One of O.J. Simpson's football trophies will be melted down, made into pins and given to people who contribute to a battered women's program.
Organizers of a traveling jewelry show are dismantling and melting the 1972 American Football Conference player of the year trophy that Simpson won with the Buffalo Bills. The metal will be used to make angel-shaped pins that will be distributed free to those who donated at least $100 to a battered women's program.
"Anything that provides funding for domestic violence programs and shelters is something we will support," said Belsie Gonzalez of the Houston Area Women's Center.
The meltdown at this weekend's International Gem and Jewelry Show comes shortly after the five-year anniversary of the slaying of Simpson's former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
Card Features Coley
Capitol Heights welterweight Derrell Coley (34-1-2) headlines a boxing card tonight at the Washington Convention Center. Coley, the World Boxing Council's top-ranked contender, is scheduled to fight an exhibition. Other locals on the card include DeMarcus Corley, Luther Smith, Michael Tidline, Vincent White, Jimmy Lange and Eric McKan.
Penguins to Stay
The Pittsburgh Penguins, newly acquired by former star Mario Lemieux, were able to resolve their biggest hurdle in emerging from bankruptcy by negotiating a new lease with their landlord.
The team, which Lemieux bought Thursday after hours of contentious negotiations with Civic Arena manager SMG, now appears poised to remain in Pittsburgh "indefinitely," said Tom Reich, Lemieux's agent and lawyer.
Under the new lease, SMG has agreed to $3 million per year in concessions, will invest $5 million in the team and sit on its board of directors.
That means the Penguins will pay $1.8 million per year for the regular season through 2004, after which SMG will pick up a management contract through 2012.
Gordon Wins Pole
Jeff Gordon won the pole for the Save Mart-Kragen 350 at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., for the second straight year with a lap of 98.519 mph. Last year, he went on to win the race.
Rookie Tony Stewart had the second-best qualifying speed, at 98.277 mph. . . .
Brazilian Gil de Ferran took the provisional pole for the Grand Prix of Cleveland with a lap of 131.294 mph. De Ferran can lock up the sixth pole of his career if he remains the fastest in final qualifying today. . . .
Ron Fellows recovered from a high-speed slide into a gravel-filled bunker to steal the pole position from Jack Sprague for the NASCAR Truck series Bully Hill Vineyards 150 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Fellows became the first driver in series history to win three consecutive poles at the same track.
Young Commits to U-Va.
Maurice Young, a senior at McNamara High School, said he has orally committed to play basketball at Virginia. Young, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 23 points per game last season.
"I just thought it was the best situation," Young said. "It's going to be an up and coming team with great coaches. It just felt right."
High school seniors can formally accept basketball scholarships by signing a national letter-of-intent in early November. . . .
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has honored nine DCIAA coaches for outstanding service with Region Two coaching awards: Ballou's Wanda Oates (softball), Cardozo's Henry Lindsey (boys basketball), Dunbar's Clarence Bell (swimming), Eastern's Tillman Frizzell (baseball), Wilson's William Ryan (boys soccer) and Ronald Jenkins (girls cross-country) and H.D. Woodson's Lionel Russell (boys cross-country), Robert Headen (girls basketball) and Philip Faxio (girls track).
CAPTION: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Stacy Compton practices with rain tires instead of slicks yesterday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.