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Names In The Game

May 27, 1995

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Blake won’t have to wait until he wins a Super Bowl to go to Disney World. He was already in Orlando earlier this spring working as an intern in Disney World’s sports development department.

Blake was hired by former Bengals linebacker and NFL executive Reggie Williams, who heads the department.

NFL Player Programs arranges professional internships aimed a preparing players for life after football.

The department where Blake worked for more than three months books events into Disney’s $100 million complex. When it’s completed the complex will include tennis courts, a 5,000-seat fieldhouse, a 1.1-mile racetrack for Indy car events, a track and field stadium and a beach volleyball area.

``Jeff did a tremendous job for us,″ Williams said. ``He got an outstanding education on how corporate America works.″


SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) _ Gil Clancy may have a tough time being objective in his commentary during the IBF featherweight title fight Sunday between champion Tom ``Boom Boom″ Johnson and challenger Eddie Croft.

Clancy, who will be at ringside for the CBS Sports telecast of the fight, helped discover Croft about seven years ago.

Croft was teaching in a martial arts studio in Foster City, Calif., and had earned a second degree black belt in taekwondo.

Clancy visited the studio with fight manager Sal Colucci to see Colucci’s son take a lesson.

Clancy, a highly respected fight trainer, said Croft’s eye and hand coordination might make him a good boxer.

Croft, told of Clancy’s reputation, decided to take his advice and began to train as a fighter. He eventually hired the elder Colucci as his manager.


VAN METER, Iowa (AP) _ The town that won a place on the map of noteworthy places in the Midwest as the birthplace of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, by next month will offer another reason for making a sidetrip.

The Bob Feller Museum and Hometown Exhibit will open June 9.

Feller, who has donated a portion of his memorabilia collection, will attend the opening ceremonies, along with several of his former teammates and those who played against him.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The show won’t go on for at least a day because of the Philadelphia Flyers’ advance to the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals.

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is cancelling all three performances Saturday at the Spectrum.

The Flyers that night will meet the winner of the New Jersey Devils-Pittsburgh Penguins series in the first game of a best-of-7 series. No circus performances are scheduled June 5, when Game 2 of the series will be played.

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