Salaam Goes Back to the Bears

<i> From Staff and Wire Reports</i>

The Miami Dolphins canceled a trade with the Chicago Bears for former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam two days after announcing it, saying Salaam had failed the Dolphins’ physical exam.


Bear defensive end Alonzo Spellman hasn’t shown up for the first two days of mini-camp at Lake Forest, Ill., and the team said it does not know his whereabouts. Spellman was treated in the psychiatric unit of a Chicago hospital after an eight-hour standoff with police in March.



Larry Brown, the 1996 Super Bowl MVP for Dallas but a bust the last two seasons in Oakland, has been told to look elsewhere for work, even though he has three years remaining on his contract. His No. 24 jersey was assigned to first-round draft pick Charles Woodson.


Pete Sampras regained the No. 1 ranking without playing a match.

While Sampras was heading back to the United States, still stinging from Thursday’s 6-1, 6-1 loss to France’s Fabrice Santoro, Petr Korda was losing to Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Open at Monaco.


Krajicek’s victory eliminated any chance Korda, the third-ranked Czech, had of overtaking Marcelo Rios for the No. 1 spot.

Defending champion Michael Chang and former No. 1 Jim Courier swept into the semifinals of the U.S. Clay Court Championships at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Top-seeded Chang powered past Brazil’s Marcio Carlsson, 6-3, 6-1, and Courier needed only 61 minutes to dispose of German Marcello Craca, 6-0, 6-3.

China’s Li Fang defeated top-seeded Sandrine Testud of France, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the Budapest Lotto Ladies Open at Hungary.



Bob Estes fired a seven-under 65 at Forest Oaks Country Club at to tie Hal Sutton for the second-round lead at 132 in the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic at Greensboro, N.C. Sutton, the first-round leader, shot a 67. . . . Hale Irwin shot a five-under-par 67 that put him seven under for the tournament as he took a one-stroke lead over Jim Colbert midway through the Las Vegas Senior Classic. . . . Pat Hurst shot a seven-under 65 for a one-shot lead over Nancy Ramsbottom in the opening round of the LPGA’s Chick-fil-A Charity Championship at Stockbridge, Ga.


Aggravated assault charges against Vancouver Canuck left wing Donald Brashear will be dropped if he makes good on a pledge to go through a pretrial intervention program, according to a prosecutor at Cape May Court House, N.J.

The family of the late running back Rodney Culver will be allowed to pursue a new lawsuit rather than accept an unwanted settlement already approved by a Miami judge for his death in the ValuJet plane crash of 1996.



Bill Husak, who held a variety of posts in 18 years at Long Beach State, was named athletic director at Loyola Marymount. Husak, 48, replaces Brian Quinn, who becomes Loyola’s executive director for athletic development and promotion.

Emmett Davis, an assistant at Navy, was hired as basketball coach at Colgate, replacing the late Jack Bruen, who died in December of pancreatic cancer.

La Verne reached the NCAA Division III men’s volleyball championship match with a 3-0 victory over host Springfield College at Springfield, Mass. La Verne plays Juniata, Pa., tonight.


Bobby Labonte won the pole for the Winston Cup Diehard 500 with a lap at 195.728 mph in a Pontiac at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

One of the nine boats in the Whitbread Round the World Race filed a protest against a competitor skippered by Dennis Conner. EF Education, the all-women’s entry from Sweden, accused the U.S. boat Toshiba with a right-of-way violation during the first night of the seventh leg from Fort Lauderdale to Baltimore.

Olympic champion Czech Republic edged Russia, 4-3, in the Sweden Hockey Games at Stockholm, clinching the European Hockey Tour title.

Campbell University, a college operated by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, is trying to overturn the NCAA’s recent decision to eliminate a rule requiring special accommodation for schools opposed to Sunday competition. The rule required championship games to be scheduled on days other than Sunday if a school asked.


Michigan’s Kevin Sullivan anchored the Wolverine track team to victory in the men’s distance medley relay in the Penn Relays at Philadelphia. His final leg of 3 minutes 55.5 seconds, equivalent to a 3:56.7 mile, gave Michigan a total time of 9:27.64.

Duke has granted forward Mike Chappell’s request to transfer to another school.

In a ceremony that featured fireworks, tears and the playing of “Taps,” Nebraska athletic officials dedicated Memorial Stadium’s field in honor of retired coach Tom Osborne on Friday night.

The Encino Velodrome will open its 36th season of bicycle racing tonight at 7. There will be racing for cyclists of all levels of ability.