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December 11, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ten Olympians, including four 1984 Summer Games gold medalists - track stars Edwin Moses and Carl Lewis, diver Greg Louganis and gymnast Mary Lou Retton - will be inducted Thursday into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Also to be inducted are boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, long jumper Ralph Boston, sprinter Wyomia Tyus, diver Pat McCormick, wrestler Dan Gable and track star Alvin Kranezlein. Joining them, in a special contibutor category, is Hank Iba, coach of the U.S. Olympic basketball team in 1964, 1968 and 1972.

In all, the 10 inductees have accounted for 23 Olympic gold medals. Lewis won four last year, matching a feat by Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and Kranezlein in 1900 at Paris.

The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee and Coca-Cola USA. Members are selected by a vote of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association from a list of nominees compiled by a combined NSSA- USOC panel.


VAL d’ISERE, France (AP) - Switzerland’s Michaela Figini, the downhill winner of the 1984 Winter Olympics and 1985 world championships, posted the fastest training time Wednesday as the women’s World Cup ski tour prepared for its first downhill event of the season.

Figini, 19, raced the 7,198-foot-long course in 1 minute, 26.73 seconds, an improvement over Tuesday’s best time. The top American was 1984 Olympic giant slalom gold medalist Debbie Armstrong of Seattle, but she was only 21st in 1:28.41.

″I’m having problems in one turn on the course,″ Armstrong said. ″I’ve hit every other part well, but an error there is costing me. I can’t really tell where to initiate the turn.″

Other American placings were Holly Flanders of Deerfield, N.H., 26th in 1:28.60, Pam Fletcher of Acton, Mass., 33rd, Tamara McKinney of Squaw Valley, Calif., 34th and Eva Twardokens of Reno, Nev., 42nd.


ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece’s 16 debt-ridden First Division teams have called off a soccer walkout aimed at pressuring the government into giving them more money, a spokesman for the clubs’ general assembly said Wednesday.

He said the clubs feared that sports magistrates would rule the walkout illegal and impose fines and other sanctions.

The clubs had threatened a mass withdrawal from the league championship Dec. 15 unless Premier Andreas Papandreou’s Socialist government gave them 10 percent of the income from the state-run soccer pool. That would amount to about $10.6 million annually.

But the government, applying an economic austerity package, refused to raise its offer of $1.6 million to be shared by the clubs this season and threatened to fine them $953,000 for failing to pay social security for their players.


BERLIN (AP) - The West German National Olympic Committee plans to invite all surviving German medal winners from the 1936 Olymp ics to meet here next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Games.

Manfred von Richthofen, head of the West Berlin Sports Federation, said Wednesday that 113 surviving athletes will be invited to gather in West Berlin Aug. 15-17. He said the invitation will include about 20 athletes who now live in East Germany.


SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mary Alice Hill, former San Diego State University athletic director, will appear in Superior Court Jan. 9 to try and convince a judge to force the school to reinstate her to her job with back pay.

Hill, fired Aug. 8 as the only woman athletic director of a Division I-A university, claimed in a civil suit filed last Friday that her rights to due process were violated.

Named as defendants in the suit were school President Thomas Day, the California State University system’s Board of Trustees, Chancellor Dr. W. Ann Reynolds and an unspecified number of others.

Hill claims she was fired after two unidentified female employees alleged she was guilty of sexual harassment.

Hill’s suit said that in addition to affording due process, the university:

- Failed to grant her a full hearing when the university ordered her to undergo a psychiatric examination.

- Failed to grant a hearing in order to allow her to clear her name after she was fired. Hill’s attorneys claim that was a violation of her 14th Amendment rights.

- Violated the rights of a ″whistle blower″ in the firing of Hill after she had turned in members of her staff for allegedly forging documents.

At the hearing next month before Superior Court Judge Mack Lovett, Hill also will ask to have her legal fees paid by the university.


NEW YORK (AP) - Harvard, which lost a chance at the Ivy League football championship by losing to Yale 17-6 on the final day of the season, placed five defensive players plus running back Robert Santiago on the first team of the Coaches All-Ivy team.

Penn, which won its fourth consecutive league title, and Brown each had five first-team players and Dartmouth four. Princeton quarterback Doug Butler and Penn defensive tackle Tom Gilmore, each on the first team this year, were selected to the All-Ivy squad for the third time.

The Harvard first-team players on defense were end K.C. Smith, linebacker Brent Wilkinson, defensive backs Ken Tarczy and Duane Hewlett, and punter Rob Steinberg.


PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) - The 1986 Federation Cup tennis tournament will be played July 20-27 at a new complex nearing completion in Prague, the state-run CTK news agency reported Wednesday.

It will be the first time that the competition among national women’s teams will be held in a Communist country.

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