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February 20, 1987

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) _ Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Bill Mazeroski said he may run for election for Westmoreland County commissioner.

″I’m obviously thinking about″ a race for commissioner, said Mazeroski. ″It’s still rumor. Nothing’s set in concrete yet. ... It seems like if I would do it, the time is right.″

Mazeroski, 50, of suburban Greensburg, made the comments Thursday at a fundraiser for Ted Simon, a 13-year Democratic county commissioner seeking re- election.

Mazeroski, who retired in 1972 following a 17-year career with the Pirates, is still remembered as the man who hit the home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the 1960 World Series championship.

The former second baseman, who chairs Simon’s re-election committee, said he plans to make a decision on his race in the next few days.

″I’m still not 100 percent sure. In something like this, you have to be 100 percent sure,″ he said.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Ikuyo Shiotani of Japan carded a 2-over-par 74 but continued to maintain the top position Friday with a two-day total of 143 in the $30,000 Kosaido Asahi Malaysian Ladies Open Golf Championship.

Closing in hotly behind her in the three-day tournament was compatriot Hiroko Inoue, who fired a 1-under 71 for a two-day total of 144 over the 6,206-yard Royal Selangor Golf Club course.

Three strokes behind in third place was Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann with a 73.

In all, 53 players made the cutoff at 161.

Thailand Open champion Beverly New of Britain also made it into the final round with a 4-over 76 after shooting an 80 on Thursday.

The tournament is the second leg in the Asian Ladies circuit.


JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Representatives of the American Racing Series have announced the auto racing series will initiate a positive anti-drug program.

″We intend to form a committee which will be instructed to recommend a set of standards by which members and participants in ARS can be guided, U.E. ″Pat″ Patrick, founder and chairman of the series and a longtime Indy-car team owner, said.

″I want to emphasize up front that there have been absolutely no indications that drugs have been or are currently a problem for our organization,″ he said. ″But, as everyone knows, several isolated instances have occured involving certain individuals. As a result, we want to go on record to let all those in ARS as well as the public understand that we will take firm and strict measures to prevent the problem from approaching the doorstep of ARS.″

Patrick said that involvement in illegal drug dealing or in drug use by any person or persons connected with the series would be grounds not only for immediate suspension, but in all liklihood permanent banishment from ARS.

″Our intent is not to frighten or alarm anyone, but we do want to go on record that ARS will not toleate this (drug dealing or use) or any other illegal conduct,″ AARS President Dick Rutherford said.

The ARS, a series for open-wheel cars that run in support events for the CART Indy-car series, was started last year.


NEW YORK (AP) - Carlene Pearson, girlfriend of Dwight Gooden, has pleaded guilty to carrying a loaded stolen .38-caliber handgun through a metal detector at LaGuardia Airport as she arrived to meet the New York Mets pitcher’s plane on Jan. 30.

The 21-year-old from Tampa, Fla., pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted criminal possesion of a loaded weapon. She had initially been charged with criminal possession of a loaded weapon.

Pearson was expected to get five years probation when she is sentenced on April 3. She could have gotten seven years on the original charge, but was given the option of pleading to a lesser charge because she had no criminal record.

Pearson originally told police she had forgotten that the gun was in her bag. But she admitted Thursday in Brooklyn State Supreme Court that she knew she had the gun.


LIMONE PIEMONTE, Italy (AP) - Danilo Sbardellotto upset favorites Richard Pramotton and Robert Erlacher on Friday to win the Italian Super-Giant slalom title at the national championships of Alpine ski in this northern resort.

Sbardellotto, a downhill specialist, clocked a winning time of one minute, 40.63 seconds.

Pramotton lagged fifth, in 1:41.33, and Erlacher eighth, in 1:42.30.


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Indonesia defeated China 3-1 on the opening day of the 18th annual King’s Cup soccer tournament at the National stadium Friday.

In an earlier match, Thailand beat Oman 2-0.

Thailand plays South Korea and the Soviet Union takes on North Korea on Saturday. Seven countries are competing in the tournament, and Thailand is fielding two teams.


BRADFORD, England (AP) - Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Friday praised efforts to rebuild the Bradford City soccer stadium from the fire two years ago that killed 56 fans.

Standing near the spot where she had placed a wreath to the victims in 1985, Thatcher said the $4 million redevelopment of the Valley Parade ground had strengthened community ties.

″It was a tragedy, but you have made some good come out of it,″ the prime minister told Stafford Heginbotham, the second division club’s president.

She wrapped one of the team’s red-and-yellow scarfs around her neck and watched from a seat in the stands as the club’s youth team worked out.

When Heginbotham said that the club was near the bottom of the division, Thatcher replied: ″No, 18th from the top and going up. It sounds better.″


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A city official has proposed replacing the Kemper Arena clock that malfunctioned during the NCAA Midwest Regional final last year and has not worked properly at three Kansas City Comets games this season.

The clock could be replaced in time for the 1988 NCAA Final Four tournament, which will be played at Kemper, said Paul Beecher, assistant city manager.

A new clock to replace the 7-year-old clock could cost $1 million or $2 million, depending on what features the city wants, Beecher said.

The clock cost $350,000 when it was installed and the city has spent about $26,000 to repair it and buy new equipment since it malfunctioned during the regional final.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Two-time Olympian Jim Hartung of Omaha has retired from gymnastics and ended his bid to compete in the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea.

″I guess the idea of three Olympics was real intriguing to me,″ Hartung said. ″But to do gymnastics at an Olympic level, you have to live it. At 26 years old, you also have to start thinking about the rest of your life.″

As of Wednesday, Hartung said, his position as an athletic fund-raiser and sports promoter at the University of Nebraska became full-time.

The U.S. boycott kept Hartung from competing in the 1980 Olympics. He helped his country win the gold medal in the 1984 Games at Los Angeles.

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