NEW YORK (AP) _ Distance runners Bill Donakowski and Brenda Webb have been named the October Athletes of the Month by the Track and Field Writers of America.
Donakowski overcame wind and rain to win the Twins Cities Marathon at St. Paul, Minn. on Oct. 12 in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 40 seconds, beating runner-up Don Janicki by more than a minute. The race was the U.S. Championship and the qualifier for the 1987 World Championships at Rome.
Webb set an American record of 31:37.83 in winning the 10-kilometer (6.2- mile) race in the TAC Championship Road Race at Ukian, Calif. on Oct. 19.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Alex Ferguson was named Friday as manager of the Manchester United soccer club, replacing Ron Atkinson, who was fired in the wake of the team’s poor start this season.
Ferguson was manager of Aberdeen for eight years and head of Scotland’s World Cup team in Mexico.
Since Ferguson took over the Scottish club in 1978, Aberdeen has won three league titles and the 1983 European Cup Winners Cup.
Compensation to Aberdeen, and to Atkinson and his assistant Mick Brown, both of whom had two years remaining on their contracts, is expected to cost United more than $420,000.
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - An assault charge against Clemson University basketball player Jerry Pryor has been dropped after a grand jury refused to indict him.
Pryor, a 20-year-old sophomore, was charged with aggravated assault in September after a woman reported that he and another man attacked her and threatened her with a knife.
The case was presented this week to the Bulloch County grand jury, which refused to indict him. District Attorney Lane Johnston said Friday that the case will not be pursued further.
Pryor, a forward who averaged 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season in 33 games for Clemson, was placed on probation pending the outcome of the charges but has been attending team practices.
″Pryor is back on the team in good standing,″ sports information spokesman Tim Bourret said Friday.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Greg Puente, being tutored by former featherweight champion Danny ″Little Red″ Lopez, has signed to fight Francisco Segura on Nov. 25, promoter Don Fraser said.
The 12-round bout at the Marriott Hotel will be for the vacant California super featherweight championship, Fraser said.
Puente, from El Monte, has an 8-1-4 record and lost a 10-round split decision to Segura on Sept. 25. Segura, from Coachella, is 10-1.
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - The International Weightlifting Federation, at a meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, Friday decided to organize the first women’s World Weightlifting Championship in the United States next year, the news agency BTA reported.
The Bulgarian agency said the tournament would be held Nov.5-7, 1987, in Florida and that three cities had volunteered to organize it. It did not name them.
The men’s World Championship will be held at Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, Sept. 6-13, 1987.