Thomas Hearns' sore right pinkie and ring finger seem set to put off the Hearns-Marvin Hagler sockfest in Windsor, Ontario. Shades of Gerry Cooney's sore shoulder and the Cooney-Larry Holmes delay.
It's "99 percent certain" the May 24 middleweight title fight will be postponed, UPI quotes "a source close to" Emanuel Steward, Hearns' manager-trainer.
Hearns, running, tripped and broke his fall with his right hand last week, according to the Detroit Hit Man's camp. He resumed sparring, but the little finger apparently became infected and, Steward said yesterday, "remained swollen . . . Tommy's got to be able to box at least two solid weeks in advance of the fight, and right now he gets a needlelike pain in his right hand whenever he lands a blow."
Hearns will take a couple of days off, then be reexamined . . .
Lest you forgot: Seb Coe vs. Steve Ovett. The runnin' Britons got together in London, war or no, to ballyhoo three projected confrontations: 3,000 meters at Crystal Palace in July, and, likely in September, 800 meters at Nice and the mile at Eugene, Ore. Ovett progressing well from winter surgery on a ruptured leg muscle . . .
Oklahoma U. trainer says when Mike Babb, young ex-Sooner, died in surgery Monday in Oklahoma City, "They were finished (and were) putting the cast on (the knee) . . . when it happened." Autopsy doesn't reveal why Babb's heart stopped; more tests to come. Services Thursday in Ada, Okla. . . .
Oakland Raiders/L.A. Coliseum v. NFL retrial got down to instructions to the jurors and final arguments, Judge Harry Pregerson telling the jurors to decide only whether the league's "rule 4.3 violates the Sherman Act as an unreasonable restraint of trade; at this time you are not to be concerned with the subject of damages." If the Raiders win, he continued, there would be an immediate separate, short trial to determine damages . . .
Williamsburg's Skeeter Heath shot 63 in "rabbit" qualifying for the Houston Open, including a run of 10 birdies in 12 holes and a start of which he commented, "I still can't believe I shot 28 for nine holes. It sounds more like a belt size" . . .
Green Bay Packers, electing Judge Robert G. Parins the NFL franchise's first full-time chief executive, reported operating loss for '81 of $987,179--but, thanks to investments, net income of $871,230 . . . In baseball, his team trails the field in attendance, but Dan Galbreath, club prez, avers: "The franchise will not be moved after the 1982 season and the club is not for sale. As long as I draw a breath, there will always be the Pittsburgh Pirates" . . .
Wes Unseld, newly excited Bullet vice president, will help salute Wil Jones and his UDC kings of basketball at today's Touchdown Club/Pigskin Club luncheon . . . At TD Club, where this evening, American U. has its awards banquet.
A. Toby Harrah led AL '77 in walks, 109 . . . Q. In a noncontact sport, Harrah holds two major league records for noncontact???