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Names In The Game

August 21, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and running mate Jack Kemp will visit the Paralympics on Friday.

``We’re going to try to get them to as many events as possible,″ said Andy Fleming, president of the Atlanta Committee for the Paralympic Games.

Fleming also said President Clinton has been invited to attend the games and Sunday’s closing ceremony.

``The president wanted to come,″ said APOC spokeswoman Dena Morris. ``Right now, it’s a matter of scheduling.″

Dole’s right arm was paralyzed from wounds in World War II.

``I don’t look at it as political,″ Fleming said of Dole’s visit. ``I look at it as a natural outgrowth of his deep personal interest in disability issues and sports.″


LONDON (AP) _ Laura Davies has won more than $4.6 million playing golf. Off the course, she’s apparently not as fortunate.

According to a new book, ``Laura Davies Naturally,″ the 32-year-old golfer has lost about $775,000 gambling at casinos and racetracks over the last 12 years.

Davies said the report is exaggerated.

``It’s ludicrous, but if anyone wants to send donations they are quite welcome,″ she told the Evening Standard.


MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Miguel Indurain, the five-time Tour de France champion and Olympic gold medalist, says he will compete in next month’s Tour of Spain for the first time in five years.

``It was a team decision,″ the 32-year-old Spanish cyclist said, referring to his Banesto team, ``I didn’t especially want to race, but it’s the team that decides. I always feel like racing and winning, though, especially in such a big race.″

Indurain has not raced in the Tour of Spain since 1991, when he finished second behind countryman Malchor Mauri.


DETROIT (AP) _ A woman who claims she had a son with Juwan Howard says the NBA star has failed to acknowledge or support the boy.

In a lawsuit filed in Wayne County, Markita Robinson says she had a son with Howard following a 1991 liaison at a Detroit hotel, The Detroit News reported.

Howard, who was a college star at Michigan, now plays for the Washington Bullets. His lawyer, Leslie M. Nye, declined comment on the suit.


AMHERST, Mass. (AP) _ John Calipari’s coaching career at the University of Massachusetts got off to a bizarre start in 1988.

``During the first regular-season game I coached ... the old wooden four-sided scoreboard caught on fire,″ Calipari says in his new book, ``Refuse To Lose.″

``I looked up at the scoreboard and it was smoking. They took the scoreboard down and wheeled it away. We ended up having a flip chart with a little clock, like you would use at a camp game.

``I said, `Can you imagine? The first college game I’m coaching, the scoreboard catches on fire?‴

During his eight years at UMass, Calipari built the program into a national power. In June, he left the school to become coach and executive vice president of basketball for the New Jersey Nets.


ATLANTA (AP) _ The name Newt Gingrich didn’t ring a bell with Paralympic runner Mark Farnell, who received his silver medal from the House speaker Wednesday.

``Politics isn’t much fun, is it? I don’t know many British politicians, either,″ said Farnell, a British athlete who finished second in a 10,000-meter race.

Gingrich handed out medals to Farnell and two other visually impaired runners _ gold medalist Diosmany Gonzalez of Cuba and bronze medalist Nikolai Tchoumak of Moldava.

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