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Names In The Game

July 19, 1995

GARY, Ind. (AP) _ Former pro football player Fred Williamson is coming home to make a movie and help the community.

Williamson, an actor, director, and producer, is planning to cast local residents in a movie which he will star in and produce.

Williamson will return on Friday to begin work on an untitled movie about the pain people suffer after losing their jobs in the industrial Rust Belt. The movie climaxes with people returning home to save the old community.

His boyhood friend, Lake County Commissioner Rudy Clay, said he encouraged Williamson early this year to come to Gary to give the community a lift.

Clay said up to $2 million will be spent to hire local people for the movie.

``Ninety percent of the people in the movie will be from Gary and East Chicago,″ Clay said.

Williamson will place advertisements in local newspapers next week informing residents about how to audition for the movie, he said. Shooting is expected to begin the first week of August.

Production crews have been in the area looking for shooting locations.

``They are excited about the locations because they don’t have to change a lot of things,″ Clay said.


ATLANTA (AP) _ Trischa Zorn missed making the Olympic swim team that went to Barcelona in 1992 by one-one hundredth of a second. That, however, hasn’t kept her from winning 22 gold medals.

Zorn, of Indianapolis, is visually impaired and won 12 gold medals in the 1988 Paralympics, adding 10 more four years later in Barcelona to go along with two silvers.

The next stop on her amazing gold medal tour will be the International Paralympic Swim Trials in Atlanta Aug. 17-20.

``She has told me she is coming and is anxious to compete,″ meet director Mark Ponzillo said. ``Trischa gives us a real attraction for this event and someone who has set records other competitors can shoot for. Everybody is excited about this, and we’re all looking forward to watching her in action.″

Twenty countries have confirmed they will attend the trials. The United States will send 93 swimmers. Now, the only question is: What events will Zorn compete in?

``Oh, geez, everything,″ Ponzillo said. ``There isn’t much she can’t do. I mean, she has won about a zillion gold medals in the last two Paralympics, hasn’t she?″


GREELEY, Colo. (AP) _ The Denver Broncos can breathe easy now. Test show safety Steve Atwater’s knee injury isn’t too bad.

Things got a little quiet during Tuesday’s practice when Atwater dropped to the ground and clutched his left knee. Trainers rushed to the team’s five-time Pro Bowl safety.

After an on-field examination, Atwater was taken away for an MRI. The test showed the knee was hyperextended but structurally sound.

``You always worry about things like that,″ Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. ``You do in your preseason games, in practice. ... But the nature of this game is that it usually happens to one or two people. You just hope you get lucky and make it through the preseason games.″

Meanwhile, former Indianapolis defensive tackle Steve Emtman might not make it onto the field at all, at least in Denver. He is expected to arrive in Denver later this week for a physical with the Broncos, but Shanahan doesn’t think the team can afford him.

``It sounds like he’s looking for that million-dollar-plus-type contract,″ the coach said.


LONDON (AP) _ ``Gazza to be a Dadda.″

That was the front-page headline Thursday in The Sun newspaper, which reported that English soccer star Paul Gascoigne, nicknamed ``Gazza,″ is to become a father.

The report said his girlfriend, Sheryl Kyle, is two months pregnant and expecting Gascoigne’s first child in February.

``He’s still walking around in a daze _ he can’t believe he’s going to be a dad,″ an unidentified friend was quoted as saying.

But Gascoigne, 27, and Kyle, 30, who has two children of her own, were not saying anything.

Gascoigne, who recently completed a transfer from Lazio of Rome to the Glasgow Rangers, refused to answer questions when he arrived for training at Ibrox Stadium.

``He told us this morning he has nothing to say about this,″ a Rangers spokesman said. ``It is a personal matter for Paul Gascoigne, and it is his decision not to comment.″

Gascoigne and Kyle have had a stormy relationship. He admitted in a newspaper interview that he had hit her, and the couple split up for 10 months last year before getting back together.

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