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January 9, 1990

Undated (AP) _ EAST BERLIN (AP) - East German track and field officials have recommended that discus thrower Wolfgang Schmidt be allowed to compete for West Germany, an East German newspaper reported Tuesday.

The move will allow Schmidt to participate at the European Track and Field Championships in Split, Yugoslavia, in August, the newspaper Deutsches Sportecho said.

Schmidt, who is still one of the top-ranked discus throwers in the world although he will be 36 next week, was dropped from the East German national team in 1981 and jailed in 1982 after stating his wish to move to West Germany.

The newspaper said the recommendation to the East German sports authorities was made by a track and field commission that included Olympic champions Juergen Schult, a discuss thrower, and Ulf Timmermann and Udo Beyer, both shot putters.

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EAST BERLIN (AP) - Six Olympic champions, a number of world champions and several East German national team stars have joined foreign clubs legally since the country opened its borders in November, an East German newspaper said Tuesday.

Junge Welt published the list under the headline, ″Our Christmas Sale.″

Since the political changes and the opening of East Germany’s borders, a number of East German stars have been allowed to go abroad in return for badly-need foreign currency.

Among those listed were Olympic cycling champions Uwe Ampler, Jan Schur, Olaf Ludwig and Mario Kummer. Ampler and Ludwig joined the Dutch professional teams. Schur and Kummer moved to the Italian team Chateau d’Ax.

Other Olympic gold medal winners who went to West German clubs were weightlifter Joachim Kunz and Uew Neupert, a wrestler with 19 medals from European and World Championships and Olympic Games.

Dieter Frenzel and Friedhelm Boegelsack, who played for the the national ice hockey team, signed with West German clubs.

East Germany’s four top-ranked tennis players, Gunter Wehnart, Dietrich Schimann, Rolf Lichtenfeld and Ulrich Grundmann, all went to the same West German club.

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OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (AP) - The NCAA has accepted Oakland City College as a Division II member. The move is effective immediately, athletic director and basketball coach Mike Sandifar.

The southern Indiana school of about 650 men and women had been affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The new affiliation in all sports was sought for financial, geographic and scheduling purposes, Sandifar said.

He said Oakland City would begin scheduling Division II opponents at the start of the next school year in September.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Namath, Red Blaik and four former New York Giants stars were among those elected as charter members of the New York Sports Hall of Fame.

Frank Gifford, Y.A. Tittle, Sam Huff and Mel Hein were the Giants chosen by the 155-member panel, comprised primarily or writers and broadcasters.

Blaik was elected along with his backfield stars, Doc Blachard and Glenn Davis. Also elected in their sports were tennis stars Don Budge, Billie Jean King and Rod Laver, soccer starts Pele and Giorgio Chinaglia and public address announcers Bob Sheppard, John Condon and Fred Capossela. Honorees will be inducted on Feb. 26 during a dinner in New York.

Election results in other sports will be announced in the next few weeks. The hall is a not-for-profit museum scheduled to open in 1990 or 1991.

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LAUREL, Md. (AP) - Racing at Laurel was called off Tuesday after the fourth race. A snow and ice storm Monday night had created bad track conditions.

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