Notes and quotes while wondering if the Royals will be hollering "Mayday, mayday" on May Day. . .
Here's one for the books. Dewight Stewart, a 6-9 high school basketball player in Memphis, called a news conference to announce whether he would sign with either Oklahoma and Memphis State. Then Stewart abruptly canceled the session and revealed he had already signed with Washington State last November. . .
Darryl King, younger brother of Stacey King, said it after signing with Kansas State out of Midland Community College. "Midland, Texas, is one of the most boring places on earth. If I can survive here, I can survive anywhere." . . .
Headline writers on sports staffs all over the country breathed a huge sigh of relief when trainer Howie Tesher pulled Champagneforashley out of the Kentucky Derby. What's-its-name is scheduled to run in the Preakness, however. . .
SAN FRANCISCO Giants skipper Roger Craig, asked if shortstop Jose Uribe had lost any range in the field after reporting to spring camp with a large pot belly, said it. "No, but it takes him a little longer to tie his shoes." . . .
Official NCAA basketball statistics released last week showed Kansas ranked No. 1 nationally in field goal percentage (53.3), No. 2 in scoring margin (19.7), No. 3 in won-lost percentage (19.7) and No. 9 in scoring offense (92.1). . .
Oklahoma forward Skeeter Henry, who had a habit of shooting phantom pistols into the stands after OU victories, shot blanks at the NBA showcase in Portsmouth, Va. He went 0-for-11 from the field and wasn't invited to the next camp at Orlando. . .
When guard Rex Walters, the leading scorer on Northwestern's basketball team, announced he would transfer after the season, he told the Chicago Tribune it was "for personal reasons and to be closer to home." Well, Kansas IS closer to his San Jose, Calif., home than Chicago is. . .
ERIC MONTROSS, the highly recruited seven-footer from Indianapolis, said it when asked why he signed with North Carolina. "Ten of the 17 big men recruited by North Carolina in the last 20 years were first-round draft choices in the NBA." . . .
Kansas wide receiver Quintin Smith, ignored in the NFL draft, ostensibly because he's only 5-11 and 175 pounds, has agreed to a free agent offer from the Chicago Bears. . .
Rocky Bridges, long-time minor league manager, said it. "There are three things the average man thinks he can do better than anyone else build a fire, run a hotel and manage a baseball team." . . .
Kansas State linebacker Maurice Henry, a sixth-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions, said it when asked why he lost his starting job with the Wildcats late in the '89 season. "That was politics. They wanted me to play defensive tackle and I didn't want to. That would have been out of position for me. They tried to get back at me or something." . . .
FOLKS IN Lincoln were a bit taken aback following the NFL draft when a Nebraska Wesleyan offensive lineman named Shawn Bouwens was taken in the ninth round and such touted Nebraska linemen as Jake Young and Doug Glaser weren't even drafted. NWU, an NCAA Div. II school, has long been overshadowed by the Cornhuskers in Nebraska's capital city. . .