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Names In The Game

April 17, 1992

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) _ There’s a young Babe Ruth growing up in Indiana, or at least he looks like the real thing.

Andy Voils, a sixth-grader at Van Buren Elementary School in Columbus, plays the baseball legend during his younger years in the movie ″The Babe.″

The 12-year-old plays a mischievous Ruth when he was at a Catholic boys school. John Goodman stars as the adult Ruth.

″People couldn’t believe Andy’s resemblance. They thought he and John Goodman could almost be father and son,″ said Larry Voils, the youth’s father, after seeing a sneak preview of the movie that opens today.

Voils’ scenes in the first 10 minutes of the film were shot in Chicago last summer.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - If Jason Brown fails to make it as a professional golfer, he can always keep on rappin’.

″Anybody who makes any money these days has a gimmick, and if being a rappin’ professional golfer isn’t a gimmick, I just don’t know what is,″ said Brown, who writes rap music for Kris Kross, a duo of 12-year-olds with a hot new album called ″Jump.″

In Memphis this week to play in the T.C. Jordan Tour’s Super D Classic, Brown is part of So So Def Productions, which is run by 18-year-old Jermaine Dupri of Atlanta. He and Dupri teamed up after meeting at a music convention about 2 1/2 years ago.

″When I was little I used to put rhyme words together,″ Brown said. ″When I was in the eighth grade, kids were getting into rap contests. I’d write stuff for them and they’d win.″


LONDON (AP) - Tony Jacklin, a former British Open and U.S. Open champion, is coming to the aid of an estimated 2 million British golfers with nowhere to play.

Jacklin announced Thursday that he has formed his own club - the Tony Jacklin Club - to give so called ″non-status″ golfers access to courses throughout Britain.

Jacklin’s club will offer membership to anyone who wishes to join, as long as they pledge commitment to learn, respect and uphold the traditions of the game. Members will have access to courses under a new plan being developed with the clubs called Tony Jacklin Playgolf.

″Although there are literally millions of players without decent facilities to play on,″ Jacklin said, ″the irony is that most of the golf courses around the country lie unused for long periods, except at peak times.″

Plans are underway for a 36-hole Tony Jacklin Golf and Country Club, which would become the permanent home for the operation. A yearly individual membership will cost $350.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will be the honorary spokesman for the educational component of the World University Games, which will be held in Buffalo in 1993.

Games organizers say Kelly has agreed to give speeches to school assemblies during the upcoming school year, as well as film a public service announcement.

Kelly will also be featured doing pushups in a motivational poster, the sales of which will benefit the Games’ education component. The message will be ″Push Yourself: In School, In Sports, In Life.″

More than 6,000 athletes from 130 countries will participate in the first U.S.-based World University Games, scheduled for July 8-18, 1993.

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