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Names In The Game

September 20, 1995

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Spike Dykes has gotten good at losing ... weight.

Since March, the Texas Tech football coach shed 55 pounds through a regimen of exercise, fat-free foods and sheer willpower to eat less.

``It’s really surprised me,″ Dykes said. ``It’s pretty easy.″

Dykes’ shrinking waistline is not going unnoticed.

``I can’t even find him on the sidelines anymore,″ said middle linebacker Zach Thomas. ``Used to, I could pick him out big time.″

Dykes said the diet started when his wife, Sharon, left town for a couple of weeks and he was coming home from spring training too late to eat. So he started eating very little, he said, and taking over-the-counter metabolism boosters.

``Obviously I was way overweight,″ he said.

Tony LaFargue manages the Tech athletic dining hall where Dykes eats lunch. LaFargue praised the coach for choosing fat-free dressings and butter.

``He just goes straight to the salad bar,″ LaFargue said.

Tech running backs coach Rick Dykes credited his father with having enough discipline to jog and walk regularly _ and show restraint around Sharon Dykes’ chicken and dumplings.

``He looks great,″ Rick Dykes said. ``He can keep it off. He’s worked too hard not to.″


NEW YORK (AP) _ Gene Locklear, a major league outfielder during the 1970s, is now a major league artist.

His portraits of former sports stars Walt Frazier, Gordie Howe, Catfish Hunter and Bart Starr were printed into lithographs, and they are being offered as part of a promotion to raise funds for the Police Athletic League.

The lithographs are featured in the Quaker State 4 X 4 Legends Litho Program and are being sold in the fund raising effort.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ All that work Henry Burris did as a youngster on the family ranch in Oklahoma is paying off.

Skinny-armed as a kid, Burris got up early, flung hay bales and hauled buckets of feed. Now he’s a strong-armed quarterback at Temple and a member of the first All-America farm football team chosen by Successful Farming magazine.

The magazine featured the 24-member team in its September issue. A panel of two coaches, two sports information directors and a sports writer chose the team from nominations submitted to the magazine.

To be eligible, a player had to grow up on a farm or ranch where at least half the income came from the sale of agricultural goods. Burris spent his youth on his family’s cattle ranch near Spiro, Okla.

``I was kinda small for Division I football,″ Burris told Successful Farming. ``But I put my mind to develop myself. I learned that farming.″

Burris passed for 2,716 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore last fall.

His All-America farm teammates come from schools large and small. Penn State offensive lineman Jeff Hartings and Texas defensive tackle Tony Brackens made the team, as did running backs Mark Kacmarynski of Central, Iowa, and Corey Campbell of Chadron State in Nebraska.

``In a way, it was a shot in the dark,″ said Dave Mowitz, the Successful Farming editor who oversaw selection of the team. ``I had a feeling there had to be some quality athletes out there who had come from farms, so we wanted to see what would happen.

``When we finally got the nominations in, it was like, oh my gosh, I had no idea. Some of the judges were flat out flabbergasted. They didn’t realize there were that many good kids out there.″


NEW YORK (AP) _ Don Larsen will be there because he pitched the only perfect game in the World Series for the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers, back in 1956.

Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier will be there for beating Muhammad Ali in their 1971 fight at Madison Square Garden.

The New York Rangers will be represented for winning the Stanley Cup in 1994, after a 54-year wait.

Secretariat will be honored for his 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. Owner Penny Chenery will accept that award.

The event is the MS Dinner of Champions featuring 13 of the greatest moments in the history of New York City Sports

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