NEW YORK (AP) _ A contingent of six Soviet athletes, including pole vaulter Konstantin Volkov, and six Romanians, led by Olympic gold medalists Maricica Puica, Doina Melinte and Anisoara Cusmir-Stanciu, will compete in the USA-Mobil Indoor Track and Field Championships, meet officials announced Monday.
The Championships, the culmination of the USA-Mobil Indoor Track and Field Grand Prix, will be held Feb. 22 at Madison Square Garden.
Volkov, the silver medalist in the 1983 World Championships, will be joined by teammates Rodion Gataulin (pole vaulter), Vladimir Granenkov and Vladimir Sereda (high jumpers), Irina Podyalovskaya (women’s 400 and 800 meters), and Ravilya Agletdinova (women’s 800 and 1,500).
Among the Romanians, Puica won the controversial Olympic women’s 3,000- meter race, Melinte took the gold medal in the women’s 800 and Cusmir- Stanciu captured the women’s long jump at the Los Angeles Games. The remainder of the Romanian group includes Olympic silver medalist Vali Ionescu (women’s long jump), and Olympic bronze medalists Cristina Cojocaru (women’s 400-meter intermediate hurdles) and Fita Lovin (women’s 800). ---
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - The Ford National Mixed Doubles Tennis Championships, involving 36 qualifying teams nationwide, will be held April 3-5 at the PGA National Resort.
The amateur tournament, promoted as the largest-ever for mixed doubles with several thousand participants expected, will hold local competitions from Feb. 1 through March 24. Average club level players, 21 years old and over and owning a national tennis rating program score of 5.0 or less, are eligible.
The amateur tournament will be followed by the nationally televised Ford Challenge Cup pitting the world’s three top-ranked women’s players, including Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert Lloyd and Wendy Turnbull, plus a wild-card selection. The defending champion is Lloyd. ---
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - The San Antonio Gunslingers of the United States Football League have waived Lonell Phea, a starting wide receiver last year.
Phea was sidelined last year after hurting his left knee in the first half of the Gunslingers’ game against the Houston Gamblers.
He underwent surgery for the injury the next day and missed the rest of the season. The Houston contest was the second game of the season.
Phea, who learned of his waiver Sunday, acknowledged his left leg still is sore and he probably wouldn’t be ready to play until April. The Gunslingers open their season against the Memphis Showboats Feb. 25.