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April 23, 1987

HAMBURG, West Germany (AP) _ A man angered because Steffi Graf didn’t answer fan letters, sent the teen- age tennis superstar a jar of marmalade containing a dangerous dose of ground- up blood pressure pills, a newspaper reported.

The Bild newspaper quoted Graf’s father Peter as saying the family routinely throws out any food mailed to his 17-year-old daughter and that she never ate any of the marmalade.

The newspaper said the package containing the marmalade was retrieved after police received a cassette tape in the mail in which a man said he had sent poisoned jam to the world’s No. 2-ranked women’s tennis player.

Police who received the cassette in the Grafs’ hometown, Bruehl, quickly warned the family and the marmalade package was recovered from a mass of discarded mail, the newspaper said.


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Cheryl Miller, who dominated women’s college basketball for four seasons while at Southern Cal, has undergone knee surgery and will have to miss the Pan-American Games.

Miller, who led Southern Cal to two NCAA championships and starred on the gold medal-winning women’s basketball team at the 1984 Olympics, sustained torn ligaments in her right knee during a scrimmage at Southern Cal, Trojan Coach Linda Sharp said Wednesday.

Miller, who was playing with a group of men when she sustained the injury, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial meniscus, which stabilize the knee.

Miller, who now works as a television announcer for ABC, was working out in preparation for the Pan-American Games trials, which begin in nine days, said Sharp.

Dr. Richard C. Diehl, who performed the surgery, refused to comment on the extent of the injury or the prognosis.

Miller was expected to remain at Huntington Memorial Hospital for another day or two.

Miller, a consensus All-American in each of her four seasons at USC, was a three-time winner of the Naismith Trophy as the outstanding female player in the nation and twice was the Most Valuable Player in the NCAA tournament.


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson-area booster group has made a strong impression on the NCAA in its drive to land a postseason football game, and it appears that approval is just a matter of time, the group’s chairman says.

Merle Miller of the Copper State Sports Foundation said he was hopeful of playing a Cactus Bowl game in the University of Arizona’s 52,000-seat stadium, possibly by December 1988.

Bob Minnix, an NCAA staff liaison, said the foundation made an impressive presentation to the subcommittee on bowl games earlier this month.

Although the foundation was turned down, Minnix said, it fell short in just one area - having 10 letters of recommendation from college presidents whose schools have taken part in bowl games in the last five years.

Other applicants fell short in financial backing, but that did not appear to be a problem with the Copper State group, Minnix said.

Miller said the group is shooting for a $750,000-per-team payout to participants, one-half again as much as the NCAA requires.

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