Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, in his first PGA Tour attempt, at the Kemper Open in Potomac, Md. An alleged one handicap who earned pro status as a golfer by winning $75,000 in a celebrity tournament in 1990, Rypien received a sponsor's exemption to play in the Kemper. He fired a 29-over-par, two-day total of 171 to miss the cut by 28 shots, 13 behind any other 36-hole finisher. "I have a good head for the game," Rypien said last Friday, "but if you see a good swing out there, pass it my way."
By the New Jersey Nets, the services of well-tailored Chuck Daly, 61, who resigned as coach of the Detroit Pistons in April after a hugely successful nine-year tenure. Nets senior vice-president Willis Reed, who is counting on the high-priced Daly ($4 million over three years) to iron out the problems of his talented but troubled team, said that whereas the Orlando Magic won this year's draft lottery, the Nets won "this season's coaching lottery." The losers in the sartorial lottery were the Philadelphia 76ers, who last week selected the resolutely rumpled Doug Moe, 53, as their new coach.
By the newly fortified U.S. national soccer team, Ireland, which lost (3-1) for the first time in the teams' five meetings since 1924. The U.S. tied the game early in the second half when defender Marcelo Balboa scored on a string of passes initiated by Thomas Dooley, a brand-new American citizen who was raised in Germany and plays there, but whose father was a U.S. serviceman. Tab Ramos, an American midfielder with Figueras in the Spanish second division, drilled in a shot from 20 yards with 20 minutes remaining, and John Harkes, a New Jerseyite who plays for Sheffield Wednesday in the English first division wrapped things up with three minutes left when he scored with the aid of Dooley and another new citizen, Roy Wegerle. Wegerle plays in England, was born in South Africa and has a Scottish mother and a German passport, but he's married to an American and plans to settle here eventually.
Earplugs, by New York Mets rightfielder Bobby Bonilla for last Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium. The out-of-town slugger (.333 with five home runs on the road through the weekend), who had been booed during the Mets' two previous games at home, was: a) 0 for 4 in the 6-1 loss, b) booed a lot more and c) batting .137 with no homers at Shea through Sunday.
June 7, 1992
Danny Biasone, 83, inventor of pro basketball's 24-second clock; of liver cancer; in Syracuse, NY. Biasone owned the Syracuse Nationals from the time they entered the National Basketball League (a predecessor of the NBA) in 1946 until '63, when he sold the team. Frustrated by the stalling and fouling that plagued NBA games in the early '50s, Biasone devised the shot clock, and the league immediately adopted it for the '54-55 season. In '80, Maurice Podoloff, president of the NBA for its first 14 seasons, wrote, "Danny's rule is and will be the most important [one] in the entire history of the NBA."