Ailing Payne Stewart to miss at least...


Ailing Payne Stewart to miss at least 5 weeks

Payne Stewart is wearing a neck brace and facing the loss of at least five weeks -- possibly more -- from his PGA Tour schedule.

"Hopefully, I'll be back by the Masters [April 11-14]," the former PGA champion said. "If they have to cut, it could be three or four months."

Stewart, who was examined by Dr. Frank Jobe in Los Angeles last weekend, is suffering from a herniated disk and bone chips.

Stewart is taking medication, wearing a neck brace and resting. If his condition does not improve, he said, surgery could be indicated.

Stewart was second on the money-winning list with $1,201,301 in 1989 and third last year with $976,281.

* Jack Nicklaus said his company, Golden Bear International, will begin to represent athletes and manage sporting events. Golden Bear Sports Management, a subsidiary owned by the golfer's children, will seek to recruit team-sports athletes and become a rival to the International Management Group and ProServ.

New York Giants place-kicker Matt Bahr is the company's first client. Mike Schmidt, former Philadelphia Phillies third baseman, will recruit athletes.


Sports fans and educators believe college presidents should be given tighter control over sports, but coaches are against it, said Louis Harris, whose organization polled a cross-section of the adult population.

In a report to the Knight Commission, which is studying possible reforms in college athletics, Harris said all groups it surveyed -- except for athletic directors, coaches and faculty athletic representatives -- rated the National Collegiate Athletic Association negatively on controlling excesses.

Harris said faculty athletic representatives were rated negatively, percent, by their faculty colleagues on how they handled excesses in athletics.

The Knight Commission will make its report March 19.


New York Mets co-owner Nelson Doubleday, a one-time minority partner in the New York Islanders and the man who reportedly urged the hiring of general manager Bill Torrey 19 years ago, is interested in regaining an interest in the hockey team, Torrey said.

However, people familiar with Doubleday said they would be surprised if he became sole owner of the Islanders, who went up for public sale last week. Torrey said Cablevision Chairman Charles Dolan also is among those interested in the franchise but that a sale is not imminent.

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