Names In The Game
HOUSTON (AP) _ Carl Lewis says American colleges should quit supporting foreign athletes if track and field in the United States is to survive.
″I firmly believe that we should quit recruiting so many foreign athletes,″ said Lewis, who will run the 100 meters at the Mizuno Houston Invitational Saturday. ″It’s easier to recruit foreigners, and that’s what too many American coaches are doing. You look at the sprinters coming up now in college, and many of them are foreigners.
″Who is going to take the place of the Leroy Burrells, Mike Marshes, Dennis Mitchells, Andre Casons in the next few years?″
Lewis, the world-record holder in the 100 meters, suggests, ″The rule should be that you cannot recruit more than two foreign athletes.″
The NCAA allows 12.6 mens’ track and field scholarships a year.
Lewis insists his views are not xenophoic or racist.
″U.S. taxpayers are helping to support many of our universities,″ Lewis said. ″Those schools’ coaches and facilities are being used to coach and train foreign athletes, who then come back and drub us in competition like the Olympic Games and World Championships. We’re putting tax money into people who come up and beat us.″
Lewis will be 33 on July 1. Burrell is 26, Cason 25, Mitchell 28 and Marsh nearly 27. Jon Drummond, ranked fifth in the world in 1993, is almost 26.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - What’s in a name? Would a Gator Bowl by any other name be just as good?
When the Jacksonville Jaguars negotiated a lease on the Gator Bowl, being given a $122 million facelift for the inaugural 1995 season, they were given the right to rename the stadium.
The NFL team could get as much as $1 million a year from a corporate sponsors for the name, with a share to be turned over to the city.
The commercial entity would get an 70,000-seat advertisement expected to make its way into media reports on the Jaguars.
Some possible names being mentioned include the AT&T Riverfront Stadium, First Union Field or the Gatorade Bowl.
Buffalo’s Rich Stadium is named after a food company and the Carolina Panthers are considering following suit with the construction of the other new NFL stadium.
In major league baseball, there’s Busch Stadium and Wrigley Field. And the new stadium being built for the Colorado Rockies in Denver will be called Coors Field.
ROME (AP) - The International Cycling Union on Friday approved Graeme Obree’s world one-hour record, but banned for the future record attempts non- traditional bikes such as the one used by the Scottish cyclist.
Obree, riding a special homemade model, set a new world record in Bordeaux, France, last month, traveling 32.78 miles in an hour
ICU officials emphasized that new bikes for record attempts will have to be approved first by a technical committee and made available to all cyclists within one year.
″The point is that the world records must be set in the same condition, with the same models of bikes,″ said Marco Bognetti of the cycling organization.
On Obree’s bike, the rider leans far forward with his torso and the legs moving up-and-down perpendicular to the track.
MILAN, Italy (AP) - AC Milan midfielder Stefano Eranio tore his left Achilles tendon in training and will miss the Champions Cup final in Athens and the World Cup tournament in the United States this summer.
Club doctors said Friday the 27-year-old Eranio will be out for at least four months.
The Achilles tendon injury was the latest in an unlucky season for Eranio who missed about two months of league competition because of pulled muscles and other injuries.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) - Foward Rudi Voeller was added to Germany’s World Cup team on Friday.
Voeller, now with France’s Olympique Marseille team, played in 85 national games scoring 43 goals. He is 34.