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February 14, 1990

LONDON (AP) _ John McEnroe, barred from the Queens Club since insulting the chairman’s wife, will end an eight-year absence when he plays in the club’s tournament in June.

McEnroe, who has won the Queen’s Club title four times, was banished in 1984 and stripped of his honorary membership after cursing at Sheila Boden, whose husband then was club chairman.

McEnroe argued with Boden after she denied him practice time on a court that was reserved for a mixed doubles match.

Grant Meyrick, the current club chairman, said McEnroe was being allowed to play because he apologized for the incident, but his honorary membership is still being withheld.

Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Tim Mayotte are among the others the June 11-17 grass court tournament, a tune-up for Wimbledon.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford city council members were all set to ratify a $55,000 fine against the Hartford Whalers, only to learn the NHL team already been fined.

The penalty, the first assessed by the city, was levied by former City Manager Alfred Gatta after the Whalers fell short of affirmative-action hiring requirements during construction of the Coliseum Club in the Hartford Civic Center last summer.

The council’s affirmative action contract-enforcement committee voted unanimously last week to deny the Whalers’ appeal of the fine, and Corporation Counsel Eunice Groark told Council members Tuesday that was all that was needed.

The Whalers did not meet a Greater Hartford Affirmative Action Plan requirement to hire 15 percent minority or women workers in five of seven skilled trades during construction of the $8 million, 300-seat addition.

Projects involving city buildings or city land or projects that receive city assistance must comply with the affirmative-action standards.

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LONDON (AP) - The International League of American Football signed a $1.5 million contract with Wilson Sporting Goods Wednesday, the fledgling league’s first major sponsorship deal.

Under the agreement, Wilson, an American company, will provide the ILAF with footballs, uniforms and equipment.

The ILAF is scheduled to begin play April 14, with teams in London; Brimingham, England; Munich, West Germany; Helsinki, Finland; Barcelona, Spain; and Amsterdam, Netherlands, where it is based.

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OSLO, Norway (AP) - Alpine skier Ole Christian Furuseth was voted Norway’s Sportsman of The Year in 1989 by Norwegian sportswriters.

Furuseth got 104 votes, easily out-polling votes cast for runner-up Trond Einar Elden, the world champion in the nordic combination of ski jumping and 15-kilometer cross country skiing, who had 27 votes.

The national ice hockey team placed was third with 22 votes.

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PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) - The United States named 13 players on Wednesday to play in the Thomas and Uber Cup badminton competitions starting Sunday in Villach, Austria.

The tournament will produce six competitors for the finals to be held in Tokyo in May. Six others finalists will come from competition being held in the Kuala Lumpur.

The Thomas Cup for men has attracted 38 countries, and 31 countries have entered in the Uber Cup for women.

China is the defending champion in both. Badminton will be in the 1992 Olympics.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The Santa Clara City Council decided to wait until November, rather than June, to test voter opinion on whether the city should try to lure the San Francisco Giants.

By a 5-2 vote Tuesday, council members voted against a June election on whether to go ahead with plans for a new baseball stadium. The Giants and Santa Clara Mayor Everett Souza wanted a June vote, but those who favored November said the extra time is needed so that specific plans can be developed.

Last November, San Francisco voters rejected by a slim margin a measure calling for construction of a downtown ballpark for the Giants, and team owner Bob Lurie said he would commit himself to playing only one more season at Candlestick Park.

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