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December 30, 1993

LEVEL CROSS, N.C. (AP) _ Richard Petty says he wants to become more involved in Republican politics now that he’s retired from NASCAR racing and is dropping hints he might run for governor in 1996.

″I would never say I was not interested,″ Petty said Wednesday in an interview with The News & Observer. ″I’m not interested at this particular time.″

Petty said 1996 ″is a long time off.″

But The King has formed his own political action committee to help GOP candidates and is assembling a campaign team.

″My wife told me she didn’t mind if I run for governor if they could move the capital to Level Cross,″ Petty said. ---

NEW YORK (AP) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Broderick Thomas is the NFL Extra Effort Award winner for collecting 1,000 holiday gifts for children, the league said Thursday.

The award is given monthly to a player who had made a significant contribution to his community.

Other finalists for December were linebacker Greg Lloyd, Bucs safety Marty Carter, Cleveland Browns center Steve Everett, and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Duane Bickett. ---

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Olympic speedskating champion Johann Olav Koss will not use his new aerodynamic ice skate named Mach1 in the Lillehammer Winter Games and will stick to a conventional model, Norwegian news agency NTB said Thursday.

The Norwegians unveiled the new skate, which reportedly saves one second for every 1,000 meters skated, before the season started in October. The carbon-fiber-steel skates are molded to the foot and weigh one-third less than the 625-gram conventional model.

The new skate was made available only to Koss and he said it would be unfair to other competitors to use it during the Feb. 12-27 Lillehammer Olympics.

″I have skated many laps with the new model and it feels much better now than in the beginning when one of my toes hurt,″ Koss said. ″But now I won’t touch these skates before the Olympics.″ ---

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Selden J. Fritschner of Louisville has been named executive director of the United States Fencing Association.

Fritschner, 44, succeeds Carla-Mae Richards, who had been executive director since the USFA opened a full-time office in 1982. Richards will become Director of Programs.

Since 1989, Fritschner has been deputy director of international games as well as director of aquatics for Special Olympics International in Washington. HJe previously worked for United States Swimming from 1981-89 and also coached swimming at the University of Kentucky and Texas A&M.

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