Names In The Game
LEXINGTON, Ky (AP) _ John Skoglund sold Warren Moon to the highest bidder and got $150,000 for the one-year-old trotting colt named after the Minnesota Viking quarterback. The colt was sold at the Tattersalls Sale.
Skoglund, the chairman of the board of the Minnesota Vikings, who bred and raised the colt, promptly sought out the buyer, Elbrige Gerry of New York, and back an undisclosed percentage within 15 minutes.
Skoglund and wife Adelaide owned Warren Moon’s mother, Double Coverage, and named many of their young horses names for Vikings players and coaches. Anthony Carter, Bud Grant and Herschel Walker were all bred and raised by the Skoglunds.
Warren Moon’s brother Tagliabue, won the richest harness race of 1995, the $1.2 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands in August. That colt was named for NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
Warren Moon can be expected to start racing in late spring, and would have a shot at the Hambletonian in 1997.
ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) _ Paul Nestor had quite a few reservations when Kwame Clark decided to join the football team at Rosecrans high. But it had little to do with Clark being a girl.
``I want her to have an enjoyable experience, but at the same time keep her healthy for basketball,″ said coach Nestor.
Clark, a two-way player in football, is a standout on the girls basketball team. She is being recruited by St. Johns, Cincinnati and Marshall.
But for now, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior is concentrating on football.
Clark is used primarily at a tailback but also plays at linebacker and defensive back.
She said gender has not been an issue among her teammates or opponents.
``Since I wear my hair short and play rough, I don’t think most of ’em know they’re playing against a girl,″ Clark said.
EDINBURGH Scotland (AP) _ After several threats to pull out, five-time world cross country champion John Ngugi said Friday he would make his comeback in Sunday’s Great Caledonian Run.
``This is the beginning,″ he said. ``In three or four weeks I will be back at my very best.″
Ngugi said earlier in the week that he wasn’t sure about his fitness for the 10,000-meter race and feared the field might be too strong.
Ngugi’s agent John Bicourt _ a former international runner _ said the Kenyan decided by himself after training in London.
The 33-year-old Ngugi was suspended in February 1993 by track’s world governing body for refusing to take a drug test at his home in Kenya. The ban was lifted by the IAAF in May citing ``exceptional circumstances.″
Ngugi, the 1988 Olympic 5,000-meter champion, won the world cross country title four times from 1986 through 1989 and added his fifth in 1992.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Angel Cordero, who is launching a comeback as a jockey Sunday in his native Puerto Rico, will donate half his earnings that day to victims of Hurricane Marilyn on the islands of Vieques and Culebra.
It was the approaching storm that caused Cordero to postpone his return to riding from Sept. 17.
Cordero is listed to ride in two races Sunday.