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September 3, 1993

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Lawrence Taylor lost a friend and teammate when fellow linebacker Pepper Johnson was cut by the New York Giants.

Attempts to get Taylor to comment on coach Dan Reeves’ decision have not been successful.

″I don’t even want to go into the personnel changes. It’s not my call,″ Taylor said Friday. ″That’s Reeves’ call. I’m not happy with a lot of the changes, but I’m not going to second-guess the changes. No one’s in a position to do that right now. We’ve had two straight poor seasons, so no one here is in that position to question them.″

Earlier in the week, Taylor brushed off reporters by saying, ″Don’t ask me anything about that.″

He did say Friday he would miss his teammate of seven years, who signed with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.

″I’ve played with a lot of guys with a lot of years. I liked Pepper,″ he said. ″He’s been a motivation for me for a lot of years. I’m very sad to see him go. He’s still one of the top linebackers in the league.″

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OVIEDO, Spain (AP) - Javier Sotomayor of Cuba, world record holder in the high jump, won Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize for sports on Friday.

He will receive the award in the fall when Felipe, prince of Asturias and heir to the Spanish throne, makes his annual trip to this northern Spanish city to present the awards in eight fields.

Each winner is given $37,000 and a sculpture by Spanish artist Joan Miro.

Sotomayor, who won the high jump at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and at the World Championships in Stuttgart, last month, set the world record of 8 feet, 0 1/2 inch in Salamanca, Spain, on July 27.

Past winners of the sports award include Spanish cyclist Miguel Indurain, Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergei Bubka and British runner Sebastian Coe.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Magic Johnson will play in an exhibition game in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sept. 15 for Bravos de Jalisco, his agent said Friday.

The game, matching Bravos de Jalisco against a Mexican all-star team, will be played at night at an arena that seats more than 10,000, with part of the proceeds going to pediatric AIDS facilities in Guadalajara, Lon Rosen said.

Johnson has played in several exhibition games as well as the 1992 Olympics since his retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers in November 1991 when he learned he had tested postitive for the virus that causes AIDS.

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SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - Not very often is the reading of letter broadcast on ″This Week in Baseball.″

This weekend, though, the program will air broadcaster Charlie Jones’ emotionally-charged reading of a note from the mother of a boy who died of leukemia.

A segment This Week In Baseball did on community service by baseball players includes a visit last May by Danny Scheaffer, Jeff Parrett and Joe Girardi of the Colorado Rockies to Spencer Carley, a 3-year-old who had been diagnosed with leukemia.

After son’s death on June 13, Bobbe Carley, wrote to the players to thank them, and tell them how much their visit meant to the boy.

Jones read the letter during a broadcast of a Rockies-Mets game on KWGN-TV last weekend.

He had a tough time getting through it, but he did. Jones was never seen reading the letter, only his voice was heard as the game is shown on the screen.

And that’s how This Week In Baseball will air it.

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