U.S. ties Canada, 4-4, in World Junior tourney
American coach Kevin Constantine was still trying to recover after his unheralded team managed to hang on for a 4-4 tie with Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Constantine joked that he was so uptight heading into Thursday's game against the defending champions, he handed control of the bench over to assistant coach Walt Kyle while he just watched.
The Americans surged to a 3-1 lead after the first period and withstood a late rally to earn their first point against Canada after nine straight losses.
Ted Drury, Keith Tkachuk, Tim Storm and Doug Weight scored for the United States, which had played well in losing, 4-2, to the Soviet Union in the opening game of the round-robin tournament that ends Jan. 4.
Pat Falloon, Eric Lindros, Steven Rice and Mike Craig replied for Canada. The Americans hit two goal posts after Craig's tying goal, but could not score.
In the other game, defenseman Mattias Olsson set up three goals and Marcus Thuresson scored two as Sweden edged Czechoslovakia, 4-3, in Regina. Thuresson's final goal came with 25 seconds left.
The results left Canada at 1-0-1, followed by the Soviet Union and Finland at 1-0, Sweden and Czechoslovakia at 1-1, the U.S. at 0-1-1 and Norway and Switzerland at 0-1.
Tyson sues WBA, IBF for $50 million damages
Mike Tyson filed suit against the World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation asking for $50 million in damages and to be given the right to fight for those organization's heavyweight championship belts.
Tyson brought the suit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against the WBA, IBF, the presidents of those organizations, Gilberto Mendoza and Robert W. Lee, and WBA attorney James Binns. The former heavyweight champion asked for $10 million from each of those parties.
Tyson wants to prevent the championship bout between Evander Holyfield and George Foreman April 19 in Atlantic City. Tyson claims the organizations should have allowed him to fight the winner of last October's Buster Douglas-Holyfield championship bout.
Mets sign McReynolds to three-year extension
With a year to go on his contract, outfielder Kevin McReynolds got free agent treatment from the New York Mets in the form of a three-year, $10 million contract extension.
"We did it a year in advance," Vice President Al Harazin said. "The reason is consistency. If you look at Kevin's career, the hallmark is consistency. For the last five years, he's averaged 150 games, 26 home runs and 92 RBIs. He's been as consistent as a ballplayer can be, like a straight line on a graph."
Florida St., Penn St. match winning streaks tonight
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden thinks his Seminoles might be playing the best team in the nation when they meet Penn State in the inaugural Blockbuster Bowl tonight in Miami.
That may be true, that is, "if Penn State isn't playing the best team in the nation," Bowden said.
Bowden says the two teams, both 9-2, were playing better than anyone as the regular season wound down. Seventh-ranked Penn State is riding a nine-game winning streak and No. 6 Florida State has won five in a row.
The game, which will be televised by the independent Raycom network, may be seen in this area on Adelphia/International cable over New York station WOR (8 p.m.).
In Birmingham, Ala., North Carolina State faces Southern Mississippi tonight in the All-American Bowl.
Southern Mississippi (8-3) has beaten three ranked teams, including Alabama and Auburn.
N.C. State (6-5) ranks 10th nationally in total defense, allowing 277.6 yards a game.
Meanwhile, Southern Cal coach Larry Smith said that quarterback Shane Foley, arrested this week, definitely won't start for the Trojans against Michigan State in the John Hancock Bowl on New Year's Eve.
Foley was arrested early Christmas Eve for investigation of drunk and disorderly conduct.
Tom Coughlin named Boston College coach
Tom Coughlin, an assistant coach with the NFC East champion New York Giants, was chosen as the next head football coach at Boston College, apparently ending a bizarre search for a successor to fired Jack Bicknell.
Coughlin, 44, a seventh-year NFL coach who has trained the Giants receivers since 1988, was one of Bicknell's original assistants when he came to Boston College in 1980.
Bicknell was dismissed last month after the Eagles finished their fourth straight losing season.
Buffalo State (4-3), coming off a 91-76 victory over Olivet in the consolation game of the Heidelberg Tournament, will return to Ohio tonight to meet Geneva College of Beaver Falls, Pa. (8-1), in the first round of the Mount Union Tournament at Alliance.
Mount Union will oppose Oberlin in the other first-round game.