Spanish League teams cut Sampson, Coleman
Center Ralph Sampson, who had been hoping to work himself into shape for another shot at the NBA, was cut yesterday by Unicaja Ronda of Malaga, Spain.
Sampson, a former Washington Bullet and the first No. 1 overall NBA draft pick to play in Europe, having signed with Unicaja on Jan. 9 for $225,000. He after he averaged 7.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in eight games, making just 29 percent of his field-goal attempts.
Meanwhile, FC Barcelona released center Ben Coleman (Maryland), who had led the team to the European Cup quarterfinals.
Defending champion Del Ballard Jr. moved atop the leader board after four rounds of the PBA Tour Toyota Open in Sayville, N.Y. He totaled 6,302 pins. Danny Wiseman of Dundalk rolled a 279 his final game to grab the second position with 6,205 pins. A four-time winner, Wiseman finished third in the event last year. Martin Letscher of Bel Air finished 27th, earning $1,110.
Funeral services were held in Tallahassee, Fla., for former major-league catcher and coach Ken Silvestri. He died Tuesday at age 75. Silvestri played for two pennant-winning teams, the 1941 New York Yankees and the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies.
* Edwin Dibrell "Dib" Williams, a shortstop who played in seven games of the 1931 World Series for the Philadelphia Athletics, died in Conway, Ark., at age 82.
Steve Farling's two home runs, including a grand slam, in a 10-run fourth inning, helped Towson State (11-8-1) rout host Mount St. Mary's (3-12), 21-9.
Juan "Juanito" Gomez Gonzalez, who played 16 seasons for Real Madrid and other Division I squads, died in a car crash in Calzada de Oropesa, Spain. He was 37. Real Madrid won four league championships when he was with the team. He retired in 1989.
Jason Francisco broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period, and Wisconsin held on to upset Michigan, 4-2, in the NCAA Division I semifinals in Albany, N.Y. Wisconsin (27-13-2) will try to win its sixth national title tomorrow night against Lake Superior State (29-9-4), which beat Michigan State, 4-2.
Oklahoma State will not renew the contract of coach Joe Seay and will ask Olympic gold medalist John Smith to take over, The Daily Oklahoman reported. The program is being investigated by the NCAA for 25 alleged violations.