'92 ECC tournaments dribble to UMBCThe East...

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'92 ECC tournaments dribble to UMBC

The East Coast Conference announced yesterday that its men's basketball championship, which has been held at Towson State University for the past eight years, will be held next year at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Fieldhouse. The tournament will be played March 7-9.

The women's basketball championship also will be held at UMBC. The first round will be played Friday, March 6, the semifinals March 8 and the final March 9 as part of a doubleheader with the men's title game.

* Barry Young, a star basketball player at Mount Hebron who redshirted last season at Nevada-Las Vegas, was arrested Saturday night on a drug charge, Las Vegas police said.

Young, 23, and another man were arrested in the parking lot of the Sports Pub at 4400 S. Maryland Parkway after they had been seen smoking marijuana, police said. Patrol officers said Young became disruptive when he found out he was under arrest. Both men were booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Young, a forward, was part of UNLV's 1989-90 NCAA championship team, playing in 39 of 40 games. He chose to redshirt this year, which means he did not use a year of his eligibility and may possibly return for the 1991-92 season. He only attended a few practices last season, and UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian has said he doesn't expect Young to return.

* Tarkanian emerged from a five-hour session with University of Nevada regents last night and said he was pleased with their response to his explanation of the latest troubles of his team.

Tarkanian asked for a meeting with the regents in the light of growing pressure brought on by contacts between three former players and a convicted sports fixer.

"The regents were very attentive; they listened to what I had to say; they gave me an opportunity to go through everything," Tarkanian said, as he hurried to his car with two lawyers at his side. "I was very pleased. It was an excellent meeting."

Tarkanian said the remaining two years of his current contract weren't discussed and he answered sharply when asked if the subject of sports fixer Richard Perry was addressed.

"I'm not going to talk about anything like that," he said.

Colleges

Members of the ECC met in the Poconos last week to discuss the future of the unstable league, but the only information to come out of the meetings was a two-line news release from commissioner John Carpenter, who said that the ECC "is pursuing possible options to expand its membership" and that all future information about the league -- which includes Towson State and the UMBC -- will come from the ECC office.

Rider's announcement last month that it was leaving the ECC to join the Northeast Conference made it the sixth school to leave the conference in two years.

The league had seven teams last season, and with Delaware and Drexel leaving for the North Atlantic Conference next season, that number was maintained with the addition of Brooklyn College and the University of Buffalo. But Rider's departure leaves the conference with just six teams for next season, and the ECC's automatic bid to the NCAA basketball tournament could be in jeopardy.

College football

Former Michigan State coach Frank "Muddy" Waters was in serious condition yesterday in Lansing, Mich., after suffering a mild heart attack. Waters, 68, who coached at Michigan State from 1980 to 1982, suffered the heart attack Friday and was being treated in Sparrow Hospital's cardiac care unit.

Track and field

The 18-month suspension of the man who prescribed steroids for disqualified gold medalist Ben Johnson is a warning to "unethical" doctors who illegally distribute the drugs to athletes, a leading Canadian sports official said yesterday.

Dr. Jamie Astaphan shook his head in anger and vowed to appeal after a panel of four doctors from Ontario's College of Physicians and Surgeons in Toronto delivered the penalty -- which included a $5,000 fine -- for professional misconduct.

Astaphan, 45, admitted prescribing steroids for Johnson and other athletes because he feared they would "kill themselves" if they continued to administer their own treatments, his lawyer, Martin Peters told a hearing.

The suspension -- triple the one recommended by Peters and the college's lawyer -- will take effect next month and expire in January 1993. It applies only in the province of Ontario.

Sailing

The New Zealand Challenge has been given permission to use wind-tunnel facilities in England for research in its America's Cup yacht design. The Trustee of the America's Cup, San Diego Yacht Club, approved the use of the wind-tunnel facilities May 30.

The Deed of Gift calls for challenging yachts to be designed, constructed and built in the nation of origin. However, race rules allow for some research to be done in another country if the challenging yacht club seeks permission from the trustee and can prove that its country lacks adequate facilities.

Rowing

An American who rowed for Cambridge University died of heart failure after a workout on a rowing machine. Paul Grandpierre, 25, of Bridgeport, Vt., collapsed after the training session. Doctors think he had been suffering from a rare viral infection.

Golf

Pro Heather Farr is scheduled for surgery Friday at Denver General Hospital to remove a tumor from her skull that has survived radical chemotherapy, radiation and a bone-marrow transplant.

Farr was found to have breast cancer two years ago at age 24. Extensive surgery was performed to remove cancer from around her spine before she could undergo the bone-marrow transplant.

Family flair The MSL announced its first and second teams and honorable mentions yesterday, and, for the first time in the 11-year history of the Blast, no Baltimore player made any of the squads.

Two players from the champion San Diego Sockers -- goalkeeper Victor Nogueira and defender Kevin Crow -- made the first team. Also named were midfielder Preki and defender Fernando Clavijo of the St. Louis Storm; forward Tatu of the Dallas Sidekicks; and forward Zoran Karic of the Cleveland Crunch.

Pro basketball

The father of Indiana Pacers guard George McCloud, reportedly despondent over the recent death of his wife, died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Rev. George McCloud Jr., 60, of Ormond (Fla.) Beach, was pronounced dead at Ormond Memorial Hospital Sunday after apparently shooting himself in the abdomen in the bedroom of the family home, said Lt. Kevin McCue of the Ormond Beach Police Department.

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