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ALLAN MALAMUD

Notes on a Scorecard

January 23, 1991|ALLAN MALAMUD

Serious Pick Six students spent the night cramming for this afternoon's test at Santa Anita, where a perfect score in Races 4 through 9 could be worth close to $3 million. . . .

The carryover has grown to a record $1.8 million after five days of craziness that produced an average win payoff of $26.86 for the 30 races. . . .

No need to shed any tears for the group that would have hit the jackpot Monday if any horse except 26-1 longshot Nora Of Clare--the winner--or 23-1 longshot Flying Natalie--the last-place finisher--had won the ninth race. Those who bought the ticket for $6,000 at Del Mar shared $613,008 in consolation prize money. . . .

Cheering on Nora Of Clare from the press box was Santa Anita President Cliff Goodrich, the old USC right-hander who was well aware what another carryover would do for attendance and handle today. . . .

If the carryovers have to end today, track management wouldn't be disappointed if the payoff is relatively small. Let's say it is $1,000. That could mean as many as 3,000 winning tickets and a lot of happy horseplayers. . . .

Defense is what makes Nevada Las Vegas a candidate to become the first unbeaten college basketball team since Indiana in 1976. . . .

Not even those new black shoes can make the Runnin' Rebels look slow. . . .

It's hard to believe that UCLA never has had two players average at least 20 points in the same season. However, Don MacLean is averaging 23.4 and Tracy Murray 20.5 this season. . . .

So much for those Ohio State supporters who thought the program would be hurt by the departure of Gary Williams. His successor, Randy Ayers, is the runaway early leader for coach-of-the-year honors. . . .

The shot clock is the best thing that ever happened to the college game. . . .

First, undershirts. Now, mouthpieces seem to be mandatory equipment for basketball players. . . .

Brigham Young freshman center Shawn Bradley is getting all the attention, but the most successful team in the state is Utah. . . .

The new broadcasting star at ABC and ESPN is Jim Valvano. The former coach is lively and informative without going over the top. . . .

"Tribuna Deportiva," the first Spanish language radio network sports talk show, airs Sundays at 5 p.m. on KWKW. . . .

Corey LaRusso, a recent graduate of the University of Arizona and the son of former Laker Rudy LaRusso, is joining the Golden State golf tour. . . .

Lori Johns, who will defend her championship in the Winternationals top fuel class Feb. 3 at Pomona, is engaged to former Raider quarterback Rusty Hilger. . . .

The World Boxing Council, which doesn't want to sanction the Evander Holyfield-George Foreman bout as a heavyweight championship match, ranks Foreman as the third-leading contender. . . .

Baseball America projects this opening lineup for the Dodgers in 1994: P--Ramon Martinez, C--Mike Scioscia, 1B--Henry Rodriguez, 2B--Lenny Harris, 3B--Dave Hansen, SS--Jose Offerman, LF--Tom Goodwin, CF--Raul Mondesi, RF--Darryl Strawberry. . . .

Tim Leary, who has endowed a baseball scholarship at UCLA, will pitch in the alumni game Saturday at noon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. . . .

The average starter on the Bruin men's volleyball team, which will open the season in the Kilgour Cup at the Wooden Center Saturday night, is an inch and a half taller than the average men's basketball starter. . . .

Prime Ticket is not expecting whopping ratings for its telecast of the USC-Oregon State women's basketball game Sunday at 1 p.m. . . .

On grass this season,

the Buffalo Bills are 1-2 and the New York Giants are

4-1. . . .

For the first time in the postseason tournament, Buffalo will wear its visiting white jerseys Sunday. . . .

The Rams will draft fifth and the Raiders 24th in the first round. . . .

Leon Burtnett, the new offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, recruited Jeff George at Purdue. When Burtnett left, so did George. . . .

Pro Football Weekly calls fullback John L. Williams of the Seattle Seahawks the most underrated player in the NFL. . . .

Among the first out of New England under the new Sam Jankovich-Dick MacPherson regime could be wide receiver Irving Fryar. After all, how could Jankovich, the former University of Miami athletic director, possibly deal with a troublemaker like Fryar? . . .

The AFC runner-up Raiders and the NFC champion Giants had something in common Sunday. Neither scored a touchdown.

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