Harwell era in Detroit
to end after 1991 season
The 1991 season will be the last for Ernie Harwell as broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers.
Harwell, who has broadcast Tiger games for the last 31 years, said Wednesday he has been fired. And Paul Carey, who has been his partner in the booth for the last 18 years, said he plans to retire following the 1991 season.
That means an entire generation of listeners, who have known only the voices of Harwell and Carey, will have to get used to new sounds.
Harwell, 72, who had planned to continue working for another two or three years beyond 1991, said he was hurt by the decision.
"I realize that broadcasters don't go on forever," Harwell said. "But I was quite surprised when the one-year situation came up. I wanted to go farther and I wanted to work more years, but the station and the ballclub combined told me that they didn't want me to broadcast Tiger baseball after 1991, and that they're going in a new direction."
Jeff Odenwald, the Tigers' vice president for marketing, radio-television and public relations, said the decision was reached mutually by the ballclub and the radio station.
Time Warner, promoters
form pay TV network
Don King is out. Bob Arum and Dan Duva are in at Time Warner Inc.
Time Warner Sports president Seth Abraham announced that it has joined forces with boxing promoters Arum and Duva to form a pay-per-view network, TVKO. TVKO will begin monthly shows on April 19 with the Evander Holyfield-George Foreman heavyweight title bout.
Time Warner Sports was formed last summer by Time Warner Inc., the parent company of HBO. HBO's contract with King for the rights to Mike Tyson fights ended with Tyson's victory over Alex Stewart on Dec. 8 in Atlantic City. After the fight, King made a deal with HBO competitor Showtime.
Completed on Tuesday, the deal gives TVKO exclusive rights to any pay-per-view telecasts involving promotions by either Arum's Top Rank Inc. or Duva's Main Events. Duva promotes Holyfield; Arum promotes Foreman.
Abraham said TVKO plans a monthly show, with two fights per show, as well as certain "mega-fights," such as Holyfield's defense of his undisputed heavyweight title against Foreman. The cost to pay-per-view subscribers for the regular monthly shows will be under $20. The Holyfield-Foreman fight will cost $35 and up, Duva said.
on AP All-East team
Mike Mayweather, Army's all-time leading rusher, and Pitt defensive end Keith Hamilton made the Associated Press All-East team for the second straight year.
Mayweather rushed for a school-record 1,338 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He ended his career with 4,299 yards, most ever by a service academy player.
The offensive line incudes Dale Wolfley, a West Virginia senior from Orchard Park.
Also in the All-East backfield are Temple quarterback Matt Baker and Syracuse running back David Walker.
Baker passed for 1,462 yards and seven touchdowns, while completing 60 percent of his passes. Walker was Syracuse's leading rusher with 730 yards and six touchdowns.
Colorado's Bieniemy named
Back of the Year
Colorado's Eric Bieniemy, who battled one of the country's toughest schedules to finish within 14 yards of the national rushing title, was named United Press International's Back of the Year.
Bieniemy was the overwhelming choice of a panel of UPI sports writers from across the country. The only other player to earn mention was Brigham Young quarterback Ty Detmer, the Heisman Trophy winner who was named UPI's Player of the Year earlier this week.
could end in 1992
The 49-year-old football rivalry between the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators could come to an end in 1992, with Florida cancelling its games against Miami in 1992 and 1993.
The news infuriated University of Miami athletic director Sam Jankovich, in New York for meetings with the owner of the New England Patriots. He said the University of Florida never informed anyone at Miami about a desire to break the 1992-1993 contract.
Florida officials said the decision Tuesday was forced upon them because the Southeastern Conference enacted an eight-game league schedule beginning in 1992.
Miami and Florida had played for 49 consecutive years until the Gators discontinued the series in 1987. The schools have home-and-home games scheduled for 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1997. Games had also been agreed upon for 1999 and 2000.
Meanwhile, Paul Roach, saying simply that the time had come, has stepped down as Wyoming's football coach and named Washington State offensive coordinator Joe Tiller as his successor.
Roach, who had seven years remaining on a contract extension he signed in 1988, said Wednesday it was time for him to concentrate fully on his other job as Wyoming's athletic director.
UNLV officials tired
of 'ugly stepchild' image
UNLV officials, saying the university is "tired of being the ugly stepchild of college sports," vowed to cooperate fully in trying to resolve the latest NCAA charges against the school's basketball program.
But an attorney for coach Jerry Tarkanian called the allegations "a travesty" and said NCAA investigators ignored their own evidence in making the charges.
The university was given the charges late Tuesday in a letter of inquiry from the NCAA, following a three-year investigation sparked by the recruitment of former New York City prep star Lloyd Daniels.
UNLV legal counsel Brad Booke said the university would begin its own probe immediately and try to answer whatever violations the NCAA alleged took place.
A total of 29 different allegations reportedly are contained in the 40-page document, including charges of scholarship fund mismanagement and a lack of institutional control by the university over some areas of the program.
If proven, the allegations could result in additional sanctions to a program already banned from the 1992 post-season tournament.