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September 24, 1985

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) _ Howard Cosell has criticized two of his cohorts on Monday Night Football in his recently published book, excerpts of which appear in the next two issues of TV Guide.

Cosell called Frank Gifford a ″Teflon man,″ said Don Meredith rarely was prepared for a game and admitted he felt ″sorry″ for O.J. Simpson.

″Like President Reagan, he is a Teflon man,″ Cosell wrote of Gifford, the play-by-play announcer on ABC’s Monday night National Football League telecasts. ″No matter how many mistakes he makes during a telecast, no matter how glaring his weaknesses as a performer, nothing sticks to him. The television critics, wooed by his smooth off-camera personality, generally rave about him, rarely taking him to task on purely objective standards.

″He is not in the same league with NBC’s Dick Enberg or CBS’s Pat Summerall. His voice is thin and monotonic and he is incapable of using it with rhythm and pace for dramatic effect. In addition, he stumbles over words and it’s not uncommon for him to lose his train of thought.″

As for Meredith, Cosell wrote, ″He’s uncertain about himself and it produced a behavior pattern I call ‘Texas Cruel.’ There’s a mean streak in him and it was hard to figure out just when it would manifest itself.″

Cosell wrote he thought it was a mistake for ABC to hire Simpson for the Monday night games.

″Once again, except in rare instances, it was a mistake to take a jock and put him on the air and I ended up feeling sorry for the man,″ he wrote.


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea remained undefeated after four games and Malaysia held unbeaten Japan to a 1-1 draw Tuesday in the first Asian Women’s Field Hockey Championship.

The favored Korean girls overwhelmed Thailand 13-1, while Singapore defeated Hong Kong 4-1 for its first victory against three setbacks in the six-nation round-robin tournament.

Hong Kong has lost all four of its games so far, and Japan has won three with one draw. Malaysia has won two, drawn one and lost one, while Thailand has a 1-3 record.

Japan meets the host team Wednesday in the tournament’s final and most crucial game. Malaysia plays Hong Kong and Singapore takes on Thailand.


ATSUGI, Japan (AP) - Chen Li-ying of Taiwan beat Japanese golfers Kumiko Koike and Yuki Kondo on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Monday to win the $43,478 one-day Hotel New Otani Pro-Am Women’s Golf Tournament.

Chen, Kumiko and Yuki tied at 3-over-par 76 for the regulation 18 holes.

In the playoff that began and ended on the par-3 10th, Chen scored a birdie while Koike and Kondo both needed two shots to reach the green. Chen won first-prize money of $6,521, and the two runners-up each received $3,554.

A total of 40 pros and 120 amateurs, including six golfers from Taiwan, the United States and France, teed off in rainy weather on the par-73 Atsugi Kokusai Country Club course in Atsugi, 22 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Tsai Li-hsiang of Taiwan shot a 4-over-par 77 and shared fourth place with Michiko Okada of Japan.

Martha Hollis Hartley of the United States shot a 5-over-par 78 and shared sixth place with Huang Yueh-chyn of Taiwan and Tokue Noritake of Japan.

Lily Wu of Taiwan shot a 7-over-par 80 and shared 13th place with seven Japanese.

Nathalie Jeanson of France had an 84.


DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Renaissance Board of Directors has scheduled the 1986 Detroit Grand Prix for June 20, 21 and 22, 1986, in downtown Detroit, board Chairman Max M. Fisher says.

″We are very pleased that we have been able to coordinate the race with various downtown building projects, including Cobo Hall expansion,″ Fisher said on Monday.

″We have worked hard on our plans, so that we could respond positively to the requests of the mayor, city council and the general public to keep the race downtown,″ he said.

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