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Names In The Game

March 10, 1993

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) _ Members of the international track and field community aren’t the only ones looking for answers from Ben Johnson. Apparently, so are the Hamilton Tiger- Cats.

The Tiger-Cats are reported to have put the Toronto sprinter on their negotiation list, giving them first crack at signing him to a CFL contract.

The CFL could be a viable alternative for Johnson, who received a lifetime suspension Friday from the International Amateur Athletics Federation for a second positive drug test.

Tiger-Cats president John Michaluk would not confirm or deny Johnson’s addition to Hamilton’s negotiation list.

″One, we don’t discuss our negotiations list, and two we haven’t talked to Ben,″ Michaluk said. ″We know Ben can run and he has always been popular in Hamilton. He would look good running in black in gold.″


DENVER (AP) - Acupuncture was one of the treatments Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway received last season for his injured right shoulder.

Elway, who signed a new four-year contract for a reported $20 million with the Broncos on Monday, missed four games with the injury.

Dr. Peter Hanson told KUSA-TV in Denver on Tuesday that Elway couldn’t get his right hand past his ear when he came in, but within seconds after the treatment ″it had released enough hormones that he could move enough to reach well past his ear.″

Broncos spokesman Jim Saccomano confirmed acupuncture was one of the treatments used on Elway’s shoulder.

″At the same time, as you know, we were doing a variety of things with heat and ice and rest, but that was one of the things that happened,″ Saccomano said.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Mom and dad will help major league baseball get started next month. Now, Chelsea Clinton has been invited to throw out the first ball for a minor league opener - the home debut of the Daytona Cubs.

Jordan Kobritz, general manager of the Chicago Cubs’ farm team, said Tuesday that 13-year-old Chelsea was asked to represent young Americans at the April 12 game.

President Clinton will throw out the first ball in Baltimore for the Orioles’ opener and Hillary Clinton will do the honors in Chicago when the Cubs open their season.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Neil O’Donnell, a restricted free agent, hired agent Leigh Steinberg to handle his contract negotiations.

Steinberg represents some of the NFL’s top players, including San Francisco quarterback Steve Young, Kansas City linebacker Derrick Thomas and San Diego linebacker Junior Seau.

O’Donnell made $271,000 last season while his backup, Bubby Brister, made $1.4 million. Brister is signed for $1.21 million this season.

As a restricted free agent, O’Donnell can solicit offers from other teams, although the Steelers can keep him by matching any offer. The Steelers would receive only a third-round draft choice if another team signs O’Donnell.

Last week, O’Donnell fired his former agent, Steve Baker, who formerly worked for Steinberg.

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