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September 17, 1990

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Mick Johnson knows little of Terry Fox, the 22-year-old who won the hearts of North Americans 10 years ago with his valiant fight against cancer.

But the 8-year-old shares the determination and some of the pain Fox endured when he tried to hop across Canada in 1989 in aid of cancer research.

Johnson’s mother, Nicole, urged him to rest because his white blood cell count, reduced by bone cancer, was too low for his first planned chemotherapy treatment Sunday.

″No, I’ve got a job to do,″ Johnson said, gripping his crutches and making it a few hundred meters. Next year, he said, he’ll do the whole run.

Johnson was among 500,000 Canadians who participated in the annual run commemorating Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Organizers predict this year’s campaign will raise more than $8 million for cancer research.

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VASTERAS, Sweden (AP) - Brad Hokin of Chicago, who collapsed during a Swedish Football League game, is lucky to be alive, his doctor said Monday after performing emergency brain surgery.

Hokin, 26, was in intensive care, but ″wide awake″ and in very good condition, said the doctor, who would not give his name.

″He’s been very lucky,″ the doctor said of the former Massachusetts assistant coach.

He said Hokin, a running back, had complained of a headache during the week, but played in Sunday’s game against the advice of the team doctor and a neurology expert.

Hokin felt dizzy during the game between the Limhamn Griffins, which he coached, and the Danderyd Mean Machines. He walked off the field, sat down on the sidelines and gradually lost consciousness, the doctor said.

An ambulance took him to the hospital, where tests revealed that he was bleeding on the left side of the brain, the doctor said. An operation was performed to ease the bleeding.

The doctor said such brain injuries are uncommon in football.

Hokin did not know when he had received the injury, but it must have occurred before the game, the doctor said.

The Swedish national news agency, TT, reported that Hokin was tackled hard late in the game and was accidentally kicked in the head when he fell to the ground.

Hokin, formerly of Boston University, came to Sweden this year to coach the Griffins, based in Malmo. The Griffins lost Sunday’s championship game 28-21 to the Mean Machines.

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BUFFALO, Pa. (AP) - NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue visited Mel Blount at the former Pittsburgh cornerback’s home for troubled boys to show league support for players who work to improve their communities.

″Being out here sends a strong signal about our commitment to the communities where there are NFL players and coaches living,″ Tagliabue said Sunday. ″We want to be good citizens and good role models to instill in our young people how important it is to be productive.″

Blount uses his 250-acre horse and cattle farm in Washington County as a temporary home for boys who have problems but have not committed serious crimes. The home has room for 20 youths from 7 to 13 years old.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Baseball fans, scholars and Yale graduates have contributed more than $1 million for graduate student fellowships in honor of A. Bartlett Giamatti, the late major league commissioner and Yale president.

The letters accompanying the donations were not received from the typical list of Yale donors.

″It is a very extraordinary list, both in the numbers and in the broad range of people, from baseball clubs and baseball fans to many gifts from students, people he taught on the way up,″ said Terry Holcombe, Yale’s vice president for development and alumni affairs.

Jean Yawkey, majority owner of the Boston Red Sox, Giamatti’s beloved team, contributed $100,000 to the fellowships. A woman who signed her letter, ″another Red Sox fan,″ contributed $5. The Montreal Expos sent $50,000, while Fay Vincent, a 1963 graduate of Yale Law School who succeeded Giamatti as baseball commissioner, donated $25,000.

The Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Phillies, White Sox and Yankees contributed, as did three different publishers of baseball cards, The Sporting News and Frank Deford, publisher of The National, a sports daily.

Yale football great Calvin Hill, a 1969 Yale graduate who played several years in the NFL and is vice president of the Baltimore Orioles, also contributed, as did Yogi Berra, former Yankees catcher, coach and manager.

Giamatti was Yale president from 1978 to 1986. He became president of the National League in 1986 and baseball commissioner April 1, 1989.

He died of a heart attack Sept. 1, 1989.

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BEIJING (AP) - When Pakistan President Ghulam Ishaq Khan arrives Thursday for the Asian Games, he will head a small list of foreign dignitaries for the event.

Also attending are Vanuatu Foreign Minister Donald Kalpokas, who arrived Monday, and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vo Nguyen Giap.

China had hoped the list would be longer and would include a minister-level official from Japan.

China hopes to use the games, its first major international sports event, to show off its economic progress and improve its image abroad after its widely condemned 1989 army attack on pro-democracy protesters.

But Chinese sources say the government rejected a request by South Korean President Roh Tae-woo to attend, despite large donations to the games by South Korean companies. China is a close friend of North Korea and has no official contacts with the South.

Hong Kong news reports have said Sultan Aslan Muhibbuddin Shah of Malaysia also will attend in an unofficial capacity.

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