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January 30, 1991

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Coach Sam Wyche says he still will be in charge of the Cincinnati Bengals offense, even with the hiring of former Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator David Shula.

Wyche said he will make the final decisions, based on ″an eruption of ideas″ from all coaches.

″I think I’ll make everyone a co-coordinator so we won’t have any problems with it,″ Wyche said. ″We’ve always done it that way. But I’m the emperor.″

Wyche handled the offensive coordinator’s job in 1990 after Bruce Coslet left as offensive coordinator to coach the New York Jets. Wyche was criticized when the Bengals ran more and passed less in the second half of the season.

Shula was hired as coach of wide receivers on Tuesday. A son of Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, he was demoted twice at Dallas, most recently to passing game coordinator.

″I don’t want to be perceived as someone who’s coming in to fix something, because nothing’s broken,″ Shula, 31, said of his new job.″I’m not here to take over from the offensive coaches. I’ll work with them.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale was charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday.

Drysdale will be arraigned Feb. 14 in Municipal Court, city attorney office spokesman Ted Goldstein said.

The maximum penalty for each count is six months in jail and or a $1,000 fine.

Drysdale, 54, was arrested Jan. 21 after the car he was driving collided with a car driven by Yasmin Dawoodjee, 24. Goldstein said the woman suffered minor injuries.

Drysdale, a Dodgers announcer since 1988, was given a breath test and registered a blood-alcohol content of .19, more than double the limit of .08, officer Tom Ohmer said.

Drysdale was arrested and released on $5,000 bail.

Four days after the incident, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to file felony drunken driving charges and referred the case to the city attorney’s office.

Drysdale pitched for the Brooklyn-Los Angeles Dodgers from 1956-69 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984.


NEW YORK (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds extended a couple of traditions Wednesday when he was named to play in a softball game.

Bonds became the sixth Most Valuable Player to sign up for the Pepsi All- Star Game immediately after his MVP season. Also, Bonds’ father, Bobby, played in the first game, ten years ago.

The game will be played Saturday in Baseball City, Fla., for the benefit of the National Association for Sickle Cell Disease.


CHESTER, W.Va. (AP) - Trainers at Mountaineer Park say video lottery machines are cutting wagering at the thoroughbred track and hurting their livelihood. They want a cut of the machine’s profits.

″I offered them 50 percent of the proceeds if they would put up 50 percent toward the start-up costs,″ track owner Bill Blair said.

General manager Hayes Taylor said some of the complaining trainers are playing the machines.

The track’s average daily handle from Jan. 1-22 1990, was $186,922 with average daily attendance of 1,535.

During the same period this year, the average daily handle was $155,670 and daily attendance was 1,151.


NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) - Ellis Fields looks like an average guy until he starts doing situps.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard worker, did 200,200 ″crunch″ situps in three days last year. He wants to do 300,000 in the same period before his 41st birthday, Sunday.

He also wants to be included in the Guinness Book of Records, but the publication doesn’t recognize crunch sit-ps.

Mark Young, editor of the Guinness Book’s U.S. edition, said the only recognized situp is the kind most people did in elementary school - on a flat surface, with hands behind the head, legs straight out on the floor and torso raised 90 degrees.

Fields does his by placing his hands behind his head and his legs over a bench. He then crunches forward to within about an inch of his knees.

″I ball up into a knot and then explode into another sit-up,″ he said.

Fields, 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, said his sit-ups are more difficult because he uses only abdominal and lower-back muscles, with little leg power.

The Guinness record of 60,405 situps in 24 hours was set by Louis Scripa Jr. in Sacramento, Calif., in 1985.


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - Tour golfers Robert Gamez, Jerry Pate and Tommy Armour III will play in the Howard Cosell Day Pro-Celebrity tournament Tuesday.

The celebrity field includes George Steinbrenner, Joe Dimaggio, Ernie Banks, George Blanda, Johnny Bench and Bob Hope.

The tournament will raise funds for the All American Collegiate Golf Foundation in New York, which awards scholarships to high school and college golfers.

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