Angels Sign Ontiveros, an All-Star in ’95

From Staff and Wire Reports

The Angels signed free-agent pitcher Steve Ontiveros on Friday night, ending their search for a right-handed starter to bolster a rotation dominated by left-handers.

Ontiveros, an All-Star in 1995 and the American League earned-run average leader in ’94 for the Oakland Athletics, signed a one-year deal with a base salary of about $200,000 with an option for 1997.

He earned $900,000 last season with Oakland, going 9-6 with a 4.37 ERA. He was 6-4 with a 2.65 ERA in 1994. His career record is 33-30 with a 3.62 ERA in nine major league seasons.


“It’s a good young team mixed with some veterans,” Ontiveros said of the Angels. “It’s a good staff. It kind of reminds me of ’88 with the A’s.”

The Angels also claimed left-hander Joe Rosselli off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and put him on their 40-man roster. Rosselli, 23, had a 2-1 record and an 8.70 earned-run average in nine games.


Geronimo Pena, oft-injured second baseman of the St. Louis Cardinals, signed a minor league contract with the team. . . . The A’s have agreed to a one-year contract with Scott Brosius, who played every position for the team last season except pitcher and catcher. . . . Former major league third baseman Scott Cooper signed a one-year contract with the Seibu Lions, the Japanese Pacific League team announced. The Kyodo news service said Cooper will receive about $2.17 million.

College Football

Frank Howard, the coach who turned a small agricultural college, Clemson, into a football power, died Friday at 86.

Famed for his country wit and fractured English, Howard retired in 1969. In recent years, he was a regular at Tiger sporting events. His courtside spot at Littlejohn Coliseum will be roped off for Clemson’s basketball game today against North Carolina State.

Howard’s Clemson career started when he signed a one-year contract in 1940. But he lost the document and never signed another. In 30 seasons, he compiled a 165-118-12 record.


In 1989, he was named to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Hart High running back Ted Iacenda, the leading scorer in CIF Southern Section football history, announced that he has made an oral commitment to USC.

Iacenda, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior who scored 99 touchdowns in three varsity seasons at Hart and set a section record with 604 career points, said he wanted to stay in California.


Justin Leonard pulled away from a logjam atop the leaderboard with two birdies on the last four holes and took a two-shot lead after three rounds of the Phoenix Open at Scottsdale, Ariz.

Leonard, a non-winner his two previous years on the PGA Tour, had an eagle during his five-under-par round of 66 to finish 54 holes at 13-under 200.

Don Pooley, Tom Scherrer and Phil Mickelson were tied for second at 202, with second-round leader Woody Austin, Jesper Parnevik and Kenny Perry at 204.


A second urinalysis steroid test of International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Francois Botha has come back positive, the IBF said. A hearing will be held within two weeks by the IBF championships committee to decide if the South African will be stripped of the title he won by decision over German Axel Schulz Dec. 9 in Stuttgart. Results from an initial test taken following the fight and done in Cologne, Germany, had come back positive for steroids. The second test was performed Thursday at the UCLA Olympic laboratory.


Winter Sports

World and Olympic champions Oksana Gritschuk and Yevgeny Platov of Russia won their first European ice dance title at Sofia, Bulgaria. Surya Bonaly led the women’s event. . . . Sonia Nef of Switzerland got her first World Cup victory in a rare night slalom at Sestriere, Italy, and teammate Marlies Oester finished second in what also was her best showing in a gate race. . . . Reigning world champions Rune Kristiansen of Norway and Elena Batalova of Russia overwhelmed their competition to win World Cup acro-ski events at Mont Tremblant, Canada, after Frenchman Sebastien Foucras won a makeup aerials contest.


Anthony Thomas, Alabama Birmingham’s No. 2 scorer, left the basketball team after being charged with beating his girlfriend, a former women’s player at the school. Thomas was charged after what the school termed a “domestic altercation” involving Ayanna Moore.

“I spoke with Anthony this morning, and he told me he does not want to play anymore,” Coach Gene Bartow said. “I agree with his decision.”

Beach Volleyball

Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno became the first U.S. women’s beach volleyball team to qualify for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Three women’s teams and three men’s teams will represent the United States in Atlanta, when beach volleyball makes its debut as a medal sport. Sinjin Smith and Carl Henkel earned the automatic bid for the United States in the men’s division, based on their FIVB (the sport’s governing body) standings.

McPeak and Reno earned the automatic bid by accumulating more points than any other U.S. women’s team in the 1995-96 FIVB season.


Names in the News

Allen R. Bohl was appointed Fresno State athletic director. He had been athletic director at Toledo and he succeeds Gary Cunningham, who resigned last fall to become athletic director at UC Santa Barbara. . . . Olympic 100-meter champion Linford Christie, training in Australia to get away from winter weather in Britain, was timed in 10.00 seconds in winning at the Adelaide Grand Prix on Friday. Christie has yet to say if he will run at the Atlanta Olympics. . . . Connecticut basketball center Travis Knight underwent surgery Friday to repair a fracture in his left thumb and his status for Sunday’s game against Virginia was uncertain.