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November 24, 1986

FREMANTLE, Australia (AP) _ Tom Blackaller, the 45-year-old skipper of USA, a challenger for the America’s Cup, married Christine Gummersbach Saturday at Claremont, a suburb of Perth.

The pair, who have been engaged for several months, originally planned to be married between Dec. 20 and 28, according to reports.

After a five-year-friendship, romance blossomed between Blackaller and his bride, 30, just six months ago. ″May 4 to be exact,″ he had told reporters earlier.

A reception will be held for the couple at an exclusive Fremantle restaurant on Dec. 27.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - The Calgary Olympic Development Association is planning a new campaign this winter to triple its membership after a disappointing recruiting drive.

Association chairman Bill Warren said the drive produced only about 700 new members in the last nine months, primarily from the sale of corporate memberships.

The association is about to sign a long-term Canada Olympic Park operating agreement with Ottawa to assume complete ownership of the park and secure access to two, $30-million endowment funds.

But the association wants greater public involvement and is starting another campaign to bring membership to about 2,000, Warren said.

Warren said part of the problem is that the public confuses the association - which will own and operate the park after the 1988 Winter Olympics - and the organizing committee for the Games. That group must disband within six months of the event.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - The University of Pittsburgh defeated Providence 15-6, 14-16, 15-2 and 15-12 to win the Big East Conference women’s volleyball championships and earn an NCAA tournament berth.

Pitt has a 28-12 record.

Most valuable player Lisa Stewart of Pitt was joined on the seven-player all-tournament team Sunday by teammates Denise Frawley, Sue Hower and Nora Mulvihill. Also named were Joann Dever and Karen Ferrara of Providence and Kathy Taylor of Georgetown.

Georgetown defeated Syracuse 16-14, 15-6, 4-15 and 16-14 to capture third place.


BOSTON (AP) - Roger Clemens, who led the major leagues with 24 victories this year, was named winner of the Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award as the Boston Red Sox’ most valuable player.

Clemens, recently named the American League’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards, was voted the Yawkey Award by the Boston Chapter of the Basesball Writers Association of America.

Clemens will be honored at the writers’ 48th annual dinner Jan. 29 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - University of Michigan students took on an ″astute″ air while celebrating the Wolverines’ 26-24 football victory over arch-rival Ohio State, police said.

Saturday’s victory in Columbus, Ohio, gave Michigan a berth in the Rose Bowl and a share of the Big Ten football title. But for everything the game turned out to be, the celebrating here was low-key.

″In relation to the major event - the victory over Ohio State, the trip to the Rose Bowl - it was fairly quiet,″ Ann Arbor police Lt. Gerald Miller said Sunday. ″We’ve had worse nights.″

There were some ″routine-type″ arrests for a Saturday night in a college town, he said.

″There was partying of course, but it was relatively astute,″ he said. ″There were no major problems - no marching in the streets, no burning cars.″

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