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January 23, 1991

NEW YORK (AP) _ Philadelphia Phillies president Bill Giles, appointed to replace Houston owner John McMullen on the National League’s expansion committee, says sharing the money with the American League is non-negotiable as far as he’s concerned.

The AL wants the NL to split part of the $190 million it will receive from the two new franchises, which will begin play in 1993. Giles has been among the more outspoken NL owners who oppose any sharing.

″As far as I’m concerned it isn’t (negotiable),″ he said. ″But certainly the American League has the right to speak their peace. ...

″I just feel that there’s no precedent or logic for it,″ Giles said. ″It’s always been kept within the leagues. The league in which you expand is always going to be hurt intitially because attendance will suffer some because the expansion cities will not draw well.″

A majority of the AL clubs must approve the two NL expansion cities, so the AL could block expansion by the NL if it wants to. Three-quarters of the NL owners must approve the expansion cities.

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LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) - Several Denver Broncos players who make their living with a pigskin like beef on the training table.

And not just any beef, but Nebraska-fed beef cut by a Lexington meat processor.

For the past four years, Dwight Trautman of Trautman’s Meat Center Inc. of Lexington has supplied several Bronco players and other Denver area residents with beef.

His first Denver customer was businessman Don Secord who grew up in Lincoln and graduated from the University of Nebraska before moving to Denver. Secord is a friend to some Bronco players and that led to the association between Trautman and the NFL players.

″I’m friends with John Elway and some of the other players, and asked them if they would like some Nebraska beef,″ Secord said. ″I had them over for some cookouts and they liked the meat. Then they just started placing orders with me.″

Trautman said Secord brings him orders from 10 to 12 people in the Denver area including Bronco players Elway and Keith Kartz.

The players usually order the better quality cuts of steak, such as New York, ribeye and filets, Trautman said. But he also has filled orders for ground beef and pork chops.

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HOUSTON (AP) - Carl Herrera, a second-round draft pick last year whose NBA rights belong to the Houston Rockets, is heading back to the team.

Herrera told Houston’s KRIV-TV that once he finishes a two-year contract with Spain’s Real Madrid, he’ll join the Rockets.

″It is real important to me because that is part of my dream that is part of a lot of things that I have been planning for,″ Herrera said.

Herrera, a former star forward for the University of Houston, turned pro after his junior year and was a second-round draft choice by Miami in the 1990 draft.

Herrera was traded along with Miami’s first-round pick, Dave Jamerson, to the Rockets for Alec Kessler, Houston’s first-round pick. But Herrera opted to sign a two-year contract with Real Madrid for a European tour.

According to NBA rules, the Rockets own rights to Herrera’s U.S. play for a year after he completes any foreign contract.

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PERTH, Australia (AP) - Lanny Wadkins will take a week off the PGA tour to go to Australia. And, like any vacationer, he’ll bring his clubs with him.

Wadkins, who turned a six-shot deficit into a four-stroke victory last week at the Hawaiian Open, will play in the Vines Classic. Also entered are tour regulars Blaine McCallister, Scott Simpson and Wayne Grady.

The next stop on the PGA Tour is the Phoenix Open, which starts Thursday.

Graham Marsh, a Japan-based Australian who designed the par-72, 7,112-yard Vines Resort layout at Swan Valley, has also entered.

Defending champion Jeff Maggert had to withdraw following news of his mother’s illness. He flew home to the United States after the Hawaiian Open.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Hindman Wall, the associate athletic director at Auburn, said it was not an easy decision to leave his alma mater to become athletic director at the University of Tampa.

Tampa officials notified Wall on Monday he had the job and an official announcement was expected today.

″This is a decision that was made with my head and not my heart,″ Wall said Tuesday. ″I love this place very much and this school has been great to me. I made this decision based on my best interests.″

Wall was the athletic director at Tulane before he returned to Auburn as associate athletic director in 1986. His duties included the day-to-day management of the department for athletic director Pat Dye, who also serves as football coach.

″This has not been just a job to me, because it’s my school,″ Wall said. ″I have a great love for Auburn that’s not going to change ... but on the other hand, I also feel this is a point in my life where this is probably the wisest thing for me to do.″

During his tenure, Auburn built a new football complex and completed the expansion of Jordan-Hare Stadium to 85,000 seats.

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