Names In The Game
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) _ President Bush needed a playing partner, so he took Chris Evert.
″He requested it, and I don’t think you say no,″ said Loretto Vella, a friend of Evert’s.
The doubles team will compete Sunday in Evert’s pro-celebrity tennis classic at The Boca Raton Resort and Club. Their opponents will be talk show host Regis Philbin and a tennis pro to be named.
The charity doubles tournament is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, drawing celebrities and tennis professionals such as Michael Bolton, Pete Rose, Sonny Bono, Vitas Gerulaitis, Billie Jean King and Cheryl Tiegs.
This is the tournament’s fourth year. Profits from the event will go to the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County and to the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, which pays for early childhood development and prenatal care programs.
SOLDEN, Austria (AP) - Alberto Tomba is determined to have a big year on the World Cup circuit, which begins Saturday.
″I am aware that the competition is increasingly tough, but it’s important for my morale to have a good start and I’m shooting for a finish among the top three,″ the Italian skier said.
The World Cup begins with a giant slalom Saturday in this Austrian winter resort.
A spill in the opening slalom at Sestriere last year started Tomba off on a streak of failures in the World Cup and in the World Championships in Japan.
He managed only one victory in a World Cup race.
Tomba has been getting treatment this week for a tendon inflammation which his trainers said will not keep him from racing in Solden.
Tomba has set his sights on the Olympics in February. He is the only skier to win three titles in consecutive Olympics at Calgary and Albertville, and will be going for an unprecedented fourth gold medal in Lillehammer, Norway.
KENT, Ohio (AP) - Kent State has the longest losing streak in Division I-A football, and university president Carol Cartwright knows it all too well.
Cartwright said she supports athletic director Paul Amodio and football coach Pete Cordelli, but she does have a few basic demands.
″You know perfectly well what we want to see,″ Cartwright said. ″We want to see W’s out there. We want a competitive program and we want better attendance. Those are important goals. Those goals are not unusual.″
The Golden Flashes have lost 12 straight games, haven’t had a winning season since 1978 and have had only eight winning seasons since 1960.
Amodio said he welcomed Cartwright’s comments.
″It’s always a compliment to receive support from the people you work for. I work very closely with the president and we have excellent lines of communication. It’s nice to have a president who understands intercollegiate athletics.″
Cordelli said he hadn’t read Cartwright’s comments.
Amodio has been at Kent State since 1980. He has hired five football coaches, none of whom have lasted more than three years.
ALGONAC, Mich. (AP) - Algonac High officials say there are no hard feelings, but junior varsity players are disappointed an opponent chose to forfeit rather than play a team that fielded a girl.
Algonac’s junior varsity team was to close the season Thursday against Mount Clemens Lutheran North. But Lutheran North forfeited, objecting to Algonac’s plan to play Stacie Albert at running back.
″We’re simply honoring our principles, philosophical and theological,″ said the Rev. John Herzog, superintendent of the Lutheran High School Association.
″There’s no hard feelings,″ Algonac athletic director Ron Allen said. The school refused to bench Albert for the game.
Superintendent Dennis Guiser said, ″You’ve got to respect people who have a set of beliefs and then accept the consequences for those beliefs,″ superintendent Dennis Guiser said. ″But, obviously, we wouldn’t ask her to accept the consequences of their beliefs.″
″I think it’s dumb because they won’t play a girl,″ Algonac freshman Keith Ravis said. ″She’s been there the whole year.″
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Mills Lane will be the third man in the ring for the Nov. 6 heavyweight title rematch between Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield.
Lane was selected as the referee by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which also named judges for the fight. They are Jerry Roth, Patricia Jarman and Chuck Giampa.
Bowe, the IBF and WBA champion, is defending the titles he won from Holyfield last Nov. 13.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andrea Joyce is a mom for a second time. The studio host and reporter for CBS Sports gave birth on Thursday to a son, Grady Thomas. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Joyce and her husband, Harry Smith of ″CBS This Morning,″ have a 3-year-old son, Jake.
Joyce and Smith both will be involved in CBS’s coverage of the Winter Olympics in Ferbuary.