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BEIJING (AP) _ Chinese athletes will be getting more than just a gold medal if they come in first in an Olympic event. They’ll also get a solid gold pop-top can from a Chinese soft drinks company and substantial bonuses.
A health products factory has set aside almost $200,000 for Chinese medalists, including almost $10,000 for gold winners, and the government plans cash awards of more than $2,500 for first place finishes.
The soft drinks company, Jianlibao, has ordered more than 20 solid gold cans, worth about $2,000 each, even though the Chinese aren’t expected to win more than 10 golds, the Sunday edition of the official China Daily reported.
The company also has provided the athletes with sportswear and $600,000 in support funds. Other companies have supplied the athletes with equipment, health tonics, recorded tapes, shirts and cosmetics, the paper said.
Jianlibao president Li Jingwei is pinning his hopes on athletes in diving, volleyball, ping-pong, badminton, judo and women’s swimming, the report said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 100 kids burned when former Lakers’ coach Mike Dunleavy’s summer basketball camp was canceled won’t be left out in the sun completely thanks to a goodwill gesture by the crosstown Los Angeles Clippers.
The summer camp was canceled when Dunleavy left the Lakers to accept a job with the Milwaukee Bucks and the company running the event went broke. That left 120 kids who paid $275 to $495 for the weeklong camp out of luck.
Enter the Clippers, who say they’ll give away game tickets, including two to the Clippers’ Nov. 6 season opener against the Lakers, along with admission to several camps and an autographed Clippers team photo.
Sportsworld of Point Richmond, Calif., which was running the event, said it was bankrupt and could not afford to repay the entrance fees. The Lakers said they were not involved in the camp and not financially responsible.
Dunleavy, who figured to make about $40,000 from the camps, has spent about $60,000 to cover the cost of two camps, Lakers general counsel Jim Perzik said.
Other fans also left in the lurch by Sportsworld have been helped.
The California Angels refunded $225 each to 100 baseball clinics hopefuls, and the Golden State Warriors found a new company to run its basketball camps.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The St. Edward’s University food services department is getting a workout this summer because the school is again hosting the Dallas Cowboys preseason training camp.
With 350 players, staff and media to feed, the menu includes things like 40 pounds of turkey, 80 pounds of bananas, 25 pounds of ham, 15 pounds of roast beef, 12 dozen rolls, six to eight watermelons and a case of melons.
That’s for one day.
The school’s pantry is stocked with 150 pounds of prime rib, 90 pounds of turkey, 60 pounds of salad, 30 pounds of pasta and eight gallons of sauces. The preparation staff is 40 people and there’s a semi-trailer in use as a freezer.
Food services director George Bates estimates that players consume three times the amount of food as St. Edward’s students, and still leave some behind to be distributed at Austin Harvest, an organization that feeds the homeless.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Victor Manuel Rabanales will defend his World Boxing Council bantamweight title for the third time Monday night when he takes on top-ranked Changkyun Oh of Seoul, South Korea, at The Forum.
Rabanales, of Mexico City, won the 118-pound crown from Yonghoon Lee of Korea on March 30. At stake in the fight, besides Rabanales’ title, is a September matchup with former-WBC bantamweight titlist Joichiro Tatsuyoshi.
Oh, 30, has won 16 consecutive fights and will be making his U.S. debut. He is attempting to be the first Korean to win a world title in America.