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Names In The Game

June 7, 1994

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ A special display commemorating late Basketball Hall of Famers Hank Iba and J. Dallas Shirley is to be dedicated Wednesday at the museum.

Iba, who won two national championships coaching at Oklahoma State and two Olympic gold medals as coach of the U.S. team, died in Jan. 15, 1993, at age 88. Shirley, one of the few referees to be elected to the Hall of Fame, died March 1 at age 80.

Also commemorated in the display are Drazen Petrovic, a guard for the New Jersey Nets, who was killed last summer in an automobile accident in Germany; Reggie Lewis, the Boston Celtics captain, who died last summer of heart disease, and Eric Dean Koszalka, a young sports writer for the Union-News in Springfield, who died of Marfan syndrome in March.

Hall of Famer Willis Reed, general manager of the Nets, is scheduled to speak as is University of Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun, who coached Lewis at Northeastern University.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The United States needs a top-rated driver to have a chance at getting Formula One racing to return to the U.S., says Michael Schumacher, winner of four races this season.

Had Michael Andretti, a star on the IndyCar circuit, made a strong adjustment to Formula One racing last year and become a big winner, that would have helped the Americans’ cause, Schumacher said Tuesday during a breakfast at Benetton Sportsystem, the company for which he drives.

″Andretti doing well would have been the first step,″ Schumacher said during his first visit to New York, before going to Montreal for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. ″The people need to have someone they can follow.

″It would be a good idea to have a Formula One race here because there is a lot of interest. But the drivers don’t decide it. It’s not up to us.″

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Glenn Robinson, college basketball’s player of the year was selected Purdue’s male athlete of the year Tuesday for the second year in a row.

Robinson is Purdue’s first repeat male winner since quarterback Jim Everett in 1985 and 1986.

Robinson, who decided to pass up his senior year of eligibility, led the nation in scoring at 30.3 points a game and led the Boilermakers to the Big Ten championship, a 29-5 record and the nation’s No. 3 ranking.

Swimmer Kim Fritsch was picked as Purdue’s female athlete of the year.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Fresno State pitcher Tommy Minor was selected the GTE Academic All-America Player of the Year for the university division on Tuesday. He had an 11-6 record with a 2.90 ERA and a 3.93 grade point average as a biology-pre-medicine majors.

Minor made the Academic All-America for the second year in a row.

Bucknell infielder Brian Walter was the brightest of the bright players selected. Walter had a 4.00 grade point average as mechanical engineer major.

All-American shortstop Nomar Garciaparra of Georgia Tech made the smart team with a .437 batting average, 14 homers, 33 stolen bases and a 3.20 grade point average as a management major.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Jordan can play basketball and baseball, and a lot of young people in this country would like to see him on the U.S. National soccer team.

Some 5,000 boys and girls who participated in the Lanzera ″Soccer 94″ clinic at nine World Cup sites, were asked to name the non-soccer athlete they would most like to see on the U.S. team.

Jordan was the choice of 31 percent of those surveyed.

Deion Sanders, another double sport athlete, finished second, drawing 12 percent of the vote, followed by the tallest player to draw votes, Shaquille O’Neal.

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