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January 27, 1995

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Clifford Goodrich, president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Turf Club, which conducts the Santa Anita race meeting, was elected to a two-year term as president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations Friday.

Goodrich, the TRA’s 27th president, succeeds David Vance, vice president of racing for the DeBartolo Corp.

Elected as vice presidents by the TRA Board were Charles Bidwill Jr., president of Sportsman’s Park; Harold Handel, executive vice president of racing for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, and Stella Thayer, president of Tampa Bay Downs.

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MUNICH, Germany (AP) _ Lothar Matthaeus, captain of the German national soccer team, received an optimistic prognosis about his torn left Achilles tendon Friday from his surgeon, who told Matthaeus he could be playing again in three months.

There were fears that because Mattaeus is 33, his playing days could be over.

But Dr. Werner Keyl, who operated on Matthaeus, said the Bayern Munich star had a good chance of returning relatively quickly.

``The operation went well. If the healing process goes as well, he could start running again in eight to 10 weeks and start playing again in 12 weeks,″ Keyl said.

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) _ The Carolina Panthers and Clemson signed the lease which will let the Panthers use 81,473-seat Memorial Stadium for its 1995 debut season in the NFL.

Clemson will receive $1 for each ticket sold to repay the stadium bond. The school also said it would receive 7 percent of all ticket receipts and 10 percent of all luxury suite lease revenues.

Richardson Sports, which owns the Panthers, also has pledged $100,000 to the IPTAY Academic Scholarship Endowment, which helps fund scholarships for nonathletes who have high grades.

The Panthers are scheduled to move into 73,000-seat Carolinas Stadium in downtown Charlotte, N.C., next year.

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BERN, Switzerland (AP) _ European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, Friday confirmed Vienna and Paris as the sites for the finals of its two top club competitions.

UEFA’s Executive Committee said the Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna would host the Champions’ Cup final May 24. It said Parc des Princes in Paris would be the site of the Cup Winners’ Cup final May 10.

The executive committee described the stadiums as ``worthy arenas for the two most notable finals of the year.″

UEFA’s competitions committee recommended the two sites earlier this month.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Michael Lakow was appointed acting racing secretary for the New York Racing Association tracks on Friday, succeeding Bruce Lombardi. Lombardi will stay on until mid-February to help with the transition.

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