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February 12, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York City Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society will honor golfer Jack Nicklaus and jockey Bill Shoemaker along with the New York Mets and Giants at its Dinner of Champions April 30.

Nicklaus became the first golfer to win six Masters tournaments when he captured the title last April, and Shoemaker, 55, won his fourth Kentucky Derby last May. The Mets won baseball’s World Series and the Giants captured football’s Super Bowl.


DURBAN, South Africa (AP) - Fifty young athletes from four Natal province schools have withdrawn from a weekend track and field meet at Pretoria because a black 18-year-old was excluded on the basis of his race, it was reported Thursday.

The team from Kearnsey College, an integrated secondary school at Tongaat, less than 20 miles north of Durban, is boycotting the competition, it was reported.

Nkulukelo Skweyiya, who attends Kearnsey, had been selected to compete in the meet at a Pretoria high school this weekend, when he also will celebrate his 18th birthday. He was to compete in the 100- and 400-meter sprints and a relay.

But Colin Silcock, principal of Kearnsey College, said he had received instructions that Skweyiya could not participate because he was black. Silcock said he was not sure where the instructions had originated.

″I’m not bitter. I don’t hold grudges,″ Skweyiya was quoted as saying. ″I can handle this situation.″


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Power forward Kenny Carr of the Portland Trail Blazers will be sidelined for one to three weeks because of back spasms, the physician for the NBA team said.

Carr, the Blazers’ leading rebounder with a 10.9 per-game average, has missed Portland’s last three games.

Team physician Dr. Robert Cook diagnosed the injury as a herniated disk.

Cook said Wednesday the 6-foot-7 Carr could return as soon as ″a week to 10 days. Or it could take three weeks.″

Carr said rest should cure the problem and surgery was not required.


ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) - Construction has been completed on the riverside stadium where the Paraguay-United States Davis Cup match is to be played next month, but officials say the outdoor site will have to be sprayed nightly to get rid of bugs.

Matches at the Paraguayan Yacht and Golf Club, on the shores of the Paraguay River in suburban Ita Enramada, six miles south of downtown Asuncion, are scheduled for March 13-15.

Officials said Thursday that a small airplane would spray the 4,000-seat stadium an hour before each night’s matches to get rid of mosquitoes and other flying insects attracted by the court lights.

Besides insects, summer heat and high humidity also may affect players unaccustomed to such conditions.

The winner of the Paraguay-United States best-of-five series will face the winner of the Spain-West Germany series.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Forward Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers has been hospitalized for treatment of an infected left elbow and his status for Saturday night’s NBA game against the Detroit Pistons is uncertain.

Barkley injured the elbow Sunday in the NBA All-Star Game and aggravated it Tuesday night in a loss to the Chicago Bulls. He played Wednesday night against the Pistons and had to leave late in the first half.

Barkley, the NBA’s leading rebounder, had a heavy pad on the damaged elbow and scored only six points and grabbed only four rebounds Wednesday night in a 123-113 overtime loss.

The 76ers also said that the availability of forward Cliff Robinson was uncertain. Robinson missed the last six games because of an ankle sprain and is bothered with an eye infection.

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