April fools' Day: NFL owners agree to pay back $28 million on then television contracts with the three major networks.

Bob Jackson undergoes hip replacement surgery in Palos Hills, Ill.

Two days after setting a world record of 3:46.47 in the 400-meter freestyle, swimmer Kieren Perkins of Australia sets another record, cutting almost two seconds off the old mark in the 1,500 free with a time of 14:48.40.

They Said It
Baltimore Oriole manager John Oates, on the spacious new clubhouse at Camden Yards: "I tried to call one of my coaches, and the operator told me I had to dial a 1 first."

Atlanta Brave president Stan Kasten rejects a request by Native American groups that his team change its name.... In his only prep race for the Kentucky Derby 2-year-old champion Arazi buries a seven-horse five lengths in the Prix Omnium II near Paris.

They Said It
Outfielder George Bell, on phoning home after being traded from the Cubs to the White Sox: "I've got my nine-year-old on one extension and my 11-year-old on the other, and I'm trying to explain that I've just been traded from Chicago to Chicago."

Former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Arthur Ashe reluctantly discloses that he has since 1988 that he was HIV positive and that he now has AIDS.

Florida state attorney Bruce Colton cites a lack of evidence in announcing his decision not to prosecute three New York Mets for the alleged sexual assault of a New York City woman during 1991 spring training.

Former world figures skating champion Midori Ito retires.

They Said It
Philadelphia Phillie catching prospect Michael Crouwel, who was acquired from the Dutch national team, when asked his new team's home city: "The only thing I know about it is that it's in News Jersey."

The Boston Red Sox's Matt Young pitches eight innings of no-hit ball in Cleveland but loses to the Indians 2-1.... Fred Couples wins the masters, his first major-tournament victory.

Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson is assigned to serve his prison sentence at the Indiana Youth Centre, where he earn a high school diploma and up to $1.25 a day on work detail.

The New York Yankess end a major a league record 93-game streak without a complete game as lefthander Greg Cadaret shuts out the cleveland Indians 14-0.

Lee Trevino wins the PGA Seniors Championship by stroke over Mike Hill.

Denver Bronco wide receiver Vance Johnson brings an invasion of privacy suit against HBO for showing him naked during a locker room celebration on the network's inside the NFL.

They Said It
Baltimore Oriole pitcher Mike Flanagan: "You know you're having a bad day when the fifth inning rolls around, and they drag the warning track."

The New Jersey office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency announces a bust that netted $1.2 million in steroids intended for use by youths in the Northeast.... For the first time, an earthquake (6.1 on the Richter scale) shakes Dodger Stadium during a game, which Los Angeles loses to the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 4-3.

They Said It
Red reliever Norm Charlton, who had hit Dodger outfielder Darryl Strawberry with a pitch the previous week, on the earthquake: "I thought it was the fans booing me."

In what might be the last NFL draft (given pending litigation), the Indianapolis Colts kick things off by claiming defensive tackle Steve Emtman of Washington and linebacker Quentin Coryatt of Texas A&M with the first two picks.

Without admitting liability, Creighton settles an educational negligence suit filed by former basketball player Kevin Ross, who attended the college for four years without learning how to read.

They Said It
Chuck Person, after the Indiana Pacers had fallen behind the Celtics 2-0 in Boston in the first round of the NBA playoffs: "These people haven't seen the last of my face. If I go down, I'm going down standing up."

PHOTOJOHN IACONOBaseball's newest jewel, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, opened in Baltimore on April 6. PHOTOV.J. LOVEROGeorge Foreman took his lumps on April 11 but won a decision in his heavyweight bout with Alex Stewart. PHOTOAL TIELEMANSOn April 7, in his first at bat of the year, Lenny Dykstra was hit by a pitch that broke his left wrist.

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