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Names In The Game

December 21, 1992

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia Eagles tight end Maurice Johnson refused to pay a $5 cover charge at a downtown club, and that caused a scuffle with the place’s bouncers, according police. Johnson was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.

″He says he was an Eagle and didn’t have to pay the cover,″ said Darquetta Dennis, manager of the Cat Club.

Dennis said Johnson used profanities and threatened some of her employees during the discussion about the entrance fee, shortly after 1 a.m. Johnson pushed and knocked down the bouncers when they tried to make him leave, Dennis said.

One of the doormen, Darryl Montgomery, was treated at a hospital and released. Dennis said Montgomery had a broken nose.

Capt. William Cope of detective headquarters cited the charges against Johnson but said he had no other details.

Dennis said some Eagles players were given VIP cards with which they could gain free admittance. Johnson did not have a VIP card, Dennis said.

About 200 people were in the club at the tim.

The Eagles defeated Washington 17-13 and won a NFC wild-card playoff berth.


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - When the Kansas football team boarded its chartered flight for Hawaii over the weekend to prepare for the Aloha Bowl, one seat was conspicuously empty.

Cornerback Robert Vaughn overslept Saturday morning and missed the flight to Honolulu.

Since Vaughn was holding a charter ticket, he couldn’t simply exchange it for a later commercial flight, school officials said. Coach Glen Mason said Sunday that Vaughn would have to pay his own way.

Vaughn flew to Hawaii on a commercial flight Monday. His uncle, Clarence Vaughn, paid for the trip, the Lawrence Journal World reported. Clarence Vaughn played in the NFL with the Washington Redskins.

Walt Houk, a travel agent who supervised the Jayhawks’ charter flight to Hawaii, said a one-way ticket from Kansas City to Honolulu costs $736.

Vaughn started 10 games this season, had three interceptions, and led the team by breaking up eight passes.

Kansas plays Brigham Young in the Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Lisa Pikalek of Virginia Tech, a four-time member of the All-Metro Conference team, is the 1992 GTE Academic All-America volleyball player of the year.

Pikalek, a senior from Tinley Park, Ill., has a 3.97 grade point average. She is the 14th NCAA Division I player to achieve 2,000 kills. Her 2,211 career kills are a Metro Conference record.

Named to the University Division’s GTE Academic All-America first team, along with Pikalek, were Elizabeth Edmiston of Texas A&M, Katie Haller of Southern California, Jennifer Helfrich of Arizona State, Melanie Kopka of Drexel and Shannan Egbert Skidmore of Brigham Young.

Amy Sullivan of Washington University was chosen the GTE Academic All- America of the Year in the College Division.


LONDON (AP) - Jason Livingston, the British sprinter sent home from the Barcelona Olympics for alleged steroid use, appeared at a disciplinary hearing Monday in a attempt to wipe out a four-year ban from international competition.

The hearing, before a panel of three officials from the British Athletic Federation, was at a secret location in London in an effort to avoid a repeat of recent controversies surrounding drug testing procedures.

″History shows people will come back at you,″ federation spokesman Tony Ward said.

He cited the cases of German sprinter Katrin Krabbe case and runner Butch Reynolds, adding, ″That is why we are going by the book.″

Livingston, the European indoor 60-meter champion, tested positive for the anabolic steroid Methandianone in Britain July 15, although the result was not announced until the eve of the Olympic track events two weeks later.

The 21-year-old runner immediately announced he would appeal the test result, which comes with a mandatory four-year ban.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Greg Townsend of the Los Angeles Raiders, making good on a promise, even got a quarterback sack for his young friend.

Because of botched signals, Townsend inadvertently stood up 10-year-old Matthew Dark on Dec. 8, when the Raiders’ defender was supposed to show up as the youth’s guest at ″Take a Player to School.″

Matthew waited for some three hours at El Oro Way Elementary in Granada Hills, but Townsend didn’t come. Townsend said afterward that he had not been told he was supposed to be at the school, and he called Matthew to apologize.

He invited Matthew to practice and took him into the locker room and introduced him to some of his fellow Raiders.

Townsend also set aside tickets for the young fan, some of his friends and their parents - 24 people in all - to the Raiders’ game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

After the game, as Townsend and Matthew walked through the tunnel to the locker room, the Raiders’ player told him, ″I got that sack for you, big guy.″

Los Angeles lost the game 36-14, but Matthew didn’t seem to mind.

″The game was fun, even though they lost,″ he said. ″He is a very nice guy.″

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