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July 21, 1988

TORONTO (AP) _ George Knudson, making his solo debut on the PGA Senior Tour this weekend, says he’ll be happy if he’s able to finish the golf tournament.

Knudson, whose Seniors debut was delayed a full year by a battle with lung cancer, said Wednesday in a telephone interview from Newport, R.I., that he didn’t know what to expect in the 54-hole Newport Cup, which begins Friday.

″I haven’t played competitively since the Legends,″ Knudson said, referring to the Legends of Golf team event held in April at Austin, Tex. ″And with the hot and humid weather in Toronto the past while, I didn’t even practice. I’m just going to go out there, go as hard as I can and see what happens.″

Knudson said he will also compete in the Seniors’ Classic, a 72-hole event in Concord, Mass., next week. He’ll return to Toronto after that and rejoin the tour in September for three more tournaments.

Knudson, 51, won eight events during his 21-year PGA career, which lasted from 1959 to 1980. Since then he has played very little on a competitive level, but he hasn’t been entirely away from the sport. Along with operating a successful golf school, he has made an instructional video and written a book.


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - The NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers are holding discussions with free agent Orlando Woolridge, a former No. 1 draft pick suspended by the league for drug addiction.

Woolridge, a 6-foot-9, seven-year NBA veteran, played five seasons with the Chicago Bulls before signing with the New Jersey Nets as a free agent prior to the 1986-87 season. He was suspended last February after admitting to cocaine addicition and entered a Van Nuys, Calif. drug rehabilitation clinic.

″We haven’t gotten into a discussion of dollars, but there is an interest on (the Lakers’) part and an interest on Orlando’s part,″ Woolridge’s agent, Larry Fleisher, said Wednesday.

Fleisher said his client has been receiving treatment in the past six months. Woolridge, a forward, was paid $1.2 million by the Nets last season.

Los Angeles reserve Kurt Rambis, also a free agent, said Wednesday that he has talked to several NBA teams, including the expansion Charlotte Hornets.

Lakers executives have indicated that Rambis probably will be re-signed, but the 6-8 forward said he hasn’t discussed a new contract with the club.

Rambis received $525,000 last season when Los Angeles became the first team in almost two decades to win back-to-back NBA championships.

Rambis’ agent Peter Johnson said Laker general manager Jerry West and Laker owner Jerry Buss have expressed a desire to re-sign Rambis.


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Professional wrestler Jose Huertas Gonzalez, known as Invader I, has been charged with stabbing Frank Donald Goodish, also known as Bruiser Brodie, to death, police said.

Huertas Gonzalez, a native of Puerto Rico, was charged with first degree murder and weapons law violations early Tuesday. He was jailed at the state penitentiary in the Rio Piedras sector of San Juan when he was unable to post bail, set at $120,000.

A preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 8.

Goodish, 42, a native of San Antonio, Texas, died on an operating table early Sunday after being stabbed twice in the abdomen during an argument in his dressing room with Huertas Gonzalez moments before a match.

Police say they don’t know why the two men, who reportedly had been friends, were arguing.

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