New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Cardinals refuse drug test
Herald Ze/fung,New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, December 20, 1985
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The National Football League Players Association says it will file a grievance against the St. Louis Cardinals for the $1,000 fines levied against players who refused to be tested for drug use as part of their end-of-season physicals.
Joe Bostic, a starting guard and the team’s player representative, said Thursday the players voted “almost unanimously’’ on Wednesday to not submit a urine sample for the physical examination.
The players who refused were notified on Thursday that they had been fined $1,000, Bostic said. He said that “no more than five or seven” of the 51 players on the active roster and injured reserve list agreed to comply with the club’s urinalysis re
quest. Those who complied will not be fined, he said.
A union official in Washington suggested that such testing was prohibited by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). But in New York, a spokesman for the NFL Management Council, the owners’ bargaining unit, said that under its inter; pretation of a section of the agreement, the cliff) was within its rights.
The management spokesman also said the owners had sent a letter to the union, protesting what it said was the player representatives’ advising players not to take complete postseason physicals.
Cardinals owner William V. Bidwill, in an interview with KSDK-TV in St. Louis, said he did not
know if any players had a drug problem He said the club was limited in methods to detect drug use “We can’t do everything we’d like to do, but that’s the way it is in every sport,” Bidwill said The Cardinals, 5-10, conclude their season Satur day against the Washington Redskins The team was picked to contend for the NFC East title, but faltered badly in the middle of the season and is in last place.
Bostic said he believed some players used illegal drugs.
“It’s there — it would be naive to say it wasn’t,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I think that’s the first thing people look at when a team has a losing season. But it’s not up to us to say whether there is a problem or isn t a problem .”
Mavs rip Hawks despite squabble
With Mark Aguirre refusing to reenter the game after a dispute with Coach Dick Motta, the Dallas Mavericks held off the Atlanta Hawks for a 120-108 National Basketball Association victory.
Aguirre said Motta replaced him after he helped Atlanta’s Dominique Wilkins to his feet in the second quarter of the Thursday night game.
"For me to be snatched out of the game just for picking someone up is really disturbing to me and I can’t play under those kinds of conditions,” he said.
Asked about the incident, Motta said, “He said he didn't want to play any more. I like guys to play. I’ve never begged anyone.”
Rolando Blackman scored 31 points to lead Dallas The Mavericks took the lead for good when a Blackman basket gave them a 91-90 advantage with 10:41 remaining Dallas then scored IO more points, increasing Us lead to 101-90 on Detlef Schrempf’s pair of free throws with 7:57 left.
Suns 107, Kings 106
Phoenix forward Larry Nance ended a sloppy battle betwen two tired teams when he scored a layup with six seconds left in the game.
Pistons 99, Sonics 97
Bill Laimbeer’s 20-foot jumper with four seconds to play lifed Detroit over Seattle and snapped a four-game Piston losing streak
Nuggets 123, Blazers 118
Alex English scored IO of his 44 points in a three-minute stretch late in the game to help Denver down Portland. The victory moved the Nuggets into a tie for first place in the Midwest Division.
Bullet* 98. Bulls 92
Reserve guard Gus Williams scored IO points in the fourth period and Cliff Robinson added three baskets in the final three minutes to give Washington its victory over Chicago Williams finished with 16 points and Robinson had a team-high 27
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By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division
Boston .............21 5
New Jersey .......... 15 12
Philadelphia 14 12
Washington ......... 13 12
New York.............7 19
Milwaukee ........ 18 ll
Detroit....... 15 13
Atlanta.............. 13 14
Cleveland............ 12 14
Chicago............. IO 20
WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division
Houston ...........18 9
Denver....... 18 9
Utah ..............16 12
San Antonio..........15 12
Dallas ............. 13 12
Sacramento.......... 9 18
I A Lakers...........22 3
Portland............. 15 14
L A Clippers ....... 9 17
Phoenix ............ 9 17
Golden State ........IO 20
Thursday s Gamas Cleveland 109, New York 105 Dallas 120, Atlanta 108 Washington 98. Chicago 92 Denver 123, Portland 118 Phoenix 107, Sacramento 106 Detroit 99 Seattle 97 Today s Gamas
Houston at New Jersey Utah at Philadelphia Milwaukee at Indiana L A Lakers at Cleveland San Antonio at L A Clippers Saturday's Gamas New Jersey at Indiana Detroit at New York L A Lakers at Washington Houston at Atlanta Boston at Philadelphia Utah at Chicago Dallas at Milwaukee San Antonio at Denver Golden State at Phoenix L A Clippers at Sacramento Portland at Seattle
Cavaliers 109, Knicks 105
Mel Turpin scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and World B Free added 26 points to lead Cleveland over New York Free scored his team’s last eight points, all from the free throw line, and Turpin connected on his first 12 shots from the field before finishing with 13 for 15
Danny White doubtful for Sunday's game
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas quarterback Danny White was downgraded Thursday from questionable to doubtful for Sunday’s National Football League game against the San Francisco 49ers, a Cowboys spokesman said.
White suffered a bruised left shoulder last Sunday against the Giants.
Gary Hogeboom is expected to start even though he suffered a concussion Sunday, said Aiello. He said right tackle Jim Cooper is also doubtful for Sunday because of a pinched nerve in the neck.
Rice still looking
for new coach
HOUSTON (AP) - The Rice University coaching search committee has been turned down by a pair of prospects but one committee member says the school won’t be rushed into naming a head football coach.
“Our timetable for naming a new coach is still as soon as possible.’” Jack “Bucky” Alehouse, a member of the four-man search committee, said Thursday. “But we’re not going to name a coach on Dec 31 just to be naming someone.”
Former Notre Dame Coach Gerry Faust, believed to have been the leading candidate, signed a five-year contract Wednesday as head coach at the University of Akron
Air Force Coach Fisher DeBerry, whose Falcons will play in the Bluebonnet Bowl at Rice Stadium New Year's Eve, said earlier this week he would not interview for the
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High school playoffs
By Tha Associated Presa
Here are the pairings for this weekend s championship games in the Texas high school stats football playoffs Class BA Championship Odessa Psrman vs Houston Ystas, 12 30 p m Saturday. Texas Stadium. Irving Class 4A Championship
Tomball vs Sweetwater I 30 pm Saturday, Aroon Carter Stedium. Fort Worth Claes 3A Championship Daingerfield vs Cuero, 7 30 pm Saturday Baylor Stadium, Waco Cleat 2A Championship Electra vs Groveton, 7 pm Saturday. UTA Stadium, Arlington Class A Championship
Goldthwaite vs Runge 8 pm Friday. Georgetown
Today s Game
Denver at Seattle Saturdays Games
Pittsburgh at New York Giants Washington at St Louis Sunday** Games
Atlanta at New Orleans Buffalo at Miami Chicago at Detroit Cincinnati at New England
Cleveland at New York Jets Green Bay at Tampa Bay • Philadelphia at Minnesota San Diego at Kansas Qty Houston at Indianapolis Dallas at San Francisco Monday s Game
Los Angelet Raiders at Los Angeles Rams
By Th* Associated Prats EAST
St Francis, Pa 105, Mercyhuret 81 St Michaels 70, Harvard 64 Seton Hak 81, Dowling 46 SOUTH
McNeese St 64, NW Louisiana 61 N Carolina St 77 Wake Forest 64 South Alabama 64 Cant Florida 56 Stetson 79. Dartmouth 53 MIDWEST
DePaul 70, Northwestern 67 Detroit 68 N Michigan 48 Huron 78, Northern St 75 Ohio St 80, Dayton 73 S Indiana 101. St Louis / 3 Wichita St 86 New Orleans 69 SOUTHWEST
Rice 90 Mary Hardin Baylor 50 Tulsa 63, Oral Roberts 47 FAR WEST
Montana84 NW Naiarene 79 20T Sen Jose St 58 Santa Clara 56 U S Intl 82 Morgan St 78 Utah 107 Seattle 72 Washington 74 Brigham Young 68
Stenerud to retire
after this season
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -Retirement “will not mean the end of my life by any means,” says Jan Stenerud of the Minnesota Vikings, the most prolific kicker in National Football League history
Stenerud, whose 373 field goals are the most ever, said Thursday he would be leaving pro football at the end of this, his 19*h year.
“When I think back, it s not so much the kicks that I ve made or missed, but being able to compete in the best professional sports league that I remember, the people who I’ve met and the friendships,” Stenerud said. “That has made a lot more im pression than 370-some field goals.”
Sweden opens defense in Davis Cup finals
MUNICH, West Germany (AP* — Led by Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg, Sweden faced West Germany today to defend the Davis Cup tennis title it took from the United States last year.
Wilander. the French Open champion. was drawn to play Michael Westphal in the opening singles on the super-fast surface in Munich’s Olympic Hall, while the second singles pits Wimbledon champion Boris Becker of West Germany against Edberg. the reigning Australian Open champion
The doubles are scheduled for Saturday, while the reverse singles on Sunday will send Becker against Wilander and Edberg against Westphal
Sweetwater's walking on air
SWEETWATER 'AP) In the past, Sweetwater coach W.T. Stapler would be starting his off-season program this week, getting ready for next year.
The shoulder pads, helmets, pants and jerseys, shoes, etc., would be put away, and the seniors would be told goodbye.
He would also be thinking of the Christmas holidays and trying to forget the past football season.
But that’s not the case this year. For the first time in his 28 years of coaching. Stapler’s football season isn’t over.
He’s preparing the Mustangs for the Class AAAA state championship game against Tomball Saturday in Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Stadium.
Sweetwater has been in a state championship before, in 1957, against Nederland, losing 20-7 But, this is Stapler’s first state title game and oddly, it falls on Dec. 21, the same date the 1957 Mustangs played
So. what’s different about this week’’
“Well, the assistants will be doing most of the coaching, like they always have,” Stapler said. “I don’t have to worry about making playoff plans for next week This is the last game.
“I’m getting more telephone calls We’re getting more media attention, and you can see by the letters on my desk. I have’t had a chance to read all of them.”
A couple of the letters were from head coaches in District 2-4A, of which Sweetwater is a member, wishing the Mustangs good luck against Tomball.
Others are from old friends Stapler hadn't heard from in a long time, and others are just from well-wishers.
“This is a week to enjoy, and that’s what I’m gonna do — enjoy it the best I can. We’ll be busy, but I’ve never been this excited before.”
Stapler’s memory is short. He jumped at least three feet off the ground Saturday when Anthony Norman pulled in a Neal Hoover pass for a 63-yard touchdown.
That tied the score at 21 against Austin Westlake, but it put Sweetwater ahead on penetrations Sweetwater eventually won the game on penetrations. 7 4. to make the final.
Watching that game from the press box was Morris Southall, the retiring Brownwood assistant who gave Stapler his first coaching job at Winters in 1958.
Two years later. Stapler joined C D “Chuck” York’s staff at Conroe York, the year before, had won a state championship at Brady after Stamford had been stripped of the title because of violated University Interscholastic League rules
“I really hadn’t planned on staying at Conroe over a couple of years, then I was coming back to West Texas.” Stapler said.
Those two years turned out to be 20
In 1963 he became head track coach, and one of his stars was Dave Roberts, who later became a world record holder in the pole vault.
In 1969. Stapler was named head football coach at Conroe, but none of his or York's teams never got past the second round of the playoffs.
Sweetwater won six of its first seven games in 1981, but injuries set in. and the Mustangs lost their last three games
In 1982 Sweetwater came out of the blocks in high gear, winning the first six games Again, injuries and no depth killed the Mustangs.
The next year Sweetwater went 7-2-1 with “a bunch of ragnots who didn't want to do anything but play football.” Stapler said. Seven were sophomores.
Last year, the Mustangs won their first district championship since 1964 and got to the semifinals before losing to Denison, 31-7.
WACO (AP) — Seven Baylor basketball players who were to be left behind when their teammates went to a Tennessee tournament got their traveling papers after last-minute clearance from the NCAA, officials say.
But that doesn't mean the NCAA probe into Baylor’s basketball pro gram or the violations it found have been settled, Bear head coach Gene Iba said Thursday,
Iba met with the news media Thursday morning outside the school’s athletic dormitory just before the team was to leave for the Volunteer Classic in Knoxville
He gave the names of all those who would be making the trip, but omitted seven — including leading scorer Carlos Briggs - apparently because of NCAA sanctions imposed on the basketball program.
But minutes later, Iba got a telephone call from Baylor president Dr. Herbert Reynolds and returned to say all his players could make the team and were cleared to play
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