Baltimore Orioles pitchers Mike Boddicker, the American League's only 20-game winner last year, and Storm Davis, who won 14, have agreed to contracts -- Boddicker to a two-year package and Davis a one-year deal.
Terms undisclosed. But Boddicker evidently will make between $600,000 and $790,000 this year, assuming a compromise between the club's offer and the figure submitted by the right-hander, 27, for arbitration in t
Negotiators for the U.S. Football League and its players association, in Washington yesterday, said they are close to a basic agreement that would avert a threatened strike by the athletes.
"I would say we are pretty close, that a settlement is within reach," said Paul Martha, the league's chief negotiator. "Basically, the substantive terms have been agreed upon."
Said Doug Allen, players association executive director: "With some minor resolutions an agreement is possible."
"A strike is not good for either side but a lot of teams would save money . . . by going right into the fall 1986 season," said Martha. The upcoming season is supposed to be the USFL's third and last as a spring enterprise.
Said Allen. "No college player will ever sign with this league unless . . . abuses are stopped" . . .
ABC and ESPN executives say they don't care for the idea of providing instant-replay tapes to the USFL for the purpose of on-the-spot review and possible reversal of officiating calls on field; it might compromise their objectivity. A league spokesman said it may go ahead with the plan, anyway, if a second exhibition test works well . . .
The NFL's Super Bowl XIX, San Francisco 49ers-Miami Dolphins, was the most watched Super Bowl yet, according to A.C. Nielsen's total audience ratings. About 115,930,000 people tuned in to some part of the ABC telecast Jan. 30, eclipsing the 110,230,000 viewing Super Bowl XVI in 1982, San Francisco vs. Cincinnati.