Brewers draw offer from beer distributorThe nation's...

Brewers draw offer from beer distributor

The nation's largest distributor of Pabst beer products has offered to donate the proceeds of all the beer it sells at County Stadium next year in an effort to help keep the Brewers in Milwaukee.


Beloit Beverage Co., which supplies about a fifth of the beer sold at the ballpark, would place the money in a fund, company officials said. Based on last year's sales, the one-year amount would be $200,000, but the company's general manager, Brian Morello, said his family was willing to donate up to $1 million.

On Wednesday, the Brewers issued a statement saying that the franchise and its plans to build a new stadium in Milwaukee were in jeopardy. The dispute stemmed from a failed deal with Milwaukee County officials to let the ballclub operate County Stadium until its lease expires in 1994. The deal was scrapped after county supervisors balked at the idea of a $970,000 cost to taxpayers next year. The expense would have resulted from the transfer of stadium operations to the team.


Wendy Selig, Brewers general counsel, said club officials had no comment.

* Two of Darryl Strawberry's former New York Mets teammates claim the All-Star outfielder began drinking again late last season, less than six months after rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, according to a published report. Newsday, in yesterday's editions, said a pair of Mets players -- not identified -- told the newspaper that Strawberry drank beer in the clubhouse and took hard liquor to his hotel room on road trips. Eric Goldschmidt, the agent who negotiated Strawberry's five-year, $20.25 million free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, denied the allegations.

* Chuck Finley of the California Angels and Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners combined for a no-hitter and Greg Olson of the Atlanta Braves hit a three-run homer, giving the U.S. major-league all-stars a 5-0 victory over their Japanese counterparts in the final game of their exhibition series. Japan won the series, 4-3-1. Ken Griffey Jr. of the Mariners was named the series' Most Valuable Player. He had eight hits in 19 at-bats. ++ It was the second time an American team ended a Japan tour with a losing record. The San Francisco Giants were 3-6 in 1970.

Ivan Lendl won the inaugural Milan, Italy, shootout, a %o exhibition that features tie-breakers instead of standard sets. He defeated surprise finalist Jonas Svensson of Sweden, 7-5, 5-7, -- 7-4, at the Assago Forum. Lendl, third in the world, earned $200,000 for 38 minutes, 50 seconds of actual playing time.

* Jakob Hlasek served 13 aces and used his power to overcome the quickness of Michael Chang for a 7-6, 6-3 victory in the final of the Wembley, England, indoor tournament.

* Steffi Graf used aggressive net play to beat Gabriela Sabatini, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, in the New England Virginia Slims championship in Worcester, Mass. The 84-minute match was Graf's 20th win over Sabatini in 24 meetings since 1985. It was Graf's fourth straight ,, tournament win and her 10th championship of the year.

* Andrei Cherkasov of the Soviet Union defeated Tim Mayotte of the United States, 6-2, 6-1, to win the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the first men's professional tennis tournament in the Soviet Union. Cherkasov received 183 ATP points and moved from the 32nd world ranking to 21st.



Dave Gagner, the Minnesota North Stars' leading goal scorer, will be out at least three to four weeks after surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee.

* The Toronto Maple Leafs' Gary Leeman separated his right shoulder in the first period Saturday and will be sidelined approximately one month. Leeman, who had 51 goals last season, had only five goals in 19 games.


The Navy water polo team defeated Brown, 12-9, in Annapolis, capturing the Eastern Championships and securing an automatic bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. Luis Nicolao, the tournament's Most Valuable Player, led Navy with six goals, three in the first 1 1/2 minutes. . . . Mount St. Mary's Peter Rono, a gold medalist in the 1988 Olympics, won the NCAA District 1 men's cross country meet Saturday in New Canaan, Conn.


Spain's Jose-Maria Olazabal set a tournament record iwinning the Visa Taiheiyo Club Masters tournament in Gotemba, Japan, for the second consecutive year. Olazabal shot a closing 5-under-par 67 for a 72-hole total of 18-under 270, four strokes under the record set by Japan's Yasuhiro Funatogawa in 1986.


* U.S. seniors won five matches, lost two and tied one against Japan and won the $500,000 Du Pont Cup Seniors team tournament, 20-12, in Batoh, Japan. Mike Hill shot the day's best score and beat Japan's Kesahiko Uchida, 68-72.

* Nayoko Yoshikawa shot a 2-under-par 70 and won the Itoki Classic women's tournament in Sasebo, Japan, by two strokes. Yoshikawa, the 1988 leading money-winner on the Japan LPGA Tour, finished at par 216.

:Pro basketball

Sacramento Kings coach Dick Motta was ejected with 2:13 left in the third quarter of a 93-88 National Basketball Association loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday night while arguing strenuously with referee Pete Quinn on an offensive foul against Lionel Simmons. Assistant coach Rex Hughes restrained Motta zTC after he ran yelling onto the court and elbowed Quinn. "I had thoughts of rage," Motta said. "There were a couple of things I wanted to do to him. That's the trouble with the three-referee system. You can't go at three of them." Quinn was prohibited from responding by league rules.

Auto racing

Juan Manuel Fangio II won a rough and tumble Camel Grand Prix of Southern California sports car race in Del Mar, and Geoff Brabham drove to a conservative fourth-place finish and his third consecutive IMSA GT Prototype sports car title. Fangio's Toyota Eagle led for the final 12 minutes of the one-hour, 45-minute race on the 1.60-mile, 10-turn Del Mar Fairgrounds temporary circuit.


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