Pirates' Bonds loses bid for $3.3 million
Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds, the National League Most Valuable Player, lost his arbitration bid for $3.3 million yesterday and was awarded $2.3 million instead.
It was the second straight arbitration victory of sorts for the Pirates. On Saturday, right fielder Bobby Bonilla lost his request to receive an arbitration record of $3,475,000 in 1991 and will make $2.4 million.
Bonds hit .301 last season with 33 homers and 114 RBIs in leading the Pirates to the NL East title. When negotiations for a long-term deal stalled, the left fielder said he wanted to be traded and would someday come back and haunt the Pirates. Bonds has said he would like to go to San Diego.
"You've got to remember, the club offer was almost three times )) his salary," Pirates spokesman Rick Cerrone said yesterday. Bonds made $850,000 last season.
New Orleans Saints running back Craig Heyward sustained a gash in his scalp when he scuffled with police, who arrested him outside a nightclub in Allegheny County, Pa. Police said they used force Saturday to subdue Heyward, whom they said refused to cooperate when they tried to tow his car.
Track and field
World record-holder Leroy Burrell accused Britain's Linford Christie of making a post-race threat after Burrell beat him in a 60-meter race at Cosford, England. After Burrell rallied to beat Mark Witherspoon and Christie, he became involved in a clash with Christie, accusing him of threatening to kill him. Burrell said Christie was angry because Burrell turned his head to look at him during the race.
"He threatened me," Burrell said. "He said: 'If you do what you did again, I will hurt you, I will kill you.' "
Burrell then said to Christie: "Then kill me now."
The two then were separated by a meet promoter. At the awards ceremony, the two sprinters shook hands.
Top-seeded Martina Navratilova won her 11th Virginia Slims of Chicago championship in 14 years, beating fifth-seeded Zina Garrison, 6-1, 6-2. Navratilova was also in the doubles final. She and Pam Shriver lost to Gigi Fernandez and Jana Novotna, 6-2, 6-4.
* Guy Forget of France beat Andrei Cherkasov of the Soviet Union, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), and won the Donnay Indoor Championship at Brussels, Belgium.
* Top-seeded Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere of Switzerland beat unseeded Czechoslovak Petra Langrova, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), and won the Grundig tournament at Linz, Austria.
Navy, ranked No. 16 in the country, won its ninth straight meet, 26-12 over North Carolina State. Each team won three of the first six bouts, but Navy (18-2) held a 13-9 lead thanks to Brad Gazaway's pin of Ian Brinkey at 142. Navy put the match away when Steve Cantrell posted a win at 177, Tom Storey recorded a major decision at 190, and Brett Bourne won by default at heavyweight.
Wolfgang Hoppe, a double gold medalist at the 1984 Olympics, helped Germany II overtake Switzerland I, led by 1988 Olympic champion Gustav Weder, and win the four-man world championships at Altenberg, Germany. Germany II's total time of 3:45.53, edged Switzerland I, the runner-up in 3:45.65. The American team, with two-time Olympic 400-meter hurdles gold medalist Edwin Moses, placed seventh in 3:47.47.
Bits and pieces
The Baltimore Bicycling Club is offering a free five-week instructional program for adults with multi-geared bicycles, beginning Sunday. Call 685-1986 for details. . . . The Perring Racquet Club, 7501 Oakleigh Road in Baltimore, will be host to the Middle Atlantic Tennis Association Winter Championships for boys 18 and under, all day March 2 and 3, with the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals March 9 and 10. Admission is free. For more information, call 661-9220.