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June 4, 1990

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) _ The 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival torch has started its 1,990-mile, 33-day trip that will end July 6 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

George Hovland of Duluth, a Nordic skier in the 1952 Olympics, was the first of more than 8,000 runners to carry the torch when he left Duluth with it Sunday.

In all, the torch will be carried to 105 Minnesota communities before it ends its odyssey at the opening ceremonies of the amateur sports festival.

The flame for the torch was borrowed from the United States’ eternal Olympic Flame, which burns atop Pike’s Peak near Colorado Springs, Colo.

In a ceremony Saturday, Jill Trenary and Michial Foy lit two torches for the Olympic Festival. Trenary grew up in Minnetonka and is the reigning world figure skating champion. Foy is a former University of Minnesota wrestler who’s an international Greco-Roman standout.

The torches were transported down the mountain and their flames transferred to miners’ lamps. Those were brought to Duluth by jet.


CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) - Three English soccer fans were sentenced to 20 days in jail Monday on damage and theft charges in the first cases involving vandalism at the World Cup.

The Sardinian court also fined the three $160 each, but Judge Licinia Serra did not expell the three.

They will all be in jail when England plays its first-round matches against Ireland, the Netherlands and Egypt.

The fans were identified as Lee Forster, 25; Andrew Brockway, 25; and Robert Neill, 21.

They were charged with damaging a bedside table, tap and wash basin and stealing three sheets from the Vittoria Inn, a lodging house in Cagliari.

According to laws recently introduced by the British government, the convictions mean they can be prevented from traveling when England plays abroad.

The three were arrested Sunday and spent the night in custody. British vice-consul Michael Burgoyne said Monday that prosecutor Lucia Moi would only consider a suspended sentence if they paid damages.

″The boys didn’t have that money, so it went to trial,″ Burgoyne said.

He said Forster and Brockway pleaded guilty to the theft of the sheets, but Neill said he was not guilty.

Although no pleas were taken on the criminal damage charge, the judge heard an explanation from the three, Burgoyne said. He said they called the damages accidental.

Burgoyne said the judge rejected their explanations.


ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Spain’s Carlos Sainz drove to a two-second lead over the Finland’s Juha Kankkunen on the second day of the Acropolis Rally Monday.

Sainz, driving a Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD, led with a penalty time of 2:11:33, followed by Kankkunen with 2:11:35 in his Lancia. Kenneth Eriksson, also of Finland, came in third with 2:12:01 in a Mitsubishi Galant VR4.

Two-time defending champion Mikki Biasion of Italy was fourth, completing the course in 2:12:03. France’s Didier Auriol, currently at the top of the world driving championship standings, followed him in another Lancia Delta Integrale with a time of 2:12:18.

Only 69 cars remain from the 97 who started the four-day, 1,271-mile event.


CAGLIARI, Italy (AP) - England manager Bobby Robson said Monday no action will be taken against centerback Terry Butcher, accused by a Tunisian opponent of a headbutting attack.

Butcher was given a yellow card after Saturday’s incident in the 1-1 tie in Tunis.

Angry Tunisians surrounded the tall centerback with their colleague, Fahio, lying on the ground.

Shortly afterwards, Robson took Butcher off the field and the defender, who has played 72 full internationals, took off his shirt and threw it to the ground.

Some English press reports suggested that, if the headbutting incident were true, Butcher should be hauled before England’s Football Association for bringing the game into disrepute.

But the England manager, preparing his side for its first World Cup game on Saturday, said he did not see the incident.

″I took him off and I spoke to him about the shirt throwing incident,″ Robson said.

″I spoke to him about the allegations yesterday to clear the air and as far as I am concerned the incident is absolutely closed.″

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