Related topics

Names In The Games

July 6, 1991

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ Johan Kriek will be playing again in the Hall of Fame championships starting Monday.

The 33-year-old South African-born Kriek, once No. 7 in the world rankings, is trying to come back from surgery to his right elbow that removed bone spurs and calcium deposits.

This year’s event has a special meaning to Kriek and the grass court tournament. It marks the tenth anniversary of the year he won the singles championship.

Kriek, now an American citizen, has been ranked 85th on his return to the tour.

Kriek has won 14 singles titles and eight doubles crowns in his 14-year career, including wins at the Australian Open in 1981 and 1982.

He is in a Hall of Fame field decimated by injuries to top players.

Two of the top seeds, Eric Jelen and Wayne Ferreira, were the latest to be bow out.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A lawyer accused of taking more than $400,000 from the retirement funds of golfer Bobby Nichols says the allegations have been ″devastating.″

″My life is at stake in the criminal case,″ William C. Boone Jr. said. If convicted, he faces up to 80 years in prison and the potential loss of his law license.

The allegations have already taken their toll, he said. ″It doesn’t take long for a high-income lawyer to lose his clients.″

Boone, 56, who had a six-figure income, luxury cars and a reputation as a leading trial attorney, now faces state criminal charges of theft, plus civil allegations of fraud and racketeering in a federal lawsuit Nichols filed.

Nichols, a former PGA champion who has earned more than $1 million on the tour, is one of Boone’s earliest clients and longtime friends.

Other pro golfers he represented include Frank Beard, Al Geiberger, Dave Stockton, Tommy Aaron and Bert Yancey.

In the guise of borrowing for business investments, Boone allegedly depleted Nichols’ retirement fund while spending freely at the track, at a Las Vegas casino and for entertainment, according to records filed as part of a state criminal indictment returned April 16.

Boone pleaded innocent to the criminal charges and denied Nichols’ allegations.

The commonwealth’s attorney’s office has filed detailed documents that allege Boone obtained more than $400,000 of Nichols’ retirement funds between May 1985 and April 1990 by moving it through ″shell″ companies into his personal bank accounts.

Boone declined to discuss specifics of the charges. However, he and his lawyer insist the allegations stem purely from a business dispute and that Nichols authorized all withdrawals from the fund, which Nichols denied.


ST-JEAN-DE-MATHA, Quebec (AP) - Once he knocked a charging cow unconscious with his fist.

But never in his 83 years has Donat Gadoury used his strength in anger.

He used it instead to win weightlifting records as an amateur strongman.

Three years ago, the muscular woodcutter entered the French edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for lifting more than five times his body weight.

Last week he did it again, just for the fun of it.

But don’t call him The World’s Strongest Man. He doesn’t like it.

″Better to call me the man who likes to exert himself,″ Gadoury said last week at his home in St-Jean-de-Matha.

″It’s something you can succeed at. It’s like playing pool or lawn bowling - they’re all games where you can try and succeed.″

He’s 5 feet, 6 inches and weighs 160 pounds. In 1988, he lifted two iron wheels weighing 840 pounds - a mammoth dumbbell he keeps in his garage - an inch off the ground.

Gadoury said in past years has lifted 421 pounds with his middle finger, 3,465 pounds with his back, and hoisted a wheelbarrow filled with 2,178 pounds of weights.

He thinks people are weaker these days.

″Young people today don’t have the chance we had to lift things like we did.″ Gadoury said. ″Today, everything’s hydraulic. Nobody has to exert himself.″

Update hourly