LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Los Angeles Raiders executive John Herrera and Gregg Lukenbill, managing general partner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, both have denied a report that the Raiders are negotiating to move to a proposed new stadium near the basketball arena in Sacramento.
KCBS-TV in Los Angeles reported Monday that Raiders owner Al Davis has met with Sacramento realtor Angelo Tsakopoulos to discuss shifting the Raiders north ″and that the Raiders boss, is, according to sources close to the bargaining, ‘very impressed’ by Sacramento’s latest offer.″
Tsakopoulos and Lukenbill, managing general partner of the Kings, own most of the 1,000 acres to the north of the new Arco Arena, where the NBA team plays. That land, according to the televised report, is where the proposed stadium would be built.
Herrera, however, reaffirmed Monday that the NFL team still plans to move to a stadium to be built in the Los Angeles suburb of Irwindale.
″Our commitment has not wavered,″ Herrera said of the negotiations with Irwindale. ″... It’s unbelievable that these rumors keep surfacing the way they do.″
Lukenbill called the report ″bull″ and ″irresponsible journalism.″ He said he and Tsakopoulos have not discussed a possible move by the Raiders with Davis since mid-1987.
Davis moved the Raiders to Los Angeles from Oakland in 1982, signing a 10- year lease with the Los Angeles Coliseum at that time. However, he said in August of 1987 that he planned to move the team to Irwindale, claiming that the LA Coliseum Commission had not lived up to promises made him when he brought the team down from Oakland.
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch prepared to leave a clinic here today after five days of treatment for a bleeding colon ulcer, a clinic spokeswoman said.
Quiron clinic spokeswoman Elisabet Cardoner said the 68-year-old Barcelona native was expected to be released within 24 hours.
″He is doing fine, enjoyed a perfect night Monday in the clinic and received his first solid food in four days,″ Cardoner said.
″He is expected to leave the clinic around midday Wednesday for the Barcelona airport to travel directly to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland,″ she said.
″He is in good health, if a little weak due to his liquid diet,″ she said.
Samaranch, who has headed the IOC since his election in Moscow in 1980, entered the clinic late Thursday for treatment of a bleeding, 0.12-inch ulcer in his upper colon.
The head of his medical team, Dr. Juan Armengol, said Sunday that the bleeding had stopped. The ulcer was not considered serious and may have resulted from excessive use of aspirin, he said.
Samaranch entered the clinic after he fell ill prior to a reception marking the conclusion of four days of IOC committee meetings held to discuss preparations for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, Cardoner said.