Riggs Is Named To Replace Injured Mayes In Pro Bowl

Posted: January 06, 1988

Atlanta running back Gerald Riggs, who became the Falcons' leading career rusher this season, yesterday was named to replace Rueben Mayes of New Orleans in the Feb. 7 Pro Bowl.

Riggs will make his third straight appearance for the NFC in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu. He finished fourth in the NFC in rushing with 875 yards on 203 carries, moving him past William Andrews as the team career leader with 6,135 yards.

Mayes, who underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn knee ligament, will miss the Pro Bowl for the second straight year. He was voted to the Pro Bowl last year as a rookie but also failed to go because of an injury.

Mayes was injured against Minnesota on Sunday during the wild-card playoff game. He finished second in the NFC with 917 rushing yards on 243 carries.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Danny White said he would not have to undergo surgery during the off-season on his injured right wrist.

White said doctors Monday examined his throwing wrist, which was broken during the 1986 season, and decided there was nothing surgery could do to improve his strength and flexibility.

White said he and coach Tom Landry agreed that if he was to remain the Cowboys' starting quarterback next fall, he would have to produce on the field despite the weakened condition of his wrist.

Landry said he wanted to review the doctors' report before making any decisions about the starter for 1988.

White said he believed his wrist had improved, noting that in his two final starts, he completed almost 58 percent of his passes for 700 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions.

White did not play in the Cowboys' final two games of the season, when Landry took a further look at second-stringer Steve Pelluer, who is waiting for a full-time chance at starting for the Cowboys.

Dan McGwire, 6-foot-8 sophomore quarterback at Iowa, reportedly has decided to transfer to San Diego State University after a year in which he went from No. 1 to No. 3 quarterback for the Hawkeyes.

McGwire confirmed his transfer plans when contacted Monday at a friend's residence in his home town of Claremont, Calif., the San Diego Union said in yesterday's editions.

McGwire is the younger brother of Mark McGwire, the Oakland Athletics slugger who hit 49 home runs in 1987 and was honored as American League rookie of the year.

McGwire began 1987 as the first-string quarterback for Iowa, starting in a 22-21 loss to Tennessee. His only other start was in a 19-14 loss to eventual Big 10 and Rose Bowl champion Michigan State. For the year he completed 42 of 71 passes for 506 yards and four touchdowns.

At San Diego State he would have to sit out the 1988 season to be eligible to play in 1989 and 1990, but under transfer rules he would not be allowed to sit out another season as a redshirt.

Arizona State named defensive coordinator Larry Marmie head football coach yesterday, just five days after John Cooper resigned to take the job at Ohio State.

Marmie, 45, was introduced at a hastily called news conference at the University Activity Center. It was held in the same room where Cooper had been hired as the school's 18th head football coach on March 7, 1985.

Although Marmie has no previous head-coaching experience, he had Cooper's support as his successor plus the unanimous approval of the Sun Angel Foundation - the school's main booster group.

SKIING

Switzerland's Vreni Schneider won a women's giant-slalom race in Tignes, France, holding off a French challenge from Catherine Quittet and Carole Merle to record her first World Cup victory this season.

Schneider was timed in 2 minutes, 33.68 seconds for the two runs. It was her 12th career victory.

Quittet, who led after the first heat, came in second at 2:33.83. Merle had the fastest time in the second heat and placed third in 2:34.82. Michela Figini of Switzerland was fourth with a time of 2:35.12. She retained the overall World Cup lead with 104 points.

HORSE RACING

Philadelphia Park's twin trifecta wasn't hit yesterday, and park officials say the wagering will be worth at least $176,001 today.

It has been 12 racing days since the twin trifecta has been hit at Philadelphia Park. Because of that, today's jackpot is expected to be more than $200,000.

To win the trifecta (sixth and seventh races), a bettor must correctly pick the first three finishes in exact order of finish in both races. The minimum wager is $2.

Alysheba and Ferdinand, winners of the last two Kentucky Derbys, headed a list of 1987 Eclipse Award winners named yesterday.

Alysheba, the 1987 Derby and Preakness winner, took the 3-year-old championship. Ferdinand, the 1986 Derby winner who went on to win the 1987 Breeders' Cup Classic, was voted champion older horse.

Winners in other divisions were: 2-year-old Forty Niner; 2-year-old filly Epitome; 3-year-old filly Sacahuista; older filly or mare North Sider; turf champion Theatrical; turf filly or mare Miesque; steeplechase Inlander, and sprinter Groovy.

Jockey Pat Day won his second straight Eclipse Award as the nation's top rider. The 34-year-old has won Eclipse Awards in three of the last four years. His mounts earned more than $12 million in 1987, second only to those of Jose Santos.

Kent Desormeaux, who led the nation in wins, received the award for apprentice rider, Wayne Lukas was named outstanding trainer and Eugene Klein top owner. Lukas and Klein each won for the third straight year.

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