Hockey's trading deadline came up and NHL blockbusters put what trades were made in the shade: Detroit Red Wings for sale. Coach of year 1981 fired by St. Louis.
Bruce A. Norris, who just celebrated 50 years of family ownership of the Red Wings, expects the team to change hands before next season, according to spokesman Lincoln Cavalieri, franchise v.p.
Norris, whose father bought the Detroit Falcons in 1932 and renamed them, has been club president since 1955--last time the Wings won the Stanley Cup. Now, Cavalieri says of Norris, "I guess he's had it . . . disillusioned with the athletes of today. They're getting paid a lot of dough and not doing their jobs" . . .
The Blues pink-slipped Red Berenson; chief exec Emile Francis to coach out the season. A current club-record 10-game road losing streak made 'em forget how Berenson guided the amazin' '81 Blues to second place in the overall NHL standings.
St. Louis also was most active in limited deadline dealing. Blues sent Tony Currie, Jim Nill, Rick Heinz and a fourth-round pick to Vancouver for Glen Hanlon, "an established NHL goalkeeper" to back up another gent fallen far in esteem in a year's time, Mike Liut. And, a day after Guy Lapointe asked out of Montreal, Blues took the aging ex-all-star defenseman from Canadiens for futures . . . Toronto sent Wilf Paiement to Quebec for Miroslav Frycer, right wing for right wing . . .
Here they are, the Capital All-Stars for the ninth annual Capital Classic March 25 in Cap Centre, the cream of area high school senior basketball talent: 6-foot-6 Mike Alexander, De Matha; 6-5 William Hughes, Good Counsel; 6-4 Gary Potts, St. John's; 6-5 David Wyngate, at-large pick, Baltimore Dunbar; 6-8 Vernon Butler, High Point; 6-8 Terp-to-be Len Bias, Northwestern; 6-7 Terry Graves, McNamara; 6-0 Jeff Baxter, Carroll; 5-11 Linwood Davis, T. Roosevelt; 6-2 Johnny Dawkins, Mackin; 6-0 Michael Jackson, South Lakes; 6-0 Doug Turner, Seneca Valley . . . Soon to be announced, U.S. All-Stars, who in past, with Aguirre, Bowie, Griffith, Magic Johnson, Malone, Sampson, Ewing, etc. built a mere 5-3 series edge on the metros . . .
Help for Mo and E at Houston: Larry Spriggs, former Howard (and Northwestern High) forward, on 10-day NBA contract (Bill Willoughby hurt). Spriggs a terror with Continental Association's Rochester Zeniths--25.3 points a game, fifth in CBA; 12.4 rebounds, second in CBA . . .
Tickets (1,000 at $5) on sale now at Maryland's Cole Field House for NIT game Friday at Richmond . . . Around Louisville, tickets are supposedly scalping for up to $400 for Saturday's Cardinal date in NCAA play at Nashville. What if somebody paid that and got Middle Tennessee, not Kentucky, as UL opponent? . . .
Duquesne has fired coach Mike Rice. Rev. Donald Nesti, president, indicated the cause wasn't so much the 11-16 season, but "revolves around the delicate balance between athletics and academics;" i.e., too many stars flunking out . . . Arizona State, shelving Ned Wulk after 25 years and 402 wins, including a closing wow over Oregon State, points to attendance: 5,500 average in a 14,267-seat arena . . . Chicago Tribune rekindles an old rumor, quotes subject's attorney/son-in-law: Al McGuire "interested in a relationship" (coaching?) with NBA Bulls, for satisfaction of filling their many empty seats . . .
For the record: Graeme Crosby set one, 109.103 mph on a 750cc Yamaha, in winning Sunday's 41st Daytona 200 Motorcycle Classic . . .
NHL Penguin Paul Gardner: fined $500, maximum for cross-checking, the incident that brought the punch by Winnipeg's Jimmy Mann that broke Gardner's jaw. League's Brian O'Neill said it was not clear from videotape that Gardner went for Doug Smail's face as Jets argued . . .
A. Hub Pruett fanned the Babe 10 of first 13 tries as St. Louis Browns 1922 rookie. Dr. Hubert S. Pruett, 29-48 career, died Jan. 28 in Ladue, Mo. . . . Doubleheader Q. Original name of Julie (Triple-E) Veee, who has just led San Diego to NASL indoor title, 10-5 over Tampa Bay in playoff final? Tallest player in 1982 college basketball tourneys?