Hagerstown among 6 seeking S. Atlantic team
Hagerstown is among six cities trying to acquire one of two new teams expected to play baseball in 1993 in the Class A South Atlantic League.
League president John Moss said yesterday that Hagerstown was competing against Hickory, N.C.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and three undisclosed cities in Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.
The plans to expand from 14 to 16 teams must get the blessing of the league, the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues and the major leagues. If approved, the two cities would be chosen by Aug. 1.
Hagerstown lost its Class AA franchise Tuesday, partly because upgrading Municipal Stadium to meet new Major League Baseball standards would cost up to $2 million.
Hagerstown has the 25th-smallest city-county population of all 26 Class AA teams. But its 1991 attendance of 193,433 ranked fourth in the Eastern League and 15th best in Class AA. Moss said he did not think Hagerstown's population would be a deciding factor. If chosen, Hagerstown would be the smallest market in the league.
* Leonard Kleinman was fired as chief operating officer of the New York Yankees, and commissioner Fay Vincent threatened to reject Daniel R. McCarthy's nomination as managing general partner. Kleinman, who also was the team's executive vice president, was fired by McCarthy because he refused to drop a lawsuit against Vincent, according to a lawyer involved in the situation, who spoke on the condition he not be identified. Owner George Steinbrenner, who agreed in July 1990 to a ban from the team's daily operations, is attempting to regain control, but Vincent will not speak with him until two lawsuits are dropped, including Kleinman's. Steinbrenner has paid for Kleinman's suit, according to court documents.
Sixth seed Brad Gilbert beat 14th seed Paul Haarhuis of The Netherlands, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, to advance to the semifinals of the $1 million U.S. Pro Indoor in Philadelphia. He'll play second seed 1990 champion Pete Sampras, who defeated 10th seed Aaron Krickstein, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7). Eleventh seed Francisco Clavet of Spain beat unseeded Jim Grabb of Arizona, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, and will play 16th seed Amos Mansdorf of Israel, who won his quarterfinal against Jeff Tarango, 6-3, 6-0.
* Seventh seed Goran Ivanisevic fought off three match points to upset Jim Courier, the recently crowned No. 1 player in the world, in the quarterfinals of the $1 million Eurocard Classic in Stuttgart, Germany. Ivanisevic won, 3-6, 7-6, (7-2), 7-6 (10-8).
* Seventh seed Manon Bollegraf of The Netherlands upset second seed Gigi Fernandez, 6-2, 6-2, to reach the semifinals of the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. She will meet No. 3 seed Lori McNeil of Houston, who beat fifth seed Nicole Provis of Australia, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). Top seed Zina Garrison will play fourth seed Amy Frazier in the other semifinal.
Tom Watson retained a share of the lead, despite what he called "a below-average round" in the Buick Invitational of California in San Diego. The five-time British Open champion compiled a bogey-free, 4-under 68 in the second round. Watson, 41, attempting to break a five-year victory drought, shares the 36-hole lead with Brad Faxon and Mike Springer at 13-under 131.
* Michelle McGann shot a 5-under 67 to tie with Missie Berteotti for the lead after two rounds of the LPGA Hawaiian Ladies Open. Berteotti also shot 67. First-round co-leader Kris Tschetter and Nancy Scranton were two strokes back. Nancy Ramsbottom hit a hole-in-one with a 5-iron on the par-3, 144-yard No. 8, and barely made the cut at 4-over 148.
* James Estes of Baltimore shot a 5-under 139 to win the 12th and final event of the 1991-92 Founders Club PGA Tournament Series in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Estes, who shot 72 and 67 to win $3,500, defeated Steve Madsen of Glencoe, Ill., and Larry Gilbert of Lexington, Ky., who tied at 140.
* Miguel Angel Martin of Spain shot a 4-under 68 to retain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Tenerife Open in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, with a 137 total. Peter Lonard of Australia moved into second with a 67.
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton returned to practice, saying he felt great after a brief hospital stay. Sutton, 55, was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa late Wednesday after he complained of chest pains after his eighth-ranked Cowboys lost, 70-67, to Oklahoma. Doctors found a small blockage in one artery, but said it could be treated with medication. Sutton attended practice yesterday and said he would coach the team tomorrow when it travels to play No. 9 Missouri.
* Coach Bob Huggins was released from a hospital in time to accompany 19th-ranked Cincinnati to Mobile for a game against South Alabama today. Huggins underwent tests for chest discomfort after a last-minute loss to DePaul on Thursday night.
A Miami jury found former world heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick, 39, guilty of raping a woman who worked as a baby-sitter for his family. Berbick was the world champion in 1986 when Mike Tyson knocked him out to take the crown. Tyson was convicted of rape this month in Indianapolis. Berbick, longer a contender, was scheduled to fight Melvin Epps in Sarasota today, but will not be able to make the trip because of a mortgage fraud case pending against him.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, who didn't play last season because of a torn tendon in his right elbow, says that he began throwing 2 1/2 weeks ago and that his injured elbow is doing "real well." He said he's throwing 15 to 25 passes every morning.
Teammates Eddie Hill and Jerry Eckman set track records during opening-round qualifying for the $1 million NHRA Motorcraft-Ford Nationals drag races at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz. Hill, 55, drove his dragster to a quarter-mile time of 4.93 seconds at 289.38 mph to qualify No. 1 in the Top Fuel division. He bettered the mark of 4.96 seconds set in 1990 by Jimmy Nix of Oklahoma City. Eckman, 49, set two Pro Stock track records with a time of 7.20 seconds and 191.20 mph in leading the Pro Stock category.