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July 23, 1987

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) _ Darrell Waltrip says he likes his chances in Sunday’s Talladega 500 stock car race, and his posting of the fastest practice time at Alabama International Motor Speedway has done nothing to dim his enthusiasm.

″I know it’s only Wednesday, but I’m going to win this race,″ Waltrip said after posting a speed of 201.388 mph in his Chevrolet.

″The crew has put me in a car that I’m really happy with here, and that’s a big accomplishment,″ the three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion said.

Qualifying for the Talladega 500 was scheduled to begin today. Bobby Hillin Jr. is the defending champion.

Sterling Marlin, in an Oldmobile, was right behind Waltrip on Wednesday, circling the 2.66-mile superspeedway at an average speed of 201.237 mph, followed by Davey Allison at 201.083.

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SPOKANE (AP) - Jockey Richard Ochoa suffered a broken collarbone and a horse making its first start had to be destroyed following a three-horse spill night at Playfair.

Touchet Flower snapped a leg in the first race Wednesday, flipping jockey Randy Colton to the turf, track spokesman Bill Thompson said. Pirate’s Crew, with Ochoa up, and Streakin Lib, ridden by Ken Doll Jr., were behind Touchet Flower and also went down.

The other two horses and jockeys escaped serious injury, Thompson said.

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EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - Walter Ray Williams Jr. successfully defended his title by winning the $150,000 Professional Bowlers Association Hammer Open.

Williams, of Stockton, Calif., won his fifth PBA crown by downing top- seeded Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, 245-204.

″I wouldn’t mind bowling here every week,″ Williams said after the match.

Prior to Wednesday, the last player to defend his title was 13-time titlist Aulby in the 1984 and 1985 Brunswick Memorial World Open.

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Veteran play-by-play announcer Marty Brennaman, who has held the job with the Cincinnati Reds since 1974, has signed a three-year contract to continue broadcasting Reds games through the 1990 season.

The new contract covers work with the Reds’ radio network only, team president and owner Marge Schott said in a statement distributed Wednesday. Brennaman recently also began serving as an announcer on televised Reds games.

The Reds declined to reveal details of Brennaman’s new contract.

Along with his play-by-play duties, Brennaman handles pre-game and post- game radio shows, the weekly Hot Stove League radio show during the off- season and other special broadcasting assignments for the Reds.

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