United States Football League club owners vow to go through with their $1.32 billion antitrust suit against the National Football League and not to take part in any settlement discussions until the trial is concluded.
This was announced by Commissioner Harry Usher after representatives of the eight teams and league officials met in Orlando, Fla. The trial is scheduled to begin in federal court in New York May 12 . . .
Oakland has decided, by 6-3 vote of the City Council, to take its six-year court battle over the Raiders' move to Los Angeles to the U.S. Supreme Court. The request for a hearing will be filed next month . . .
Joe Cribbs of the Buffalo Bills says he has fired his agent for threatening "to go to war" with the NFL team.
The running back said in Birmingham he discharged Louis Burrell of Oakland because of a USA Today story that quoted Burrell as saying, "If Joe has to go to training camp with Buffalo, he's going to wear a T-shirt that says, 'This Is War.' " The story said Cribbs wanted to leave Buffalo and would not report. (The former Auburn star left the Bills in 1983, played with Birmingham in the USFL and returned last fall.)
Cribbs said Burrell gave the interview without his knowledge or consent. "That article made it look like I was walking around blind, like whatever he wanted to do, I did," said Cribbs. "It was like I was working for him instead of him working for me." . . .
In Buffalo, meanwhile, talk of drugs dominated an AFC East coaches' news conference, with most of the five coaches agreeing that the problem's notoriety exceeds its severity.
Said the Indianapolis Colts' Rod Dowhower, "I don't deal with it every day to the extent you write about it."
Raymond Berry, who shocked the NFL when he revealed after his New England Patriots' Super Bowl loss to Chicago that a number of his players were involved with illegal drugs, said he is surprised at the public support he received -- "99 percent of all the mail I've gotten has been supportive and affirmative."
Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins said, "I can honestly say I didn't have anybody last year that I think was involved in drugs."