LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. (AP) _ John Gaines, founder of thoroughbred racing’s Breeders’ Cup, on Friday was named recipient of the Eclipse Award of Merit.
Gaines, owner of Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., one of the world’s largest thoroughbred breeding farms, came up with the idea of the Breeders’ Cup and brought together the top horses, riders and horsemen from North America, plus some from Europe and Australia, for a $10 million, seven-race program last Nov. 10 at Hollywood Park.
The Award of Merit requires a unanimous selection by the six-member panel of representatives from the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, National Turf Writers Association and the Daily Racing Form. It hasn’t been awarded since 1981, when jockey Bill Shoemaker was the recipient. Gaines will receive his Feb. 8 at the Eclipse Award banquet in Los Angeles. ---
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Jets of the National Football League announced Friday the promotion of receivers coach Richie Kotite to offensive coordinator and the hiring of Zeke Bratkowski as quarterback coach.
Kotite, a former tight end with the New York Giants, had been the Jets’ receivers’ coach the past two years.
Bratkowski, who played quarterback in the NFL for 14 seasons with the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers, had been quarterback coach and offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts for the past two years. He was dismissed by the Colts at the end of the 1984 season. ---
BOMBAY, India (AP) - Top-seeded Roger Knapp of the United States beat India’s K.G. Ramesh 6-1, 6-0 Friday and moved into the semifinals of the first leg of the $37,500 Indian Satellite tennis tour.
In other quarterfinal matches, unseeded Enrico Piperno of India upset No. 6-seed Peter Moraing of West Germany 6-2, 6-3;, No. 8-seed Gary Lemon edged fellow American Brad Cherry 7-6, 7-6, and Stepnuk Alexander of Sweden downed West German Heiner Moraing, Peter’s brother, 6-3, 6-4.
In the semifinals, Knapp will play alexander and Lemon faces Piperno. ---
MOSCOW (AP) - Yelena Golovina and two other Soviet women held the first three places ahead Sanna Granland of Norway Friday after a 5-kilometer ace in European Cup biathlon competitions in Raubichi in Byelorussia, Tass said.
The official Soviet news agency said Golovina, who placed second in a 10- kilometer Wednesday, consolidated her lead Friday by skiing the course and completing two firing sessions for a total of 20 minutes, 15.7 seconds, with one penalty point.urse.
Friday’s win thus gave her a commanding lead over compatriots Tatyana Brylina, who finished second Friday inh 20:41.3 and one penalty point, and kaya parve, third in 20:47.5 and three penalty points. Granland finished fourth in 20.48.4, with one penalty point. ---
TORONTO (CP) - Swimmer Alex Baumann, who set world records at the 1984 Olympics, was named Ontario’s Athlete of the Year Friday.
The 20-year-old Sudbury native set world records in both the 200 and 400- meter individual medley events at the Olympics in Los Angeles during the summer. He won a silver in the medley relay. ---
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The Irish national boxing team will meet a team of U.S. fighters Feb. 6 in the Onondaga County War Memorial, says a Syracuse Friends of Amateur Boxing spokesman.
The card was arranged after an out-of-court agreement between the Syracuse group and the USA Amateur Boxing Federation. The local organization sued the USA-ABF last year because it broke an agreement which would have brought the Cuban national team here in February, 1984.
SFAB spokesman Gary Pickard said his organization planned to drop the suit, and the Irish tour was awarded in the agreement. ---
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Liberty Bell harness racing track canceled its program Friday because of snow. Track spokesman Bruce Stearns said racing was expected to resume Saturday night.