Names In The Game
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) _ Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas and Olympic track star Edwin Moses were on hand as the U.S. Goodwill Games team beat the Magic Johnson All-Stars 113-95 in a Summer Pro League game Sunday.
″I was excited about the win, but meeting them was a great thrill,″ Indiana star Alan Henderson said. ″I felt like a little kid meeting some of my heroes. They spoke to us about the importance of representing the United States, gave us some tips on international competition and wished us the best of luck at the Goodwill Games.″
The Goodwill Games basketball competition begins July 23 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) - Getting on with life after pro football is more important to Earl Campbell than reliving his glory days.
″It’s a fond memory, but it’s a chapter that’s closed,″ the Hall of Fame running back said Saturday night after being inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. ″I’ll always be grateful for being able to play football, but sports is something I can’t do anymore. It’s a done deal for me and now I’m just concentrating on making my business a success.″
Campbell does occasional work for the University of Texas, but puts most of his energy into Earl Campbell Foods.
″To me, when you’re done in pro sports, America is done with you,″ Campbell said. ″Some guys are bitter about it. Some guys get on with their lives and that’s what I’ve done - because I sure can’t run a 4.7 40 anymore.
″I’m not in tune with pro football much at all. I am a college football fan. I knew I liked college football last year when, I think it was a Colorado-Stanford game came on ESPN at midnight and I watched the whole thing.″
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Former President George Buch was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Bush, who played first base for Yale in the College World Series in 1947 and 1948, received a plaque, hat and T-shirt during a ceremony at the Italian Heritage Center. He also played for the Kennebunk Collegians.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Lesley Visser will join ESPN this fall as a correspondent for the network’s ″NFL GameDay″ and ″SportsCenter″ programs.
Besides reporting on ESPN’s Triple Crown horse racing specials and NCAA basketball games, she also will work for ABC Sports as a reporter.
Visser was a writer for the Boston Globe before joining CBS in 1987.
MIAMI (AP) - Bill Zimpfer, who has called Penn State games since 1990, has replaced Rick Weaver as the Miami Dolphins’ play-by-play announcer.
Zimpfer, 38, signed a three-year contract and will work his first game with partner Jim Mandich on July 30, when the Dolphins face the New York Giants in their first preseason game. Weaver’s contract wasn’t renewed after 23 years.
″Any sportscaster would want a shot at a job like this,″ said Zimpfer, who has worked at all-sports radio station WIP in Philadelphia for 10 years.