Names In The Game
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Tom Browning is heavily into physical rehabilitation, and he plans on being back in the Cincinnati Reds starting rotation.
Browning underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee to repair damage caused in a home plate collision that ended his season July 1. The 32-year-old pitcher has not yet resumed throwing. But he said his rehabilitation is proceeding nicely, and he expects to be at full strength in six weeks.
″Everything is on or ahead of schedule,″ Browning said. ″I have no reason to believe I won’t be back to normal going into spring training. I haven’t pushed it totally yet, but I’ve pushed it pretty good without any repercussions.″
Browning has been working out several times a week with Reds assistant trainer Doug Spreen. The therapy includes use of an exercise machine and running in a swimming pool.
He is planning to play golf and throw a football in Florida next week with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Cuban amateur middleweight Ivan Abreus Camacho is seeking political asylum in Denmark and his team went home without him.
The 26-year-old fought in the Copenhagen Cup, but had to quit because of an eye injury a few minutes into his first bout.
Camacho disappeared Monday morning after breakfast at his hotel, said Soren Thomsen, president of the Danish Amateur Boxing Federation. Camacho later showed up at a suburban police station, where he sought political asylum.
Before flying back to Havana on Monday, the Cuban coaches attempted to talk to Camacho, but he refused, said Thomsen.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Some love him. Others hate him. But Clemson fans seem to agree on one thing: they wish Danny Ford well in his new coaching job, at Arkansas.
Scott Sprouse, an attorney and rabid Ford fan, said he believes the Razorbacks got quite a prize.
″I think they are getting a fine football coach - one that will lead them back into national prominence,″ he said.
Fran Moll, a longtime Clemson supporter, doesn’t share in the adoration for Ford. But she, to, wished him well.
″I’m not a Danny Ford fan, but he did a good job for a time while he was here and I do wish him lots of luck,″ she said. ″I wonder if he’ll be moving out of here completely?″
It’s been almost three years ago since Ford resigned under pressure, which angered many Clemson fans. Ford lost his job while the football program was under investigation for NCAA violations.
But to some fans, he’ll always be remembered as Clemson’s winningest coach and the heart of the football program. Others remember him as the coach who got a $1 million-plus severance package.
FIORENTINA, Italy (AP) - Fiorentina players will wear brand-new jerseys in the next Italian first-division games because the logo on the old ones might be mistaken for a swastika.
Lotto, the Italian sportswear company which is the commercial sponsor of the Florentine team, said a double L pattern on the uniforms could give the idea of the Nazi symbol.
Fiorentina players will wear the new jerseys in the Dec. 13 game at Parma.
There has been a rash of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner episodes in various Italian cities and stadiums lately.
A flag with a Nazi symbol was exhibited by a group of skinheads during a league game in Florence last month.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) - English and German soccer greats were among international stars who paid tribute Tuesday to soccer legend Eusebio, 12 years after he retired as a player.
Benfica’s Stadium of Light was the setting for a national tribute to the Lisbon team’s former forward, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, prior to an old timers game and an exhibition match between Benfica and Manchester United.
Portuguese president Mario Soares attended.
″Secretly, I have always hoped Benfica one day would pay tribute to me in this way, before a great team like Manchester United and in an event which gets together the big soccer stars of my time and of all-time,″ said Eusebio.
Eusebio, a native of Mozambique, scored the first goal for Portuguese old timers.
Eusebio’s bronze statue, unveiled on his 50th birthday last January, stands at the entrance to the 120,000-seat stadium.