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Oakland's Dave Stewart
on Dunlop awards panel

Dave Stewart, the Oakland Athletics star right-hander who was voted Most Valuable Player of the 1989 World Series, will be a head table guest at the 18th annual Dunlop Pro Am awards dinner Feb. 12 at the Hyatt Regency.

Just recently, Stewart became baseball's second-highest paid player. This followed his best season when he won 21 of 30 decisions, had 155 strikeouts with a 3.32 earned run average. Signed by the A's as a free agent in 1986, Stewart has had three successive 20-win seasons with a 62-34 record and led Oakland's sweep of the San Francisco Giants.

The dinner, sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, is a sellout.

Stephenson's surgery
declared successful

LPGA star Jan Stephenson underwent successful surgery to repair a double fracture of her left ring finger suffered when she was mugged and robbed Tuesday night in Miami.

Dr. Eric Freeh, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in fracture care, said he inserted two tiny metal screws into the finger during the two-hour operation at a Phoenix hospital.

"The procedure went well and her prognosis is very good. I'm extremely optimistic about the results. We've placed her on the path to the quickest recovery," Freeh said."

Doctors said Stephenson's finger will be re-examined Monday and a better timetable for her return to the LPGA Tour may be made then.

On the golf course, Tom Purtzer, Bobby Wadkins, Tommy Armour and Lance Ten Broek fired 6-under-par 65s to share the lead after one round of the $900,000 Phoenix Open.

Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia was two strokes back, in a tie with Sandy Lyle, the 1988 Phoenix champion, and Scott Hoch, Ed Fiori, Dave Barr and Mark McCumber.

At Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Lonnie Nielsen of East Aurora shot a 73 on the final day for a four-round total of 285 to finish sixth and win $1,500 in the 37th annual Taylor Made PGA Stroke Play Championship. Larry Rentz of Lanham, Md., cared a 276 to win the $5,000 first prize.

Training camp delay
could carry over to season

Baseball players and owners agreed on one thing after the latest bargaining session in Tampa: the start of the season will be delayed if owners do not begin spring training by the second week of March.

Teams are threatening not to open camps as scheduled on Feb. 15 unless the union accepts their revenue-sharing proposal with salary scales, which would eliminate salary arbitration and restrict free agency. In exchange, players would get 48 percent of the revenues. So far, they aren't interested.

"We haven't been able to see any financial difficulty or problem," St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Magrane said after a four-hour session, "and yet they're still trying to make these great, radical changes. We're having a hard time getting our proposals heard.

Chuck O'Connor, the owners' chief negotiator, said he thought players needed three weeks to 30 days of training before the season could start. Union chief Donald Fehr said a normal start to the season would be jeopardized if camps did not open by March 4 or 5. The season is scheduled to start April 2.

In contract news, left-hander Teddy Higuera, who won only nine games last season while battling injuries most of the year, signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers for $2,125,000.

Third baseman Jim Presley, acquired in a trade with Seattle on Wednesday, agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. Details weren't disclosed, but Presley had filed for arbitration with the Mariners seeking $700,000. The club had offered him $595,000.

First baseman Glenn Davis has agreed to terms with the Houston Astros on a one-year, $1,985,000 contract, a raise of $900,000.~ Strawberry admits
he's father of child

New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry has admitted fathering a 19-month-old boy by a St. Louis woman, a New York newspaper reported.

Michael Eugene Strawberry was born to Lisa Clayton in June 1988, and has been acknowledged by the Mets player, following a blood test that confirmed paternity, according to a report in The New York Daily News.

Clayton's lawyer, Stuart Cofman, told the newspaper Strawberry has shown little interest in Michael but is willing to pay support money to Clayton, who has gone to court to seek $11,700 a month in support, based on Strawberry's 1990 salary of $1.8 million.

Martinez arrested
For hitting man with bat

Chicago White Sox infielder Carlos Martinez is in a Caracas, Venezuela jail after his arrest for hitting a man with a baseball bat, the Chicago Tribune reported. Martinez allegedly argued with a stadium guard, who then picked up a baseball bat and tried to strike Martinez. Martinez then allegedly grabbed the bat and struck Herrera on the arm, the newspaper said. Venezuela does not have a bail system and no decision has been made on whether Martinez will be given a trial. Sources said he would likely serve an eight-day sentence.

Around & About

Tom Baker of Buffalo totaled 3,804 pins after three 18-game qualifying rounds for 23rd place to make the cutoff and start match play competition at the in PBA tournament at Pinole, Calif. The leader is Jess Stayrook of San Diego with a 4,042 total. Another Buffalo right-hander, rookie Brad Kiszewski, finished 32nd with a 3,777 total for $970. . . . Philadelphia Eagles Vice President of Player Personnel Bill Davis, 51, has resigned from the club over a talent-evaluation turf battle with head coach Buddy Ryan. . . . A judge in Houston ordered that community property in the Dave Winfield divorce case will be split 50-50, and that it is up to the jury to determine how much community property exists. The divorce proceeding stems from a jury's finding last June that Winfield and SandraRenfro were married in 1982 under Texas common-law statutes.

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