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Names In The Game

February 22, 1993

PARIS, Ky. (AP) _ Nevele Pride, three-time Harness Horse of the Year and winner of the 1968 Trotting Triple Crown, is now buried at Stoner Creek Stud. The 28-year-old horse died Friday night of complications from surgery to repair a twisted intestine.

The dominant standardbred of the late 1960′s, Nevele Pride retired as the fastest trotter of all time. He had a time-trial in 1:54 4-5 at Indianapolis in 1969. He won 57 of 67 lifetime starts and $873,238 while trained and driven by Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer.

Nevele Pride began stud duty at Stoner Creek in 1970. His sons and daughters have won more than $19.7 million, making Nevele Pride among harness racing’s leading trotting stallions.

At the time of his death, he had 29 yearlings on the grounds, the result of last year’s breeding season.


TIRANA, Albania (AP) - Albania’s abject poverty finally has undermined one of the last diversions left for its beleaguered citizens, soccer.

A strike by referees over what they say is absurdly low pay has halted national championship play in midseason. Poorly paid players threaten to join them.

As sheep grazed on the idle soccer fields, representatives of the government, referees and sports groups met Monday to try to end the week-old walkout.

There are fears that the strike could jeopardize Albania’s standing with the European Football Association.

″We are conscious of the poverty Albania is going through in this transition period, but our situation is very desperate,″ said referee Hiqmet Kuka.

Soccer referees say they cannot survive on their current pay, the equivalent of about $3 a game, and a per diem of $1.20 when they must travel. All of them work part-time and do not get regular salaries.

They have asked the government for a 25 percent raise.

One well-known Albanian soccer player, Alfons Muca, said the strike is justified and players might soon join it.

″All of us are on the eve of a strike,″ he said. ″Our pay only amounts to $12 a month, equal to the lowest salary in our country.″

The average salary in Albania is $20 to $25 a month.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Twelve-year-old John Perry Jr. and his 8-year-old brother, Brandon, will get $1,000 for doing the right thing - turning in two Super Bowl rings they found.

But they’re even more excited about having dinner with the player who lsot the rings.

″I said we should turn them in,″ John Jr. recalled on Sunday.

On Feb. 11, the brothers spotted the rings in the sink of a restroom at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. They had been lost by Ed Lothamer just 15 minutes before his flight left for Dallas.

″When the plane took off, I got a sinking feeling,″ said Lothamer, who has worn the American Football League championship ring since his Kansas City Chiefs lost the first Super Bowl in 1967 and the winner’s ring since they won the big game in 1970.

Lothamer, now a Kansas City businessman, played defensive tackle.

″I didn’t think I’d ever see those rings again,″ he said.

After the rings were turned in, Lothamer gave the Perrys a $1,000 reward offered in an ad. That was a surprise to the youngsters, who didn’t know about the ad or reward.

Lothamer will be back in Charlotte in a few weeks to take the boys to dinner.

The boys are eager to talk football with a pro.

″I’m looking forward to meeting someone that’s really played in the Super Bowl,″ said John Jr.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Dick MacPherson, former New England Patriots and Syracuse coach, will not run for mayor of Syracuse.

″The idea of running is wonderful, and I appreciated those who thought I would be a good mayor,″ MacPherson told the Syracuse Post-Standard. ″But it would have been a time commitment of eight years.″

MacPherson, 62, said he’d rather spend the time with his family.

Republican leaders had been urging MacPherson to consider a run for the seat held for the past two terms by Tom Young, a Democrat, who is prohibited by law from seeking a third term.


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl romp produced an echo on Monday. Quarterback Troy Aikman, the MVP in that game, was named the January winner of the Hickok Pro Athlete of the Year award in a landslide. Aikman had 46 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. The runnerup, with five first-place votes, was Cowboys linebacker Ken Norton.

Winners each month will be eligible for the Pro Athlete of the Year Award to be presented at the Washington Touchdown Club dinner in January.

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