Redskins' owner Cooke moving in on Patriots' mark

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Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke is starting to threaten Boston for the record in the number of locales for football stadium proposals with his latest trial balloon, Prince George's County. Beantown was 0-for-29, including a stadium being built on stilts over the South Boston Dump, before it landed in suburban Foxboro.


* The 39 points Antonio McDyess tossed in (plus 19) rebounds) for Alabama in its victory over Penn at the Baltimore Arena held up as the top individual scoring effort in the NCAA tournament. Playing just two games, Antonio finished in the top 10 scorers overall.

And speaking of the Crimson Tide, the poor publicity department is still getting calls from fans who have seen "Forrest Gump" and want to know when Tom Hanks played there and other particulars.


* One thing you'll never be able to say about umpires union chief Richie Phillips, he wouldn't think of starting contract negotiations with outrageous demands. Phillips wanted a 60 percent salary increase and an early retirement package of $500,000 for each of the men in blue.

* No American male made the top 20 in the London Marathon, but Kim Jones saved the day with a sixth-place finish among the women. Paris was a washout, too, the U.S. being blanked on the list of top finishers. The winning men carry the same initials, DC, Dinicio Ceron doing 2:08:30 in London, Domingos Castro prevailing in 2:10:06. That must be a record of some sort.

* Considering the manner in which the Washington Bullets perform during the middle of the week, going 1-13 on Tuesdays, 1-9 on Wednesdays and 1-6 on Thursdays, maybe someone should remove all calendars from locker rooms.

* Remember a few years back when, to make athletic department ends meet, Georgia Tech sought sponsors for its home football games? The Jackets just took the second step, working a deal with McDonald's for restaurants in hoops hall (Alexander Memorial Coliseum) and the other sports arena on campus (Rice Center).

* Flash! The Madison Hatters of the Midwest League are no more. The ballclub now is in Michigan under the handle Battle Creek Golden Kazoos. Watch their hats and T-shirts sell big.

* The weeping and gnashing of teeth at Avenel in Potomac figures to be ear-shattering when the Kemper Open comes to town June 5-11. Since it is the week before the U.S. Open, the course is going to be set up to Open specifications.

It would appear Mark Brooks will not have an easy time of it defending his Kemper title. Already in the field are Nick Price and Greg Norman, Nos. 1-2 in the world, defending Masters champ Jose Maria Olazabal, Seve Ballesteros and Mark O'Meara and Lee Janzen, winners of tour events in the last month.

* Three cheers for the baseball coach at Watkins Mill High School. He suspended a bunch of his players, including seven starters, for attending a party where alcohol was being consumed, a no-no the kids pledged to uphold. The team lost, 19-1, but so what?


* Has there ever been a quieter ascent to near the top of the "world's fastest human" competition than that turned in by Jon Drummond? Jon Who? The Philadelphia native ran three 9.9 centuries last year and looms as the favorite in the upcoming World Championships in Sweden. Carl Lewis is now ranked No. 10 worldwide.

* Pro football guru Mel Kiper tabs Ki-Jana Carter (RB), Warren Sapp (DT), J.J. Stokes (WR), Kevin Carter (DE), Michael Westbrook (WR) and Tony Boselli (OT) as the first half-dozen picks in the NFL draft April 22-23. To which Vince Tobin replies, "Who's Mel Kiper?"

* Listing the stars of the future, NHL division, Sport magazine made the Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur "the man" in goal with Felix Potvin (Toronto), Stephane Fiset (Quebec), Jamie Storr (L.A. Kings) and Blaine Lacher (Boston) gaining honorable mention. Jim Carey of the Washington Caps didn't get a mention. Tsk-tsk.