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SPORTS/The Charlotte Post
Thursday, January 30, 1997
Issac for boxers
Continued from 1B
If Isaac, who has a stable of 10
fighters under the direction of
trainers Seabrooks and former
heavyweight Leon Moffett,
appears to be undertaking a
huge task, it’s because he gri
maces at the misuse and neglect
of athletes.
“Tm finding that the sports
agent/athlete relationship is like
a pimp/whore relationship,
meaning as long as you are mak
ing money you are useful,” he
said. “How I differ is my fighters
know I love them. I do love these
kids, but half of them are 30,31,
32 years old. If you come to the
gym, we hug each other. We
bond a lot, we do everything in
groups. If one fighter is fighting
we all shqw up.”
Look
out
below
New England receiver Shawn
Jefferson prepares to grab a
Drew Bledsoe pass for a
touchdown in Super Bowl
XXXI. Green Bay comerback
Craig Newsome tries to
defend on the play. Despite a
14-10 lead in the first half, the
Patriots were unable to hold
off the Packers, who won 35-
21.
PHOTO/WADE NASH
Howard racking up
on Super Bowl effort
Continued from IB
Parcells’ future dominated
Super Bowl week, particularly
as it became increasingly clear
he wants to leave the Patriots,
probably for the New York Jets.
The Jets, presumably waiting
for Parcells, haven’t even inter
viewed a potential coach in the
five weeks since Rich Kotite left.
'This issue is over a 1996 addi
tion to Parcells’ contract, calling
for the agreement to expire after
this season instead of next sea
son. Kraft contends the only
team Parcells can coach in 1997
is New England.
If Tagliabue rules for Kraft, the
Patriots might settle for com
pensation in the form of a draft
pick. The Jets hold the No. 1 pick
in the draft, although it’s unlike
ly that would be the compensa
tion.
As for Howard, he’s getting his
compensation now. His first trip
was the traditional one to
Disney World that goes with
being Super Bowl MVP. On
Tbesday night he appeared on
the David Letterman show.
Steinberg said he already has
fielded munerous phone calls
from prospective endorsers.
“I would think any product
associated with speed would fit,”
Steinberg said.
This was a journey for Howard
from the top to the bottom and
back to the top again.
This year, he returned six
kicks for touchdowns, the first
and the last perhaps the most
important.
The first was a punt return for
a score in an exhibition against
Pittsburgh after Howard had
missed all of training camp and
the first two exhibition games
with a hip pointer.
“I think he probably would
have been cut if he hadn’t done
that,” Holmgren said. “We had a
lot of quality receivers and that
opened our eyes.”
He returned three punts for
touchdowns in the regular sea
son and another in Green Bay’s
35-14 playoff win over San
Francisco. Then came the kickoff
return in the Super Bowl, the
MVP trophy and new financial
horizons.
“That’s nice,” Howard said.
“But what I really want is a
chance to play some more.”
Vanderhorst excels
Continued from 1B
Vanderhorst sank two clutch
free throws to give Garinger a
86-84 lead with five seconds left.
But Independence’s Scott Lilly
sank a running three-pointer to
Uft Independence.
“We had them beat, but certain
things weren’t meant to be,”
Vanderhorst said. “I feel like I
proved myself to them a little
bit, but I wanted to win. So since
we lost I feel like Tm still climb
ing the mountain.”
Lewis is very pleased that
Vanderhorst chose to play at
Garinger, and he respects his no-
nonsense attitude.
“Independence is a very up
tempo type team, and he
brought that to us,” Lewis said.
“Bringing him in is merely
bringing in a fresh body. If some
thing happened to T.C., we
would have no letdown with
Jervay running the offense. He’s
a fair three-point shooter, and
actually as little as he is, he can
penetrate real well.”
WNBA signs Stinson
Continued from IB
18.6 points and five reboimds a
game.
Bullett, who hails from West
Virginia and has family in
Fayetteville, starred at
Maryland. She looks forward to
playing with Stinson again.
“I played with her in Cesena
last year and I know her real
well,” she said. “Playing against
her in college, I think we click
very well,” Bullett said.
Bullett also likes the idea of
playing close to home.
“I’m really happy to be in
Charlotte, I have butterflies and
I’m not even on the court yet.
“It’s good to be somewhat close
to home, I come from a big fami
ly and I hope every game that we
play here, they can come down.”
PHOTO/SUE ANN JOHNSON
Stan Wright, Reggie Issac and Benji Singleton (left to right) are virork-
ing to get Charlotte boxers into the sport’s big time.
The new league hopes to aver
age 5,000 fans a game. At that
figure, WNBA officials say the
league will be a financial suc
cess. The league is on solid
financial ground with money
coming from the NBA and three
television networks: ESPN,
NBC and Lifetime. Bullett says
the onus is on the players to per
form at a high level and keep the
fans coming out.
“If the women really get into it
and want to play, there’s an
opportunity that they have set
for us and as far as woman
wanting to play their best bas
ketball that they can, that will
show on the court and I hope
that being a part of this, I can
express the same things,” she
said.
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