Patriots Sumner quits as defensive coordinator
At times, the New England Patriots played like they had no defense. Now they have no defensive coordinator.
With three games left in the worst season in the club's 31-year history, Charlie Sumner resigned from the team that has given up more points than all but one NFL team.
Sumner refused comment except to say, "I hope to stay in coaching."
Coach Rod Rust said Sumner's duties, which included coaching the defensive backs, would be handled by current assistants.
"I'm not happy about it," Rust said, "but I'm not mad about it."
The Patriots (1-12) have allowed 28.2 points and 357.7 yards per game, both next to last in the league.
Reactions from Sumner's former players ranged from understanding to criticism.
"I think it's a copout," cornerback Maurice Hurst said. "We all stuck together since training camp and he just ups and leaves on us. You have to look at it also in the best of his interests.
"He has to try to get another job because probably after the season he was going to be fired anyway. Maybe he thought he'd get a head start."
Linebacker Andre Tippett said he was surprised and speculated that Sumner, whom he characterized as a highly competitive person, was frustrated by the team's failures.
McEnroe throws tantrum at San Francisco airport
John McEnroe, caused a racket away from the court after he missed a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Hawaii. McEnroe tangled with two gate agents and all were taken to the airport police station. No charges were filed.
A San Francisco International Airport spokesman said the dispute began when a boarding agent tried to close a gate to the United Airlines plane that was ready for takeoff with 133 passengers on board.
The airline said the crew had delayed the departure for several minutes waiting for McEnroe's party of five to arrive but could not hold the plane any longer.
McEnroe began shouting and shoving the agent who was struggling with both the door and the tennis star.
The plane left without McEnroe and his party, who later departed for Hawaii on a flight with another airline.
"Departing and arriving on time is important to our customers," spokeswoman Sara Dornacker said. "We have to consider the needs of the other passengers on the flight before making a judgment to delay departure."
Five U.S. netters reach Grand Slam quarterfinals
Ivan Lendl swept into the second round of the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Germany, while David Wheaton, Brad Gilbert and Aaron Krickstein also won to put five Americans among the final eight.
Lendl, seeded second in the $6 million event, beat Sweden's Christian Bergstrom, 6-4, 6-0, and is the highest-seeded player remaining in the world's richest tennis tournament.
Wheaton gained the only break of the match in the eighth game of the third set to outlast Yannick Noah of France, 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3. Gilbert rallied to beat Jonas Svensson of Sweden, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Krickstein beat Andres Gomez, the third seed, 6-3, 6-4.
BYU's Detmer honored with Maxwell Award
Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer today received another individual honor with the Maxwell Award as the outstanding college football player of the year.
The Brigham Young quarterback, a junior, easily outdistanced Raghib "Rocket" Ismail of Notre Dame.
Detmer garnered 1,993 points on a 3-2-1 vote system, with 413 first-place votes among the 878 ballots cast by coaches, media and Maxwell Football Club members. Ismail had 1,385 points, Colorado's Eric Bieniemy 747 and Virginia's Shawn Moore 431.
Elsewhere, University of Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland was named Lineman of the Year by United Press International.
Last week in Los Angeles, the 6-foot-2, 273-pounder from Chicago won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman.
CBS says diamond red ink totaled $55 million in 1990
CBS admitted to losing $55 million in the first year of its contract with major league baseball while denying persistent rumors that it may cost the network's sports president, Neal Pilson, his job. The loss was computed after taxes. Industry analysts earlier predicted that the red ink could top $100 million.
"Neal is not in trouble," said George Schweitzer, a spokesman for CBS Inc. "And I say that emphatically. We all supported the baseball decision."
CBS said it would write off $115 million more in losses over the remaining three years of the baseball contract, which was for $1.06 billion over four years. 1990 was the first year of the contract.
The network's losses were attributed to a general downturn in the economy, resulting in lower advertising prices, and poor World Series ratings for Cincinnati's four-game sweep of Oakland.
Rangers deal Coolbaugh to Padres for Parent
Elsewhere in baseball, third baseman Scott Coolbaugh was traded by the Texas Rangers to the San Diego Padres for catcher Mark Parent.
Parent, 29, hit .222 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 65 games with San Diego. He hit .306 against left-handed pitching. Coolbaugh hit .200 with 2 homers and 13 RBIs in 67 games with the Rangers. His career big league average is .216.
Texas also announced that right-handed pitcher Rich Gossage will be given a tryout during the club's minicamp for pitchers Jan. 7-11 at Arlington Stadium.
Gossage, 39, was out of baseball for the first half of the 1990 season before signing with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks of Japan on July 4. He was 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA.
The California Angels also went looking to Japan and signed left-hander Floyd Bannister, who spent last season with the Yakult Swallows, to a one-year contract.
Bannister, 35, last pitched in the major leagues in 1989 with the Kansas City Royals.
The Los Angeles Dodgers offered free-agent outfielder Brett Butler a three-year contract worth $7.5 million, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Spud Webb's father jailed for burglary
The father of Atlanta Hawks guard Anthony "Spud" Webb has begun serving a prison term in the Texas Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to burglary in Corsicana, Texas.
David Webb, 58, pleaded guilty to burglaries in three Texas counties, the Corsicana Daily Sun reported. He was sentenced to two eight-year prison terms and one six-year term, which are to run concurrently.
Promoter King dropped from Cayton-Tyson suits
A federal judge dismissed all claims against promoter Don King in suits filed by the outcast manager of heavyweight Mike Tyson.
Bill Cayton, estranged from the former champion he helped manage since Tyson's adolescence, had named King in suits and counterclaims against Tyson filed in 1989.
King is Tyson's adviser and promoter. Cayton accuses the promoter of antitrust violations, racketeering and interference in his contract with Tyson.
Judge John Keenan of federal court in Manhattan issued a written opinion, dropping King from the Cayton-Tyson suits.