Monday’s People in Sports
Undated (AP) _ Jose DeLeon of the Pittsburgh Pirates is a winner again, for the first time in 11 starts. He and Al Holland combined on a two-hitter Sunday and a 5-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. It was DeLeon’s first victory since last Sept. 25. A little psychology may have helped. After he was knocked out in the second inning against Houston last week, the pitcher expected a call sending him back to the minors. Manager Chuck Tanner did call, but not with bad news. ″I figured that he wasn’t feeling so good,″ Tanner recalled. ″I wanted to tell him not to worry, that his season started with his next start. As far as I was concerned, he was 0-0, not 0-7.″ DeLeon said the phone call ″really helped.″ ... Designated hitter Mike Stenhouse was an unlikely hero when the streak-prone Minnesota Twins ended a 10-game skid. They beat Milwaukee 5-4 on a two-run homer by Stenhouse, who had only one hit in his previous 26 at-bats. He said he was surprised to be in the lineup. Surprise also was the reaction of Bob Gibson, who served up the home run pitch. ″We think he’s a fastball hitter, but that was a breaking ball and he hit it,″ said Gibson. ... After Seattle Manager Chuck Cottier was ejected for arguing in the third inning of a game against the Yankees, he uprooted first base and threw it into right field. He also threw bats and helmets onto the field from the Mariners’ dugout. Cottier said getting first base up was no easy task. Yankees base runner Dave Winfield was standing it. ″I had to ask Winfield to step off it ... There was 240 pounds standing on the bag.″
Quarterback Doug Flutie will miss the final three weeks of the New Jersey Generals’ regular season and possibly the United States Football League playoffs because of a broken left collarbone suffered in Saturday night’s 17-7 victory over Memphis. ″We’ll take each week one at a time and see how it goes,″ said Dr. Mark Schottenfeld, the Generals’ orthopedic surgeon. Coach Walt Michaels said in all probability Flutie would be out for the season, and Ron Reeves would take over as No. 1 quarterback. ″I don’t look at it as a catastrophe,″ said Michaels. ″It’s an opportunity and (Reeves) has to take it as an opportunity. Hey, we are 10-5, a lot of people contributed and it’s no one-man game, never has been and never will be.″
The International Olympic Committee is reported by sources with the committee to have asked for the resignation of Monique Berlioux, its director and chief executive officer. She has played a leading role in planning and organizing all Olympic Summer and Winter Games since 1972. The decision, reportedly made at a closed meeting of the nine-member IOC executive board, was traced to growing and often visible friction between Berlioux, 61, and IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Said Samaranch, ″It is much too early to say anything.″
Chris Evert Lloyd, who defeated Steffi Graf of West Germany 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round of the French Open tennis championships. feels she plays better as a pessimist. The 15-year-old Graf failed to hold her serve in the opening set and Lloyd, the 30-year-old, five-time French Open champion, never allowed her a chance to get back into the match. ″I expected a real struggle and I was really psyched up for the match,″ Lloyd said. ″When you expect the worst it always seems a little better.″
Shawn Thomas of Detroit remained unconscious and in critical condition after brain surgery Sunday to remove a blood clot. Thomas was carried from the ring after Chris Calvin knocked him out Wednesday night in Merrillville, Ind. Joe Smelley, Thomas’ manager is unhappy with how referee Stanley Berg reacted.″The referee just stood there, watching Shawn get battered,″ Smelley said. ″Shawn was in no shape to continue. We had to throw a towel in there to stop it.″ However, Berg said he saw no reason to stop the fight sooner. ″(Thomas) wanted it to continue,″ he said. ″He told me he was OK, but I said ‘no,’ and I got Calvin out of there. Thomas looked exhausted and I thought I should stop it. Until that point, he looked OK.″Indiana state boxing physician Albert Willardo said Berg acted properly.
Nancy Lopez says she won her second LPGA Championship Sunday because she was able to convert anger into concentration. She said her anger over a two- shot slow play penalty in the first round affected her play in the second and third rounds. ″I was mad, frustrated and struggling a lot.″ She replaced those feelings in the final round. ″I wanted to be motivated in the right way,″ so she was ″mad positively.″ The result: a 7-under-par 65 and an eight-stroke victory. ″It was like I was by myself. I didn’t hear anything. It was just that little ball and me. It was a perfect day,″ she said of her concentration.