Winner and still champ


Richardson decides to give 76ers the boot

Micheal Ray Richardson withdrew his threat yesterday to break his contract with his Italian club and jump to the Philadelphia 76ers after a meeting with the president of Knorr Bologna, Paolo Gualandi.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Richardson spoke of making a return to the National Basketball Association four years after he was banned for using cocaine.

Neither party would talk money, but Richardson had been demanding that Knorr match an offer from the 76ers, which he said was a two-year guaranteed contract worth $800,000 a year. Richardson's two-year Italian contract pays him $550,000 a season.


Linebacker Carl Banks' broken wrist is healing, but probably not enough for him to play tomorrow against the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Bill Parcells said. Banks, who has been out for five weeks, was reinstated to the practice squad Thursday, but was kept on the injured-reserve list.


Representatives of the major and minor leagues will meet Tuesday in New York to discuss the stalled negotiations for a new player-development contract. The minor leagues said it would not be a negotiating session. The commissioner's office wants the right to approve minor-league franchise shifts, sales and expansion. The sides also disagree on the amount of the major-league subsidy.

* New York Yankees executive Leonard Kleinman has been cleared by baseball of any wrongdoing in George Steinbrenner's payment to Howard Spira, but intends to continue his $22 million lawsuit against commissioner Fay Vincent. Kleinman was accused of assisting in the $40,000 payment to Spira, who provided the Yankees with information about Dave Winfield.

* A last-minute pitch to buy the Montreal Expos and move them to Toronto is being attempted by a group headed by Toronto businessman Jim Mills. Mills says his group has the money to pay compensation to the Blue Jays for moving a second major-league team into their city.

* The revamped Senior Professional Baseball Association opened its second season yesterday. Where there were eight Florida teams last year, there now are four. The league "expanded" westward, with teams in Sun City, Ariz., and San Bernardino, Calif.


A five-point plan to finance a new Boston Garden, including a proposal to issue $125 million in industrial bonds, will be presented to the owners of the sports arena next week, a Boston city official said.


Razor Ruddock, a leading heavyweight contender, will fight Mike Rouse of Portsmouth, Va., a left-hander with a 12-5-1 record, on the under card of the Mike Tyson-Alex Stewart fight Dec. 8.


Torsten Giedeon had a whiff, a double bogey and 11 birdies yesterday in a wild round that lifted Germany into contention for its first title in the World Cup of Golf.

Giedeon shot a 7-under-par 65, matching the best round of the tournament, and Bernhard Langer added a 67 to give the Germans a 54-hole total of 17-under 415. They trail first-place England by one stroke going into today's final round at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. The U.S. team of Payne Stewart (68) and Jodie Mudd (73) was fourth at 13-under.

* Members of Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh, site of six U.S. Opens, are voting on a bylaw to admit women in order to comply with the United States Golf Association's new anti-discrimination policy. Oakmont will play host to the 1992 U.S. Women's Open and 1994 U.S. Open. None of Oakmont's members is black, but no club policy restricts minority membership.


Louisiana State athletic director Joe Dean says he's down to a list of three to replace Mike Archer as football coach, and Georgia Tech's Bobby Ross says he is not one of them. The finalists are North Carolina State's Dick Sheridan, Southern Mississippi's Curley Hallman and former Pittsburgh coach Mike Gottfried. Ross said LSU had not called him, and he wasn't interested anyway.

* Army, a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference since 1984-85, will take on independent status in hockey next season in an attempt to diversify the Cadets' playing schedule, officials said.


Fourth-seeded Grant Connell and Glenn Michibata of Canada upset top-seeded Pieter Aldrich and Danie Visser of South Africa, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), to advance to the semifinals of the $1 million World Doubles tennis championship in Australia and will play Emilio Sanchez and Sergio Casal of Spain in today's semifinal.

* Andre Agassi may have to wait a while longer for a Grand Slam title. By pulling out of next month's $6 million Grand Slam Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, Agassi risks being banned from one or more Grand Slam events next year, in addition to being fined $25,000 by the International Tennis Federation. Agassi had signed a contract to play, but last week announced his decision to skip the richest tournament in tennis history.

H: Bowling

Parker Bohn III needs to win just one game today for his fifth Professional Bowlers Association title in the nationally televised finals of the $150,000 American Bowling Congress Fall Classic in Milwaukee. With a victory, Bohn would become the third bowler to win three times this year.

Bits and pieces

The Baltimore Youth Hockey Program is holding a Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend at Mount Pleasant Rink in northeast Baltimore. Games begin at 6 a.m. and run all day with the final game at 10:30 p.m., today and tomorrow. Players range in age from 6 to 17 and teams from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Washington and Maryland are participating. . . . The American International Soccer Club is seeking teen-age boys and girls for its 1991 European tour. Tryouts will be held Dec. 8 and 9 on the Eastern Shore. For more information, call Kathy Fitzpatrick at (301) 461-3982.

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