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Names In The Game

May 29, 1997

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ It’s been two years since Joe Montana closed out his career in Kansas City, but he has just now left the airport.

A 7-foot by 9-foot photo mural of the former Chiefs quarterback was removed from Kansas City International Airport by Custom Color Corp., which provides the airport with photo murals.

The mural will be replaced Friday by a shot of running back Marcus Allen. And if Allen leaves next year?

``We’ll do this all over again,″ said Marc Muccino of Custom Color.

For the time being, president Nate Accardo said the company has another problem.

``Now, I’ve got three murals of Montana that I don’t know what to do with,″ he said.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ J.D. Drew, the first player in college baseball to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases the same season, was selected college player of the year Thursday by Baseball America.

He previously won the same honor from Collegiate Baseball.

The Florida State junior outfielder also was picked for the All-College World Series team for the 1990s in a media poll last year.

Drew hit .455 this season with 31 homers, 32 steals, 110 runs scored and 100 RBIs.

Drew said he learned of the 30-30 possibilities in the ACC post-season tournament. But he said he started pressing, trying to get the home runs needed on ``some bad swings. Fortunately I was able to get the home runs and the stolen bases just came.″

``I became a lot better coach as the result of those home runs,″ said Florida State coach Mike Martin. ``What people don’t know about J.D. is that he is a better person than he is a baseball player.″

Baseball America also projected Drew as a top draft pick for next week’s major league draft.

``This guy has the ability to be a Barry Bonds-type player,″ Martin said.


LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) _ Former Olympic boxer Duane Bobick’s arms were injured in an accident at the paper mill where he works.

Bobick, who lives in Little Falls, was working at Hennepin Paper Co. when his arms got caught in a machine that uses two stacked rolls to draw paper. His arms became entangled between the rolls, said Paul Cameron, the company’s vice president for finance and administration.

Bobick’s right arm was severely damaged, and there was some damage to his left arm, including broken bones and crushed blood vessels.

Despite the injuries, Cameron said the company is anticipating his return to work.

``The reports we’ve had back are optimistic,″ he said, noting that there likely will be a long recovery period.

Bobick was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team. The heavyweight boxer was defeated by Cuba’s Teofilo Stevenson during the Games in Munich. He also won the 1971 gold medal for boxing at the Pan American Games.


ROME (AP) _ Internazionale of Milan might be the front-runner. Lazio of Rome thinks it still has a chance. Only one thing seems certain about Ronaldo’s status: world soccer’s player of the Year for 1996 won’t be back with FC Barcelona.

But there could be a waiting game now that talks between the 20-year-old Brazilian and the Spanish club have broken off.

``Our offer remains open and I think it’s been well studied,″ Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti said Thursday. ``This negotiation is so complex and studied in its details that it’s unlikely to be resolved in a brief time.″

Ronaldo, who led Barcelona to the Cup Winners Cup title this year and headed the Spanish league with 34 goals, is in Norway for a match with his national team Friday.

He said nothing is definite, but added that he is thinking of learning to speak Italian.


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) _ Seven Hall of Fame jockeys are among the 12 riders selected to have mounts in the National All-Star Jockey Championship June 27 at Lone Star Park.

Among them are Gary Stevens, who will be seeking to complete a Triple Crown sweep aboard Silver Charm in the Belmont Stakes.

The other Hall of Famers invited are Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, Eddie Delahoussaye, Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay, and Jorge Velasquez.

Between them, they have won 33 Triple Crown races and 13 Eclipse Awards.

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