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Names In The Game

May 5, 1991

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ Buffalo Bills general manager Bill Polian, who built the first Bills team to reach the Super Bowl, has been rewarded with a 2-year contract extension.

Although terms of the extension were not disclosed, NFL sources indicate that the extension guarantees Polian $400,000 to $500,000 annually until 1995. Polian had two years left on his existing contract.

The deal means the team of Polian and coach Marv Levy, who was given a new contract last year by team owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., should remain intact into the mid-1990s.

Polian, who was promoted to general manager in 1985, a season the Bills were 2-14. In 1988, they went 12-4 and made their first appearance in the AFC Championship game.

Wilson reaffirmed his commitment after last year’s 13-3 regular season record and 1-point loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.

″Bill and Marv make a very good combination,″ Wilson said this weekend while attending the team’s annual minicamp at Rich Stadium.

The working relationship between Polian and Levy dates back to the mid- 1970s with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - The Jamaican government has awarded Merlene Ottey, one of the world’s top women sprinters for over a decade, the Order of Distinction, Commander Class for her achievements on the track.

She received the award Friday from Prime Minister Michael Manley during a Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association banquet.

Thursday she was presented with the Keys to the City of Kingston by Mayor Marie Atkins, for her performance in track in the decade of the ’80s.

Ottey, 30, made her international debut at the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

She was named the 1990 Athlete of the Year by the International Amateur Athletics Federation after going through the year unbeaten in 100 and 200- meter runs and retaining the Mobil Grand Prix 200-meter title.

On March 3, 1991 she set the indoor 200-meter world record, clocking 22.24.

She won a bronze medal in the 100 meters at the 1980 Olympics and in the 100 and 200 meter races at the 1984 Olympics.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Ferenc Puskas, one of the all-time greats of international soccer, on Sunday guided South Melbourne to the Australian National League championship.

South Melbourne, coached by Puskas, defeated local rival Melbourne Croatia 5-4 on penalties in the championship decider at Olympic Park.

Puskas, a former Hungarian international forward, was a member of the team which won the 1952 Olympic gold medal and played for Real Madrid in three European Champions’ Cup finals.

He also was a member of the Hungarian team beaten 3-2 by Germany in the 1954 World Cup final. He scored in that match.

Puskas last year coached South Melbourne to victory in the National League Cup. He previously coached teams to three Greek League championships.

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