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Contains items on Arthur Ashe, Derrick Thomas, Borg & McEnroe, Steffi Graf, Dan Fouts and

February 18, 1997

Contains items on Arthur Ashe, Derrick Thomas, Borg & McEnroe, Steffi Graf, Dan Fouts and friends

NEW YORK (AP) _ Arthur Ashe’s name will be tied to tennis for generations, and not only for his talent and grace on the courts.

The new stadium at the National Tennis Center in the borough of Queens, which will be the site of the U.S. Open, will be named for Ashe.

The United States Tennis Association will make the official announcement Wednesday.

Ashe died in 1993 of AIDS, 10 years after receiving blood transfusions during heart surgery.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Derrick Thomas’ agent says the Kansas City Chiefs star linebacker wants to stay with the team, despite his recent criticism of the Chiefs’ free-agent maneuvering.

Thomas was frustrated last week when he questioned the team’s management, according to agent Leigh Steinberg. Thomas erupted after quarterback Jeff George agreed to a contract with the Oakland Raiders and the Chiefs allowed defensive end Neil Smith to explore free-agency.

``Derrick has been frustrated because he so intensely wants to win,″ Steinberg told The Kansas City Star. ``That’s a frustration occurring throughout the Kansas City family. The flip side of it would be if he didn’t care. He passionately cares, and there may be times when his comments aren’t politically correct.″

Steinberg said Thomas and the Chiefs were close to terms of a new contract.

``We’re going to make a deal with Kansas City,″ Steinberg said. ``We just haven’t made it yet.

``My instructions are to negotiate only with Kansas City.″


LONDON (AP) _ Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe will be back in London this year to renew their classic rivalry _ not at Wimbledon but at the Royal Albert Hall.

The famous concert hall will be the venue for the season-ending event of Europe’s ATP Senior Tour of Champions on Dec. 5-8.

Borg and McEnroe, who had some of tennis’ most memorable duels at Wimbledon in the 1980s, will be among those competing on the tour. Others include Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash, Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte.

The tour begins in Prague on June 20-23, followed by events in Portschach, Austria, July 18-21; Paris, Sept. 19-22; Pesaro, Italy, Oct. 10-13; Frankfurt Nov. 21-24; and London.

The round-robin tournaments features an eight-player field and $125,000 in prize money.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Steffi Graf appears in Sports Illustrated this week, but not in her usual tennis whites.

The world’s No. 1 ranked woman player posed as part of SI’s annual swimsuit issue, running through the sand and splashing in the surf for the benefit of the camera wearing several different bikinis.

Graf said she was not bothered that so many will see so much of her.

``I mean, if it were Playboy, that would be another thing,″ she told the magazine.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Former San Diego Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts is among four men inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Fouts was joined by former Stanford basketball star George Yardley, football coach John Ralston and the late Chuck Taylor, a ’40s Stanford football legend.

``It’s pretty exciting,″ said Fouts, also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ``I’m not only going into the hall with some great, world-class athletes and coaches, I’m going into a hall that is filled with guys I used to follow and cheer on when I was a kid.

``I mean, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has all the greatest football players, but this has all the great players from all sports _ Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Bill Russell. It’s really amazing.″

Fouts was All-City at St. Ignatius before going on to play quarterback at Oregon and then lead the NFL in passing four times with the Chargers. He’s now a sports anchor at KPIX-TV.

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