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Names In The Game

March 13, 1991

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) _ The Moscow Red Devils may be the best baseball team in the Soviet Union, but right now they would have trouble beating a decent high school team in America.

″Hey, some of these guys looked like ball players,″ said John Noce, general manager of the College of San Mateo’s varsity, which beat the Red Devils 12-0 on Monday. ″As primitive as they were, they had presence out there.″

The visiting Soviet team, made up of former javelin throwers, tennis stars and team-handball players, didn’t field its first short-hop grounder until three years ago.

But against San Mateo, the Soviet pitchers threw slides, curves, change-ups and fastballs, and a shortstop went deep into the hole to steal a hit.

Forget that they had more errors (seven) than hits (four).

″We’ve got great athletes, and now we are learning the game,″ right fielder Andrei Tselikovsky said.

He said there has been a vast improvement.

″At first it was pretty bad,″ Tselikovsky said. ″People slid into first base and ran from home plate to third base. We lost to the Nicaraguan national team, 48-0.″


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State’s Jim Jackson, the Big Ten’s player of the year, has decided to stay with the Buckeyes at least for his junior season.

The 6-foot-6 Jackson, who had been considering turning pro after the NCAA tournament, averaged 18.8 points a game and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the field during the season.

″I’m going to be back next year because I feel I have a lot yet to accomplish, both academically and in basketball,″ Jackson said Tuesday. ″I’ve given leaving school for he NBA some thought, but I know I’ll be back next year.″

Coach Randy Ayers thinks Jackson made the right decision.

″I think he needs another year in school to help him grow up emotionally,″ Ayers said. ″I think another year would really help his maturity and better prepare him to adjust to life on the road in the NBA.″


TARRAGONA, Spain (AP) - Severiano Ballesteros feels he may have found the right golf course to cure the ills that have troubled him for more than a year.

Ballesteros, here for the Catalan Open, seemed delighted to find the new Bonmont Golf Club course had long, wide fairways with little rough.

″This is how we should play every week,″ Ballesteros said after a practice round. ″It is very close to American standards.″

Bonmont, an open and rolling par-72 layout of 7,050 yards, was designed by American Robert Trent Jones Jr.


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson State has fallen on hard times financially, and is forfeiting three baseball games this week.

Coach Bob Braddy also has been told to consider canceling several remaining non-conference games.

Athletic director Howard Davis said the team will play the remainder of its Southwestern Athletic Conference games.

″One-hundred percent of this is from the financial problems we have been hit with,″ Davis said.

State College Board officials said the school could be $3.5 million in the red by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. The Board said the school has not been collecting student fees and tuition, and has carried debts over from one year to the next.

Jackson State, 5-8 overall and 3-2 in the SWAC, has 20 conference and 18 non-conference games remaining.

″It’s demoralizing,″ Braddy said. ″We gave away three games, and baseball is a game you need to play in order to be competitive. But beyond that, I have a boss and I have to do what my boss says to do.″


BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) - A donkey basketball game, in which players ride the beasts of burden, was called off after protests from an animal rights group.

Gerald Millett, principal of Brunswick High School, said he canceled the game to avoid putting the students into the center of a controversy.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had planned an ″educational protest″ outside the gymnasium, contending the event is cruel to donkeys.

″The last place this should ever be done is in an educational setting,″ Maria Mason of the animal rights group said. By permitting the game ″we are promoting animal abuse.″

Mason said the cancellation is good news for the donkeys.

″At least they’ll get a rest between this and the next place they’re dragged to,″ Mason said. A newsletter from the nationwide animal rights group said donkeys are shipped in cramped cages and aren’t fed so they won’t defecate during games.

Donkey games are held to raise money for schools or charities, and the game Saturday was to fund band uniforms and a field trip.

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