NEW YORK (AP) _ Harry Carson, an eight-time selection to the NFL Pro Bowl when was a linebacker for the New York Giants, will be on television Wednesday as a businessman on a date.

Carson will appear on ''Loving,'' a daytime drama on ABC-TV. He will be businessman Elliot Gates, who goes out on a date with Dr. Angie Hubbard.

TV is not new for Carson. He is a field reporter for MSG Sportsdesk on the Madison Square Garden Network.

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BEND, Ore. (AP) - Now that the wood is chopped, Martha Crisler can concentrate again on her new project - hitting a baseball 200 feet off a tee and over a six-foot fence.

The payoff for the wood - ''an annual fall project,'' Crisler said - is fuel for the fireplace. The payoff for the 200-foot homer would be $50,000.

Crisler and seven other Gillette Sweepstakes winners are already assured of $10,000 and a trip to the first two games of the World Series. They'll swing for the 200-foot fence on Friday, the day before the Series begins.

Crisler, entered the sweepstakes figuring she had a chance at one of the consolation prize sweatshirts. ''Realistically, that's what we were after.'' Instead, she earned a chance to swing for the big prize.

She started practicing in June, working two or three times a week at the Class A Bend Rockies' stadium with Vince Genna, a former American Legion star. ''I'm hitting the ball,'' the 65-year-old grandmother said, ''but not 200 feet over a 6-foot fence yet.''

The last sweepstakes winner was Bobby Shivar, who missed a 3-point shot for a $1 million payoff during the Final Four but took home a $25,000 consolation prize.

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NEWMARKET, England (AP) - Eight-time champion steeplechase jockey Peter Scudamore came out of retirement Sunday and broke a 162 year-old riding record in a 200-mile race.

Using 50 horses on a 4-mile course at Newmarket Heath, Scudamore covered the 200 miles in eight hours 37 minutes, shaving five minutes off the time taken by George Osbaldeston in 1831.

Osbaldeston, who used only 29 horses, set the record to win a bet. Scudamore, who retired at the end of last season, raised $30,000) for the Animal Health Trust, a charity dedicated to understanding and curing animal diseases.

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The mayor of Spartanburg at times can be found on the football field at Wofford College. James Talley is a parttime coach of split ends at Wofford.

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TORONTO (AP) - In a switch on the usual practice, a coach paid a fine to a player.

Pat Burns of the Toronto Maple Leafs forked over a $100 kangaroo-court fine to defenseman Dave Ellett following Toronto's 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.

Burns' remarks to referee Andy van Hellemond about a roughing call in the first period produced a bench minor, and left the Maple Leafs two men short. The Blackhawks scored on the power-play.

Burns said his protest paid off.

''I thought we started playing better,'' he said.