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Names In The Game

May 23, 1993

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Golfer Tom Watson may face competitors in the future who learned the game from him.

Watson held a junior golf clinic and demonstration Saturday at Swope Park. Although the event was aimed at children from 7 to 18, many even younger would-be golfers attended.

Ann Marie Blando, 4, received her first nine iron, and successfully hit two balls in a row. Tiffany Carter, who turned 4 Saturday, won a free golf pass in a drawing.

Even some parents learned a lesson.

″Just the re-emphasis that your wrists have to remain flexible in your grip,″ said Gary Wolz of Raytown, who brought his 13-year-old son to the clinic. ″Tom Watson is giving the kids everything they need at this stage.″


PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - Winning a Super Bowl made Jimmy Johnson crack a wide smile and even let his hair down.

Returning home to be honored for the victory almost made the Dallas Cowboys’ coach cry.

But the mood Saturday was meant to be festive as Johnson was the target of the annual Port Arthur News Homecoming Roast, which raised a record $172,133 for the city’s historical society. Proceeds will help build the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur.

″This is a special moment,″ said Johnson, who fought with his emotions during his speech.

Johnson, a local high school football star, took verbal shots from several coaching peers, a few players, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and members of the media.

Many of their jabs centered on the city’s renaming of 75th street to ″Jimmy Johnson Boulevard″ at a ceremony earlier Saturday.

″Jimmy, I looked at a lot of streets named after you - they were all called ‘One Way,’ ″ said Houston Oilers defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, who often feuded with Johnson while coaching the Philadelphia Eagles.

Many of the speakers also poked fun at Johnson’s matted-down silver hair, well-known for staying put under all conditions.

Star players Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith were on hand to laud their coach.

″He is the most intense and focused man I’ve ever been around,″ said Smith, whose unsigned status also was a target of ridicule. ″I think our team definitely has taken the shape he wants it to have.″

Johnson responded by telling Jones: ″Jerry, pay this guy a lot of money.″


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - James Dunaway of Tenafly, N.J., a senior editor for Track & Field News since 1964, has been awarded the Ken Doherty Fellowship for 1993.

The fellowship is presented annually by USA Track & Field and the National Track and Field Hall of Fame Historical Researach Library at Butler University. Its purpose is to encourage track and field research and publications.

Dunaway will research the dual meet series between the United States and the Soviet Union, which began in 1958 and ended in 1982.

The award is named for 88-year-old Ken Doherty, winner of the 1928 Olympic bronze medal in the decathlon. Doherty, who coached track and field at Michigan and Penn, also authored several track and field instructional books.

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