NFL owners lost a Supreme Court appeal yesterday in their bid to avoid paying approximately $18 million to a pension fund for players.
The justices, without comment, let stand a ruling that the owners were not entitled to reduce their contributions to the fund, even though all of the payments were not immediately tax deductible.
During the early 1980s, the pension plan became over-funded when its investments earned greater returns than expected. The owners paid only $7.5 million into the fund in 1984, believing they could claim tax deductions only on that amount. They feared they would be denied refunds if they paid the additional $5 million and later discovered that sum was not deductible. Similar partial contributions were made in subsequent years.
* Sportswriter Lisa Olson settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against the New England Patriots, team owner Victor Kiam and several current and former employee, her lawyer said.
Olson had filed suit in April 1991, naming Kiam, former general manager Patrick Sullivan, former public relations director James Oldham, and three players -- tight end Zeke Mowatt, wide receiver Michael Timpson and running back Robert Perryman.
Olson was not available for comment about the settlement, terms of which were not divulged.
Negotiations begin today for Evander Holyfield's next fight, against 42-year-old Larry Holmes in late May or early June, promoter Dan Duva said. Duva said the heavyweight champion had decided only that he would prefer Holmes next -- ahead of Riddick Bowe.
Maryland coach Mark Duffner completed his coaching staff by naming John Shannon as wide receiver coach. Shannon, 38, was offensive coordinator at University of Pacific last season, designing a run-and-shoot offense that produced the nation's second-best mark in total offense, 511 yards per game.
* Greg McMackin, defensive coordinator at the University of Utah for the past two years, has been appointed defensive coordinator at Navy, and Ron Harris, who coached the defensive backs at Utah for two years, has been named defensive cornerbacks coach for the Midshipmen.
Navy announced that Midshipman player Steven L. Palmer has given up his post as tri-captain of the 1992 team because of a violation of the school's conduct system. In a prepared statement, Palmer, a junior center, said: "I made a mistake. We have a strict conduct system at the Naval Academy which must be adhered to. I fully understand the consequences of my action and how they impacted on my responsibilities as a leader. I therefore have submitted my resignation as team captain to Coach [George] Chaump."
Tenth seed Pam Shriver of Lutherville, coming back from an operation to her right shoulder, beat Peanut Harper, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round of the Matrix Essentials Evert Cup in Indian Wells, Calif.
Track and field
UMBC's Tonja Curry, a junior from Waldorf, was the women's Most Outstanding Performer at the East Coast Conference indoor track and field championships. Curry won the triple and high jumps and was second in the long jump. Buffalo beat the Retrievers for the women's title. Rider won the men's championship.
The lone individual winner among local men was Towson State's Brian Funk, a junior out of Old Mill High who took the 880-yard run in 1 minute, 58.15 seconds. He also anchored the Tigers' winning mile relay.
Amanda Kuehl of McDonogh placed fifth in girls diving at the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Championships last weekend at La Salle University.