Names In The Game
PARIS (AP) _ Greg LeMond should know when he says Miguel Indurain is beatable.
Once considered unstoppable in the Tour de France, LeMond slipped badly in the cycling race the past two years while Indurain became a double champion. But Lemond hopes to change that this year with longer preparations in Europe.
In Paris for a presentation of his new team, LeMond said he is not taking any risks this time. He intends to come over in February and stay the entire season in Europe, including competing in the Tour of Italy before the Tour de France.
He wants to make up for his showings of a seventh and a DNF (Did Not Finish) over the last two years after winning in 1986, 1989 and 1990.
LeMond is concerned about his condition entering the French race. By the time the Tour starts July 3, LeMond will be 32.
LeMond wants to avoid what happened last year, when he made a 30-hour journey to get to the start in San Sebastian, Spain, and was tired before the race began.
″I was shattered physically. I did 85 days of racing before the Tour, which was about 15-20 more than I normally do.″
This year, he is eliminating the American Tour du Pont race, and will use the Tour of Italy, May 23-June 13, as a major preparation.
″If I have a good race there, it’s much better for me. But it is just to avoid the jet lag and fatigue,″ LeMond said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Rickwood Field, billed as the oldest baseball stadium in America, is falling into disrepair and may be leveled into just another field of memories.
But plans are starting to spruce it up, create a museum as well as field of play, and bring the park’s heyday back to life.
″This renovation is important to the city. We need to take care of our history,″ said Tom Cosby, a member of a group of business and civic leaders campaigning to save the stadium.
″I do not want to explain to the next generation of Birmingham residents that we had the world’s oldest baseball park and we tore it down for a parking lot.″
Rickwood Field, which opened Aug. 18, 1919, has been home to stars such as Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson and Rollie Fingers.
Terry Slaughter, an advertising executive who has been leading The Rickwood Task Force for the past five months, said the stadium has a leaking roof and is ″one step away from being beyond repair.″
The goal of the task force is to restore the stadium to its 1948 appearance, when the Barons were on top of the Double A Southern Association standings and the Black Barons were leading the Negro American League.
Once restored, a museum would be established and teams would be encouraged to play ball again.
Since the Birmingham Barons moved to the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in 1987, Rickwood has been without a pro team. Birmingham high school teams use the field.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Former PGA champion Wayne Grady is so sure fellow Australians Peter Senior and Robert Allenby will not break the Royal Melbourne course record this weekend, he has a special offer for them.
Grady said he will caddy the one who does break the mark during the Tournament Players Championship.
The record of 17-under-par 271 for four rounds on the par-72 layout is held by Australian Rodger Davis. The 6,960-yard course takes in 12 of the 18 west Royal Melbourne holes and six from the 18 on the east.
″Allenby and Senior have both won on this course and scored well here,″ Grady said Wednesday. ″My best here is about three under so I won’t be looking to shoot 20 under. If they can shoot 20 under here, I’ll caddy for them.″
Senior said he believes the record could go.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Quarterbacks Alex Van Pelt of Pittsburgh and Chip Hilleary of Kansas were among 11 players named to the ″Good Works Team″ by the College Football Association on Wednesday.
The purpose is to recognize student-athletes who have devoted themselves to exemplary community service.
Others named to the squad are Arkansas quarterback Jason Allen, Nebraska linebacker Troy Branch, Boston College linebacker Russell Durham, Georgia offensive tackle Alec Millen, Wake Forest offensive guard Tommy Mordica, Kentucky kicker Doug Pelfrey, Houston linebacker Chris Pezman, TCU safety Tony Rand and Colorado offensive tackle Derek West. Durham, Millen and Pelfrey currently are graduate students.
Van Pelt is involved in his team’s hospital visitation program and frequently delivers anti-drug messages to schools.
Hilleary has been a celebrity reader for a third-grade class and is involved in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Allen coordinated a summer football camp for underprivileged youth.
Branch worked with a group that raised $25,000 for the homeless, and co- directed a food and clothing drive on the Nebraska campus,
Durham helps inner-city children through the Big East Athletes Care Program, Millen has served as a volunteer for the First Offender Program and Mordica is involved with an Outreach Program.
Pelfrey was involved in the National Kidney Foundation Wildcats Walk and Run, which raised more than $50,000 for charity the past two years.
Pezman solicited donations for the Toys for Tots Program, Rand works 12-15 hours a week in community service, and west West is a member of the Colorado Football Public Speaking Team, which aims to keep kids in school and warns them about the perils of drugs and alcohol.