Of pneumonia following chemotherapy treatments for brain cancer, former NFL defensive end Lyle Alzado, 43, in Lake Oswego, Ore. Alzado, whose cancer was diagnosed in April 1991, believed he had contracted the disease through the use of anabolic steroids from 1969 to '91 and human growth hormone during his '90 comeback attempt. With the help of steroids, the 260-pound Alzado terrorized opponents during his 15 years (1971-85) with the Denver Broncos, the Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders. He led his teams in sacks three times, made All-Pro twice, played in two Super Bowls and was voted Defensive Player of the Year in '77 and Comeback Player of the Year in '82. Though doctors say there is no proof that steroid or UGH use caused his cancer, the enfeebled Alzado said last August, "If what I've become doesn't scare you off steroids, nothing will."
To Mil out the 12-man roster of the U.S. basketball team for the Barcelona Olympics. Portland Trail Blazer guard Clyde Drexler and the college Player of the Year, center Christian Laettner from Duke. Before designating their final two choices, USA Basketball officials debated whether to invite one or two college athletes to join the otherwise all-NBA squad. They opted for one and took Laettner over, say, Shaquille O'Neal of LSU because Laettner had played in more international tournaments and is a better outside shooter than Shaq.
By the San Diego Sockers, a fifth straight Major Soccer League title, with an 8-2 victory over the Dallas Sidekicks in Game 6 of the best-of-seven playoff finals, in San Diego. Forward Paul Wright and midfielder Thompson Usiyan each scored thrice to knock the socks off the 10,100 fans on hand—and the Sidekicks. In the first period Usiyan, 36, an eight-year MSL veteran in his first season with the Sockers, lofted the ball into the air with his back to the goal to elude two Sidekick defenders and then volleyed it into the net, putting San Diego up 4-1. He had nine goals and three assists in the championship series and was named MVP
Twice, to beat Harvard 11-10 in the NCAA women's lacrosse title match in Bethlehem, Pa., Maryland, for whom senior attacker Leigh Frendberg scored her second game-winning goal in overtime in two days. On Sunday the Terps, trailing the Crimson 9-6 with 11:27 to play, scored twice before Frendberg tied the game with 52 seconds left in regulation time. Harvard took the lead again in OT, but Maryland came back, and Frendberg scored the winner with 1:15 to go. On Saturday she had a goal with 1:27 left in OT to give the Terps an 8-7 semifinal victory over Virginia, the 1991 champion.
May 24, 1992
By the equatorial island republic of Sao Tome and Principe, its efforts to qualify for the 1994 World Cup soccer finals. Officials on the archipelago, located 190 miles off Guinea, explained that they had taken such action because the country of 120,000 inhabitants has no national team, no coach and no field.