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Names in the Game

August 13, 1995

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Lou Saban, the much-traveled former Buffalo Bills coach who agreed to start a football program at a junior college in upstate New York, says he’s quitting a month before the first game.

Saban cited Alfred State University’s financial problems and job cutbacks in the athletic department in resigning 10 months after taking the job.

``Under the current economic conditions, Alfred is having difficulty supporting even its primary mission of education,″ Saban said Sunday.

It’s not clear whether Alfred will field a team for its first game, scheduled for Sept. 9 against Lackawanna. University officials were not immediately available for comment.

The 73-year-old Saban coached the Bills to American Football League championships in 1964 and 1965 and returned to Buffalo, after a stint with the Denver Broncos, to lead the Bills again from 1972-76 during O.J. Simpson’s heyday.

He later became known for how quickly he changed jobs. He coached Army in 1979, was athletic director at Miami and spent 19 days as athletic director at the University of Cincinnati.

During the past decade, he has coached at high schools, colleges and the Arena Football League.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs joined scores of people who formed the image of a looped red ribbon in the outfield prior to Sunday’s game at Candlestick Park, marking the second ``Until There’s a Cure″ day.

Those on the field were surrounded by sections of the Names Project AIDS quilt remembering people who have died of AIDS. This year’s ``Until There’s a Cure″ day focused on children with HIV and AIDS.

``To me, the Giants are the real champions of baseball,″ said 11-year-old Angelie Diya, who is HIV positive.

``Please treat us like anyone else. We need your friendship,″ she said, drawing applause from Giants left fielder Barry Bonds, who had come out of the dugout to listen.

The Giants made history last year by becoming the first professional sports team to dedicate a game to the fight against AIDS. The event raised $115,000.

The Giants hoped to match that total with this season’s fundraiser. The team donated $1 from each ticket sold Sunday to organizations that provide AIDS-related services, educational programs and research.


NEW YORK (AP) _ The decision to leave Iowa for Rutgers was a difficult one for basketball coach Vivian Stringer, and one she had to make alone.

``I prayed a lot. I lost weight, got sick,″ she said. ``I was looking for answers that no one could give me.

``Once I made the decision, there was a sense of relief.″

In returning to the East, where she grew up, Stringer will be closer to her family. But she will be bringing her three children back without her husband, Bill, who died of a heart attack in 1992.

At Rutgers, Stringer will draw the highest base salary of any women’s basketball coach in the country _ a reported $150,000 a year.

But it will still be a difficult move for Stringer and her three children, two teen-agers and an 11-year-old. As Stringer is trying to recruit players and looking for a house, she is also conferring with doctors about her 15-year-old daughter Janine, who has brain damage from spinal meningitis and uses a wheelchair.

``I really appreciate what it is to be a single mom,″ Stringer told the New York Daily News. ``Moving is not as simple as you might think. It really is, for lack of a better word, overwhelming. I have to get a staff and start recruiting, all while I’m moving this family.″


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ The owner of Memphis’ Canadian Football League team wishes Nashville good luck in its pursuit of the NFL’s Houston Oilers.

``I wish them every success,″ said Frederick W. Smith, owner of the Memphis Mad Dogs.

Memphis has tried for almost 25 years to land an NFL franchise, but has been repeatedly passed over by the league. So officials in Memphis looked north to the CFL and landed the Mad Dogs, now competing their first season.

Nashville mayor Phil Bredesen and Oilers’ owner Bud Adams announced Friday that they were beginning exclusive and confidential negotiations about moving the team.

Memphis officials, however, prefer not to become involved in Nashville’s effort to lure an NFL team to Tennessee.

``We’ve been down that road with the NFL for over 25 years,″ Memphis Chamber of Commerce president John C. Kelley said. ``We’re very skeptical about the NFL and its commitment to Tennessee.″

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