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Names In The Game

October 26, 1990

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) _ Bombastic hockey broadcaster Don Cherry can talk tough even when wearing tights.

Cherry was challenged by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to take a ballet lesson following a television commercial in which he asks a hockey player, ″What do ya think this is, a ballet practice?″

The former Boston Bruins coach said he agreed to take part in the publicity stunt because the dancers remind him of players in the old American Hockey League who worked for little pay because they loved the sport.

But he came out of Thursday’s lesson with his elbows characteristically up.

Cherry said didn’t think any of the dancers could make it in the NHL because ″they’re not quite big enough. Well, the one guy, the instructor, looks pretty good. Hey listen, if Swedes and Finns can play, anybody can play.″


STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Police authorities sold former tennis star Bjorn Borg’s villa at a forced auction after Borg had failed to pay his debts.

The three-story villa went for $1.9 million Thursday to Lars Nilsson, a hotel owner from southern Sweden, who said he would use it as a summer house.

The forced auction was ordered after Borg failed to pay debts of more than $3.75 million, the TT news agency said.

The house lies near the Stockholm archipelago and had been valued at $2.1 to $2.7 million, the TT news agency said.

Borg, the five-time Wimbledon champion, has had economic troubles since his attempts to build a clothing empire failed two years ago.


CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - Missing: a Brazilian golfer named Aldo Wolf.

Wolf failed to turn up to represent his country in the world amateur teams championship for the Eisenhower Trophy, angering and bewildering his teammates.

Wolf was given a special dispensation to arrive in New Zealand later than his teammates, but still hadn’t arrived when the opening round of the four-day event was played Thursday.

His absence has weighed heavily on the Brazilian trio of Wagner Rocumback, Rafael Gonzalez and Patrick Caussin, who do not have the luxury of dropping the fourth score of each round. Normally, the the top three scores from each round are figured into the team total and the fourth score is discarded.

Caussin said Wolf could face disciplinary action when the team returns home.

Brazil had a first-round total of 245, 30 shots behind first-place Sweden.


MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - Al Unser Jr., son of the four-time Indy 500 winner, is the Indy-car champion 20 years after his father won his first title.

Little Al dominated the CART circuit this season, winning six races and becoming the first driver to score over 200 points in the 16-race session. He got a $400,000 bonus for winning the points title, pushing his season earnings to over $1.9 million.

Making Monday night’s awards dinner all the more memorable for Little Al was the crowd getting together to sing ″Happy Birthday″ to his 8-year-old son, known as ″Mini Al.″

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