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September 19, 1995

MISSION, Texas (AP) _ To residents in this small Texas town, Tom Landry is larger than life. Now, the city has honored its native son with a mural that’s almost as big.

The 18-by-100-foot mural depicts the life of the former Dallas Cowboys coach from his early years as a Mission football player to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The painting adorns the side of an office supplies store at North Conway and Tom Landry streets.

``It’s really nice to have something like this from your hometown. It’s always special,″ said Landry, whose hand and footprints were preserved just below the colorful painting.

Artist Manuel Hinojosa worked weekends and off-time from his job as Port Isabel city manager to create the painting.

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MILAN, Italy (AP) _ An Italian gossip magazine on Tuesday published pictures of Olympic skiing champion Alberto Tomba in the buff.

The Italian sports hero did not blush but said those responsible should be ashamed.

``This is some sort of garbage journalism,″ Tomba told the Bologna daily Il Resto Del Carlino from Chile, where he is training.

Tomba said the magazine printed ``old pictures, taken in a sauna several years ago, when I was not yet a popular skier.″

The magazine, Eva Tremila, recently has published nude pictures of Prince Charles, Formula One driver Jean Alesi and King Juan Carlos of Spain.

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TOKYO (AP) _ For the first time in its 70-year history, a woman played Tuesday in the prestigious Tokyo Big Six University Baseball League. She was the starting pitcher, and she was American.

More than 7,000 at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium watched Jodi Haller pitch 1 2-3 innings in the league’s fall tournament for Meiji University.

The 22-year-old left-hander walked four batters and hit one before she was relieved. Meiji went on to beat Tokyo University 4-0.

``My pitching wasn’t good. I gave up no hits because I gave walks,″ said Haller, who pitched in 1990 for Saint Vincent College before she transferred to Shippensburg State (Pa.).

Haller entered a two-year women’s college of Meiji University in April and is majoring in economics.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma offensive coordinator Gary Nord says he didn’t mean to offend anyone with jokes about redneck Oklahomans. But some Sooner state natives saw no humor in Nord’s offhand remarks.

Oklahoma president David Boren sent Nord a letter Monday demanding an apology. Nord’s apologies were profuse.

``I was kidding around,″ he said of the comments published Sept. 9 in the Louisville Courier-Journal. ``I basically was saying, `I thought Kentucky was hillbilly, but y’all win.′

``I didn’t intend to hurt anybody’s feelings. I apologize if I did. I sure didn’t mean to upset anybody.″

The newspaper’s feature story about Howard Schnellenberger’s arrival as OU’s new coach quoted Nord as follows:

``It (a June bus tour of Oklahoma) was really good. I thought the damn Kentucky people were hicks, but these people win hands down. I should’ve taken a dentist with me. I didn’t see a full set of teeth the whole time I was on the road. Rednecks. But they welcomed us with open arms. Every town was packed.″

The Louisville native said the remarks, made two months ago, were taken out of context.

Boren said he considers the matter closed.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Jim Ryun and Australia’s Ron Clarke, two of the premier distance runners in history who never met in competition, will face each other for the first time in a ``Dream Mile″ at the inaugural International Senior Games in Bermuda in April.

The Games will bring together approximately 3,500 competitors aged 50 and older in more than 20 sports. Only in the mile race and in cricket will some competitors be below 50.

Ryun, 48, set the world mile record twice _ with 3 minutes, 51.3 seconds in 1966 and 3:51.1 in 1967. The latter mark stood as the world record for nine years and as an American record for 16 years.

He also set the 1,500-meter world record of 3:33.1 in 1967, the 800-yard world record of 1:44.9 in 1966 and the mile record for high schoolers with 3:55.3 in 1965 _ a mark that still stands. Ryun won his only Olympic medal by finishing second in the 1,500 in 1968.

Clarke, 58, set 18 world records at eight distances from two miles to 20,000 meters from 1963 to 1970. His only Olympic medal was a bronze in the 10,000 meters in 1964. Clarke also finished fifth in the 5,000 and sixth in the 10,000 at the 1968 Games.

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