6.19 ERA in 17 games for the Royals in 1993, his only season with the team. He began the season in the starting rotation and made 16 starts through July 6.
He was placed on the 15-day disabled list in July with a strained shoulder and was recalled from Class AAA Omaha of the American Association on Sept. 7. He made one relief appearance during the last month of the season.
Gardner was acquired by the Royals along with pitcher Doug Piatt in a December 1992 trade that sent catcher Tim Spehr and pitcher Jeff Shaw to the Montreal Expos.
Gardner’s career record is 32-39 with a 4.29 ERA in 111 games.
CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) - Malloyd Brown, who has faced assorted legal problems the last few years, has quit California University of Pennsylvania’s nationally ranked NCAA Division II basketball team.
The 6-foot-6 senior from West Virginia was averaging 7.5 points and four rebounds. He first joined California’s team in 1988 after transferring from Division I Winthrop.
Charges of possession of a small amount of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia were filed against Brown last spring before a district justice in California. The charges are still pending, according to records at the Washington County Clerk of Court.
Brown also was suspended from the team in 1990 for theft of credit cards, but returned two years later after making restitution and performing community service work.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee safety Victor Brown will miss the Vols’ Citrus Bowl against Penn State with an injured wrist, the university said Wednesday.
Brown, a senior from Savannah, Ga., is seventh on the team in tackles with 41. He caused one fumble and broke up two passes during the year.
Tennessee said Brown had surgery to repair ligament damage in his right wrist on Wednesday.
Freshman Raymond Austin is listed as Brown’s backup on the depth chart.