Names In The Game
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. (AP) _ Australian legend Rod Laver is realistic about the future of the senior tennis tour.
″Our prize money will get better, but I doubt if we’ll ever become as big as the senior golf tour,″ said the 54-year-old Laver, who teamed with John Lloyd to beat Jaime Fillol and Roscoe Tanner 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the ATP Tour Seniors doubles championship Wednesday.
″We’re not fooling anyone. When you get older, you’ve got just a shadow of your old tennis game. Golf is a different sport.″
REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) - Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Kent Austin doesn’t mind playing in obscurity while Calgary Stampeders star Doug Flutie receives the headlines.
″Yeah, it’s true I don’t get the kind of media attention someone like Flutie gets,″ the former Mississippi star said Wednesday. ″Don’t get the kind of contract he does, either.
″But in some respects that’s good, because I can continue to play without being bothered - without having the pressure. It’s made it easier to play.″
With four games left in the regular season, Austin has a chance to break some of the CFL records Flutie set last season with British Columbia. He leads the league with 373 completions in 606 attempts for 4,924 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Flutie holds the records for completions with 466, attempts with 730 and yardage with 6,619. Former Calgary star Pete Liske set the standard for touchdowns with 40 in 1967.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Federal Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp was among 10 people inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
Kemp led the Buffalo Bills to consecutive American Football League championships in 1964 and 1965. Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the sole owner of the Bills since they were formed in 1960, was also inducted Wednesday.
Northrup R. and Seymour H. Knox III, who brought the expansion Buffalo Sabres to the city in 1970 was also enshrined along with Buffalo native Randy Smith, who starred for the NBA’s Buffalo Braves, and Rick Martin, part of the famed ″French Connection″ line that brought the Sabres to the Stanley Cup final in 1975.
Also inducted were: Eddie Donovan, former general manager of the NBA’s New York Knicks; professional bowler Doris Coburn; former women’s world champion horseshoe pitcher Ruth Hangen, and retired high school basketball coach Mel Palano.
MONTREAL (AP) - While Felipe Alou works out a deal to stay with the Montreal Expos beyond his managing days, brother Jesus is severing his ties with the organization after a lengthy association as a scout.
Jesus Alou has received permission from the Expos to obtain employment elsewhere and appears headed for the expansion Florida Marlins.
″He wanted to move on,″ Fred Ferreira, Montreal’s director of Latin American operations, said Wednesday.
Jesus Alou has been an Expos scout and manager of the organization’s Mendoza team in the Dominican Republic summer league. He played in the major leagues for the New York Mets, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics.