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Notes on a Scorecard

Send your children to Little League, not Pop Warner League. . . .

Bill Gullickson is being paid more annually than Lawrence Taylor, Terry Pendleton more than John Elway, Matt Young more than Chris Doleman, Dennis Martinez more than Randall Cunningham, Kevin Gross more than Dan Marino. . . .

The Raiders may be getting some instant-replay review breaks, but they were over-penalized during their first few years in Los Angeles because of their reputation. . . .

Imagine if an NFL playoff spot has to be decided by the last tiebreaker--a coin flip. . . . Balance is 17 players scoring touchdowns for the Buffalo Bills this season. . . .

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The Kansas City Chiefs, who are averaging three takeaways a game, are winning in the style of the old Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. . . .

General Manager George Young of the New York Giants says that Rodney Hampton, the running back drafted in the first round, should be playing more. Coach Bill Parcells wanted to pick linebacker Darian Conner, who instead went in the second round to the Atlanta Falcons. . . .

The Detroit Lions need a new defensive, not offensive, system. . . .

Bring back Khimik Voskresensk! . . .

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The Kings haven’t beaten anybody except the Soviet club team in the last 19 days. . . .

In absentia, Tomas Sandstrom is proving his value to the Kings. . . .

In Chicago, they are realizing that the Blackhawks have a better chance to go all the way than the Bulls or the Bears. . . .

You’re trying to tell me that Larry Murphy was traded again? . . .

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George Foreman reports from his training camp at Club Med on St. Lucia in the Caribbean that he has trimmed down below 280 pounds. . . .

Punch line to the comedy stint that follows Foreman’s daily sparring session: “I’m now closer to 50 than I am to 30.” . . .

Sig Rogich, former Nevada Athletic Commission chairman, is a special assistant to President Bush. . . .

The week after losing to Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, Chapman College Coach Bob Boyd said of tonight’s opponent in Orange: “We’re not going to be intimidated by Occidental.” . . .

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Best little-known college guard in the country could be Eric Murdock of Providence. . . .

Is it too late for Miami (0-4) to pull out of its commitment to join the Big East? . . .

The Portland Trail Blazers should be secure in the knowledge that the 1969-70 New York Knicks won the NBA championship after starting 23-1. . . .

Now that Jeff Malone is giving Utah the outside shooting it expected, the Jazz is winning more often. . . .

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Last season, Pacer Coach Dick Versace could have run for mayor of Indianapolis. This season, he’s as popular as most politicians. . . .

Fans at a recent Clipper game at the Sports Arena chanted, “Darryl, Darryl,” without being sarcastic, after the new Dodger was introduced. . . .

Americans who will be inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Israel next year are Sid Gillman, football; Walter Blum, horse racing; Joe Choynski, boxing; and Victor Hershkovitz, handball. . . .

Ben Johnson is down to 176 pounds, only three more than his weight for the 1988 Olympic Games. . . .

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Sorry, TV critics, but I think Tim McCarver will do a fine job as co-host of CBS’ telecasts of the 1992 Winter Olympics. . . .

There ought to be more long races on the lawn similar to the 1 1/2-mile Turf Cup at Hollywood Park this Sunday. . . .

Think Kirk Gibson will retaliate if Bo Jackson puts shoe polish on Gibson’s cap during the Kansas City Royals’ spring training? . . .

Some veteran L.A. City schools observers are saying that John Walsh, who will lead Carson High against Banning in the 4-A championship game at El Camino College Friday night, is a better high school quarterback than John Elway was at Granada Hills. . . .

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Another hot prospect is Brett Salisbury, brother of former USC quarterback Sean. The younger Salisbury was named All-State junior college quarterback at Palomar after transferring from BYU. . . .

Loyola High linebacker Drew Casani played the last three quarters of the Cubs’ CIF Southern Section Division I championship game victory over Quartz Hill Friday with what was later diagnosed as a broken leg. . . .

Happy birthday to Archie Moore, perhaps the greatest light-heavyweight champion. How old are you, Mongoose? “I’m a year older than I was last year.”


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