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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - November 6, 1982, Tokyo, JapanSaturday november 6, 1982 Pacific stars and stripes sugar Ray hints of return sports 27 Baltimore a sugar Ray Leonard admitting that he was teasing the news Media into speculating on his boxing career hinted thursday that he might defend his world welterweight championship again. Leonard said that his plans for the future change drastically after or. Ronald Michels the Johns Hopkins ophthalmologist who repaired a detached Retina in the Champion s left Eye told him his vision had been completely restored. The 25-year-old Leonard said Michels was optimistic that he could resume fighting without risking serious told me once you repair a Retina it would never tear in the same place again Leonard told a new conference. Leonard underwent surgery May 9, five Days before he was to defend his title against Roger Stafford in Buffalo be honest i know exactly what direction i m heading he plans to officially announce his decision nov. 9 at the Baltimore civic Center capping an evening with sugar Ray that will Benefit Baltimore mayor William Donald Schaefer s summer youth employment elaborate plans for the event have fuelled speculation Leonard would announce his retirement from boxing. Stars from the entertainment and boxing world rescheduled to be on hand but Leonard said the icing on the cake is that world middleweight Champion Marvin Hagler will be Leonard warned reporters not to jump the gun and labelled As accurate a sports illustrated Story quoting him As saying he wants one last big fight with Hagler. Hagler defended his title last saturday night by knocking out Fulgencio Obe Mejias in the fifth round of a scheduled 15-round fight at san remo said Hagler looked his Speed his timing everything was there he said. Leonard said he was confident he could overcome Hagler s height and weight advantages. He added he would consider an outdoor fight a memorial stadium in Baltimore should he fight again. Sugar Ray Leonard sex Dolphin Grid injuries led to drug problem Miami a former pro football Sta Mercury Morris at one Point breaking into tears As he testified in his own defense claimed thursday that a state informant pressured him repeatedly to arrange the cocaine Deal that led this arrest. Morris a halfback with the Miami Dolphin during their super bowl years in the Early 1970s, is charged with cocaine conspiracy. In unemotional session he testified that Fred Donald son a Long time family Friend was pressuring him to pay an overdue gardening Bill. Morris said he told Donaldson a state confidential informant that he also owed Money to his cocaine suppliers. Donaldson told him All he would have to Dowas introduce his own dealer to a buyer from new York who wanted two kilograms of cocaine Morris said. But when police closed in on Morris House aug. 18, he was left holding the cocaine an the new York buyer disappeared he testified. Like Boom i did t know what was going on Morri testified. It happened like Boom the police were , Morris said he suffered persistent headaches from pro football injuries but doctor were unable to ease the pain. He said he began using cocaine to relieve the testified the pain was so severe he considered attempting suicide by running a relight As cars raced across a Busy intersection in 1980."i Felt there was nothing i could really do to alleviate the situation other than destroying my life he said pausing m saying he continued then broke into tears. A Short recess was , a Pool contractor testified that Morris deeply in debt from previous smaller cocaine buys planned to make up his financial woes with a $12,000 profit from the Sale of two kilograms of cocaine to an unidentified buyer from new York a Pool contractor testified. Vincent Cord told the Dade circuit court jury that he charged Morris $54,000 a kilo for the drugs. Morris buyer an undercover agent for the Florida department of Law enforcement has said he was paying $60,000 is charged with cocaine trafficking delivery Sale and Possession As Well a marijuana Possession. Defense attorney Ronald Strauss said he expected Morris testimony to Force the state to put on Fred Donaldson its confidential Cord agreed to testify prosecutors decided not to subject Donaldson to the questions of Strauss who had denounced the informant Morris former Gardener As a liar in opening arguments. We were going to put on Fred Donaldson. When the state failed to Call him Strauss said. But if we do that we cannot impeach him As witness. We feel certain that if Mercury takes the stand and makes certain statements the prosecution will be forced to Call Donaldson Cord 42, a co defendant with Morris an Edgar Kulins until he turned state s evidence on tuesday told the jury he met Morris at a girl s House in Early 1982. Several months later he said he met Kuzins. Eventually he said he began supplying the retired National football league player with cocaine first in Grams. Morris did t pay but he talked of bigger deals and out of state buyers Cord july he recalled he sold Morris two ounces of the powdery narcotic for $3,500.four weeks after that Deal Morris called again. I Hung on him i Hung up on him Cord said. I did t want to talk to the next Call came from Kulins he said an the men agreed to meet aug. 17 at Cord s Home in Cutler Ridge. Kulins arrived driving Morris car Cord said. He said they wanted to buy two Kilos of cocaine Cord testified. Gene Morris had a buyer from new York. They wanted to buy two Kilos of cocaine. I did t want to do you like doing business with Gene Morris asked assistant state attorney Gregory Victor. No i Don to the witness replied adding that he took an ounce Sample to Morris Home that Day and delivered a Pound of the drug on aug. 18, the Day All three men were arrested by the file. Too much of a Cord s testimony chief assistant state attorney George Yoss rested his Case. Attorney for Morris and Kulins asked for directed verdicts of acquittal but circuit judge Ellen Morphonios Gable refused. Pirate contract makes Thompson a millionaire Jason Thompson Pittsburgh a first baseman Jason Thompson calling it one of the happiest Days of my career thursday signed a five year contract with the Pittsburg pirates with the pact reportedly Worth More than $1 million a , 28, a seven year major league Veteran with a .266lifetime batting average took a very generous offer from the financially struggling pirates in ending speculation that he might become a free agent. Very tempting it was very tempting no doubt about it Thompson said. But i really wanted to stay in the National league. I enjoy it. And i also wanted to play in a place where i fee comfortable. And in 1982, i Felt very comfortable in said Faith in me by pirates management teammates and fans helped convince him to stay in , Thompson s agent de troit attorney Alan Miller said his player did t want to take a Chance that other teams might not pay Smuch As the pirates. Thompson said the contract his first Multi year pact also includes a one year option. He declined to discuss his salary but pirates officials would not dispute it was a least $1 million a year. A Rich plateau this hit .284 with31 Home runs and 101 runs batted in. Thompson s signing leaves Cente fielder Omar Moreno As the Only pirates player eligible to become Afree agent. Thompson is the third pirates player to reach the $1 million a year plateau. Right fielder Dave Parker signed a Multi year contract in 1979 reportedly Worth at least $1 million As did third baseman Bill Madlock in 1981.Thompson broke into the majors in 1976 with the Detroit tigers. He Wasan american league All Star in 1977 and 1978.in May 1980, he was traded to the California Angels and batted .317.the pirates traded Catcher de Ott and Pitcher Mickey Mahler for Thompson in the Spring of 1981, inheriting his Angels contract Esti mated at about $400,000 a year. Shortly after acquiring Thompson the pirates tried to Trade him to the new York Yankees for first base Man Jim Spencer two Rookie pitchers and More than $400,000.however, baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn killed the Trade. The pirates and Yankees could t agree on other terms for Thompson. Cubs Jenkins agree he batted Only .170 before the 1981players strike in mid season but he hit .321 in the second half of the shortened season. In another baseball development right hander Ferguson Jenkins who Hopes to become a 300-game Winner thursday agreed to a two year contract with the Chicago cubs

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