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November 10, 1986

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Layne, who led the Detroit Lions to three NFL titles in the 1950s, was listed in stable condition at a hospital here, a spokeswoman said.

Layne, 59, was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital late Saturday with a liver problem, said Nick Kerbawy, commissioner of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Lions’ general manager from 1948 to 1958.

Layne was resting comfortably Sunday night and had been joined by his family, hospital spokeswoman Madge Lawson said. She declined to provide specific information about Layne’s medical condition.

Kerbawy said, however, that Layne had received a blood transfusion Sunday and would remain at the hospital three or four days for tests.

″It’s very serious, very serious,″ Kerbawy said, but added: ″That Layne is strong. He’s a tough kid.″


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Green Bay quarterback Randy Wright spent the night in a hospital after receiving a concussion and neck sprain in an NFL game against the Washington Redskins.

But team physician Dr. E.S. Brusky said in a statement that it was ″quite likely″ Wright would be available to play in the Packers’ game Sunday against Tampa Bay.

″Randy is nauseous, so we are going to have him stay in the hospital overnight,″ Brusky said Sunday after the Redskins beat the Packers 16-7.

Wright, a third-year pro, did not play the second half after being knocked out late in the second quarter.

Wright went down when Washington defensive end Charles Mann hit him with his helmet as Wright scrambled out of the pocket. Mann was penalized for roughing the passer.

Washington Coach Joe Gibbs said he didn’t think the penalty was deserved.

″He just tackled the guy. He didn’t spear him on the ground,″ Gibbs said. ″Our guys were upset about it.″


TORONTO (AP) - Hockey Hall-of-Famer King Clancy, vice president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was in stable but critical condition early today, recovering from a gall bladder operation.

A team spokesman said that Clancy, 83, had gone into septic shock following the operation Saturday night.

Clancy is a diabetic and doctors were concerned about possible heart and kidney failure, said Bob Stellick, the NHL club’s director of public relations.

″When the doctors opened him up and took his gall bladder out there was a lot of other machinery that needed repair,″ said team owner Harold Ballard.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke used 22 points from sophomore Danny Ferry and played what the Soviet coach called a ″clever″ game to beat the Soviet National Team 86-79 in exhibition basketball.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the Blue Devils have progressed more quickly than he had expected, although they need work on their inside game, which was taxed Saturday by a large Soviet front line.

″In the two scrimmages we’ve had, we’ve really gone after each other on defense,″ Krzyzewski said. ″We came into the game hoping we would play as hard as we’ve been practicing. I thought we did that.″

Soviet coach Armand Kraulin, speaking through an interpreter, called Duke ″a very clever team,″ and said his team’s poor start contributed to the loss.

″You can’t win if you only score 31 points in the first half,″ Kraulin said. ″We were bad on offense and terrible on defense.″

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