Originally created 02/12/99

Overtime: IOC official rips McGwire for using drug



Baseball's home-run king came in for more criticism from a top Olympics official Thursday for his use of a strength-building supplement considered a banned drug by other sports bodies.

Things would be different if Mark McGwire flunked a drug test for using Androstendione at the Summer Games, IOC vice president Dick Pound said.

"If that had happened at the Olympic Games, there would have been a huge uproar," Pound said in a conference call with reporters. "But in professional sports, it doesn't seem to have mattered at all."

McGwire openly used "andro" last summer as he hit a record-shattering 70 home runs. The substance is banned by the Olympics, the NFL and the NCAA but allowed by Major League Baseball.

Last week, at a world summit on drugs in sports, Pound criticized baseball for allowing McGwire to become a "souped-up" hero.

FOOTBALL: The "haters" whispered in his ear repeatedly that he should avoid hiring rap king Master P as his agent, said Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams.

But the Texas running back came to Master P's new hometown anyway and announced Thursday he has signed with the celebrity's firm.

Williams, expected to be one of the top two picks in the NFL draft, said he was besieged by people warning him against Master P. Some of them were other agents.

"They were saying don't do it," Williams said. "He's not an agent, he's a businessman.

"I told Master P. Master P told me to ask them how much money they made last year. ... Master P came from nowhere and has gone to the top. We're on the same wave length."

Master P, born in one of New Orleans' poorest areas as Percy Miller, parlayed his rap records into a flourishing business with his own label, No Limit Records, and a financial interest in a professional sports agent business, No Limit Sports.

Forbes Magazine lists Master P among the top 10 entertainers in terms of annual salary, at $56 million.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: North Carolina, angered after Kent backed out of a contract to play in Chapel Hill this fall, has reached a deal with Division I-AA Furman to fill out the Tar Heels schedule with a game Oct. 30. The Paladins have agreed to a one-game contract with North Carolina, with a game time to be established later, UNC announced.

Florida State is still searching for a game to replace its season-opener with Auburn, which the Tigers bought out last week for $500,000.

BASEBALL: The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with pitchers Mike Cather, Derrin Ebert and Ismael Villegas.

Cather, a right-hander, was 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 36 games for Atlanta; Ebert, a left-hander, was 9-9 with a 4.51 ERA at Richmond; and Villegas, a right-hander, was 7-6 with a 5.28 ERA in 40 games at AA Greenville.

The team said it has signed or agreed to terms with 28 players on their 40-man roster. Spring training begins next Wednesday in Orlando.

SOCCER: Evans, Aquinas, Lakeside and Greenbrier soccer teams are the participants in today's jamboree at Greenbrier. Action in the round-robin formatted event starts at 5 p.m.

RACING: Perfect Six, the 1-2 favorite, rallied from far off the pace to win Thursday's $70,900 Stormy But Valid Stakes by a neck over Kipper's Kitten at Santa Anita.

The race for 3-year-old fillies was moved from the turf to the main track because of rain earlier in the week.

The win was the third in seven lifetime starts for Perfect Six and was worth $42,540, raising the career earnings of the Kentucky-bred daughter of Saratoga Six to $158,764.