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Flying sticks and other tricks...Will Straw and Davis mix?...The Famous Chicken's in a fix


By an uncontrollable urge to throw hockey sticks javelin-style, volatile Los Angeles Kings coach Tom Webster. Last season Webster was ejected from a game for angrily tossing a stick onto the ice. He repeated the performance Nov. 16, when he became enraged by a call during a game against Detroit. The stick skittered across the ice and struck one of referee Kerry Fraser's skates. Last week the NHL suspended Webster for 12 games, the harshest penalty it has ever imposed on a coach, and fined the Kings $10,000. Webster won't be allowed to return to the bench until New Year's Eve.

The Famous Chicken, a.k.a. Ted Giannoulas, in a legal flap with a Chicago Bulls cheerleader. Kim Smith, a member of the LuvaBulls, filed a $1 million lawsuit against Giannoulas last week. Smith was performing a dance routine during a game last January when The Chicken allegedly threw her to the ground and pounced on her, breaking her elbow and jaw.

Boyhood buddies Eric Davis and Darryl Strawberry, after a trade sent Davis from the Cincinnati Reds to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitchers Tim Belcher and John Wetteland. Davis and Strawberry grew up in L.A., and for years the two outfielders have been saying how great it would be to play on the same team. Now their wish will come true, as long as the injury-bedeviled Davis can stay in the lineup. Davis played just 89 games in 1991, batting .235 with 11 homers. He's averaging 124 games a year; the schedule calls for 162.

Dana Kirk, the disreputable former Memphis State basketball coach, with unpredictable center Keith Lee, on the minor league Memphis HotShots. During Kirk's 1988 tax evasion trial, Lee testified that Kirk offered him a shoe box full of money to sign with Memphis Slate in '81 and tunneled illicit payments to him while he was in school. Kirk later served four months in prison. Apparently, neither man holds a grudge. After Kirk was hired to coach the HotShots this fall, he contacted Lee, whose NBA career was limited to 182 games because of attitude and injury problems. As a HotShot, Lee was averaging 25 points a game.

Under heavy fire, from his position as athletic director, Michigan State football coach George Perles. School officials forced Perles, who had held both jobs for 17 months, to choose between responsibilities. He opted to remain on the sidelines, where his record is 57-44-4 in nine seasons. The Spartans were 3-8 this year.

On suspicion of rape and battery, San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell. The alleged incident occurred in Chula Vista, Calif., where Mitchell makes his off-season home, at about 4 a.m. Saturday morning, according to police. "The victim was an acquaintance of Mitchell's who went into his residence to talk," said Lieut. Art Gawf. "She was dragged into a bedroom and forcibly raped." Mitchell, 30, was later released on $61,000 bond.



The NHL stuck it to L.A.'s Webster.