Walker makes Olympic bobsled team
Herschel Walker secured a spot yesterday on the U.S. Olympic and World Cup bobsledding team.
The Minnesota Vikings running back finished third in the individual brakeman push championships at Lake Placid, N.Y. Jeff Woodard won the event and Chris Coleman placed second.
Woodard, of Schenectady, N.Y., won in 10.66 seconds, based on his two fastest times over three runs. He set the track record of 5.32 seconds on his third attempt after posting times of 5.36 and 5.34. Three-time defending champion Coleman, of Vestal, N.Y., earned the silver medal and a spot on the team along with Walker.
Walker took the bronze medal with times of 5.43, 5.44 and 5.41 for a 10.84 total.
The NFL plans to subpoena 10 top agents in connection with a lawsuit in which the league alleges collusion between agents and the players' association.
At a six-hour meeting yesterday in Dallas, the 28 NFL clubs were told that the subpoenas will be served for a lawsuit being heard in federal district court in Minneapolis. In that suit, the league has charged that the National Football League Players Association and various agents have been in collusion in fixing salaries by sharing salary information.
An NFL source identified three of those agents as Leigh Steinberg, Tom Condon and Bob Woolf, who represent dozens of NFL stars. NFL spokesman Joe Browne said that the depositions would be served as early as next week.
The Philadelphia 76ers have reached a tentative contract agreement with free-agent center/forward Charles Shackleford and could announce the signing today, contingent on the player's passing a team physical, according to sources close to the negotiations.
Shackleford, a 6-foot-10 rebounding specialist, quickly worked his way to the top of a short list of obtainable big men compiled by the Sixers. He reportedly will sign a $1 million-a-year, multi-year contract.
Mario Lemieux said he wants to play in the Canada Cup tournament and will undergo tests on his ailing back in two weeks to see if he is fit.
"I hope to be at training camp [Aug. 3]," said Lemieux, captain and star center of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. "I really want to play.
UNLV officials will meet with the NCAA Infractions Committee in Boston in September to argue their case in a battle over 35 alleged violations by the school's high-powered basketball program. University legal counsel Brad Booke said the school had been told to appear Sept. 27.
A prehearing is scheduled in August with the NCAA enforcement staff. Booke said at that time it will be decided which of the 35 alleged violations will be heard by the committee in September.
Mack Lewis has had a number of world-ranked fighters in nearly 50 years of managing and training boxers in his Broadway gym, but he will have his first chance to participate in a title fight as the co-manager of Virginia-based junior middleweight John Jarvis.
Jarvis, who is trained by Lewis' partner, Ray Brown, in Richmond, will challenge International Boxing Federation champion Darren Van Horn in Monaco, Aug. 22. The fight will be promoted by Cedric Kushner. Jarvis, Lewis and Brown will arrive in Monaco, Aug. 17 to conclude training.
Charles "Charlie the Tuna" Chapman, the first black man to swim the English Channel, was arrested in Buffalo in connection with a drug ring, police said.
Police said three purchases of cocaine were made by an undercover agent during a three-month investigation into a narcotics ring allegedly run by Chapman, 37, and some friends.
Chapman, who will be arraigned today, told police after his arrest that he knew nothing about drug dealing and was just "along for the ride" when he was apprehended.
Chapman is noted for his long-distance swimming feats. On Aug. 24, 1981, Chapman became the first black man to swim the English Channel. On Aug. 27, 1988, Chapman completed a marathon swim around Manhattan, setting a record for the butterfly stroke, 9 hours, 25 minutes.
Mats Wilander showed up on crutches at a news conference in Bastad, Sweden to announce he will not play in the U.S. Open. The Swedish tennis player had arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this week.
"Unfortunately it's too early," Wilander said of playing in the tournament he won in 1988.
Wilander was injured at Queen's Club four weeks ago and missed Wimbledon. He is expected to be out two months. The U.S. Open starts Aug. 26.