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October 22, 1993

MOSCOW (AP) _ If Michael Jordan changes his mind about retirement, there’s a job waiting for him in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s first privately owned basketball team, Tiit, sent an invitation to Jordan to play for them because of stories that the retired Chicago Bulls star might not leave basketball completely.

The newspaper Moscow Sport Express said Friday that the Ukrainian team was looking for a retiring NBA big name player to bolster attendance.

The owners of Tiit, who also run a sportswear factory to offset expenses, did not say how much they planned to pay Jordan in the unlikely event he accepted. It’s been estimated Jordan made $50 million a year with the Bulls, counting endorsements.

Moscow Sport Express said Tiit’s owners have ″a good sense of humor.″

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WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - The Army will let Mike Mayweather, its all-time leading rusher, out of the rest of his military commitment without charging him for educational expenses at West Point.

Military officials had agreed in July to waive the remainder of Mayweather’s five-year commitment if he reimbursed the government $60,000.

However, Mayweather waited until this month, when members of his 1991 West Point graduating class became eligible for early release under the Pentagon’s military-wide consolidation program.

By waiting, Mayweather avoided the reimbursement requirement. He will be obligated to serve a weekend a month in the reserves until 1999.

″The biggest thing is that it’s over,″ said Mayweather. ″It was a long ordeal.″

Mayweather, 24, has served in the Army for two years and five months. His release becomes official on Oct. 28. He is a platoon leader at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

The 5-foot-7, 170 pound Mayweather sought an early release this summer in hopes of pursuing a career in the NFL. He attended the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason camp for rookies, but was let go July 19 when it became clear his release from the Army wouldn’t come in time to remain in camp.

He said the Eagles are still interested in giving him try out next year.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Cambest, the fastest harness racing horse of all time, will race no more. He is being retired to stud at the Walnut Hall Farm in Lexington, Ky.

The announcement was made Friday by Dan Kramer, co-owner of Cambest, and Meg Nichols Jewett, owner of Walnut Hall.

Cambest, whose 1:46 1-5 clocking is the best ever recorded by a standardbred, won 40 races in a four-year career. He is the only pacer to earn more than $250,000 every year he raced.

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The ballpark made famous in the movie ″Bull Durham″ isn’t ready to be shut down just yet.

The Durham Bulls will play most, if not all, of the 1994 season at Durham Athletic Park.

City officials conceded Thursday that a new ballpark won’t be completed in time for the Bulls’ opener April 15. In fact, the new 7,500-seat, minor-league ballpark might not even be ready by July 4.

″I would hazard to guess there will be another season at the DAP,″ said Jon Kuczynski, the city’s project manager on the stadium.

Last season was billed as the last at the DAP. It was filled with farewell events and promotions.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Texas Longhorn and SMU Mustang fans in the Alamodome on Saturday won’t see as much hoopla on the sidelines as they usually do at Southwest Conference games.

That’s because Peruna the pony won’t be there prancing and Bevo the longhorn won’t be there, uh, doing his thing.

The reason is the fancy new carpet at the Alamdome.

″There’ll be no live mascot. The city of San Antonio requested a $150,000 bond to recover any damage that might be done to the turf,″ said Louis Dorfman, associate band director for Southern Methodist.

″I’ve never been asked to put up a bond anywhere, relative to damage on turf,″ Dorfman said in Friday’s San Antonio Express-News.

Texas boosters were no less surprised.

″I’m from San Antonio, so I kind of expected it,″ said David Portnoy, vice president of the Silver Spurs, which handles Bevo. ″As a whole, the organization was disappointed, but we do understand that it’s a new facility and they need to keep it as nice as possible.

″And Bevo is a live animal,″ Portnoy said. ″He needs to do what he needs to do.″

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