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Edited by Robert Sullivan
May 19, 1986
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May 19, 1986


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"Well," said Nicklaus, "then there's no reason to go back."


?As Robert F. Jones has reported (SI, June 10, 1985), efforts have been made over the years to protect Champ, the monster who either does or doesn't exist in Lake Champlain. The Vermont senate, following the lead of the New York legislature, recently passed a resolution expressing its will that no harm be done to the beast. Joseph Zarzynski of Greenfield Center, N.Y., a schoolteacher and longtime champion of Champ who has led searches for the serpent, expressed the opinion of all monster watchers: "Oh, that's terrific."

?The bad news continues for Des Moines Creek, a 2�-mile stream in Washington State that lost 50,000 fish to a November fuel spill from nearby Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SCORECARD, Jan. 13 et seq.). By early March the creek had flushed itself of the fuel, and on March 10 it received a planting of 7,000 coho salmon fry. But on April 6 at least 5,500 gallons of fuel leaked from a Northwest Orient Airlines tank and Des Moines Creek was dead once again. The Washington Department of Ecology has demanded explanations from the airline, and fines of up to $20,000 could be levied.

?The NCAA banned TCU's football team from playing in a bowl game next season, ordered the school to pay back $343,203 in TV revenues and stripped the Horned Frogs of 35 football scholarships for the next two years as punishment for admitted booster payments to players and recruiting violations that included the procurement of prostitutes for high school prospects (SI, Sept. 30, 1985). Coach Jim Wacker, who last fall told the NCAA of some of the violations, said, "The current staff was not found guilty of any violation." He called the sanctions "a setback for self-disclosure." But NCAA assistant executive director for enforcement Steve Morgan said that the violations represented "as blatant an example of cheating to gain an unfair advantage" as he had seen.

?Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes has issued a protest of the decision in his April 19 loss to Michael Spinks (SI, April 28). Charging "collusion" among boxing officials to deny him the victory and assailing the competency of the judges, Holmes filed his complaint with both the International Boxing Federation and the Nevada Athletic Commission. The NAC said that the competency issue is closed, but agreed to hear Holmes's claim of collusion. It scheduled a hearing for June 18.


Good things come to those who wait. If you don't believe that, ask Philadelphia 76ers G.M. Pat Williams. In October 1978, as part of a general housecleaning, Williams traded Lloyd (now World B.) Free to the San Diego (now L.A.) Clippers for a first-round draft choice in 1984. A year later he traded Joe (Jelly Bean) Bryant who, like Free, had been a cocky young reserve, to the Clippers for a first-round draft choice in 1986. At the time, the Sixers' future first-rounders were high school underclassmen.

Has Williams's long-term investment strategy paid off? Has it ever. On June 17 the Sixers, by virtue of winning the top spot in Sunday's NBA lottery, will pick first in the NBA college draft, using the choice it received for Bryant. Williams isn't saying for sure who that pick will be, but he likely will choose Brad Daugherty. The 6'11" Daugherty was a center at North Carolina, but in Philadelphia, where the middle is manned by Moses Malone, Daugherty probably would line up as a forward, opposite Charles Barkley. Not incidentally, Barkley was acquired with the 1984 first-round draft choice that the Sixers received for Free.

Oh, yes, Bryant is out of the NBA, and Free, while still an able performer with Cleveland, won't be missed next season by the Barkley-led (and Daugherty-strengthened?) Sixers.

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