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March 26, 1987

SEATTLE (AP) _ The federal government is coming through with $1 million for organizers of the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games, a Washington state congressman announced from Washington, D.C.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved the money for personnel exchanges and other planning activities for the games, Rep. Don Bonker, D-Wash., said Wednesday.

Bonker offered an amendment to a State Department authorization bill that allocates $500,000 to the Seattle Goodwill Games Organizing Committee in each of the next two years.

Bonker emphasized that the amendment did not authorize any new federal government spending. It earmarks existing funds within the $600 million U.S. Information Agency budget, he said.


FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Center-fielder Dave Henderson of the Boston Red Sox has been ordered back to the team’s Winter Haven training base for X-rays on his right shoulder.

″We’re sending Henderson back on the bus with others not down to play in Vero Beach today for precautionary X-rays,″ Manager John McNamara said Wednesday. ″The X-rays today will be examined by our team doctor, Arthur Pappas, Friday.″

Henderson hurt his shoulder when he missed a diving catch of Wayne Tolleson’s pop fly in shallow left-center in the fifth inning of an exhibition game with the New York Yankees Tuesday night. He and left-fielder Jim Rice brushed each other in a near collision.

Henderson’s spot in center was shared by rookies Todd Benzinger and Ellis Burks in Wednesday night’s 6-2 win over the Yankees.


MONTREAL (AP) - A funny thing happened to Chris Chelios and Mike Lalor of the Montreal Canadiens on their way out of the Forum.

As the two defensemen each left the arena Wednesday after practice, they were flagged down by police who said they were wanted for not paying traffic tickets and drove them to a downtown police station.

Chelios, 25, and Lalor, 24, were released a few hours later, thanks to their NHL teammates - who had arranged the gag on the two bridegrooms-to-be with a couple of policemen who regularly patrol the Forum.


TORONTO (AP) - Mayor Art Eggleton has struck out in his bid to adjourn the afternoon session of the city council’s next meeting so he can attend the Toronto Blue Jays’ season-opener.

A majority of council members cried foul Wednesday after the mayor wrote a letter suggesting the April 6 meeting be cut short for the game.

″This whole issue is a non-starter,″ said Councilman Ron Kanter. ″Most people in this city who would love to see the opener can’t cancel their jobs and I don’t see why we should.″

Along with the mayor, several other council members have Blue Jays tickets and they had expressed an interest in attending the game, said Walter Tedman, the mayor’s assistant.

″The mayor was simply looking for members’ input on the matter and it looks like we press on with business as usual,″ he said.

Alderman Chris Korwin-Kuczynski said he was outraged that Eggleton even brought up the issue.

″I think it’s embarrassing that the mayor would even suggest something like this,″ he said. ″It’s an insult to the taxpayers.″


LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Steve Welch, assistant basketball coach at Louisiana Tech the past eight years, will succeed Glenn Duhon as head coach at McNeese State, officials say.

″This is somehing that I worked toward my entire professional life,″ said Welch, who will begin his new job next Wednesday.

Glenn Duhon, who had served in the position for 10 years, chose not to seek renewal of his contract, which expires June 30, McNeese State President Robert Hebert said Wednesday.

Welch grew up in Lafayette where he played basketball at Lafayette High School. He served as an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana for four seasons before joining the staff of Louisiana Tech, which had a 22-8 record in 1987.

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