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November 27, 1986

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Harvey Clayton and defensive end Darryl Sims are questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, the team said.

Clayton, who leads the Steelers with three interceptions, pulled a hamstring in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ 37-31 loss last Sunday to the Cleveland Browns. He did not return and his replacement, Donnie Elder, was beaten by Browns’ rookie wide receiver Webster Slaughter for a game-winning, 36-yard touchdown catch in overtime .

Sims, a second-year defensive end, suffered back spasms during the halftime break of the Browns’ game, but returned to play most of the second half. ---

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Management and jockeys have reached temporary agreement in a labor dispute looming over the 11-race card that opens the Fair Grounds’ 115th thoroughbred season.

Both sides agreed Wednesday to let the courts decide whether Fair Grounds management can legally require jockeys to sign a waiver freeing the track of liability for injuries sustained while riding, said owner Louis J. Roussel III.

Only jockeys who sign the waiver will be allowed to ride, said lawyers for the Fair Grounds and the Jockeys Guild.

Valid or not, the attorneys said, all jockeys who sign the waiver will receive workers’ compensation coverage, paid by the Fair Grounds, for the entire meeting.

If a court rules the waiver isn’t legal, they said, the document would be void retroactive to the beginning of the meeting and an injured jockey would be entitled to sue the Fair Grounds. ---

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two University of Pittsburgh football players, punter John Rasp and wide receiver Bill Osborn, will join the Panthers’ basketball team next week.

The 6-foot-6 Rasp, from Norwin High School, was rated as one of the top five players in western Pennsylvania last season by The Pittsburgh Press. The 6-0 Osborn is a sophomore guard.

Rasp and Osborn will join the basketball team after its season opener Saturday against Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They will rejoin the Panthers’ football team in time for spring practice. ---

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Running back Stump Mitchell, all but ruled out of the St. Louis Cardinals’ game Sunday against the Washington Redskins earlier, may available after all.

″It feels a lot better,″ Mitchell said Wednesday after testing in practice the toe injury he suffered last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. ″It’s definitely not as bad as the (similar injury) I had earlier this season.″

St. Louis Coach Gene Stallings on Tuesday said he was preparing to juggle the NFL team’s backfield, possibly by shifting fullback Earl Ferrell to halfback, if Mitchell is unable to play against Washington.

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