NFL owners vote to continue WLAF
NFL owners voted last night in Dallas to continue operation the World League of American Football and agreed to a three-year television contract with both the USA network and ABC that would air 35 regular-season and two playoff games and next spring's World Bowl.
Dan Rooney, chairman of WLAF board of directors, said 10 teams will compete, including holdovers London; Barcelona, Spain; Frankfurt, Germany; Montreal; New York; Birmingham, Ala.; San Antonio; Orlando, Fla.; and Sacramento, Calif. San Antonio could move to San Marcos, Texas.
The Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks were dropped and a 10th team will be announced soon, Rooney said. He said Columbus, Ohio, is a strong contender.
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said 28 teams will contribute money to the WLAF package.
The Pittsburgh-Penn State football series may be revived later in the 1990s although not on a yearly basis, according to the athletic directors of both schools.
The last game under the current contract is scheduled for 1992, but the series could be revived as early as 1995.
The termination of the series angered Pitt officials and also aroused the ire of some state legislators.
* Notre Dame officials will consider a proposal to expand the university's stadium, which seats 59,075 and has been sold out for 148 of the past 149 games.
John Heisler, Notre Dame sports information director, said only 16,300 seats were available to fill requests for more than 40,000 alumni seats for Saturday's Southern Cal game.
Nets senior vice president Willis Reed denied a report by ESPN that the two sides had settled on a five-year, $14 million contract.
Hamisi Amani-Dove, a Wilde Lake senior who has 12 goals and six assists this season, has been selected to participate with Region 1 ODP's under-18 team at the Inter-regional Tournament Nov. 28-30 in Dallas.
Aaron Krickstein upset Wimbledon champion Michael Stich, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, in the second round of the Stockholm (Sweden) Open. David Engel, a Swedish qualifier, upset 10th seed David Wheaton, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
* Top seed Steffi Graf breezed past Czechoslovak Andrea Strnadova, 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Brighton (England) women's indoor tournament.
Chris Dickson, representing Japan, took the lead in the first day of competition in the Mazda World Championship of Match Race Sailing off Hamilton, Bermuda, with six wins in seven races.
Racing in a double round-robin format, 10 of the top match-race skippers in the world are vying for $135,000 in prizes.