Two NBA playoff series and three Dodger-Expo games in Los Angeles and a Giant-Phillie game in San Francisco are postponed because of civil unrest growing out of the acquittal of L.A. police officers in the beating of Rodney King.
This is an article from the Dec. 28, 1992 issue
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New York Knick forward Xavier McDaniel, on how the Knicks intend to play the Chicago Bulls in their NBA playoff series: "We'll be working nine to five. We'll be like those people in Pittsburgh working in those steel mines."
Lil E. Tee, a 17-1 shot, Pat Day up, races home ahead of Casual Lies (30-1) and Dance Floor (33-1) in the slowest Kentucky Derby since 1974. Arazi, the French import touted as the next Secretariat, finishes eighth, beaten by eight lengths.
Indianapolis Colt defensive end Shane Curry is shot in the head and killed by a 15-year-old assailant following a traffic dispute in Cincinnati.
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Philadelphia reliever Mitch (Wild Thing) Williams, after pitching a one-two-three inning: "Don't get used to it."
Joseph A. Maffia, former chief financial officer of Don King Productions, charges in an affidavit filed in federal court in New York that the boxing promoter funneled millions of dollars from Mike Tyson's earnings to members of his own family.
After coaching the Detroit Pistons to two NBA championships during his nine seasons with them, Chuck Daly resigns.... Fort Worth police detectives arrest Daniel Dupree Deaver, the man they charge stole Ben Hogan's 1953 Hickock Belt, a diamond-encrusted gold belt buckle, in April.
Jockey Angel Cordero Jr., 49, second alltime in money won and third in races won, retires as a result of injuries suffered in a January spill.
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Comedian George Carlin, on the term "undisputed heavyweight champion": "If it's undisputed, what's all the fighting about?"
John Daly, the 1991 PGA champion, marries his pregnant girlfriend, Bettye Fulford, at a private ceremony in Arkansas, obviating her palimony suit against him.... Mike Tyson is found guilty of threatening a guard and disorderly conduct at the Indiana Youth Center, setting back his earliest possible release date from March 25, 1995, to April 9, 1995.
Strike the Gold wins the $700,000 Pimlico Special, beating odds-on favorite Best Pal and ending a 12-race losing streak that extended back to his victory in the 1991 Kentucky Derby.
Lusia Harris Stewart and Nera White are inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, the first two women to be so honored.
Charlotte Hornet Larry Johnson, the top pick in the 1991 NBA draft, is named Rookie of the Year.
On the 10th anniversary of the last death at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jovy Marcelo dies of head injuries sustained when his spinning car hit the wall between Turns 1 and 2 during a practice run for the Indy 500.
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Steve Hummer, "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" columnist, on the America's Cup: "I prefer my filthy rich sportsmen to hit for power...not lacking to windward."
The Orlando Magic win the NBA lottery and the right to select Shaquille O'Neal in the June draft. The Charlotte Hornets get the second choice and the Minnesota Timberwolves the third...Greg LeMond, three-time winner of the Tour de France, wins his first Tour Du Pont, the U.S.'s premier bicycle race.
For the second consecutive year and the third time in his career, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls is named the NBA's Most valuable Player.
With its fourth men's tennis championship in five years, Stanford ties a record by winning its fifth NCAA title in one academic year.... New York Giant general manager George Young announces that the team has expanded its medical examinations and has begun testing players for HIV.
More than three months before the start of the college football season, Penn State announces that it has agreed to play in the Jan. 1, 1993, Blockbuster Bowl.
A bus carrying the California Angels swerves off the New Jersey Turnpike and into a row of trees. Manager Buck Rodgers sustains the most serious injuries: fractures to two ribs, his left knee, his right wrist and right elbow.
The Chicago Blackhawks set an NHL record by winning their 11th straight playoff game in a single season, a 5-1 victory that completes a sweep of the Edmonton Oilers and sends the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup finals.
Al User Jr. becomes the first son of an Indianapolis 500 winner to triumph at the Brickyard, surviving cold weather and a series of Clashes to nose out fast-closing Scott Goodyear by .043 of a second in the closest finish in Indy history.
Chuck Daly agrees to take over the reins of the New Jersey Nets.... National League president Bill White, speaking at the Black Coaches Association convention, laments his inability to further minority hiring in baseball and says he is angry and bitter at having to deal with "racists and bigots" in baseball.
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Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, on playing defense: "If people judged me by what I do on the basketball court, I'd be in jail."