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Names In The Game

January 29, 1991

LONDON (AP) _ Australian Open champion Monica Seles will lead Yugoslavia’s team in the Federation Cup competition at Nottingham, England.

The International Tennis Federation said Tuesday that 18 of the world’s top-20 ranked players have been nominated to play in the July 21-28 event.

The United States, which beat the Soviet Union in last year’s final, nominated Mary Joe Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati, Zina Garrison and Gigi Fernandez with Amy Frazier and Meredith McGrath as reserves.

Jana Novotna, who beat Steffi Graf on her way to the Australian Open final, will head the Czech team, and Graf was named to lead the German team.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Chris Washburn, a former NBA first-round pick serving a two-year suspension for repeated drug use, signed with the Tulsa Fast Breakers of the Continental Basketball Association Tuesday.

″I’m looking at this as a second chance,″ said Washburn, the third pick overall by Golden State in the 1986 draft. ″The CBA is just a stepping stone to where I want to be. The NBA is where I want to be.″

The NBA suspended Washburn for two years in March 1989 for repeated drug use. Washburn has had several brushes with the law since then, but has spent the past seven months at a drug treatment center organized by John Lucas in Houston.

Washburn, a 6-foot-11 center who left North Carolina State after his sophomore year, played sparingly as a rookie for the Warriors. He averaged 3.8 points in 35 games and was traded early in the 1987-88 season to the Atlanta Hawks, where he averaged 2 points in 29 games.

″He is not the same basketball player he was three years ago,″ said Lucas, a former guard who overcame drug problems and returned to the NBA. ″Chris isn’t going to come in and tear apart the CBA. He won’t be a starter the first week or two, and he may never be a starter.″


YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Jerry Stroman of the Yakima Sun-Kings has been banned from the Continental Basketball Association after failing a drug test, team officials said.

Stroman, the team’s second-leading scorer, was among six Yakima players subjected to random drug tests on Jan. 15.

He was informed Monday that his test results were positive.

Tests of the five other players turned up no sign of drug use, the team said.

The league did not tell the Sun Kings what drug the former Utah player had tested positive for, general manager Brooks Ellison said.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Dwayne Woodruff, the last active player with a tie to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl years, said he does not plan to play for the team next year.

Woodruff, upset with the Steelers’ management, said he and his associates have contacted coaches for the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Raiders.

Woodruff, a 34-year-old cornerback, made $350,000 last year. He started eight of his 10 full seasons before losing his job last year.

Tom Donahoe, the Steelers’ director of pro personnel and development, said a final decision hasn’t been made on Woodruff.

Woodruff’s contract with the Steelers expires Friday, making him a restricted free agent and allowing him to sign with anyone unless the Steelers make a qualifying offer.

Woodruff, an attorney, told The Pittsburgh Press he does not believe he has been treated with respect.

″I really don’t think they appreciate my talents or what I can do for the team,″ he said. ″The fact I haven’t heard from them (since the season ended) is typical of how they’ve been handling it.″


DENVER (AP) - The Denver Broncos will wait until tackle Gerald Perry’s legal problems are settled before they deal with inquiries from six to eight teams that have expressed interest in him, coach Dan Reeves said.

Perry announced last month that he could no longer play in Denver because of the notoriety his half-dozen brushes with the law has brought him. Perry, a 6-foot-6, 305-pounder, has been with the Broncos three years.

When the NFL’s trading period began Monday, the Broncos received calls from several teams interested in Perry, Reeves said.

″I’m not interested in doing anything about it now,″ Reeves said. ″I think everybody needs to wait and see what’s going to happen as far as the trials go.″

Perry pleaded innocent on Monday in Aurora Municipal Court to two charges that he assaulted a drinking companion. A hearing was scheduled for Feb. 11. He also faces a third-degree sexual assault charge that stems from allegations that he fondled a teammate’s former girlfriend.

Another factor will be whether the NFL decides to take any action because of Perry’s problems with alcohol.


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Domingo Carrasquel, manager of Cardenales de Lara, was fined $1,000 by the Venezuelan Professional Baseball Association on Monday for grabbing an umpire by the neck and making a move as if to bite him. The incident took place in Sunday’s playoff game between the Cardenales and Leones del Caracas.

Cardenales needed to win Sunday to become champion and represent Venezuela at the Caribbean Series in Miami.

Carrasquel protested a call by umpire Emilio Velazquez at first base in the eighth inning.

Carrasquel stormed onto the field and berated Velazquez. Then he charged the umpire and grabbed him by the throat and had to be pulled away by players. Leones won 4-3.

″We fined Carrasquel so that baseball rules and good sporting behavior in Venezuela be maintained,″ Rafael Marcial Garmendia, the league president, said.

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