Charges dropped against Irish's MirerA prosecutor yesterday...

Charges dropped against Irish's Mirer

A prosecutor yesterday dropped charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct against Notre Dame starting quarterback Rick Mirer.


Mirer, who threw for 1,824 yards and eight touchdowns last year, was arrested in South Bend, Ind., during an off-campus street party last weekend.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael P. Barnes said five police officers who booked and photographed Mirer at the county jail said he seemed sober.


Coach Lou Holtz said Mirer will start tomorrow against Indiana.


Towson State junior goalkeeper Rich Betcher has been declared academically ineligible for the 1992 season. Betcher had 218 saves on 539 shots last season and was one of the primary reasons Towson reached the NCAA Division I title game, which it lost to North Carolina.


The New York Islanders' Pat LaFontaine scored the first goalas the United States (2-1) skated to a 4-2 victory against Czechoslovakia (1-2) in a Canada Cup game in Detroit.

Meanwhile, Viacheslav Butsayev scored two goals to lead the Soviet Union (1-2) over Finland (1-1-1) in Hamilton, Ontario, and Wayne Gretzky set up short-handed goals by Steve Larmer and Paul Coffey 34 seconds apart in the fifth minute of play to lead Canada (2-0-1) to a 4-1 victory against world champion Sweden (1-2).

* The Washington Capitals will meet the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason rookie game at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday. A limited number of tickets will be available Monday at the arena, 8781 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton.

Pro football


Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Joe Gilliam waallowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of simple robbery by a judge who told him to rehabilitate himself or go to prison.

Gilliam, 40, initially was charged with armed robbery in the July 19 robbery of a fast-food chicken restaurant in Shreveport, La., with a butter knife.

Judge James Stewart gave Gilliam a seven-year suspended sentence and placed him on five years' supervised probation.

* The Seattle Seahawks owe Sam McCullum $543,000 for cutting him from the team because of his union activities, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled.

The NLRB had previously ruled that the Seahawks owed McCullum $250,000, but more than doubled the size of the award after an administrative law judge ruled in March that McCullum should be paid for the final three months of the 1984 season.

McCullum was the team's representative with the NFL Players Association. He was cut four days before the 1982 players' strike.



Phil Mickelson led American amateurs to an 8-4 lead oveBritain and Ireland on the first day of the Walker Cup competition in Portmarnock, Ireland.


Young athletes infected with the virus that causes AIDshould be allowed to play in team sports because the risk of passing the infection is minute, a new report says.

Careful precautions adapted for athletic settings should reduce any potential risk of transmission, doctors wrote in Pediatrics, a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics.



Swiss ski racer Martin Hangl, 29, a former world champion in the super-giant slalom, has retired because of knee problems.

Hangl won the Super-G gold medal in the 1989 Alpine Ski World Championships in Vail, Colo., beating teammate Pirmin Zurbriggen.

College basketball

Two South Carolina players have been charged with disorderly conduct in connection with a weekend fight at the university's student union, authorities say.

Joe Rhett, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, and Troy McKoy, a 6-7 junior swingman, were arrested by campus police Saturday, according the Columbia police report.

Horse racing


Hansel, winner of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, will stand at stud at Shaikh Maktoum al Maktoum's Gainsborough Farm in Lexington, Ky., beginning in 1992 under a sale arrangement announced yesterday.

Owner Joe L. Allbritton will retain breeding interest in him.

Hansel will not race again because of a tendon injury suffered while finishing second in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 17 at Saratoga Race Course.