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June 4, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Nine amateur players have been selected to the 1985 Junior Federation Cup team, the United States Tennis Association announced Tuesday.

Named to the honorary development team were:

Beverly Bowes, Lubbock, Texas; Patty Fendick, Sacramento, Calif.; Ann Hulbert, Houston; Anna Ivan, Palo Alto, Calif.; Caroline Kuhlman, Lakeside Park, Ky.; Maeve Quinlan, Northfield, Ill.; Ronni Reis, Miami, Fla.; Gretchen Rush, Pittsburgh; and Wendy Wood, Lexington, Mass.

Bowes, Fendick, Hulbert, Quinlan and Rush are all repeaters. Rush, who also played on the 1983 squad, returns for the third straight year.

The players will travel throughout the United States to compete as individuals at USTA Women’s circuit tournaments and some major events, likethe U.S. Clay Court Championships and the U.S. Open.

Carrie Meyer of San Francisco, the national collegiate champion in 1974, was named team captain. Sheila McInerney of Tempe, Ariz., the tennis coach at Arizona State University, was named co-captain. ---

NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Abitante, 29, was named director of information for the National Football League’ American Conference Tuesday.

Abitante, a graduate of Washington & Lee University, spent seven years on the NFL’s public relarions staff. He succeeds Fran Connors, who left to become public relations director for the Atlantic City Casino Association. ---

FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) - Taiwanese rookie Kuo Tai-yuan of the Seibu Lions hurled a no-hit game Tuesday, the first by a foreigner in the Japan’s Pacific League, as the Lions blanked the Nippon Ham Fighters 7-0. ---

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - The basketball team from Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University on Monday beat Bahrain’s all-stars 84-72, closing their six-game tour of Jordan and Bahrain.

Four Case players scored in double figures as the Spartans finished with a 4-2 record on the tour. ---

DORTMUND, West Germany (AP) - The leader of a neo-Nazi soccer fan club was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday for the 1983 storming of a Turkish cultural center that left six people injured.

Siegfried Borchardt, 31, also known as ″SS-Siggi″ by his followers, was found guilty of leading an attack on the Turkish center in Dortmund after a soccer match on Aug. 20, 1983.

Borchardt heads the ″Borussenfront,″ a fan club of Borussia Dortmund, a West German first division soccer club.After a match against Hamburg on Aug. 20, 1983, Borchardt led an assault by fan club members on the Turkish center, according to prosecutors.

Right-wing extremists in West Germany have campaigned against the presence of ″guest workers,″ many of whom are Turks.

Borchardt previously had been convicted of aggravated assault and inciting public unrest in connection with other soccer match violence. ---

LONDON (AP) - Veteran Colin Dowdeswell and a trio of youngsters were named Tuesday to the British Davis Cup team for next week’s second round European Zone B contest with Portugal by team manager Paul Hutchins.

Dowdeswell, 30, will be joined on the team by 21-year-old Stuart Bale and a pair of 22-year-olds, Stephen Shaw and Jeremy Bates.

Shaw played on the British Davis Cup team last year and Bates has been a member of the team before but has not actually played in cup matches. ---

NEW YORK (AP) - Sidd Finch lives.

The plucky Zen master who can throw a baseball 158 mph, hero of author George Plimpton’s much publicized April Fool’s Day story for Sports Illustrated, will be featured in a book to be published next April 1.

Plimpton said the book would be published by MacMillan, and would bring readers up to date on Finch’s activities after he decided not to pitch for the New York Mets, and instead ″play the French horn or golf or something.″

He said bumper stickers that say ″Sidd Finch Lives″ have surfaced in New York. ″I think a lot of people got so curious about what happened to Sidd,″ Plimpton said. ″There’s all sorts of potential there.″

Finch said he was retiring from baseball, but would be available in August if the Mets needed him. Plimpton said the book would tell the story of Finch’s ″brief re-commitment to baseball.″

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