Names In The Game
KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) _ Vice President Dan Quayle did a masterful job of sidestepping when asked to pick a World Series winner.
″I am vice president of all the United States,″ Quayle said Saturday during a political visit.
Cincinnati is just a few hours from Quayle’s hometown of Huntington, Ind. Does that make him a Reds fan?
″I’m from Indiana, and of course there’s a lot of Cincinnati Reds fans in Indiana,″ Quayle said.
The vice president took some heat from Portland fans during last spring’s NBA championships when he sat at one game with the owner of the Detroit Pistons - a franchise that began in Fort Wayne, Ind.
″I just came back from Portland and they let me know what they felt about that,″ Quayle said.
″I’m not going to make that mistake again,″ Quayle said with a smile when asked for his predicton.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former NFL all-pro receiver Ahmad Rashad will practice with the Philadelphia 76ers and play in an NBA exhibition game Tuesday night in Minnesota as part of new NBC sports show.
Tape of Rashad playing with the 76ers will be shown on the premiere edition of ″NBA Inside Stuff″ Oct. 27.
″I’ve been training hard for camp, playing in full court games to get in shape,″ said Rashad, who played freshman basketball at the University of Oregon, ″but that was 20 years ago.″
Rashad will practice with the team Monday and play in the following night at the Target Center, the Timberwolves’ new home, not far from Metropolitan Stadium where Rashad played for the Vikings.
″Hopefully, he’ll be able to catch my passes like he did in the NFL,″ said the 76ers’ Charles Barkley.
Rashad will be co-host of ″NBA Inside Stuff″ and a courtside reporter during games.
CELY, France (AP) - The site of this weekend’s LPGA World Championship, The Cely Golf Club, could be mistaken for the private estate of a wealthy art collector.
Just inside the gilded, wrought-iron gates, which resemble those at the Elysee Palace, are a Joan Miro’s sculpture, ″Le Pere Ubu,″ and a kneeling bronze by Pierre-August Renoir.
Millions of dollars worth of Miro works dot the lake - the most expensive water hazard in the world - and its ornamental island.
″We invest to have the very best,″ said Masahiko Sawada, president of Japan’s Urban Group, which owns the club. ″I want to be known as the man who has beautiful golf courses.″
In this case, it didn’t come cheap. The bill for sculpting a tree-lined, flower-laden layout, for renovating the chateau, and for building a marble- floored clubhouse with turreted roof came to just under $50 million.
Art is also the Urban Group’s business. It has galleries in Tokyo, Paris and New York.
The course was built by Jack Nicklaus’ company, Golden Bear.
SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) - Try handicapping this one: A bear, a buffalo and an Appaloosa horse will race Sunday at Blue Ribbon Downs.
The animals are owned by Buddy Heaton, a former steer-wrestling champion, who has been staging such odd races since 1953.
Teddy is a 7-year-old Himalayan brown bear, Clyde Harold is an 11-year-old bison and Hutch Clutch Moon is a 5-year-old Appaloosa.
Each will be saddled in the paddock and will break from the starting gate. That is, if they can saddle Teddy. The bear is not unlike some race horses who get pre-race jitters in the paddock. He’s a little tougher to saddle than the thoroughbreds, though. He rolls on his back to avoid it.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - New Minnesota North Stars owner Norman Green says he will continue to develop promotions aimed at getting the team out of the NHL’s attendance cellar.
The North Stars are averaging only 5,660 over their three home games.
Green created a family section - in which each $19.50-paying adult can buy tickets for two children under 14 for $2.
Another idea is to give $3 tickets to young hockey players wearing their team jerseys. The North Stars also plan to repeat last year’s ″Year of the Uniform″ and to give away flags at Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Green said the promotions and a multi-media advertising campaign will be aimed at drawing more families to the games. With that in mind, he has encouraged coach Bob Gainey and the players to become more involved in the community.