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Names In The Game

September 30, 1991

BERLIN (AP) _ Sergei Bubka, the world record-holder in the pole vault, is leaping from the Soviet Union to Germany.

At a track and field meet in Vichy, France, over the weekend, Bubka, the only vaulter ever to clear 20 feet, said he was joining Berlin’s Olympia Sports club.

He said, ″Berlin offers me the best training possibilities in summer as well as winter.″

Bubka, three-time world champion and gold medalist at the Seoul Olympics, signed his membership contract with the Olympia Sports Club in March. It became effective four weeks ago.

OSC said final details of the agreement are being worked out, adding that Bubka is expected to move into a sponsor-rented house in Berlin in December.

Bubka, along with tennis star Boris Becker and former German soccer star Franz Beckenbauer, is expected to represent Berlin in trying to get the Summer Olympics in 2000.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Winning the Super Bowl should provide an NFL player with tremendous excitement. Not so for retired Dallas Cowboys safety Cliff Harris.

″It’s funny how much losing stays with you more than winning,″ he said. ″I don’t mean the pain of it, the regrets. The thing is, you don’t regret it.

″In a way, you have something to look forward to only if you lose. After we won the Super Bowl, I looked over at Charlie Waters and whispered: ‘But who do we play next?’ When you win the Super Bowl - I hesitate to say it - you’re depressed.″


VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (AP) - Jacqueline Gainer has made a ″point″ - that girls can play high school football.

Gainer became the first girl on a New York State high school varsity football team to score a point by kicking a conversion Saturday in Valley Stream Central High’s 10-0 victory over East Meadow.

Gainer’s friend, Susan Price, also is a kicker on the team. The two decided before the game that if Central scored, Gainer would be the first to try the extra point.

″Sue said that since Jackie kicks first in practice, she should do the kicking,″ coach Danny Tronolone said. ″It made it easier for me. I couldn’t choose between them.″


PARIS (AP) - Laurent Fignon of France, a two-time winner of the Tour de France, has signed with the Italian cycling team Gatorade.

Fignon lost to Greg LeMond in the 1989 Tour de France by eight seconds in the dramatic final-day time trial.

A pro since 1982, Fignon has raced for the team of Cyrille Guimard under various sponsors.

Fignon dropped out of the Tour de France in 1990, finished sixth this year and was considering retiring.

Now he will be the teammate of Gianni Bugno, who won the World Championship this year and was second to Spain’s Miguel Indurain in the Tour de France.

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