VALENCIA, Spain (AP) _ International Cycling Union President Luis Puig Esteve died today in a local hospital after spending six days in a coma following a stroke, a hospital spokesman said. He was 75.
Puig suffered a stroke last Thursday and had been in the intensive care unit of La Fe Hospital in this eastern city, the spokesman said.
The cycling union chief had been in very poor health since suffering a brain hemorrhage last April 5, said the spokesman, who was not identified.
Born in 1915 in the Valencia province town of Alcudia, Puig headed the Spanish Cycling Federation from 1968 to 1981. In 1981 he was elected to head the world’s top cycling body. He was reelected to the post in 1985 and 1989.
Puig had also served as the president of Valencia region organizations governing cycling, swimming and field hockey and co-founded the annual Tour of Valencia cycling race.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Four other players already are struggling for the backup quarterback slot behind Warren Moon, but Houston Oilers coach Jack Pardee says he wants contract holdout Cody Carlson to get himself to camp and into the running.
General manager Mike Holovak went to Dallas on Monday to negotiate with Carlson’s agent, Vic Vines.
″He would fit in here better than anyone else,″ Pardee said of the fourth-year player from Baylor. ″He’s had on-the-job training.″
Pardee said Carlson could have played 45 to 65 downs in a scrimmage last Saturday, and he hopes Carlson will be in camp by Thursday for a scrimmage against the Dallas Cowboys.
″We’ll force feed him,″ Pardee said. ″We’ll get him ready. ... It’s for him to get to work. He needs to help himself and help the team.″