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Price Caddie Medlen Loses Fight With Leukemia at 43

June 18, 1997|From Staff and Wire Reports

Jeff "Squeeky" Medlen, the wiry man with the high-pitched voice who carried Nick Price's bag to victory in the British Open and two PGA Championships, died Monday less than a year after he was found to have leukemia. He was 43.

"Squeek was more than a friend to me," Price said in a statement. "He was a part of my family. He was a huge part of my success and I will always be grateful for his loyalty."

Jurisprudence

Prosecutors in the case against NBC announcer Marv Albert asked for employee records from the hotel where he was staying when he allegedly committed a sexual assault Feb. 12

Mark Allen, a six-time Ironman triathlon champion from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif., and Greg Harris, a former San Diego Padre pitcher, sued their financial manager, John W. Gillette Jr., alleging misappropriation of their investments. Gillette is a business partner of San Diego Charger linebacker Junior Seau. . . . Michigan Athletic Director Joe Roberson said in a letter to basketball Coach Steve Fisher that he was disappointed with Fisher's handling of a problem with an athletic booster at the center of an NCAA investigation. . . . University of Arizona football players Mikal Smith and Leland Gayles, arrested in an alleged textbook scam, have been suspended.

Tennis

Pete Sampras' path to his fourth Wimbledon title in five years does not include a big server, but Sampras will have to face Swede Mikael Tillstrom in the first round. On the women's side, top-seeded Martina Hingis could face Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport en route to the semifinals.

French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, playing for the first time on grass, was routed, 6-1, 7-5, by big-serving Greg Rusedski in the Nottingham Open in England. . . . Austria's Thomas Muster, seeded second, was upset, 6-4, 6-2, by Moroccan Karim Alami in the Heineken Trophy tournament at Rosmalen, Netherlands. . . . John McEnroe won the Big Bear Champions men's over-35 tournament at New Albany, Ohio, 1-6, 6-3, 10-5, over Johan Kriek. . . . Venus Williams defeated Chanda Rubin, 6-4, 6-4, at Eastbourne, England. . . . Peter Graf has dropped his appeal and will be in jail by August to serve the rest of his time for income tax evasion.

Pro Football

The Oakland Raiders placed quarterback Jeff Hostetler, 36, on waivers, a move that had been expected since the team signed free agent Jeff George to a long-term contract in February. Hostetler is likely to sign with the Washington Redskins later this week.

Receiver Art Monk, who played 14 seasons with the Washington Redskins, and one each with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, retired.

Hours after San Francisco 49er owner Edward DeBartolo appeared before a grand jury investigating former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards' business dealings, a DeBartolo-controlled company pulled out of a Louisiana casino project. . . . Testimony began at San Jose in the trial of 49er fullback William Floyd, who is charged with misdemeanor drunken driving and illegal possession of a loaded firearm. . . . Tight end Ted Popson signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Miscellany

Scotty Bowman is "leaning toward" returning to coach the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings for another year, according to a published report.

Meanwhile, Red Wing defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and the team's masseur remained in critical condition as authorities investigated the weekend limousine crash in which they were injured.

Darius Michalczewski has relinquished the International Boxing Federation light heavyweight championship he won Friday by defeating Virgil Hill because he can't be ready to fight William Guthrie by July 19, a date ordered by a U.S. federal court. Guthrie and Darrin Allen will fight for the vacated title. . . . The Maricopa (Ariz.) County Attorney's office is being asked to consider misdemeanor charges against boxer Michael Carbajal stemming from a fight with an off-duty police officer. The Belgian soccer federation suspended two officials on corruption charges but ruled Anderlecht Aalst could stay in the top division, despite claims it had bought games to avoid relegation to a lower division. . . . Ecuador qualified for the second round of Copa America with a 2-1 victory over Chile at Cochabamba, Bolivia. . . . George Strugar, a lineman who played for the Los Angeles Rams and New York Jets, has died of lung cancer. He was 63. Strugar also was a thoroughbred horseman. Memorial services will be held Saturday at San Marino Community Church.

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