Names In The Game
OTTAWA (AP) _ It’s going to cost Dexter Manley for missing appointments with the trainer for the Ottawa Rough Riders. The Canadian Football League team’s head coach, Ron Smeltzer, fined the injured former NFL defensive end an undisclosed amount for missing mandatory treatments.
Manley already was doubtful for Sunday’s game with the Argonauts in Toronto because of injuries to his left elbow and right knee. Skipping the treatments all but sealed his fate for the game.
It means Manley’s second CFL start of 1993 will be delayed.
Manley, who played in three games with Ottawa in 1992, hyper-extended his arm in the second quarter of last Saturday’s game against Toronto.
″If he’s hurt, he should get in here and get better,″ said Smeltzer.
″I just called him in, told him I would be taking some money from him and that was the end of the discussion.″
Smeltzer wouldn’t say how much Manley was fined.
Manley, 34, was forced into the Riders starting lineup by team president Lonie Glieberman, against the wishes of Smeltzer and his coaching staff.
And, although Manley’s injuries have prevented him from practicing, he has not ruled out playing on Sunday.
″I’ve got to talk to Lonie,″ Manley said.
NEUSS, Germany (AP) - Boris Becker confirmed Thursday he won’t play in Germany’s Davis Cup final against Australia in December.
″I’ll keep my fingers crossed for our team,″ Becker said in a statement, adding he was sure Germany would win.
Becker, who led Germany to consecutive Davis Cup titles in 1988-89, said in January he didn’t want to play in the event this year.
There had been speculation he might change his mind after the German team, led by Michael Stich, routed Sweden 5-0 in the semifinals last week.
The final will be Dec. 3-5 in Germany at a site to be determined.
BONN, Germany (AP) - Tennis has lost its thrill, for Steffi Graf, and she may look for another outlet soon, according to a published report.
The Bild newspaper quoted Graf as saying she wants to spend more time with her boyfriend, Michael Bartels, and with her designer sports clothing line - ″a job with a future.″
″I still have fun playing perfect tennis,″ she was quoted as saying. In the short term, Graf plans to compete less and think about the future more, the newspaper said.
Graf, who was 15 when she went pro, is ranked No. 1 in women’s tennis and has won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments this year.
″I’ve achieved everything I wanted, I have no more tennis goals,″ Bild quoted her as saying.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Ukrainian tennis star Andrei Medvedev arrived in Kuala Lumpur Thursday for a medical exam he hopes will support his contention that an aching shoulder justified his late withdrawal from a Malaysian tournament.
″I couldn’t lift my arm. I was getting better until Friday, when the pain started again. I came here to prove that it’s not a fake injury,″ the national news agency Bernama quoted Medvedev as saying.
The 19-year-old Medvedev, No. 7 in the world, withdrew from the Salem Open after last Friday’s deadline. Under ATP tour rules, a player who withdraws late from a tournament can be fined up to $5,000 unless an examination by the tournament doctor shows he is unable to play.
Medvedev said he injured his shoulder in training in Germany.
Tournament referee Tom Barnes said a report would be sent to the ATP office for a decision on whether Medvedev would be subject to punishment.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Being a rookie from Russia, Igor Bazhenov probably thought he was the victim of a prankster when he checked into the locker room and saw the number on his hockey jersey - 100.2.
It wasn’t a practical joke. Bazhenov will wear that number this season for Roma, a Swedish first-division team based in the Baltic island of Gotland.
A public radio station paid $1,230 to put its frequency on Bazhenov’s jersey. Actually, it’s against the Swedish Hockey Federation rules to have four digits on the jersey numbers.
″But you can ask the federation for special exemption, says Owe Jarlo, the radio station’s sports director. ″They didn’t like the idea first, but finally gave the club permission.″
Last season, a Swedish player was allowed to wear No. 1,000 on his jersey because his team’s city, Vasteras, was celebrating its 1,000th anniversary.