The Washington Capitals made it official yesterday: their radio broadcasts next season will be on WMAL-630. Ron Weber, who has seen every game the team has ever played, will continue to do the play-by-play.
WTOP had broadcast the games since the franchise was founded 12 seasons ago.
Under the three-year contract, the team will buy its air time from WMAL, do its own production of the broadcasts and sell its own ads. Weber, in effect, will be a Capitals employe.
The Capitals released five players who mainly played for Binghamton last season: left wing Andre Hidi, left wing Daryl Evans, right wing Mike Siltala, center Martin Bouliane and defenseman Timo Blomqvist. All have cleared waivers. The team signed five of its 1985 draft choices -- Rob Murray, Bill Houlder, Larry Shaw, Claude Dumas and Steve Hollett -- who all have a year of junior hockey eligibility remaining. The team also announced that Vito Cramarossa, John Druce, Kris King and Ed Kastelic will play in the organization, either in Washington or Binghamton.
In Lausanne, Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee offered North Korea the right to be the site of part of the 1988 Summer Games. Under the plan, North Korea would be the site of all of the table tennis, archery and long distance road cycling, plus one of the soccer qualifying rounds.
Mercury Morris, former star running back of the Miami Dolphins, is out of prison but must go back to court today in Miami for a hearing on the drug charges that got him in jail in the first place. Prosecutors have talked about a plea bargain rather than a new trial.
Defensive back Donovan Small of the University of Minnesota nearly killed himself trying to cut a frozen chicken in his apartment. The knife slipped and cut the femoral artery in his right leg. Doctors at Hennepin County (Minn.) Medical Center worked on the artery two hours, then spent two more hours controlling bleeding.
"It was a scary situation," Coach John Gutekunst said. "He can move his leg now, but it is real sore. We are told by the doctors that Donovan is going to be all right." . . .
Maryland sophomore midfielder Tom Worstell was named the most valuable player in the Atlantic Coast Conference by ACC lacrosse coaches. He is joined on the all-ACC team by teammates Den Tracy and Brian Jackson . . .
The Georgia Board of Regents unanimously elected Elridge McMillan, 51, as its first black chairman, then went behind closed doors to talk about two top University of Georgia administrators who lost a civil court case to Jan Kemp. The board offered outgoing University of Georgia President Fred Davison an endowed professor's chair. He accepted the job, which pays $104,000 a year . . .
Football Coach Earle Bruce, 55, got a three-year contract, ending a tradition of one-year contracts for football coaches at Ohio State . . .
Virginia Athletic Director Dick Schultz announced the dates of two Cavaliers home games have been changed. The game scheduled Oct. 18 against South Carolina will be played Sept. 6 and will be televised regionally. Also, Virginia's last game of the season, Nov. 22 vs. Maryland, has been switched to Friday, Nov. 28. That game will be broadcast nationally by CBS-TV.
Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker easily moved into the third round of the $237,400 Queens Club grass court tournament in London, but Anders Jarryd lost to Glenn Layendecker, 7-6, 3-6, 6-1, in a first-round match. Connors, playing in his first official tournament since serving a 10-week suspension, beat Peter Fleming, 6-3, 6-2. Becker beat Andrei Chesnokov, 6-4, 6-2 . . .
Majority partner Marge Schott of the Cincinnati Reds said she accepted a $132,000 performance bonus last season and identified the two minority owners opposing her as Carl Kroch of Chicago and George Strike of Cincinnati.
The NHL is ready to forsake its traditional interconference all-star format and field an all-star team to play a two-game series against the Soviet national team in Quebec City next February. But the idea hasn't been approved by the players association.
Milton Richman, a Baseball Hall of Fame sports writer and United Press International's senior editor for sports, was eulogized in New York. He died Monday of a heart attack. He was 64. Among mourners were Johnny Bench, Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, former commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.