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June 5, 1992

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ It took nearly two months, but Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh has finally paid off his bet with North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin.

The governors made the wager prior to Indiana University’s game against Duke in the semifinals of the NCAA basketball tournament in April.

If Indiana lost, Bayh said, Martin would receive a statue of a Blue Devil - Duke’s mascot - carved from Indiana limestone. Martin, in return, offered a North Carolina-made chair upholstered in red if Duke lost.

Duke won 81-78 en route to winning the national championship, and last week the limestone Blue Devil was finished and delivered.

Instead of going to the state capitol in Raleigh, however, the 18-inch statue has gone to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s office in Durham.

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Ben Blomdahl pitched a seven-inning perfect game as the Fayetteville Generals defeated the Spartanburg Phillies 1-0 in the second game of a doubleheader in the Class A South Atlantic League.

Blomdahl had six strikeouts in Thursday night’s game.

The no-hitter is the second in Fayetteville history. Linty Ingram pitched a seven-inning no-hitter, though not a perfect game, in 1990.

Fayetteville scored in the fifth when Justin Mashore singled home Pedro Gonzales.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - John Smith of the United States has been named Wrestler of the Year for 1991 by Federacion International de Lutte Amateur, the sport’s international governing body.

Smith of Stillwater, Okla., received nine first-place votes in balloting by 14 international writers and becomes the first non-Soviet honored in the seven-year history of the award.

Including the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Smith has won five consecutive world- level titles in the 136.5-pound weight class, beginning with the 1987 World Championships.

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A hamburger chain caught up in ″Blazer Mania″ has been told to back off.

Vancouver-based Holland Inc. had 100,000 signs printed two weeks ago that said ″Like BlazerVille, Man,″ to be distributed at its Burgerville USA restaurants.

The Portland Trail Blazers play just across the Columbia River in Portland, Ore., and are battling the Chicago Bulls for the NBA championship.

But last week, Trail Blazer lawyers insisted Burgerville quit distributing the signs, saying the Blazers name is registered and Burgerville has no right to use it for commercial purposes, Burgerville spokesman Pat Klinger said.

Klinger said Burgerville decided to pull the remaining 40,000 signs.

″If we put up a fight, no matter how good a reason we have, I don’t want that to bite us when we decide to become a sponsor of the Trail Blazers in a year or three years or whenever,″ he said Thursday.

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Michael Slipchuk, the 1992 Canadian men’s figure skating champion, is turning professional.

Slipchuk, 26, finished ninth in this year’s Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and has been a member of Canada’s national team since 1985.

″Michael is a perfect example of a hard-working competitor and a sincere member of our national team,″ Canadian Figure Skating Association’s director general David Dore said Thursday.

In addition to taking part in some professional competitions, Slipchuk will finish his degree in education at the University of Alberta.

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