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February 9, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ ABC Sports, which has televised the Kentucky Derby since 1975, and Churchill Downs have signed a new two-year contract, effective in 1988, for the extension of ABC’s coverage of the Derby and the Derby Trial.

The announcement was made Monday by Dennis Swanson, president of ABC Sports, and Tom Meeker, president of Churchill Downs, Inc.

Under the contract, ABC Sports will continue to televise the Derby, the first of the Triple Crown events for 3-year-olds each year, through 1989.

The network has televised the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in the series, since 1977, and completed its coverage of the Triple Crown events by telecasting the Belmont Stakes last year.

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OSLO, Norway (AP) - Entries from Australia and Switzerland placed first in the men’s and women’s downhill ski races which opened the Winter World Games for the Deaf Monday.

In the men’s race, Andrew Swan of Australia beat defending champion Torkel Hoff of Norway. Swan was timed in one minute, 13.19 seconds and Hoff in 1:13.72.

Katja Tissi of Switzerland was the winner of the women’s event in 1:20.80 and Joanne Samuel of Australia was second 1:20.84.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres of the NHL sent forward Mikael Andersson to Rochester of the American Hockey League Monday.

The Sabres had recalled Andersson two weeks ago. During that span, he had one assist in seven games.

The 20-year-old Swede was a Sabres’ first-round pick in the 1984 entry draft.

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MORA, Minn. (AP) - The 1987 Mora Vasaloppet cross-country ski race, which was expected to draw some 2,500 skiers from more than 15 states and several foreign countries, was canceled Monday because of lack of snow.

The 15th annual race had been set for next Sunday.

″There is very, very little snow. It’s almost disappeared. Some of the trails are good, but it’s nothing you can hold a race on. It’s not continuous,″ said Glen Johnstone, president of the Mora Vasaloppet.

Since the race began in 1973, the only other time it has been canceled was in 1977, Johnstone said.

The race is patterned after the famous Swedish Vasaloppet of Mora, Sweden. It is sanctioned by the United States Ski Association and is part of the 10- race Central Marathon Series sponsored by the USSA.

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