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May 7, 1994

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Bill Nack, six-time Eclipse Award-winning senior writer for Sports Illustrated, was elected Friday to a two-year term as president of the National Turf Writers Association.

Nack succeeds New York freelance writer Jenny Kellner, the first woman to serve as president of the 35-year-old organization.

Pohla Smith, a freelance writer from Pittsburgh, was elected vice president.

Re-elected as directors were Don Clippinger, a freelance writer from Louisville, Ky.; freelance writer Jay Hovdey, Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Tracy Gantz, managing editor of The Thoroughbred of California; freelance writer Jay Privman, Santa Monica, Calif.; and Ray Paulick, editor, The Blood-Horse.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - UCLA earned a spot in its 17th national title game and will play Penn State as both won their semifinal matches Friday night in the NCAA men’s volleyball championships.

UCLA, the defending and 14-time champion, defeated tournament host and No. 4 seed Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, 15-3, 15-8, 15-4. No. 2 Penn State, in its 10th Final Four, advanced to its second title game with a 9-15, 15-7, 15-10, 15-6 triumph over third-seeded Ball State.

The championship match is Saturday night, preceded by a consolation match.

Jeff Nygaard, the national player of the year, led the Bruins with 17 kills.

Penn State’s previous title-game appearance was in 1982, when it lost to UCLA.


NEW YORK (AP) - Sports psychologist Jim Loehr and six others have been named to an Age Eligibility Commission, the Women’s Tennis Council announced Friday.

Anne Person Worcester, managing director of the WTC, said the commission will review the current age eligibility rule with regard to the minimum age for players to compete on the WTA Tour.

Besides Loehr, other commission members are chairperson Carol L. Otis, director of Specialty Clinics at the Student Health Services and assistant team physician at UCLA; Elizabeth Darlison of Australia, executive vice president of WomenSport International Inc.; Dr. Joseph Keul of Germany, a member of the International Tennis Federation medical commission and an expert in internal medicine; Paul Roetert, administrator of Sport Science for the U.S. Tennis Association; Kathleen Stroia, health services director of the WTA Tour; and Peter Terry of England, a sports psychologist with an expertise in sports sociology.

After gathering testimony and information, the commission will evaluate an appropriate age requirement for professional participation on the WTA Tour.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Skate America International, the only international amateur figure skating competition staged in the United States each year, will be held Oct. 27-30 at the Civic Arena.

The competition is sanctioned by the U.S. Figure Skating Association and will begin Oct. 27 with the pairs technical program and men’s technical program. The original dance and ladies’ technical program will be Oct. 28.

Pairs free skating, men’s free skating, the free dance and the ladies’ free skating will be Oct. 29. An exhibition will close the event Oct. 30.


ZARAGOZA, Spain (AP) - French cyclist Laurent Jalabert won Friday’s 12th stage of the Tour of Spain, and Tony Rominger of Switzerland kept his overall lead of more than four minutes.

Jalabert covered the flat 140 1/2 miles from Benasque in 5 hours, 44 minutes, 39 seconds for his fourth stage victory in this year’s race, all in sprints.

Rominger has also won four stages - two time trials and two mountain- climbing legs.

Rominger kept the lead he has held since winning the first stage. He leads by 4:13 over Mikel Zarrabeitia of Spain and is 4:57 ahead of Alex Zulle of Switzerland.

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