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January 24, 1992

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Wide receiver Willie Gault of the Los Angeles Raiders will run in the 50- meter hurdles was entered Friday in the Sunkist Invitational meet Feb. 15 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Gault, 31, was one of the world’s top sprinters and hurdlers in 1983, following his football and track career at Tennessee.

Gault was a member of the 400-meter relay team which set a world record of 37.86 seconds in the 1983 World Championships.

Gault failed in a recent attempt to make the U.S. Olympic bobsled team for next month’s Winter Games.


SAPPADA, Italy (AP) - Maurilio De Zolt, a 41-year-old skier, won the 50- kilometer race in the Italian cross country championships on Friday and was named to Italy’s Olympic team.

De Zolt, cheered along the route by hundreds of fellow-villagers from the nearby Comelico valley, was timed in two hours, 14:46 minutes, and finished 3 minutes and 42 seconds ahead of runner-up Gianfranco Polvara.

Defending champion Silvano Barco finished third.

The race was held under a heavy snowfall.

It was De Zolt’s 18th national title and his ninth in the 50K.


MORZINE, France (AP) - Katja Seizinger, the leader in the women’s World Cup downhill standings, had the fastest time Friday in the final practice for Saturday’s downhill.

Seizinger, who won a downhill two weeks ago in Schruns, Austria, completed the 2.3-kilometer course in 1 minute, 39.35 seconds - almost a second fastest than Katrin Gutensohn, another German.

The fastest American qualifier was skier from the United States was Hilary Lindh, 21st in 1:42.18.

The downhill will be followed by a super-giant slalom on Sunday and a giant slalom Monday.


BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - Former world 100-meter record holder Leroy Burrell and Olympic 200-meter champion Joe DeLoach will try out one of Europe’s newest tracks at an indoor meet Feb. 22.

The two American sprint stars have entered the meet at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, which opened in October.


SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Bob Griffin has a new three-year contract as football coach at the University of Rhode Island, one that apparently contains a success clause.

Griffin, who has coached the Rams for 16 years, has an overall record of 78-97-1.

The Providence-Journal Bulletin said there was speculation the contract contains a clause specifying that Griffin must win a certain number of games each season.

Griffin would not comment directly, but said: ″Success is something I wanted in that contract. There are rewards for that success as there have been in other contracts I have signed. I’m very comfortable with it.″


TOKYO (AP) - Takahanada, a teen-age wrestler, kept his lead in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a victory Friday. Takahanada has a 12-1 record with only two days left in the 15-day event. Chad Rowan, a Hawaiian who wrestles as Akebono, remained in second place at 11-2. Konishiki, another Hawaii, was third at 10-3.

Konishiki, whose real name is Salevaa Fuauli Atisanoe, has missed a chance to move up into sumo wrestling’s highest ranking.


LONDON (AP) - Frozen pitches are creating problems for English soccer. Ten Saturday games were called off because of frozen fields.

In Scotland, where it is warmer despite being further north, only one game was called off, the third round Scottish Cup match between Dundee and Stirling Albion.


SAPPORO, Japan (AP) - American sleds finished third and fourth in the boys’ two man luge at the World Junior Luge Championships on Friday. Grant Dustin and Coughlan Chris were third, followed by another American pair, Brian Martin and Warren Dan, in 1:25.300.

Czechoslovaks Franticek Pekar and Martin Duchek won the race.

Sonja Kanzenreiter of Austria won the women’s single luge.

Teen-agers from 13 countries are competing in the three-day championship.


DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - South Africa has been scheduled to make its return to international soccer next August in the qualifying round for the 1994 African Nations Cup in Zimbabwe.

The South Africans were included in Friday’s draw on condition of their acceptance by membership of soccer’s governing body at the congress in Zurich. African members voted earlier this month to support the application for membership of FIFA, after almost 30 years of isolation.

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