Harwell has dribbled up tall buildings in many bounds, most notably the 30-story Century Plaza Hotel Tower in Los Angeles, which he ascended in 3 minutes, 59 seconds. According to Harwell, "Once you get the hang of it, dribbling up steps is pretty easy. The key is not to think about it. If you do, you'll be chasing the ball back down the stairs." He thinks the Statue of Liberty will be a piece of cake, but he's a little more apprehensive about tackling Mount Kilimanjaro, which he hopes to do in the fall. Why Kilimanjaro? "Because it's there," says Harwell, bouncily.
Larry Hendrickson, the conditioning coach of the Minnesota North Stars, tells about listening to his eight-year-old daughter, Julie, say her prayers one night.
"God bless Mommy and Daddy," said Julie.
"Haven't you forgotten something?" asked Hendrickson, expecting Julie to mention some other people.
"Oh, yeah," she said. "Thank you, God, for putting Toronto in the Norris Division."
Toronto, with the second-worst record in the NHL (48 points at the end of last week), is the one team within striking distance of the North Stars—who have the worst, 43 points.
COMING UP EMPTY
Last week the NCAA announced that it could prove no serious wrongdoing on the part of the Kentucky basketball program despite allegations to the contrary in a 1985 Pulitzer Prizewinning series on Wildcat basketball in the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. While the NCAA slapped Kentucky on the wrist for not cooperating with its investigation, it also swiped at the newspaper for not releasing its tapes of interviews with athletes who had told of receiving improper payments from the school. David Berst, the NCAA director of enforcement, said that his operatives had interviewed 17 of the newspaper's 33 sources and that only one said he'd been accurately quoted. Moreover, Berst said, the violations that the one source spoke of did not occur within the four-year statute of limitations established by the NCAA.
"There are two ways to view it," said Berst. "If the newspaper article was correct, there were forces at work to keep us from getting the full story. That would be an embarrassment to us. If the newspaper story was incorrect, that would be an embarrassment to the paper and to the Pulitzer award. Which of us should be embarrassed? I'll leave that up to people to decide for themselves."