FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ A New Year’s Day bowl game will be played in Joe Robbie Stadium for at least two more years after Friday’s game between Penn State and Stanford, but the name may change.
Raycom, the production company that owns the rights to the Blockbuster Bowl, has been seeking another title sponsor for at least two months, bowl chairman Charlie Frankel said.
Nike and Reebok, the sports shoe manufacturers, have been among the companies that have discussed title sponsorship with bowl officials, the Sun- Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reported Wednesday.
Blockbuster, in the third year of a three-year deal with the bowl game, has elected not to continue as title sponsor, the newspaper reported.
MILAN, Italy (AP) - American forward A.J. English scored 17 points and Yugoslav guard Dejan Bodiroga scored 14 Tuesday night as Trieste beat first- place Bologna 73-64 in the Italian League.
At Trieste, Stefanel took a 50-31 first-half lead. Bill Wennington scored just two points for the Bologna (13-3).
In other games, Pistoia upset Treviso 107-94, the seventh straight loss for the defending champions. American center Dan Gay scored 44 points for Pistoia, while Croatian Toni Kukoc scored 31 points for fifth-place Treviso (9-7) and American teammate Terry Teagle added 21.
Reggio Calabria (11-5) beat Baker Leghorn 99-77 to tie Clear Cantu for second place, four points behind Bologna. Ukrainian forward Alexander Volkov, formerly of Atlanta Hawks, scored 25 points for Calabria.
Cantu lost at Turin 85-79 in overtime.
Roma was upset by Fabriano 97-88 despite 31 points from Italian guard Andrea Niccolai and 18 from Croatian center Dino Radja.
Italian Antonello Riva scored 16 points and reached 10,000 for his career in Milan’s 98-74 victory against Rimini.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - Rai, a starter for Sao Paulo and Brazil’s national team, has signed a contract with Paris-St. Germain in the French League, Sao Paulo said Wednesday.
Marita Gama, assistant to the team president, said the Paris team bought the contract of the forward, whose full name is Rai Souza Viera de Oliveira, for $3.1 million.
She said Rai will reportedly continue playing for Sao Paulo until July, then play out his recently-signed 3-year contract with the French club.
Rai, Sao Paulo’s captain, led his team to world club championship in December, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory over Barcelona of Spain. Rai also scored five goals this year for Brazil’s national team.
OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) - Christof Duffner of Germany scored 237.7 points Wednesday to win the first of this season’s four-hill ski jumping events in Oberstdorf.
Duffner, 21, sailed 378.6 feet on both his jumps to squeeze out the win over Austrian Andreas Goldberger, who had jumps of 377 feet and 373 3/4 feet respectively to score 237.4 points.
In third place was Japan’s Nojriaki Kasai with 230.3 points after two jumps of 368 3/4 feet).
About 30,000 people attended the event held under a sunny sky with the temperature hovering around minus-14.
The second four-hill event takes place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Friday.
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - The normally traffic-clogged streets of South America’s largest city will be replaced Thursday by thousands of athletes from around the world who have come to this huge metropolis to compete in the traditional year-end St. Silvester road race.
For the first time in its 68-year-old history, the race will be held as part of the official calendar of the International Amateur Athletics Federation.
To be officially recognized by the federation, organizers last year increased the race’s distance from 7.8 miles to 9.3 miles.
About 11,000 men and 4,000 women from more than 10 countries will race along Sao Paulo’s wide, skyscraper-lined avenues and up and down and around its narrow winding streets.
The favorite is two-time defending champion Arturo Barrios of Mexico, who holds the world record in the 10,000-meter run.
The women’s favorites are Lidia Cheromei and Melinda Smith of Kenya and Maria Mutola of Mozambique.
The race is named after St. Silvester, the Roman Catholic saint whose feast day is celebrated Dec. 31.
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Fairmount Park Race Track officials are going ahead with their plan to hire replacement workers, even after more than 220 betting clerks agreed to end a strike, a union leader said Wednesday.
″I’m assuming they’re already committed to hiring these replacement workers,″ said Terry Bub, president of Fairmount Local 624.
Calls to track spokeswoman Mary Ozanic for comment were not immediately returned today.
Bub said the union called off the week-long strike last Thursday after the race track threatened to hire replacements. Union members also agreed to a 50 percent wage cut demanded by management.
Track officials have not hired any union members, instead choosing about 100 replacements, Bub said.
″Right now, we’re still on strike. We just don’t have our picket signs up,″ Bub said.