The Associated Press
Dec. 02, 1992
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The final page of Upper Deck Authenticated's Christmas catalog is advertising what it calls ''the ultimate Los Angeles Kings collectible'' - an airplane that transported the team the last two seasons.
The cost: just $5 million.
Kings owner Bruce McNall purchased the plane from the President of Mexico and customized it to make travel as comfortable as possible for his team, but stopped using it after last season.
The team now travels on commercial flights, and apparently doesn't miss the Boeing 727-100, as evidenced by its first-place standing in the Smythe Division.
''Now your company, family or just 70 of your best friends can enjoy the same level of comfort and relaxation that helped (Wayne) Gretzky and the Kings perform to their highest potential,'' the full-page advertisement says.
The plane reportedly features two-across extra-wide first-class seats throughout the plane as well as a state-of-the-art video system and other assorted extras.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - PGA Tour players Mark Calcavecchia and Andrew Magee head the overseas entries in the Johnnie Walker Classic, which starts Thursday at Royal Melbourne.
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie leads the European challenge to a strong group of Australians headed by former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch, former PGA champion Wayne Grady and defending champion Peter Senior.
The winner will capture the final spot in the $2.7 million Johnnie Walker World Championship in Jamaica later this month.
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - Fiorentina players will wear new jerseys in the next Italian first-division games because the logo on the old ones might be mistaken for a swastika.
Lotto, the Italian sportswear company which is the commercial sponsor of the Florentine team, said a double L pattern on the uniforms could give the idea of the Nazi symbol.
Fiorentina players will wear the new jerseys in the Dec. 13 game at Parma.
There has been a rash of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner episodes in various Italian cities and in some Italian stadiums lately.
A flag with a Nazi symbol was exhibited by a group of skinheads during a league game in Florence last month. Florentine fans have the reputation of being among the most aggressive in Italy.
DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Ray Hammond, Centre College vice president for student affairs, will become athletic director July 1, the school announced.
Hammond will succeed Tom Bryant, who will continue coaching the men's basketball team and teaching in the physical education department.
Hammond received his bachelor's degree from Centre in 1965 and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1969. He has tauht biology at Centre since 1972 and was named Kentucky's Outstanding Teacher in Science at the College- University Level in 1987.
Hammond, who will relinquish his role as dean at the end of December, will also become director of health and recreation.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State quarterback Gary Duane Porter pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was given one year's probation, authorities said.
Porter also was fined $75, ordered to pay $25 to a victims compensation fund and told to perform 20 hours of community service.
Porter, a 19-year-old freshman from Tomball, Texas, will have his record wiped clean if he stays out of trouble during probation, Payne County District Attorney Paul Anderson said Tuesday.
Porter was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 18 by a Highway Patrol trooper, who testified Porter's blood-alcohol content was 0.12. In Oklahoma, 0.10 is considered legally intoxicated.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons placed defensive end Tim Green on injured reserve and activated Bill Goldberg from their practice squad.
The team announced the moves Tuesday.
Green, a seven-year veteran from Syracuse, injured his elbow in the Falcons 34-0 victory over New England on Sunday. Green, who has played in 70 consecutive games with the Falcons, had 73 tackles and three sacks this season.