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November 24, 1987

ATLANTA (AP) _ Former Atlanta Braves slugger Bob Horner, who spent the 1987 season playing in Japan, said he has been offered a contract to return to the Braves.

Horner said Monday he will wait to see offers from other major league teams, but does not want to return to the Japanese League.

″We have talked contract with Bob, and we’re going to meet with him next week in Dallas,″ Braves General Manager Bobby Cox said.

Horner, a free agent, played for the Yakult Swallows, a Tokyo team, after the Braves would not meet his contract demands and no other teams made offers.

This year, he said, ″four of five other teams have been in touch with us.″

He would not rule out a return to Japan, but said, ″I’d 99 and nine-tenths prefer not to go back there.″

″You grow up with an idea of what baseball should be. Then you’re forced to go halfway around the world to play something that isn’t baseball,″ Horner said in a telephone interview from his home near Dallas.

″I’m glad I did it, and the Japanese people were good to me, but I’m ready to come back and play in the U.S.,″ he said.

Horner played third base and later first base for the Braves. Manager Chuck Tanner reportedly would like to return him to third base, possibly allowing the National League club to trade current starter Ken Oberkfell.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Funeral services for former boxer Gil Cadilli are scheduled Wednesday morning at the New Jerusalem church in East Los Angeles, with burial to follow at Rose Hills cemetary in nearby Whittier.

Cadilli died of stomach cancer last Friday at his East Los Angeles home. He was 56. Keeny Teran, a one-time rival and Cadilli’s best friend, was with him when he died.

″I held his hand,″ Teran said. ″When the pain got bad, he would squeeze my hand.″

Cadilli and Teran were two of the most popular local fighters who boxed at the Olympic Auditorium and Hollywood Legion Stadium in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Cadilli, once the California state featherweight champion, had a career record of 33-20-6. He split a pair of non-title decisions with world champion Willie Pep in 1955 and lost three non-title bouts to champion Davey Moore in the 1960s.


DALLAS (AP) - Bad-check charges against former Dallas Cowboys running back Ron Springs have been dropped, officials say.

Springs, 31, was indicted Sept. 13 on charges that he wrote two bad checks totalling $776 to a Dallas-area travel agency, court records indicate.

The Dallas County district attorney’s office dropped the charges Monday after Springs made full restitution to the travel agency, officials said.

Springs said the checks were written for plane tickets to Cincinnati for his wife, brother-in-law and himself. He said he deposited $6,000 with his bank before writing the checks, but the bank did not credit the deposit to his account.

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