Denver Nugget forward Tom Boswell was suspended for two games and fined $5,000 yesterday for cursing and shoving the team's assistant coach, George Irvine.
Nuggets' president Carl Sheer said Boswell would be suspened without pay for Denver's first two regular season games. He also indicated Boswell might be traded.
The incident occurred Thursday when Irvine told Boswell to complete a layup drill the player said he had already finished. Boswell argued with Irvine and then shoved him with both hands. "I wish I could go back five minutes in time. I've never done anything like that before," Boswell said. "i told George I was sorry. Whatever they do would be justified."
San Diego Charger placekicker Rolf Benirschke is out for the year after undergoing surgery for 'crohn's Disease, an incurable gstro-intestinal ailment that reduced him from 170 pounds to under 140.
After an apparently successful three-hour operation Thursday, surgeon Gerald Peskin said, "there's no reason why he shouldn't continue his career next year." Benirschke once kicked 13 straight field goals for San Diego.
Gastroenterologist Joel Barish said, "with 50 to 80 percent of patients, the disease will recur."
Guard Mike Newlin, traded Thursday from the Houston Rockets to the New Jersey Nets, said he is considering retirement.
"i'm not bitter about the fact that they are trading me, but I did think they would send me to a locale a little better suited for me than New Jersey. tI just can't say what I'm going to do," said Newlin, who has spent his nine playing years in houston.
Spectacular Bid, recent runner-up to Affirmed in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, will run in Thursday's $350,000 Meadowlands Cup.
An increase in the purse by $100,00 was one of the keys in luring the Derby and Preakness winner to New Jersey.