Marinovich says he'll enter NFL draftSouthern Cal...


Marinovich says he'll enter NFL draft

Southern Cal quarterback Todd Marinovich yesterday declared that he will enter the National Football League draft.

"It's the ultimate challenge for me," said Marinovich, USC's starting quarterback for most of the past two seasons. "I don't expect it to be easy. It's going to be the hardest thing that I've ever tried, but I'm prepared to go to work."

The decision capped a month in which he was suspended indefinitely from the Southern Cal football program and arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession. He later was charged with a misdemeanor.

Marinovich, groomed from birth to be an NFL quarterback by his father, former NFL linebacker Marv Marinovich, is expected to be no better than a third- or fourth-round draft choice.

Others who declared for the NFL draft by yesterday's deadline include wide receiver Raghib "Rocket" Ismael of Notre Dame, expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and such likely high choices as wide receiver Herman Moore of Virginia and guard Ed King of Auburn.

The NFL will announce the complete list Monday.

* CBS college football sportscaster Jim Nantz will step in for talk show personality Larry King as the main speaker at the annual Naval Academy Football Banquet to be held at the academy's Dahlgren Hall on Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $28 and can be purchased by calling the Naval Academy Athletic Association ticket offices at (301) 268-6060 or 1-800-US4-Navy.

Track and field

Greg Foster, showing he still has the speed of a youngster, raced to his eighth Millrose Games hurdles victory at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Foster, 32, who won his first Millrose title in 1980, rallied to win the 60-meter event in 7.48 seconds, beating 1990 national indoor champion Tony Dees.

Noureddine Morceli, a 20-year-old Algerian ranked No. 1 in the world at 1,500 meters, outdueled three-time defending champion Marcus O'Sullivan of Ireland and won the Wanamaker Mile in 3 minutes, 53.50 seconds. Steve Scott, the American indoor and outdoor record-holder, finished third.

Navy senior Matt Howard finished second in the 35-pound weight toss at the Games with a toss of 60 feet, 8 3/4 inches.

Another senior Midshipman, Rob Sehnert, finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 58 feet, 6 3/4 inches. Placing ninth in the shot put was Navy's Bryant Clevenger with a heave of 52 feet, 3 3/4 inches.


Registration for Howard County's lacrosse program -- for boys 9 to 14 and girls 9 to 14 -- will be held today at Marvin's Sport City in Columbia Mall between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at Moyer's Sports Corner on Route 40 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and at Patuxent Valley Middle School between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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