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Names In The Game

December 5, 1996

DENVER (AP) _ Denver linebacker Bill Romanowski will rub elbows with Pat Sajak and Vanna White in an celebrity edition of ``Wheel of Fortune.″

The show, which will be taped Tuesday, will air in January. NFL players will team with regular contestants, with the winnings going to charity.

``I used to watch it a bunch,″ Romanowski said. ``I haven’t watched it in a while, so maybe I’ll have a good partner.″

San Diego quarterback Stan Humphries also will compete along with Seattle receiver Joey Galloway and former New York Jets defensive end Dennis Byrd.


ATLANTA (AP) _ Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz won 5-1 in the Battle of the Pool, Part II.

The pool problem began last year when the NL Cy Young award winner lost a legal fight to prevent a neighboring couple from building a house that blocked the sun from his swimming pool.

On Wednesday, the Fulton County commissioners votes 5-1 to excuse Smoltz for locating a pump house too close to the property line in his exclusive St. Ives community.

The decision means that Smoltz, who recently signed a four-year, $31 million contract with the Braves, won’t have to pay the tab of moving the pump house. The cost was estimated between $2,000 and $6,000.


MIAMI (AP) _ Marc Primanti, perfect on 24 field goal tries and 20 extra points for North Carolina State this season, won the Lou Groza Award as college football’s top kicker Wednesday.

Primanti received 229 points in the voting, followed by San Diego State’s Peter Holt with 146, and Nevada’s Damon Shea with 130.

The award, sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, is named for Lou Groza, the Cleveland Browns’ Hall of Fame kicker.


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Montreal Expos manager Felipe Alou underwent an outpatient procedure Wednesday to correct an enlarged prostate gland.

Alou, 61, was told to rest a few days before resuming normal activities.

``There is no cancer, none whatsoever, thank God,″ said Alou, who led the Expos to an 88-74 record last season.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ DuPont has ended its seven-year involvement with the Tour duPont bicycle race, leaving the 1,100-mile event next May without a title sponsor and perhaps in jeopardy.

The chemical, research and energy company said in a statement Wednesday that it withdrew from the race ``effective immediately″ because of complications in a lawsuit between owners of the event.

``This has resulted in six months of planning delays and the dissolution of the event’s management team, which had provided continuity for the race,″ said John M. Murray, brand manager for duPont.

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