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October 3, 1991

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Storm Davis had some questions for Kansas City Royals manager Hal McRae, so he went to the rookie skipper and asked them.

McRae and Davis had a closed-door session Wednesday, with Davis wondering about his role with the team and McRae all too happy to oblige him.

″He was angry when he came in, but he wasn’t angry when he left,″ McRae said. ″It was an informal session. There were some things that needed to be said. I think we’re on the same page now.″

Davis began the season in the starting rotation, but was demoted to the bullpen and has struggled of late. In his last 23 2-3 innings covering 18 appearances, Davis has allowed 27 earned runs for an ERA of 10.27.

For the season, he’s 3-9 with a 4.96 ERA in 114 1-3 innings.

″He’s upset with the way he’s being used and with the role,″ McRae said. ″He came to me. I’m delighted he did. Guys should come to me if they have something to say.″

McRae said he wasn’t sure how Davis would fit in with the team next year.

″He’s very capable,″ McRae said. ″He has a contract for next year, so you can assume he’ll make the team.″


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Jazz, in search of a big body to shore up their front line, have invited veteran center Mike Smrek to training camp.

Smrek, a 7-foot, 260-pounder from Canisus, has played for five NBA teams since being chosen on the second round of the 1985 draft. He spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, but became a free agent when the team did not invite him to camp this year.

With the Jazz set to open training camp Friday, ″he was the best guy available, right now, for us to bring in,″ coach Jerry Sloan said Wednesday.

The Jazz are expecting only 14 players at camp, and one of them, 7-1 second year forward Walter Palmer, has been sidelined by a nagging hamstring problem.

″We just felt like we needed another guy in camp,″ Sloan said. ″We’re a little short right now because Walt hurt his leg and, so far, he hasn’t been able to do much. To be honest, we were concerned with having enough people to start with.″


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A group of Baltimore investors has given up its bid to buy Charles Town Races, track officials said.

The group, headed by businessman Irving Hodges, signed a 120-day option on the track last May, and had until Sept. 3 to arrange financing. They later extended the option to today by making a $100,000 deposit last month.

″(But) the prospective buyers were unable to fulfill the terms of the contract and therefore the agreement was terminated,″ D. Keith Wagner, president of Charles Town Races, said.

The sale price was reportedly about $15 million.

Bill Coleman, who had acted as spokesman for the group, declined comment on why the deal fell through Wednesday. Two other members of the group - lawyer Peter Angelos and consultant Alvin Akman - did not answer telephone calls.


CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Ernie Elliott has confirmed that he and brother Bill Elliott are breaking up their potent Winston Cup racing combination.

In Concord for the Mello-Yellow 500 stock car race, Ernie Elliott confirmed Wednesday he will build Ford V-8 engines for Kenny Bernstein’s Winston Cup team in 1992.

Bernstein’s shops are located in Huntersville, N.C., but Ernie Elliott and his 11 employees will continue to work from the Ernie Elliott Racing Inc. shops at the Melling Racing Inc. compound in Dawsonville, Ga.

With Melling Racing, the brothers Elliott have won 34 races and 38 poles since 1982.

Bill Elliott is expected to switch to driving the Fords of Junior Johnson next season, although he has not yet made a formal announcement.


SWANSEA, Wales (AP) - Australian rugby union star David Campese said he may take legal action over a magazine advertisement that makes fun of him fumbling the ball.

The ad was placed by a video trader in a magazine promoting the World Cup tournament, starting today. Campese, who has scored a record 40 tries in international rugby, will line up for Australia against Argentina on Friday.

The fumble occurred in a match the Australians lost 19-18 to the British Lions two years ago and Campese’s picture appears under the header ″Watch him fumble whenever you want.″

The Australian Rugby Football Union has made an official protest to the tournament organizers for allowing the ad to be published.

″I don’t need this type of stress coming into the World Cup,″ Campese said. ″I don’t need this type of distraction at all.″

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