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Names In The Game

June 15, 1993

OSHAWA, Ontario (AP) _ Who says you need to read to be a hockey star?

As 7-year-old Trevor Cox found out, Toronto Maple Leafs center Doug Gilmour said so.

Trevor wrote to Gilmour after a class visit by Pauline Laing, education director for the Durham board of education.

″I had complimented one student on how well he had read in class and I told the students reading would be very important in their future,″ Laing said.

″I felt this tug at my elbow and a little voice saying, ’I’m a hockey player and I don’t have to read.‴

The opinion belonged to Trevor, a second grader and a second-year novice hockey player.

″I suggested he should write to Wayne Gretzky, one of the few hockey names I know, and ask him if reading was important in hockey,″ Laing said.

Trevor said he was a Maple Leafs fan, and would write to Gilmour, his favorite player.

In his reply, Gilmour told Trevor, ″If you have a dream to be a hockey player, an artist or a jet flyer it is very important to be able to read and write well.

″I enjoy reading the daily newspaper to keep up with current events and other sports. I read letters sent to me by hockey fans and, in the summer, I read several books while I am relaxing.

″As a hockey player I must be able to read and understand items such as contracts and advertising proposals, which are very important to my career.″


CINCINNATI (AP) - A high school basketball star who admitted selling cocaine has been sentenced to home incarceration, but the sentence will permit him to attend American Univerity in Washington, D.C.

Ronell Williams, 18, an athlete and honor student at Cincinnati’s Taft High School, told a judge Monday that he began selling cocaine to pay the cost of abortions for two women he got pregnant.

″I didn’t think I was ready to take on the responsibility of kids,″ Williams said before he was sentenced in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court for aggravated drug trafficking.

Judge Donald Schott sentenced Williams to home incarceration. The sentence is to begin after Williams’ freshman year.

″I’m not going to stop him from going to college because he may ultimately contribute something to society that’s good,″ Schott said.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Williams was Taft’s leading scorer with a 16.7 average last season.

Before his arrest, Williams signed a letter of in ent to to attend Ohio University.


ASCOT, England (AP) - The Royal Ascot meeting opened Tuesday with members of the royal family on hand. Princess Anne almost didn’t get in because a guard didn’t recognize her.

″Well, she was wearing dark glasses, wasn’t she? I didn’t recognize her straight away,″ said Eric Petheridge. ″She took it very well. I am sure she understood that security is paramount.″

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip had no such problem.

The queen’s horse, Enharmonic, finished sixth in the Prince of Wales Stakes.


LONDON (AP) - The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, reportedly lost her automatic right to sit in the Royal Box at Wimbledon next week.

The duchess, popularly known as Fergie, is expected to attend in a private capacity and sit in the Centre Court stands with friends, the Evening Standard newspaper reported Tuesday.

″We have done some extensive work to draw up plans to protect the royal family, but Fergie does not come into it,″ the paper quoted an unidentified police officer as saying.

″We have been told she is to be regarded as a private member of the public unless she is invited into the Royal Box by another royal, or a VIP.″

The duchess lost her full right to royal security protection after her split last year from husband, Prince Andrew.


ATLANTA (AP) - What should you call Whatizit?

Organizers of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics say it’s time to give their bug- eyed blue mascot a real name. And they’re asking children to come up with it.

The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games on Tuesday began to solicit suggestions from kids, who know Whatizit best. A panel of Atlanta-area children will review the entries and select the name this fall.

Whatizit made its debut at the close of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, to almost universal derision from the media. But the creature has proven popular with children.

Based on suggestions from children, ACOG has made some subtle changes to the computer generated creature’s design, giving Whatizit eyelids and more muscles.

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