If the Reds repeat as World Series champs next year _ especially if it's a sweep _ find a seat next to Brent Musburger. The veteran sportscaster, fired last spring by CBS-TV, bought champagne for dozens of fellow customers in a San Francisco bar Saturday after the Cincinnati Reds swept the World Series in four games. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was told that Musburger, who was in town to broadcast the Stanford-Washington football game for ABC-TV, bought a glass of champagne for everyone in the bar when the Reds won. About 10 bottles were emptied. ABC publicist Mark Mandel said Musburger wasn't celebrating CBS' millions of dollars in lost revenue, but rather "is a big Reds' fan and is a longtime fan of (manager) Lou Piniella and was pleased he won the World Series." CBS spokeswoman Susan Kerr wasn't buying it. "That's basically the way Brent has been since he left the network," she said.Okay, we'll take him out after the 10th TD pass
North Panola (Miss.) High's Clifton Davis II could teach a lesson or two in compassion to Jimmy Johnson and Sam Wyche. After his son, Clifton Davis III, threw 10 touchdown passes against Coldwater High to set a national record, the elder Davis showed mercy. "I was glad we got the record, but at the same time I was thinking about the other team, how they might be feeling," he said. "We pulled Clifton as soon as he got the 10th touchdown." The final score was 96-0.
Pelicans, Bandits to hold open tryouts Nov. 3
Interested in playing ball professionally? Nov. 3 is tryout day for the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the Senior Professional Baseball Association and the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football Association. The Pelicans' tryout will begin at 10 a.m. at Huggins-Stengel Field (1320 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg). It's open to all players 32 or older. Interested parties must pay $15 and supply their own gloves and spikes. SPBA rules allow each club a maximum of three players with no major-league experience. Call Michael Marek at 896-0099 for more information. If you'd rather hit people instead of baseballs, the Bandits, who plan to begin play in the USFA's inaugural season next spring, will be holding open tryouts at Tampa Jesuit High School, located just north of Tampa Stadium on Hines Avenue. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Clearwater golf pro makes his move at club tourney
Feather Sound golf pro Brett Upper shot a 67 Wednesday to pull within two shots of the lead in the Wilson PGA Club Professional Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Upper leads the points race for the PGA Club Professional Player of the Year title, but Bob Boyd and Lonnie Neilsen are close behind. The tournament continues through Friday; the winner takes home $10,000 of a $100,000 purse. Work on the 11th green at Augusta National, washed out in heavy rains last week, should be completed in four to six weeks, a club official said. Vancouver, British Columbia, will be the site of the world amateur team golf championships for men and women in 1992, delegates to the 1990 championships announced Wednesday.
NCAA won't penalize Drake for violations
The NCAA will not penalize the Drake basketball program even though it was found guilty of major rules violations during the 1989-90 season, the university announced Wednesday. Calling the Drake situation unique, the NCAA Committee on Infractions said no penalties were warranted because school officials reported the violations and then took immediate action to correct the problems in the basketball program, including the firing of an assistant coach who wrote school papers for three players.
Tony Dorsett, the second leading rusher in NFL history, will be the national spokesman for Team NFL Confections, a new line of candy products to be available nationwide next month. Florida, Miami, USF and Jacksonville dominate SportsChannel's basketball schedule this season (See schedule, this page). Jimmy Certain moved into the lead after the sixth round of the PBA Treasure Coast Senior Open in Fort Pierce on Wednesday. Dick Weber of St. Louis slipped to second.
Fiona Waters recorded a career-high 36 kills in leading the USF volleyball team (14-17) over Central Florida (11-13) at the USF gym, giving the Bulls a 3-0 season sweep over the Lady Knights. Jimmy Certain led all qualifiers on Wednesday and needs to win just one game to capture his second Professional Bowlers Association Senior title in the finals of the $75,000 Treasure Coast Senior Open in Fort Pierce. Phoenix's hopes of hosting the 1994-95 Olympic Festival have vanished, the Maricopa County Sports Authority said Wednesday.
_ Compiled by Greg Kerr.