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January 25, 1991

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Motorists traveling the New York State Thruway during Sunday’s Super Bowl won’t be able to escape football news.

Officials said scores of the game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will be flashed along the length of the 559-mile Thruway system.

The Thruway stretches from Buffalo east and south across the Empire State to just north of New York City.

″This silver anniversary Super Bowl is an historic event not only for the NFL, but also for New York state,″ said Peter Tufo, Thruway Authority chairman. ″For the first time in history, two New York teams will square off to determine professional football’s best team.″

Whether it’s actually an all-New York Super Bowl has been a subject of heated debate all week. New Jersey Gov. James Florio has claimed the Giants, who play in a stadium in northern New Jersey, for the Garden State.

Motorists can’t reach Giants Stadium on the New York State Thruway.

Message signs in Buffalo and at the Tappen Zee Bridge in Westchester County will flash the scores of the game, Tufo said. Toll collectors will also post the score at booths at each exit of the Thruway, he said.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Pepsi-Cola Co. has canceled plans for a massive call-in contest during Sunday’s Super Bowl after talking with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission about overburdening the nation’s telephone networks.

Each household that called a toll-free number was to have received a coupon for a free 2-liter bottle of Diet Pepsi. Three lucky callers were to have won $1 million each.

″As world events have continued to develop, concerns about consumer access to phone lines have become of prime importance. We did not want to do anything that would have even the slightest chance of disrupting our nation’s ability to communicate,″ said David Novak, Pepsi’s executive vice president of marketing and sales.

Pepsi still plans to run five 60-second commercials during the game.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - For the first time since 1982, the Mississippi Gulf Coast will play host to some of the world’s top Olympic-style boxers.

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Harrison County Tourism Commission and Biloxi Boxing Club are hosting the 1991 USA-Canada Amateur Boxing Dual on April 26, 1991.

Each bout has three, three-minute rounds as in the Olympic Games. The U.S. Team will be selected in early April as will the Canadian squad.

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MIAMI (AP) - A pioneer Miami family that donated the land for the International Players Championships tennis center is suing to get the land back, saying its pleas to preserve the property for park land has been ignored.

Four Matheson family heirs filed suit Wednesday in Dade Circuit Court claiming Dade County violated 1940 deed restrictions by turning the Key Biscayne tennis complex into a profit-making enterprise. The family wants to block construction of a 7,500-seat stadium for the tournament, which draws top players with a $2.5 million purse.

″The Matheson family is not against a tennis tournament,″ said Bruce Matheson. ″We just feel it is in the wrong location.″

But the county plans to go ahead with construction and fight the lawsuit.

″We believe that we have tailored the use of all Matheson-donated property in accordance with the Matheson deed restrictions,″ said County Attorney Robert Ginsburg.

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DALLAS (AP) - Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach Gary Stevens is attempting to resurrect his candidacy for the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator job he turned down last week, a newspaper reported.

The Dallas Morning News reported in its early Friday editions that Stevens is having second thoughts and is working behind the scenes to rekindle the interest of Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson.

Stevens was quarterbacks coach under Johnson at the University of Miami in 1985-88 and helped develop Vinny Testaverde and Steve Walsh into All-Americas and first-round NFL draft picks.

Johnson declined Thursday to comment on the report.

″I have no comment, other than to say I hope to have someone by the end of the month,″ Johnson said.

After Johnson left Miami for the Cowboys job two years ago, Stevens joined the staff of Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula when he was not hired to succeed Johnson.

At Miami, Stevens replaced David Shula, son of Don Shula, whom Johnson hired for his offensive coordinator.

If Stevens becomes the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, he would again replace David Shula.

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PINOLE, Calif. (AP) - Jim Pencak won five of eight matches Thursday and took the fourth-round lead in the PBA’s $125,000 ARC Pinole Open.

Pencak, who won three times last year, totaled 6,033 pins.

Tony Westlake ramained second, 55 pins behind Pencak. Westlake is a two- time champion, whose last win came in 1989.

Mark Thayer moved up to third after toppling 5,886 pins.

Bob Benoit is fourth at 5,876. Benoit’s only title came at the 1988 Quaker State Open when he rolled a 300 in the championship match.

Steve Hoskins, the 1989 PBA Rookie of the Year, is fifth at 5,861.

Sixteen more games of match-play remain before the field is cut to the top five for the stepladder finals. First prize is $21,000.

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Western Washington University men’s soccer coach Kevin Quinn, who directed the Vikings to NAIA District 1 titles the past two seasons, has been named women’s coach as well.

Quinn, 27, has a 39-26-3 record in four seasons in charge of the men’s team.

″We’re doing this for a year to see how it works,″ Western Washington athletic director Lynda Goodrich said in a statement Thursday. ″We’ve talked with some of those schools that have done it, and they said you need to have the right person who can handle it.″

Women’s soccer coach Dominic Garguile resigned last month after compiling a 106-43-12 record in 12 seasons.

Quinn earned honorable mention all-Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference in 1985, his senior year at Western Washington. The next season he was an assistant women’s soccer coach and the team finished 13-4-2 to make the area playoffs.

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Mouse Davis, hired by coach Wayne Fontes to orchestrate the Detroit Lions’ run-and-shoot offense, says he is leaving Detroit.

Fontes said during a meeting with Davis that he is planning to switch to a tight end-oriented offense, Davis said Thursday.

″He said, ‘You can stay if you want to,’ but that would be kind of ridiculous,″ Davis said. ″So I wished him well, and away we go.″

Another of the conductors for Detroit’s run-and-shoot, June Jones, left last week for a job with Atlanta.

There was no answer at Lions offices early this morning, but Fontes has said he plans some offensive changes, particularly in light of midseason criticism last year that running back Barry Sanders was carrying the ball too little. Sanders still led the NFL in rushing with 1,304 yards.

Davis’s only regret is Fontes didn’t give the offense more time.

″Because I think we did a good job, I don’t have any bad feelings,″ Davis said. ″I’m disappointed because we didn’t get a chance to finish the job we started out to do.″

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Budget constraints may prevent the Florida Legislature from helping the Suncoast Dome get ready for a prospective major league baseball team, lawmakers say.

Although the $110 million dome opened last year, it still lacks artificial turf and other necessities to make it ready for a potential National League expansion franchise to be awarded this year.

In its presentation to the National League, the city assured baseball officials that the stadium would be ready for an expansion team.

The legislature has been generous in the past, approving a $30 million financial package in 1988 to prepare the dome for the Chicago White Sox. But when the Sox decided to stay in Chicago, that deal was scrapped.

But such a deal is unlikely to be repeated.

In the current climate, it ″would not be warmly endorsed at all in my opinion,″ said State Sen. Curt Kiser, R-Palm Harbor.

″The governor would be supportive of some type of generic package to cities seeking sports franchises, but given our budget situation we just don’t have the money for grants,″ said Julie Annbender, spokeswoman for Gov. Lawton Chiles.

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ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) - Rudi Voeller, the AS Roma star striker who helped Germany win the soccer world championship last year, has been named to a blue-ribbon panel investigating the sport’s problems, FIFA announced today.

Voeller is the player representative on the seven-member committee, which will make recommendations by the end of the year aimed at promoting exciting, goal-oriented play.

Michel Platini, the former World Cup star who coaches France’s national team, was named earlier as coaches’ representative.

Other members announced by FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, were Danish World Cup referee Peter Mikkelsen and Luca di Montezemolo, Italian chief organizer of the 1990 championship finals.

Lidio Toledo of Brazil will represent sports medicine; Sergio di Cesare of Italy, media; and Graham Kelly of England, administration.

The group is expected to hold its first meeting next month.

FIFA launched the committee after the last World Cup was the lowest scoring in the tournament’s 60-year history. The organization was worried that lackluster play aimed mainly at not losing, rather than at winning, is ruining soccer’s attractiveness.

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GENEVA (AP) - Karl Frehsner, who coached the Swiss men’s ski team to dominance in the 1980s, is expected to lose his job shortly because of a fight with ski federation leaders, Swiss media reported Friday.

The mass-circulation daily Blick quoted federation director Kurt Brudermann as saying, ″On Monday there will be an official statement.″ Blick said it will announce Frehsner’s firing.

The coach says he is ready to resign.

The incident is being played out against the backdrop of the world ski championships at Saalbach, Austria.

Frehsner, 51, has been locked in a power struggle for about a year with the federation leadership. He wanted to report directly to Brudermann rather than an intermediate official, sports chief Paul Berlinguer.

The crisis apparently came to a head with renewed criticism of federation structures by Frehsner in a Swiss television special from the world championships Wednesday.

Commentators said the situation was unlikely to be patched up again as it was once last year.

Highlights of Frehsner’s coaching career include a record-tying four World Cup titles for Pirmin Zurbriggen, Peter Mueller’s downhill title at the 1987 world championship and Max Julen’s Olympic giant slalom gold medal in 1984.

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