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Names In The Game

December 13, 1990

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Paavo Nurmi, winner of 10 Olympic gold medals for Finland in the 1920s, may have used hormones which are now prohibited.

The Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter printed facsimiles from a 1931 edition of a sport magazine in which Nurmi endorsed a product called ″Rejuven.″

Pharmacists say it contained the male hormone testerone and was sold in Swedish drug stores until 1938.

Nurmi won seven individual and three team Olympic golds during the 1920s, and set 20 world records in middle and long distance running.

The advertisement in ″Idrottsblandet″ quotes Nurmi as saying, ″I have used ‘Rejuven’ and been stunned by its outstanding revitalizing effects on the organism.

″I think that especially sportsmen with a long and hard season have great use for ‘Rejuven,’ which in an outstanding way strengthens and keeps vitality. From my own experience I recommend ‘Rejuven’ warmly.″

Other Scandinavian athletes were also shown endorsing the product.


NEW YORK (AP) - King’s Swan, the 10-year-old gelding who was retired this month, will be honored with a special day at Aqueduct on Dec. 22.

King’s Swan, who earned $1,924,845 with 31 victories in 107 career starts, will lead the post parade for the Gravesend Handicap, a race in which he was runnerup in 1986,’87 and ’88.

Sovenir buttons bearing his picture and the legend ″King’s Swan-the King of Aqueduct,″ will de distributed to the first 15,000 paid admissions. King’s Swan will be honored with a blanket in the colors of his owner,Alvin Akman.

After the retirement ceremony, King’s Swan will leave for a farm owned by his exercise rider, Jeannie Uhl, in Montgomery, N.Y. Uhl will also retire tp care for the horse.


NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Blazejewski of Fordham was picked as a second-team linebacker on Sports Network’s Division 1-AA All America team.

A panel of college football sports information directors made the selections and there should be some red faces among the SIDs who voted for him. Blazejewski sat out the entire season because of a knee injury.

″I didn’t vote for him,″ said Joe Favorito, Fordham’s SID.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Spectator Services Ltd. is Arkansas football coach Jack Crowe’s idea to promote literacy and the virtues of education in the state.

That’s how the corporation started by Crowe is described in its articles of incorporation.

″Hopefully over a period of years, this will be the vehicle we can work through to make a positive impact on education,″ Crowe said Wednesday.

He established the corporation last month from an idea he got while making a series of public service announcements last summer to promote literacy.

The 30-second spots feature Bo Jackson and have run on television stations throughout the state. Crowe said the commercials are an effort to help young Arkansans develop good role models and stay in school.

″We just felt like in the process of recruiting football players, we needed to get a message out to them early about how important education is,″ Crowe said.

The corporation was necessary to do business, Crowe said, and may be used for other charity functions.

″We don’t have a bank account yet because we don’t have any money,″ the coach said.


NEW YORK (AP) - Oregon quarterback Bill Musgrave, Colorado offensive lineman Jim Hansen and Stefen Scotton, a Georgia Tech running back, were among the players named to the GTE Academic All America team on Thursday.

The team was selected by a vote of college sports information directors.

To be eligible, a player had to be a starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00.

Musgrave, Oregon’s all-time leading passer, has a 3.46 GPA as a finance major.


SARAJEVO, Yugoslavia (AP) - Monica Seles Thursday denied that she plans to apply for United States citizenship.

″I’m a Yugoslav and I plan to remain so,″ the world’s second-ranked player said of reports that she was planning a change in citizenship.

The 17-year-old Seles is based in Sarasota, Fla., and lives in the state most of the year.


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. (AP) - Warner L. Jones Jr., chairman of the board of Churchill Downs and a leading thoroughbred owner and former breeder, was named winner of the Eclipse Award of Merit on Thursday.

The award is the highest given to an individual in thoroughbred racing. Previous winners include jockeys Bill Shoemaker and Steve Cauthen and owner Ogden Mills Phipps.

Jones has been on the Churchill Downs board for a record 49 years.

His horses race in the black and red silks of Hermitage Farm.

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