Just about the first good news for the Dallas Cowboys since the 35-34 gundown of the Redskins: Too Tall Jones admits he is at a "crossroads," may have to drop his boxing career after a frustrating, often embarrassing year, and return to the fold.
"We said when Ed left to box that if it didn't work out he'd be welcomed back with open arms," says boss Tex Schrammm. "If he is going to play football, we need to get him back fairly quickly," says Coach Tom Landry. . .
You never know where you'll find a football prospect. The N.Y. Giants have come up with Chet Moeller, captain of the 1975 Naval Academy team, where he was all-America at rover defensive back, now getting an NFL shot at strong safety after four years of active duty in the Navy . . .
Mark Aguirre is another college basketball star who thought hard, and came very close, to giving it up for the NBA -- but has opted to stay at De Paul for at least his junior year . . .
Management of the Los Angeles Marriott says it ain't so, but Fred Brown and Dennis Johnson have come up with the world's most novel excuse if they weren't at their peak in the Seattle Super-Sonics' Wednesday night loss to the Lakers: a bedbug attack the night before.
Johnson said he was bitten three or four times and his wife, Donna, 16 times before a maid brought new sheets to their room. Brown who had sprayed the Lakers with 34 points in the Sonics' 108-107 win that evening, said there were bedbugs all over his room -- on the sheets, pillow cases and walls -- when he awakened by wife Linda; they moved to another room.
A spokesman for the hotel says this was the first such complaint in its seven-year existence, and that exterminators sent in afterward found no evidence of bugs. "However . . . tests are now being made on samples of the new carpeting installed last week on the floor the team stayed on" . . .
Deane Beman, the Pga Tour commissioner, up from Florida as a member of the parents association of the Benedictine School (for exceptional children) in Ridgely, Md., swings into a benefit weekend for same Saturday a.m. on the Eastern Shore. Beman will conduct a free golf clinic at the Hog Neck course along Rte. 50 just this side of Easton, Md. That, plus a buffet this evening (6-9) at Tidewater Inn, Easton, Saturday dinner-dance, and Sunday brunch, same place, sandwich the Tricounty Special Olympics 10-4 Saturday, at the school (just this side of Denton) and will raise funds for the expanded sewage plant needed by the school.
Mark Murphy, Neal Olkewicz, Mike Bragg, Pete Wysocki and eight fellow Redskins are revving up to put the basketball season to bed. They tackle (well, we hope not) a team of military all-stars who have their hearts set on taking some NFL scalps on the Hardwood, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at Washington-Lee H.S., Arlington. Game benefits the National Capital USO; $3 . . .
The Atlanta Braves keep moving back the date Bob Horner must report to Richmond (new deadline: today) to play his way back to the majors, and now we have Marvin Miller of the players association saying that unless the Braves restore him to the roster by May 1, they risk losing him to free agency. According to Miller, the slugger's demotion (to AAA) violates a clause in his contract . . .
Football clinic at Howard's Burr Gym, second annual, today (1:30) and Saturday (until Bison scrimmage, 1:30, Howard Stadium). HU Coach Floyd Keith heads it up, U. of North Carolina Coach Dick Crum among speakers; free to public . . .
Excuse the typo that garbled your name the other day. Jimmy Dixon, and take another bow for your rendition of your own composition, Barnee Breeskin at the ivories during the Joe Holman luncheon, the snappy: "I'm Proud to Say the District of Columbia Is My Hometown." Amen.