Boston Globe columnist Will McDonough points out that if last year's draft is any indication, the NBA's scouting system has gaping holes in it, at least insofar as the detection of drug use is concerned. Of the first six picks, one is dead from cocaine use ( Len Bias, Celtics), one has been through drug rehabilitation ( Chris Washburn, Warriors) and one has admitted drug use to a grand jury ( William Bedford, Suns).
Meanwhile, Bias's cocaine use came under scrutiny last week at the trial in Upper Marlboro, Md., of Brian Tribble, who is accused of providing cocaine to Bias the morning he died. Terry Long, a Maryland teammate, testified that he, Bias, Tribble and ex-Terrapin player David Gregg snorted about a third of a cup of cocaine that morning. Long also said that Bias had introduced him to cocaine in 1984 and that he and Bias used cocaine together "7 to 10 times."
Last fall Henry Rono, the Kenyan distance runner, who in three spectacular months in 1978 set world records in the 5,000, 10,000 and 3,000 meters and the steeplechase, was arrested in Hackensack, N.J., and charged with bilking four banks out of a total of $1,300 in a fast-shuffle con game. On May 27 the last of the charges was dropped, the banks and prosecutors having concluded that the whole thing was a case of mistaken identity, which is what Rono maintained all along. "The charges were ridiculous," says Rono's agent, Drew Eckmann. "He wouldn't—and couldn't—flimflam anybody."
WHITHER THE DOW?
The stock market has been on a roller-coaster ride in recent weeks. One reason for the Big Board's volatility, says William LeFevere, an investment analyst at Advest Inc. in New York City, is that investors are postponing their decisions, waiting to see whether Alysheba wins the Belmont Stakes. Why? Because, says LeFevere, the last five times a horse has won the Triple Crown, the Dow Jones industrial average for that year closed on Dec. 31 with a net loss for the year. In 1978, Affirmed's year, the Dow Jones lost 3.1%. In Seattle Slew's year, 1977, the loss was 17.3%. In Secretariat's year, 1973, the loss was 16.6%. And so forth.
Another market indicator, however, is the Super Bowl. In seven of the eight years in which the NFC team has won, the Dow industrials have gained. Therefore, because the NFC champion Giants won this year's Super Bowl, the Dow industrials should gain. But, if Alysheba wins the Triple Crown, they should lose. And where does that leave the average investor? In a quandary, where he belongs.
It was intriguing enough that Lieut. Col. Oliver North, the central figure in the Iran-contra affair, was the 147-pound boxing champ at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 (SCORECARD, March 16). Now we learn that the man North beat was none other than James H. Webb, the new Secretary of the Navy. By all accounts the bout was a tremendous battle, witnessed by some 2,500 frenzied midshipmen. North barely won the first and third rounds, and the second was a draw.
Thanks to the Naval Academy policy of filming championship fights for instructional purposes, a 16-mm record of the now-celebrated bout exists, but it is locked in a safe at Annapolis, where it will remain, said Commander Stephen Clawson, until North and Webb are both out of the public eye. "There was a request to see the film last fall," said Clawson. "In consultation with the Navy Office of Information and Navy lawyers, it was concluded that it was not releasable under the Freedom of Information Act."