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March 21, 1991

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Bernard Gilkey says he’s cleared too many obstacles getting to the major leagues to fail now.

″I’m not overconfident, but I’m optimistic,″ said the 24-year-old Gilkey in weighing his chances for a St. Louis Cardinals outfield job. ″Nothing is easy where I came from. Nothing is guaranteed.″

Gilkey, a hometown product signed by St. Louis in August 1984, fulfilled a boyhood dream when he was called up by the club last September from Louisville of the American Association.

He hit .297 in 18 games despite a hand injury he suffered while diving in the outfield for a ball. But the ease with which he adapted to his new major league surroundings belied the struggle he had getting there.

″The competition got a little stiffer, and I got tougher,″ Gilkey said. ″I don’t want to get too (high), and I don’t want to get too low. Sometimes it’s tough to do, but that’s what I’m working on trying to do.″

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Amber Nicholas is looking to break the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks school record for assists - and get the ball to Delmonica DeHorney.

It’s probably the same thing.

″I think that will be the key″ to beating Lamar tonight in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals in Austin, Texas, Nicholas said. ″If we can take care of the basketball and get it in to Del, we’ll be OK.″

Nicholas leads the team in assists with 174 this season and only needs three more to break the school career record of 444.

″Amber is playing well in all facets of the game,″ Arkansas coach John Sutherland said. ″One of the things that has helped her a lot is Christi (Wilson, Arkansas guard) is playing better, too. It takes some heat off Amber.″

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NEW YORK (AP) - Comedian Dennis Miller, the deadpan newscaster on ″Saturday Night Live,″ will host ESPN’s live broadcast of the Sports Emmy Awards on Wednesday, April 3.

ESPN also announced Wednesday a list of sports and show business celebrities who will be among those presenting awards given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 24 categories.

The sports celebrities will include America’s Cup skipper Dennis Connor, runner Mary Decker Slaney, Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville, former track star Florence Griffith Joyner and her husband Al, football players Raghib Ismail and Warren Moon, basketball player Bernard King, race car driver Richard Petty and Kentucky basketball coach Rick Pitino.

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Allowing bloodless bullfighting at a Calgary rodeo will open the chutes for the more gory traditional bullfights, say local animal rights groups.

″Once you allow one kind of bullfighting, it opens the doors to all forms,″ said Michael Alvarez-Toye of the 40-member Calgary Animal Rights Coalition.

Competitive clown bullfighting has been added for the first time to the Rodeo Royal, which opens tonight.

″I have never seen any harm in this event, other than to the bullfighters,″ rodeo chairman Fred Allen said.

Alvarez-Toye, who opposes all rodeo events, said the bullfighting is ″blatant tormenting of an animal for spectator amusement.″

Jessie Rempel of the Citizens Animal Protection Society, which also condemns rodeos, agrees.

″And once you get people interested in the bullfighting, that could lead to the other kinds where the bulls are injured.″

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