Originally created 05/14/98

Overtime: Albert may make return with Heat



Marv Albert, exiled from sports broadcasting after pleading guilty to assault charges in a sex case, could resurface as the Miami Heat's television play-by-play announcer, his agent said Wednesday.

Agent Evan Bell confirmed that the longtime NBC and New York Knicks announcer was talking to Heat officials after being approached by the team's new television outlet.

"He is interested in talking to them," Bell said. "There have been discussions."

Bell said WYHS-TV, which recently acquired over-the-air rights to Heat games, approached Albert during the playoffs about becoming the team's new TV voice.

Albert's response: "Let's talk," Bell said.

The final decision lies with the Heat, which hires and pays the announcers. Club officials have indicated reluctance to replace current TV broadcaster Eric Reid.

TAYLOR ARREST:

Lawrence Taylor is behind in child-support payments because his income is not what it used to be, his lawyer Thomas Melani said after the former Giants star was arrested in a roundup of deadbeat parents in Hackensack, N.J.

Taylor spent about 10 hours in jail and was released when a business associate paid $6,000 -- $4,500 for an overdue payment and $1,500 for an outstanding traffic violation in Atlantic City.

The retired linebacker was alone at his Upper Saddle River home watching television when officers arrested him at 2 a.m. Tuesday, acting Bergen County Sheriff Jay Alpert said. Taylor was among 52 people arrested in the sweep.

BASEBALL:

Citadel outfielder Jerry Simmons, who hit 10 homers and drove in 61 runs this season, has been expelled from school on a honors violation. Simmons was charged with plagiarism for "improper documentation of Internet use," he said. "By no means was my violation criminal in any fashion."

Simmons said he was expelled after he and family met with Maj. Gen. John Grinalds, The Citadel president.

"It was fair," Simmons said. "I think the decision could have been a little more lenient, but the general is a fair man."

The Bulldogs, who won the Southern Conference baseball tournament two weeks ago, are waiting for their slot in the NCAA tournament next week.

FOOTBALL:

Tryouts for the Augusta Silver Panthers minor-league football team will be at 10 a.m., Sunday at Richmond Academy. All players must preregister by calling the International Football League office at 650-2970.

The Green Bay Packers traded defensive tackle Darius Holland to the Kansas City Chiefs for defensive end Vaughn Booker on Wednesday.

A new postage stamp commemorating Notre Dame's famed "Four Horsemen" will be introduced Tuesday as part of a U.S. Postal Service series celebrating events of each decade in this century.

Free agent defensive end Clyde Simmons signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday.

Simmons, who has 109 sacks in 12 seasons, could replace John Copeland, who will miss an undetermined number of games this fall because of a ruptured left Achilles' tendon suffered April 15.

GOLF:

Greg Norman's recovery from shoulder surgery is progressing on schedule, but it's unlikely that he will drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500.

A decision is expected to be announced Friday.

TENNIS:

Pete Sampras beat the heat and got some revenge Wednesday at the Italian Open in Rome. Next comes a big test against Michael Chang.

The world's No. 1 player beat Magnus Norman 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 Wednesday, avenging a loss to the Swede at the French Open last year.

The victory set up a third-round match against No. 15 Chang.

Meanwhile, No. 3 Marcelo Rios has been moving steadily through the other side of the draw. Rios, who briefly took away the top ranking from Sampras this year, beat unseeded Tim Henman 6-3, 6-1.

Top-ranked Martina Hingis, unbeaten on clay this year, beat Silvia Farina of Italy 6-0, 7-5 in 58 minutes Wednesday to reach the third round of the German Open in Berlin.

BOXING:

George Foreman and Larry Holmes will fight again.

Foreman, who will be 50 Jan. 10, and Holmes, who will be 49 Nov. 3, reportedly signed a contract Monday.

Holmes will earn $4 million and Foreman $10 million. The fight could happen between Oct. 3 and Jan. 10.