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August 23, 1995

DALLAS (AP) _ Charlotte Hornets forward Larry Johnson will make an ``extraordinary contribution″ to Dallas’ park and recreation department, the city announced Tuesday.

Johnson, the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year and a member of Dream Team II, played high school basketball in Dallas.

City officials said Johnson will make ``one of the largest monetary contributions made by an individual to the city of Dallas Park and Recreation Department.″

Johnson has in the past sponsored several basketball camps in Dallas and contributed to numerous camp scholarships to Dallas children, officials said.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The first woman to play in the 65th Tri-State PGA Championship finished sixth in the tournament at the Allegheny Country Club.

Jodi Renner of Sewickley Heights finished with a 1-under-par 69 and a 141 total, and won $1,500.

The $20,000 Tri-State Championship, founded in 1931, is a flagship tournament for the region’s professionals.

Bob Ford, head pro at the Oakmont Country Club, won the tournament for a record fifth time. He shot a 6-under-par 64 for a 7-under 133 total and collected $5,000.

Renner played a shorter course in the tournament. The PGA regulations set the length of the women’s course at 82 percent of the men’s.

Some of the men objected to her playing a shorter course, but she felt welcome otherwise.

``I’ve known most of them just growing up in the area,″ she said. ``I love ’em all.″

Renner was a top amateur before she turned pro last year and joined the LPGA Tour.

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EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) _ World Cup downhill champion Picabo Street and women’s college basketball player of the year Rebecca Lobo have been nominated for the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year Award.

Street was the first American to win a downhill title. She won a silver medal at the Lillehammer Olympics last year.

Lobo led Connecticut to an undefeated season and the NCAA title and is expected to star for the U.S. Olympic team next summer.

The foundation will honor one athlete in an individual sport and one in a team sport.

Also nominated for the individual sports award were speed skater Bonnie Blair, tennis star Steffi Graf, weightlifter Robin Byrd-Goad, golfer Laura Davies, gymnast Dominique Dawes, synchronized swimmer Becky Dyroen-Lancer, swimmer Janet Evans, in-line speed skater Heather Laufer, and racquetball ace Michelle Gould.

Team nominees include America’s Cup sailor Dawn Riley, baseball player Stacy Sunny, hockey player Karen Bye, racquetball doubles player Jackie Paraiso Gibson, bowler Lucy Giovinco, soccer star Carla Overbeck, beach volleyball player Nancy Reno and tennis star Aranxta Sanchez Vicario for her doubles performances.

The winners will be announced Oct. 16.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Former U.S. Open and Masters winner Dr. Cary Middlecoff lost many of his golfing mementos in a fire at his Memphis residence, but others were saved thanks to a Tennessee sports museum.

``It’s a shock when something like this happens to you,″ the 74-year-old Middlecoff said of the fire. ``I didn’t get hurt or anything, but my hair got singed a little. It could have been a lot worse.″

Middlecoff was home alone when the fire broke out Saturday, gutting his residence and causing $600,000 worth of damage.

Firefighters said the blaze was caused by a match tip that broke off and set a curtain on fire.

Middlecoff said his den and the mementos in it were destroyed.

But many of the souvenirs from his golfing career have been housed since 1993 at a museum called The Golf House Tennessee in Franklin, near Nashville.

Middlecoff won the U.S. Open in 1949 and 1956 and the Masters in 1955. He played on three Ryder Cup teams and won 40 PGA Tour events. He was inducted into the PGA World Golf Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame in 1992.

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