NBA refs reportedly mull playoff strikeNational Basketball...

NBA refs reportedly mull playoff strike

National Basketball Association referees, apparently upset over low pay and the strong control of officiating chief Darell Garretson, plan to meet before the opening of the league playoffs Wednesday to discuss a strike, the Boston Herald is reporting.


The newspaper, citing an unidentified source close to the referees, reported today that they would meet Monday in Chicago. It said they already have contacted Continental Basketball Association referees, seeking their support should a strike be necessary.

Referees approached by The Associated Press after a late game last night in Sacramento, Calif., cited league policy in declining to talk. Officials for the league could not be reached for comment early today.


* John MacLeod, 31-34 since taking over Dec. 3, will be out as New York Knicks coach when the National Basketball Association team plays its last playoff game, New York Newsday reported. Dave Checketts, team president, denied he had decided to fire MacLeod.


Jack Nicklaus leads the 52nd PGA Seniors Championship after a birdie-birdie finish capped off a first-round 66 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He holds a one-stroke lead over a man he's never met, Tom Joyce, a club pro from Huntington, N.Y.

* Davis Love III didn't bogey and had an eagle and four birdies en route to a 6-under-par 65 to share the opening-round lead with Kirk Triplett in the Heritage Classic at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

* Welshman Ian Woosnam, playing for the first time since his victory at the Masters, shot a 10-over-par 82 at the Benson and Hedges International in St. Mellion, England. Woosnam's round left him 12 shots behind Nick Faldo, the Englishman he dethroned as two-times Masters champion on Sunday.

* Dennis Toomey of Mount St. Mary's posted 37-3875 and took the halfway lead in the annual Northeast Conference tournament at Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Among other scorers, Shawn Hlavay (Arundel) of Robert Morris had 80.


Oklahoma assistant athletic director Ronald E. Watson was ** arrested by FBI agents in Oklahoma City for alleged bank fraud. Watson, 41, was named in a five-count indictment handed up Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Oklahoma City.


* The National Collegiate Athletic Association's pro liaison committee has recommended a change in its bylaws that would, among other things, allow underclassmen to apply for the National Football League and National Basketball Association drafts -- and even get drafted -- without losing their eligibility.

The NCAA Council is meeting in Kansas City, Mo., this week to formalize the agenda for the NCAA's annual convention in January.

College baseball

Sophomore right fielder Tom Coleman had six RBI, including a fourth-inning grand slam, to lead Towson State (19-17-1) to a 10-6 triumph over Mount St. Mary's (8-14). Four Mount pitchers handed out 11 walks, including four in the fourth when a double by Jacen Martinez and Coleman's homer accounted for six runs and a 7-2 lead.

* At Salisbury, Frank Szymanski (Loyola) homered, singled and drove in three runs for Salisbury State (7-16), but a three-run homer by Andy Kozlowicz in the 10th gave Christopher Newport (19-13) a 10-6 victory.

* Rick Friedel doubled and tripled to lead a 15-hit attack, as Dundalk Community College (11-10) defeated Harford CC (1-16) at Bel Air, 12-6.


* At Catonsville, Catonsville CC (8-11) overpowered Cecil CC, 17-7, helped by the hitting of Steve Szuchnicki, who had five hits, including a home run.

Women's college lacrosse

Towson State (5-3, 3-0) scored eight straight goals, including four by Lisa Marsiglia (Kenwood), in a 13-5 victory over visiting University of Delaware (5-6, 3-1). Becky Patton also had four goals, and Kelly Bush had five assists to boost her East Coast Conference lead to 21, helping Towson State win its fifth straight game.

* Kathy Railey (Loch Raven) scored four goals to lead host Gettysburg (5-4, 3-1) past Western Maryland, 12-7, in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

* Cheryl Ish had six Salisbury State (4-6) goals in a 21-7 loss at Georgetown (10-2).

* Kelly Archambo's fourth goal came with 1 minute, 12 seconds left and carried the University of Maryland Baltimore County over Villanova, 10-9.



Wendy Lucero, the 1-meter springboard silver medalist at January's World Championships, of Denver beat Betsy Girvan of Tequesta, Fla., to win the 1-meter title at the U.S. Indoor Diving Championships in Minnesota.

College gymnastics

UCLA's Scott Keswick qualified as the top all-around gymnast in individual competition and his team advanced to the NCAA men's finals with Oklahoma and host Penn State.


Former junior welterweight champion Aaron Pryor has been indicted on charges of aggravated drug trafficking involving crack cocaine.


A Hamilton County, Ohio, grand jury returned the indictment Tuesday, charging Pryor, 35, with one count of drug abuse and one count of aggravated drug trafficking.

Still swinging with the WGA Jack Nicklaus is leading the 52nd PGA Seniors Championship only because he's playing at home.

"If I'd had to go somewhere to play this week, I wouldn't have gone," Nicklaus said yesterday after a birdie-birdie finish capped off a first-round 66 at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

He is coming off an unsuccessful attempt at a seventh Masters championship and, he said, it's usually difficult for him to compete immediately after one of golf's major events.

"But this is easy. It's just a 10-minute drive" from his home at Lost Tree Village to the PGA National Golf Club. Nicklaus holds a one-stroke lead over a man he's never met, Tom Joyce, a club pro from Huntington, N.Y.