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2 I'art III I litlay. April I, 1988 Coa AnQdco glltneo Morning Briefing Chris Washburn They Can't Say He's Not Hungry Enough for NBA Chris Washburn, criticized for his poor work habits with the Golden State Warriors, isn't showing much improvement in Atlanta, according to Jan Hubbard of the Dallas Morning News. "In a recent game at Milwaukee, Washburn was inserted with 1:11 left in the third quarter," Hubbard wrote. "He entered the game with his shoelaces untied, explaining later that he didn't expect to play, so he didn't tie his shoes. "Once in the game, he proceeded to drop a pass, lose his man on defense and wander around aimlessly on an offensive possession. He played 1:09 and did not return. Perhaps his problem was that he was hungry. Later in the hotel, Washburn was spotted eating a plate of chicken wings, two club sandwiches and a triple order of French fries." Add Hunger: Said Coach Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys, when guard Nate (the Kitchen) Newton showed up for a spring workout at 360 pounds: "I thought half our offensive line was in camp, but it was just Nate." Said the Associated Press: "Newton said he ballooned by visiting friends at dinner time in Florida. Newton, by the way, got one of those free dining cards for appearing on a radio show last year. The tab at a Dallas restaurant ran more than $1,500." Trivia Time: What five schools from Philadelphia have made it to the Final Four in college basketball? ( Answer below. ) In the wake of altar trips by both Mike Tyson and Debi Thomas and the engagement announcement by Chris Evert, Tony Kornheis-er of the Washington Post wrote: "We don't yet know what effect this kind of connubialism will have on their athletic performances. But on the strength of the steamy People magazine cover revealing that Mark (Yeah, I Shave My Chest, What's It To You?) Gastineau is playing serious footsie with Sly Stallone's ex, big, blonde Brigitte (I Hauled Rocky to the Cleaners, So Put It on My Tab) Nielsen, the New York Jets hired Dr. Ruth as a consultant." Will Larry Brown leave the University of Kansas? Says the New York Times: "Dick Vitale, the announcer of coaching changes real and imagined, has said he would scrub the floor of Allen Field House with a toothbrush if Brown remains in Lawrence." Brown, making it easier for Vitale, presented him with a mop on TV Thursday night. What-a-difference-a-year-makes Dept.: From Chuck Melvin of the Associated Press: "In 1987, the Cleveland Indians made the cover of Sports Illustrated before the season. In 1988, they didn't even make the cover of their own media guide. Pictured on the press book is a male model wearing an Indians' uniform, gripping a bat tightly to bring out the definition in his muscular forearm. A model was used because no Cleveland player had the muscles to pull it off." Would-you-believe-it Dept.: Otto Graham did not make consensus All -American in football at Northwestern, but he did make it in basketball. In 1943, Graham was an Associated Press AU-American in football, but the consensus backfield was Angelo Bertelli of Notre Dame, Creighton Miller of Notre Dame, Bill Daley of Michigan and Bob Odell of Pennsylvania. Trivia Answer: La Salle, St. Joseph's, Pennsylvania, Temple, Villanova. Quotebook Denver Nuggets assistant coach Allen Bris-tow, on the ugly shooting style of three-point sharpshooter Michael Adams: "Someone asked me who taught him to shoot that way, and I told him, 'It must have been the same guy who taught Doug Moe how to dress.' " U.S. Amateur Boxing Championships High School Junior, Soldier Pull Major Upsets By EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer COLORADO SPRINGS. Colo.-In two major upsets, a world champion and a fast-rising super-heavyweight prospect were beaten in the semifinals of the National Amateur Boxing Championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Thursday night. The upsets: Kelcie Banks, 22-year-old world champion featherweight from Houston, viewed by almost everyone in amateur boxing as a lock for the Olympic team this year, lost a 3-2 decision to a little-known high school junior from St. Louis, Carl Daniels. Riddick Bowe, a fast-talking, hard-hitting Brooklyn super-heavyweight was knocked down twice and stopped in the second round by Robert Salters, a Fort Bragg, N.C., soldier who started boxing 16 months ago. Banks' defeat, in the five-day tournament's semifinals, came a day after the only other world champion here, welterweight Kenneth Gould, lost in the quarterfinals. Banks, who hadn't lost to an American since the 1984 U.S. Nationals, wasn't knocked out of the Olympic picture. He still figures to get an at-large invitation to compete in the Olympic trials in June at Concord, Calif. However, there's a courageous, almost cocky 17-year-old kid in Colorado Springs today who says he'll beat Banks in Concord, too. Daniels achieved the victory despite losing two points when referee Floyd East penalized him twice for ducking below Banks' beltline. Afterward, Daniels called it a go-for-broke victory. "I knew I had to apply all the pressure I could to have a chance to win a decision against a world champion," he said. "When they announced the decision, I figured he'd get it, since they took two points away from me. But I was wrong. I feel I beat him even up. I'll beat him again in Concord, too." For Bowe, it seemed in the aftermath that his mouth finally got him in trouble. Bowe has a tendency, in trying to be cute with sportswriters, to belittle opponents. Salters reads newspapers. "He was talkin' trash about me, and that helped me mentally," Salters said, For this one, Team Fort Bragg was fired up. Salters and his Army coaches and trainers marched to the ring chanting, "The Army takes no prisoners!" In the first round, Bowe and Salters were roughly even when, with 10 seconds left in the round, Salters, 25, caught the Brooklyn 20-year-old coming in and decked him with a short, straight right hand ... and then the trim, 233-pound Salters fell on top of the 220-pound Bowe. In the second, when Bowe wasn't missing Salters' head with his vaunted right hand, he fought passively, as if confused by Salters surprisingly quick lateral movement. Occasionally, Bowe connected with powerful left jabs, but couldn't follow up with rights. With one minute left in the second round, Bowe went down from a six-punch combination in a neutral corner. He arose, shakily, with a bleeding mouth, and protested angrily when referee Jerry Dusenberry stopped it. And minutes later, when the decision was announced, the two fighters exchanged heated words at center-ring and had to be pulled apart. Bowe may have been beaten, but his mouth was still in gear afterward. "This is a small thing to a giant," he said. "I never got into a rhythm. He caught me with some good punches. The ones that put me down I didn't see, obviously. If I'd seen 'em, I wouldn't have gone down. He was strong, determined. I didn't take him lightly. I was surprised he was that good, though." Bowe has pointed to the 1988 Olympics since his mid-teens. His stock soared at the Pan American Games last summer when he won a bronze medal after a courageous but losing performance against the eventual gold medalist, Jorge Gonzales of Cuba. Until Thursday night, he had stopped three straight opponents here Inside of three rounds. Banks, who won his world title at the 1986 World Championships in Reno, was also last summer's Pan American Games gold medalist and was a two-time national champion. He's a 6-foot featherweight (125 pounds) and a classic, busy, stand-up boxer. Thursday night, he blamed a shoulder injury for the defeat. "I've had a tight right shoulder since I got here," he said. "I've had massages every day, and it hasn't bothered me a lot. But tonight it tightened up in the first round and I just didn't have any snap in my right hand." The scores for Daniels were 60-57, 59-57 and 59-57. Two judges gave it to Banks, 60-59 and 59-58. In the second and third rounds, Daniels seemed to be rapidly tiring and several times seemed to be on the brink of going down. But on each such occasion, to the cheers of his St. Louis region teammates, he would bounce out of trouble, sneaking right hands on Banks' jaw and rocking him several times. Daniels goes for a national championship tonight in the finals at the Broadmoor Hotel. He meets Frank Pena of Aurora, Colo. Salters meets Kermit Fitzpatrick of Highland Park, Mich., for the super-heavy title. Six national champions will be absent from tonight's championship bouts. Michael Carbajal beat one of them, Brian Lonon, in Thursday's light-flyweight semifinals. Banks is out. Lightweight Charles Murray couldn't make weight; welterweight Nick Kakouris lost in the preliminaries; light-middleweight Gerald McClellan lost in the quarterfinals, and heavyweight Charlton Hollis was stopped in the first round of Thursday's semifinals by Ray Mercer. COMMENTARY Continued from Page 1 zation. The implied message: "We've certainly learned our lesson." Sure. On Thursday, the USAABF announced it will do essentially the same thing this summer, just before the Olympic Games at Seoul, South Korea. At a press conference here, the organization announced that Sugar Ray Leonard will be an "adviser" to the "Olympic boxing staff." Leonard, too, is in the pro boxing business. He manages and promotes three pro boxers and would like more. Thursday, Leonard who won a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics talked about how he will instill a spirit of "teamwork, self-discipline and sacrifice" into the Olympic team this year. He also promised not to do any recruiting. So had Mrs. Abercrombie in 1984. She wound up being the manager of light-middleweight gold medalist Frank Tennis Becker Defeats Gilbert and Advances to Final From Times Wire Services West Germany's Bori3 Becker overpowered a game but immobile Brad Gilbert, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1, Thursday night to move into the title match of the $680,000 WCT Finals at Dallas. Becker, 20, will play the winner of tonight's match between Sweden's Stefan Edberg and France's Yan-nick Noah Saturday for the $200,000 top prize. It will be Becker's second appearance in the WCT Finals championship match. He lost to Anders Jarryd in 1986. Gilbert, 26, playing in his first tournament in 15 weeks after suffering an ankle injury, won $50,000. Becker is assured of $100,000 and would collect $200,000 with a win Saturday. Gilbert fought off six set points before losing the first set. He broke Becker's service twice but lost his own three times. It was a struggle for Gilbert in the second set as he began to limp because of his sore left ankle. He couldn't follow through on shots and was almost helpless on Becker's service. Becker, who served 12 aces, survived five break points to win the third game of the third set with an ace. Gilbert double-faulted at game point to lose his service in the fourth game, and Becker ran away with the set. It was the first time Becker had defeated Gilbert, having lost to him in three previous meetings. Tate. Col. Don Hull, president of the USAABF, announced Leonard's appointment. No one else in the organization was the least bit thrilled about it. No one was talking for attribution, but one staff member said: "We just have to swallow Sugar Ray Leonard, that's the way it came down." Said another: "Leonard has marketing connections a beer distributorship, and he can conceivably raise some significant money for the federation. That's the sole reason he was brought aboard. It's totally unfair to Kenny Adams." Adams, 47, former coach of the U.S. Army boxing team, has been named coach of the Olympic team. Nappi, the USAABF national coach, coached the last three Olympic teams. Thursday, neither Adams nor Nappi was talking. Leonard's many years of devotion and sacrifice on behalf of the U.S. Olympic boxing program is enough to bring moisture to your eyes. In 1984, he was appointed to the USAABF Foundation, a board that determines how to spend federation money earned from the L. A. Games. He has yet to attend a meeting. Last June, though, Leonard said in an interview that he'd love to be the coach of the 1988 Olympic team. At the time, when the statement was shown to Jim Fox, USAABF executive director, Fox burst out laughing. "You're talking about a guy who doesn't even return our phone calls," he said. Plans call for the 1988 Olympic team to go into seclusion, too at a desert Army base, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. So if you have the Olympic boxing team, the coaching staff and Sugar Ray Leonard locked up together, is that seclusion? Pro managers and trainers aren't likely to think so. And so already, three months before the Olympic team trials, the bickering has begun. After the 1984 Olympics, Shelly Finkel became the manager of four U.S. Olympians. He complained bitterly when he was denied access to Abercrombie's ranch-training camp. Four years later, he's complaining again. "It's a mistake," he said. "I can't believe we're going to go through this again." Yes, indeed. Here we go again. 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