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B-10Pro football, digest the Cincinnati enquirer Eriday, October 25, 1991 Pro football Bengals' sack attack below average Holyfield to bypass Tyson, fight Damiani ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who was to defend his title next month against Mike Tyson until an injury sidelined the challenger, will meet Francesco Damiani in Atlanta on Nov. 23, promoter Dan Duva announced, Thursday night. The unbeaten Holyfield will be returning to his hometown and to the site of his first world title fight to meet Damiani, a former WBO champion, at the Omni. The Holyfield-Tyson fight was postponed when Tyson sustained a rib injury. Damiani, 33, the silver medalist for Italy in the 1984 Olympics, won his first 27 professional fights and then was stopped by 1988 Olympic gold medalist Ray Mercer on Jan. 11. Holyfield will get about $8 million for the Damiani fight while the challenger will get about $750,000. George Foreman will resume his heavyweight boxing comeback Dec. 7 against Jimmy Ellis, a boxer with two-thirds of his years and one-fourth of his fights. The 10-round fight will be the main event on a card at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Foreman, 42, is 69-3 with 65 knockouts. Ellis, 27, has a record of 16-0-1 and 15 knockouts. BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer Last season, the Bengals finished last in the NFL with 25 sacks. This season, with six sacks in seven games, they are on pace to get 14. Every other team has at least nine sacks this season. The league average is 15.6. "We do need more; sacks are important," said embattled defensive coordinator Dick Le-Beau. "But in terms of pressuring quarterbacks, I think we've done a decent job. And we've played some teams that haven't given up many sacks to anyone." Well, yes and no. Washington (four sacks allowed) and Houston (seven) are the NFL's best pass-protecting teams. But Cincinnati's other five opponents have allowed an average of 17.2 sacks, more than the league average. Houston's pass offense ranks first in the NFL at 278 yards per game. Cincinnati's pass defense is next-to-last at 264 yards allowed per game. WILHELM WORKS: Bengals' practices remain closed to reporters, but Erik Wilhelm confirmed Thursday that he continues to work as the No. 1 quarterback in practice. Boomer Esiason, expected to miss the Houston game with an injured shoulder, did not have shoulder pads as he left the field and apparently did not practice. ' Told that several Houston players have been predicting Esiason would start, Wilhelm said: "Let them believe what they want to City because of a sore ankle, but he wound up playing all but six offensive snaps because Turk Schonert was injured in the first quarter. If the K.C. game were counted Esiason would have 101 straight starts dating back to his 1985 takeover of the starting job from Ken Anderson. REMBERT EMERGING?: Wide receiver Reggie Rembert caught three passes against Buffalo, tripling his previous pro total. Two of his catches measured a combined 33 yards, but the one he caught for no gain was the most impressive. It happened when Esiason had a ball tipped for what could have been an easy interception. But Rembert ran strongly back for the ball and pulled it down, saving the Bengals a field goal chance. It was the lack of just that sort of ball-awareness for which Rembert had previously drawn much criticism, and Esiason was seen congratulating Rembert after the catch. "I'm not there yet," Rembert said, "but I do think I've come a long, long way from last spring." RED ZONE BLUES: The Bengals have taken drives to the opposition's 20-yard line or beyond 18 times, but have only six touchdowns and six field goals to show for it. On the six forays that have produced no points, they have lost four fumbles, suffered a fourth-down sack and had a field goal blocked. A CLARIFICATION: Coach Sam Wyche sent a mixed message to a Houston media conference call this week, at one point saying he expected Don Hollas and Wilhelm to share time at quarterback. But Wyche said at Spinney Field that he is planning for Hollas to play "only in the sense that he's our No. 2 man now, and if Erik gets hurt or things aren't going well, he'll be the next one in there." BROWN STANDS FIRM: General manager Mike Brown said he remains convinced the Bengals were justified in docking Lewis Billups a week's pay. This despite the fact that some reports portray Billups as merely trying to defend himself in the altercation in which he injured his hand. "If there's a report to that effect, there are also other reports we consider credible that are in conflict," Brown said. "Though all the facts aren't clear, my best appraisal is that (Billups) was seeking a confrontation. When he did that, one ensued." STREAK NEAR END: Unless Boomer Esiason makes a surprise start in Houston, the NFL's third-longest streak of consecutive starts by a quarterback will end. Esiason has 37 straight. That's well behind Miami's Dan Marino (123) and the Rams' Jim Everett (71), but the 37 doesn't tell the whole story. In 1989, Esiason didn't start against Kansas Tug McGraw's son facing rape charge The son of retired baseball player Tug McGraw was ordered Thursday to stand trial in Philadelphia on charges of raping a Temple University student. 'The young woman testified that she and Mark McGraw, 20, had been kissing in the bedroom of her apartment on Sept. 15 when she fell asleep. She said she awoke to find her pants down and McGraw on top of her. She said she ordered him to leave and he did so. 1 Three tied at 65 for lead in Texas golf Jeff Maggert and Steve Jones completed their weather-delayed first rounds with 7-under par 65s Thursday, joining Robert Wrenn to share the lead in the Independent Insurance Agent Open at Woodlands, Tex. The second round will be played today and the $800,000 event, originally scheduled to end Saturday, will conclude Sunday. The trio held a one-shot lead over rookie Dicky Thompson. Trevino battling hex in Senior Classic Lee Trevino has won three Senior Tour Backfield getting crowded Ickey Woods got only three carries against Buffalo, with a net result of minus-one yard and a fumble. Does he deserve a better chance in his comeback bid? "He very well might," said running backs coach Jim Anderson. "But who would we sit down?" m - 1 ; I ,1 - I, f( If , (. ... ,i -a .jiiiw fa - 'f 1 M ' titles this year, but has faded during seven other excellent chances to win on the final day. Trevino hopes the last-round hex is behind him when he plays in the three-day Senior Classic that begins today at Los Angeles. James leads Volvo Masters Mark James of England fired a 4-under-par 67 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Volvo Masters at Sotogrande, Spain. Steven Richardson, James' Ryder Cud Anderson referred to Harold Green's rise to prominence, and to James Brooks' status as Cincinnati's all-time leading rusher. The picture figures to get even more crowded this week. General manager Mike Brown said Thursday that the Bengals "may bring up Mike Dingle" from the developmental squad and "see if we can get him going." Dingle, though untested, is the Bengals' biggest back at 238 pounds. And he has shown some athletic ability. "There may be a changing of the order," Brown said of the running back picture. "We want to see some young guys, find the best Bengals CONTINUED FROM PAGE B-l "I still like to consider myself more a finesse runner than power," said Green, a second-round 1990 draft pick from South Carolina. "I'm not Ickey Woods or Earnest Byner or Christian Okoye or that kind of big back. "But a guy my size would be crazy not to think I couldn't be decent power back. I've got a little height and a little weight in my pants. Sometimes, when you get closed in, you got to show you can plunge it in there." Green describes his cutback ability this way: "I think it's just instinct, something I did throughout college. I think I've always been blessed to be able to see defenders and visualize the field. I just try not to think about it. Start thinking a lot about something like that, and it never works for you." Green's 26 carries (for 141 yards) against Buffalo were the most by a Bengal since Woods carried 30 times against the Jets early in 1989. Brooks carried only seven times against Buffalo. But he gained 45 yards for a 6.4-yard average, and Anderson dismisses the idea there's room for only one star back in the Cincinnati offense. "First of all," Anderson said, "remember that J.B. had two gains of about nine yards called back for penalties in Buffalo. Give him 18 more yards and two carries, and it looks like a much better day. "And wasn't there room for two backs when we had J.B. and Ickey together? In 1988, Woods gained 1,066 yards and Brooks 931. Center Bruce Kozerski said Green and Brooks were a harmonious duo at Buffalo. But he also indicated that if the play calls had been strictly followed, Green's lead in carries over Brooks would have been greater than 26-7. "I didn't know half the time who would be carrying the ball," Kozerski said. "A couple of times, I know, Harold said, 'Here, J.B., you take this one. I'll block for you.' "I guess it was like after he'd just made a long run or was stinging a little from a hit. I think that shows he's a good running back, not selfish, and he knows when he can get the job done and when he can't." Mike Dingle . . . active soon? teammate, and Australia's Rodger Davis both Lee Trevino shot 68. Jesper Parnevik of Sweden and England's Roger Chapman and Peter Mitchell were one shot further back at the 6,951-yard Valderrama Golf Club. 1 players and play them. Brown rebutted a suggestion he might be hinting at a scaled-down role for Brooks. "I don't intend to give that impression at all," he said. If the Bengals activate Dingle, they likely will deactivate another running back because the other positions on the team have no numerical imbalance. Backs who would appear most vulnerable are Woods and Craig Taylor. JACK BRENNAN ll-JEtffTOlll Safely Kept sidelined from Breeder's race Safely Kept, the winner of the 1990 Breeder's Cup Sprint, was removed from consideration for the 1991 race Thursday after injuring her right foreleg. Owner Barry Weisbord told Breeders' Cup officials in Louisville that the 5-year-old daughter of Horatius would be retired to Denali Stud in Lexington. Safely Kept, who was named Eclipse Sprint Champion for 1989, amassed $2,193,959 from 24 career victories. Campbell will skip one race at Pompano The 3-year-old Colt and Gelding Trot tonight at Pompano Beach, Fla., Harness is not your usual Breeders Crown harness race. It will not have driver John Campbell. In fact, it will be the only one of tonight's eight races for 2- and 3-year-old pacers that will not have Campbell, who is on the verge of becoming the first driver to earn $100 million. Campbell, the 36-year-old Canadian who has won 16 of 75 finals since the Breeders Crown began in 1984, needs $220,235 to reach $100 million. Staubach honored Purcell inducts NFL great into school's Hall of Fame BY JOHN FAY The Cincinnati Enquirer Roger Staubach took a quick look around Purcell Marian High School Thursday night and decided other than the name not much had changed since he was a scrambling quarterback for the Cavaliers. rated quarterback of all time. Staubach, who will turn 50 in February, doesn't look a lot different than he did as a player other than a few more gray hairs and the loss of his sideburns. Staubach's involvement in football is limited to that of spectator. He quickly dismissed the idea of coaching. He says he Edberg thumps Gilbert in straight sets Top-seeded Stefan Edberg extended his winning streak to 19 matches by beating Brad Gilbert, 6-2, 6-3, in the third round of the Stockholm Open. Pete Sampras, last year's U.S. Open champion and seeded No. 7, overcame David Engel 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 6-4 to set up a meeting with defending champion Boris Becker, who advanced with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 victory over Goran Prpic. Earlier, Petr Korda fought back to beat No. 5 seed Ivan Lendl, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, in the latest upset in the $1.1 million tournament. Also advancing to the quarterfinals were Americans Aaron Krickstein and Rich Reneberg and Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia. PW!Jk- :: -. ;.. el, ' I LML J Staubach's life has changed a great deal in the 32 years since he left Purcell , the merger with Marian was still years away but he's pretty much the same guy, unpretentious, friendly and a Cincinnati boy. "He's very much the same," said Jerry Momper, who was co-captain with Staubach in 1960. "He's more polished, more sophisticated. But he looks at life the same way." Staubach was in town to be inducted into the school's new has no desire to spend long hours watching films. "I probably would have enjoyed some aspects of coaching but not all aspects of it," he said. "I was really intrigued with business. I had always worked in the offseason in business. I saw the challenge of business." He isn't completely removed from sports, however. The basketball court in his backyard is legendary in Dallas. Every Saturday, 20 guys from two-handed dribblers Roger Staubach Nuggets' Lichti will have knee surgery Todd Lichti will undergo arthroscopic surgery next week to check for further damage after he tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a preseason game on Tuesday night, the Denver Nuggets announced. Glenn "Doc" Rivers is scheduled to join the Los Angeles Clippers today, ending a three-week holdout. Rivers, a 30-year-old point guard, was acquired from the Atlanta Hawks on June 26. The Sacramento Kings bought out the remaining two years on Ralph Sampson's $2 million per year contract, releasing the injury-prone center to become a free agent. T am very ecstatic with the way things worked out," Sampson said in statement issued by the team. "I only wish it could have happened sooner." NFL pleased with first half ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES DALLAS NFL owners concluded their two-day fall meeting Thursday with commissioner Paul Taglia-bue saying the league graded out "very strong" in the first half of the season. Tagliabue said attendance was "basically the same as last year" and "the owners considered that a strong, positive sign given the state of the economy." He said television ratings looked good particularly on Monday Night Football. . The owners, who gave the WLAF a three-year extension Wednesday night, heard committees report on expansion, finances, and collective bargaining. Charger, coach battle SAN DIEGO San Diego linebacker Leslie O'Neal pinned assistant coach Mike Haluchack against a locker during a halftime fight in the Chargers' 30-24 overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, according to a published report. O'Neal intervened in a verbal dispute between linebackers coach Haluchack and linebacker Henry Rolling, the San Diego Tribune reported in Thursday's editions. After Rolling and Haluchack argued for about a minute, O'Neal emerged from the training room and shoved the 41 -year-old Haluchack into a locker, an unidentified source told the newspaper. Schlichter denied DETROIT Detroit Drive quarterback Art Schli-chter's bid to return to the NFL has been temporarily sidetracked. Schlichter, the former Ohio State AU-American who has battled back from a gambling addiction, was denied readmission to the NFL. However, he may reapply in the spring, when the league can more accurately assess his recovery. Smith back at practice MIAMI Miami Dolphins running back Sammie Smith, upset by fans' chants after a critical goal-line fumble Sunday, was back at practice Thursday. Giants suspect spies EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. So now we know why the New York Giants are 4-3 and struggling spies. The defending Super Bowl champions think they have been the victims of pre-game espionage, coach Ray Handley said Thursday. NFC spokesman Reggie Roberts said the league was not aware an any allegations. The problem for the Giants is the location of their grass practice field, adjacent to Giants Stadium. Just across the road and overlooking the field is the 21-story Meadowlands Sheraton. Team officials suspect opposing clubs have been renting rooms in the hotel that look down on the field. Pin inserted in foot of Indiana's Graham Indiana guard Pat Graham underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot. A pin was inserted in Graham's foot and he should be able to resume limited activity in two weeks. The University of Cincinnati will hold its next scrimmage Saturday at 10 a.m. at Shoemaker Center. It is open to the public. to NBA stars show up to play. Staubach's name still draws a crowd and money in Dallas. Each year, Spud Webb puts on an NBA All-Star game in the Reunion Arena to raise money for the local Boys Club. When the committee was looking for a way to finance the banquet before the game, Staubach had a solution. "I said, 'I'll get some executive over to the house, if you guys can get some NBA players we'll have a little horse game,' he said. "It's gone over great. We keep it small. We raise about $30,000." Among the participants this year were Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins. Staubach still lives in Dallas, but his Cincinnati ties remain strong. "I've tried to get back a couple of times year," he said. "My wife (Marianne) is from here.' We've got a lot of close friends here." "I've got a lot of great memories. It's a good city." When Staubach's real estate company decided to open an office here six months ago, he hired his old center, Momper, to run it. "I'm still still a Cincinnati fan, when the Bengals aren't playing the Cowboys," he said. "I really pull for the Reds." He is, after all, a Cincinnati boy. Hall of Fame. Also inducted: Stan Corbett (class of 1931), Ron Beagle ('50), Jim Bolger ('50) and coaches Chip Cain, Ed Kluska and Jim McCarthy and former athletic director Brother Bill Schroeder and former principal Brother Larry Eves-lage. Staubach, of course, was the headliner, but he was content to blend in with the crowd. They had a parking place reserved for him. But, when he arrived with Momper, they parked out front on Hackberry, like two seniors late for class. Staubach was a three-sport star basketball, football and baseball at Purcell. But he really didn't do anything at Purcell to hint of what he was to become: Unarguably the finest football player Cincinnati has ever produced. He didn't even start at quarterback until his senior year, and he wasn't good enough to be recruited by the school he really wanted to go to (Notre Dame). He went to Navy instead. The rest is 'sports history. Staubach won the Heisman at Navy, served his four-year obligation, including a year in Vietnam, then went on to greatness with the Dallas Cowboys. He led Dallas to two Super Bowl titles. When he retired in 1979, he was the highest Penguins' Coffey ties goals record Peter Stastny scored one goal and set up another to help the visiting New Jersey Devils beat Pittsburgh, 4-2, Thursday night. The Penguins' Paul Coffey tied Denis Potvin's career record for goals by a defenseman with his 310th .. . Guy Carbonneau had two goals and an assist and goaltender Roland Melanson made 21 saves to record his second straight shutout as the visiting Montreal Canadiens routed the Quebec Nordiques, 5-0. Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game because of back spasms and related problems. Lemieux did not dress for Thursday's game. ir X n

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