Friday’s People in Sports
Undated (AP) _ A Massachusetts newspaper says knife wounds to New England Patriots wide receiver Irving Fryar. were sustained during an argument with his pregnant wife. The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass., did not identify the source of its information.
Fryar sustained cuts to two fingers and a tendon Wednesday, and he said he had cut himself while putting away a knife. Mary Hill, an official at Goddard Memorial Hospital, where Fryar was treated, confirmed that Jacqueline Fryar was examined at the hospital shortly after her husband arrived. Mrs. Fryar is four or five months pregnant.
″She came in with bruises, but really I think her main concern was her pregnancy,″ Hill said.
The Chicago Bears and defensive end Richard Dent. are closer to agreeing on a new contract. The player’s agent, Everett Glenn, earlier had threatened to hold his client out of the Super Bowl without more money, but he said Thursday, ″There’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t (play) based on the progress made today.″
The Bears are offering about $1.1 million for three years, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.
Like Roger Staubach before him, Navy running back Napoleon McCallum. says he wants to play pro football after his tour of duty in the Navy is over. McCallum has a five-year Navy commitment awaiting him when he finished study at the U.S. Naval Academy. Without that commitment, McCallum might well have been a first-round NFL draft pick this April.
McCallum says he is concerned about keeping his talent sharp, ″but I think it will come back to me once I get into the game. I don’t think I’ll lose that much.″ BASEBALL
Salaries are higher now, but New York Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle. says he has no regrets about playing when he did. ″I played on the greatest team ever put together,″ Mantle said in Baltimore, where he was scheduled to appear Friday at the 33rd annual Tops In Sports banquet. ″In my first 14 years, I was in 12 World Series.″
Mantle received $7,500 in his first season, 1951, and he never made more than $100,000 in a season.
″They make more in one year now than I made in 18 years,″ Mantle said.
Los Angeles Dodgers pinch-hitter Len Matuszek. underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday in Los Angeles. Dr. Frank Jobe, the Dodgers’ team physician, performed the surgery. He will re-examine the shoulder before spring training on Feb. 20. HOCKEY
St. Louis Blues owner Harry Ornest. says he has no intention of allowing someone to purchase his club and move it. Ornest was responding to published reports that a Toronto group headed by former Winnipeg Jets president Michael Gobuty wanted to buy the club and move it to Hamilton, Ontario.
″My response is, ’Not a chance,‴ Ornest said Friday. ″That’s the answer to the question, ‘Are the Blues for sale or are they moving?’ They’re staying in St. Louis. I’ll put it this way. When the Blues go out of town, they’ll be ’on the road.‴ BASKETBALL
A source close to the New Jersey Nets says guard Micheal Ray Richardson., suspended late last month for drug use, could be back with the NBA club in 10 days. The Nets, meanwhile, are refusing to speculate.
″He’ll be released when the rehabilitation counselors say he is ready,″ Nets spokesman Jim Lampariello said. ″Just how long, no one has been able to set a date.″
Richardson has been undergoing drug rehabilitation in California since admitting on Dec. 31 that he once again had used cocaine. It marked Richardson’s second offense under the NBA’s drug policy. He also had a prior drug problem before the policy went into effect.