The New Jersey Nets' front office was hotter under the collar than the preseason minicamp weather at Montclair State as first-round draftees Mike O'Koren of North Carolina and Mike Gminsi of Duke were no-shows. Both are holdouts, but GM Charlie Theokas and Coach Kevin Loughery said "they need a lot of work that could help them" . . . In Chicago, White Sox broadcaster Jim Piersall is back on the air two weeks since his scuffle with an Arlington Heights (Ill.) sportswriter (brother-in-law of the writer from the same paper upon whom Dave Kingman of the Cubs dumped ice in the spring). Medics, including psychiatrists, find Piersall "fine" now . . .
White Sox owner Bill Veeck spent 15 minutes on the phone to Wiesbaden with Richard Queen, the released Tehran hostage.But, Veeck sighed, "It really didn't help Queen's spirits any to report we'd lost three to the Yankees. I gave Queen practically a blow-by-blow account of the three losses. He seemed as pained about the Yankee sweep as I was, because, though a native New Yorker, he's as much an anti-Yankee as pro-White Sox" . . .
Mark Dimiduk of the D.C. police force won the national power-lifting title, 220-pound class, at Madison, Wis., on the weekend -- 755-pound squat, 474-pound bench press, 738.5-pound deadlift -- to beat a nine-time champ. And fellow officer/lifter Jerry Williams says it'll be a big lift for Mark if this makes the paper . . .
And what do they think of Max McNab, the Capital hockey general manager, in his hometown? Only enough that 100 acres making up the province's newest such facility have just been dedicated in Watson, Saskatchewan, as McNab Regional Park. Max!