- The Washington Times - Monday, January 15, 2001

Of all the events scheduled during NBA All-Star Week here early next month, none is shaping up more nicely than a homecoming clinic and luncheon honoring Alexandria native Earl Lloyd.
Lloyd became the league's first black player by one day when he made his debut for the Washington Capitols on Oct. 31, 1950. After a strong nine-year playing career, he became assistant coach and later head coach of the Detroit Pistons. He is 72 and, after a long career with Detroit's public school system, retired and living in Tennessee.
Several other honors have been held or are scheduled for Lloyd, but District talk show pioneer and activist Harold Bell was first in line with his plans for the clinic and luncheon.
The clinic, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, will be at Alexandria's Charles Houston Community Center, on the site where Lloyd played at the old Parker-Gray High School. Coordinators include former NBA stars Sam Jones and Earl Monroe, Philadelphia 76ers executive vice president Sonny Hill, ex-Howard University coach Mike McLeese and District talk show host Butch McAdams.
NBA coaching legend Red Auerbach heads the list of invited guests for the luncheon and a VIP reception starting at 5 p.m. at the New Bohemian Caverns, 11th and U Streets NW. Others with NBA ties include Al Attles, former player and coach; former players K.C. Jones, Phil Chenier, Austin Carr, Jim Barnes, Spencer Haywood and Paul Silas; Fox sportscaster James Brown; longtime NBA referee Arnold Heft; and TV star Mark Curry ("Hangin' With Mr. Cooper").
The activities are part of Black History Month and are sponsored by Kids In Trouble Inc., Bell's long-established charitable organization. It seems appropriate that all these people will be making a fuss over Earl Lloyd, whose role as an NBA pioneer should and may land him in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Cash and the women

Don't invite former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash to a party with women pros. They might be inclined to violence.
Cash told a London newspaper last week that many female tennis stars are overweight and out of shape. He even compared Lindsay Davenport to a shot putter, sort of an Al Oerter in skirts.
"Women's tennis is not what it used to be with Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Hana Mandlikova," Cash told the Mirror. "They were incredibly fit and worked hard. These days, girls can take it easy and still make millions. Look at Lindsay Davenport she's a big girl. When you look at her, you think, 'Whoa, there is no way she is going to be a tennis player.' "
Cash said there are exceptions, but not many "aside from the Williams sisters [Venus and Serena] and perhaps Amelie Mauresmo."
This diatribe by Cash, who has retired from serious competition and now coaches British player Greg Rusedski, makes us wonder: Could Battle of the Sexes II be in the offing, with Pat taking on Davenport in a match that could be, er, a cash cow? Stranger things have happened.

Nagging Gore

If Al Gore yearns to relax and forget the election after George W. Bush's inauguration Saturday, he probably shouldn't go to a racetrack. Among the names thoroughbred race horses have been given since the election are Count The Chads, Tooclosetocall and Florida Recount. And monikers registered on foal certificates issued by or reserved with the Jockey Club include Dangling Chad, Palm Beach Ballot, No More Chads and Win for Chad.
"Anytime you have something new or trendy or well-covered in the mass media, you'll see names based on that," said Janice Towles, manager of registration services for the Jockey Club. "It happens with news, sports, politics, television and movies, and the names often reflect pop culture. In fact, sometimes the prospective names help you keep up with what's going on."
As if the soon-to-be-former vice president wanted to keep up.

Martina and her dad

What price fame? The father of top-ranked tennis star Martina Hingis probably feels it's much too high.
In an interview in last week's edition of a Slovak magazine, Karol Hingis said if his relationship with his daughter "can't be what I would like it to be, I at least try not to spoil it."
He said he has had little contact with Martina since he and his wife, Melanie, divorced 13 years ago. Martina and her mother left the former Czechoslovakia in 1987 and moved to Switzerland. The magazine said contact between father and daughter comes only through telephone calls or occasional meetings in the neighboring Czech Republic. No explanation was given.
Karol Hingis works at the Return tennis club in Kosice. Among his responsibilities is court maintenance, if not familial maintenance.

Eminently quotable

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez, to the Boston Globe on reports that he wants to leave the Red Sox because newcomer Manny Ramirez has a much fatter contract: "I'm already rich, so I don't care. I'm not playing for money. I want to finish my career in Boston. I'm happy with what I'm making. I'm making plenty of money." …
Scotsman Colin Montgomerie, who was among European players subjected to verbal abuse in Brookline, Mass., during the Americans' dramatic Ryder Cup rally in 1999, on prospective attempts to calm the atmosphere for this fall's matches: "There will be incidents at the Belfry. There always are in match play, and certain things creep up to make the rivalry even more intense, which is good… . The Ryder Cup wouldn't work without this competitiveness and fire."

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