Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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Third Ownership Group In Baltimore Likely to Bid For NFL Franchise

There is a good chance that a third ownership group will apply to bring a National Football League team to Baltimore by the time the city completes its expansion bid Monday.

The head of the new group, and whether he will be endorsed by the expansion committee, is still a mystery. For that matter, it may not happen at all.

But Herb Belgrad, chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, said another group probably will join the expansion sweepstakes.

"There is a strong possibility that there will be an application filed for a Baltimore franchise before Monday," Belgrad said Friday. He provided no further details, noting, "All I can say is we're not collaborating with anyone on the application."

The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that the Baltimore expansion committee was trying to persuade Alfred Lerner, a minority owner of the Cleveland Browns, to become the city's lead investor over the two existing ownership groups.

If a new group is to join in, then the application must be submitted by noon Monday. The NFL established that as the deadline for making changes in ownership.

***** FOOTBALL Wisconsin Assistant Cited

The Big Ten Conference has acted against a Wisconsin assistant coach who was discovered alone in a booth reserved for Illinois coaches, a Chicago newspaper reported. Unnamed sources said Bill Callahan was found looking at material in the booth after the Illini's 28-10 victory at Purdue on Oct. 2, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Callahan, the Badgers' offensive-line coach, was in West Lafayette, Ind., to scout the game on a day Wisconsin didn't play, the newspaper reported.

The Big Ten's actions were not disclosed, and Commissioner James Delany declined to comment.

Callahan could not be reached for comment Friday.

***** GOLF Americans Keep World Cup Lead

Fred Couples and Davis Love withstood a strong charge from Zimbabweans Nick Price and Mark McNulty to retain the lead after two rounds of the World Cup of Golf in Orlando, Fla.

Love shot a 3-under-par 69 and Couples had a 71, giving the Americans a 277 total that left them 1 shot in front of the Africans. McNulty posted a 68 and Price a 69. Australians Robert Allenby (68) and Rodger Davis (70) were 3 shots behind in the two-man-team event.

John Daly, playing in his first tournament since his suspension from the PGA Tour, shot a 68 and was 8 strokes behind leader Donnie Hammond after two rounds of the Mexican Open in Mexico City. …

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