WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) _ Bob Muratori’s friends and family say he is disappointed and embarrassed that it took him four hours and 54 minutes to complete Monday’s Boston Marathon.
Those same friends and family members think words like incredible and amazing are more accurate, considering he had a mild heart attack while running the 26.2-mile race.
Early in the race, the 38-year-old Woonsocket resident began experiencing a ″heaviness″ in his chest and shortness of breath.
Thinking an allergy or the after-effect of a cold had picked a terrible time to haunt him, Muratori continued on. His friends said it was his first Boston Marathon and he had no intention of quitting.
Later, Muratori learned he had run, walked and dragged himself 18 of the 26.2-mile course after suffering a mild heart attack.
Muratori is in stable condition in the post-coronary care unit at Rhode Island Hospital, said his sister-in-law, Janice Muratori, a cardiac nurse there.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) - Lennart Johansson of Sweden was elected president of the governing body of European soccer on Thursday and pledged to combat violence.
Johansson said he would like English clubs to be allowed to play again in UEFA matches, but he said, first, the British government should guarantee there will be no violence by English fans.
″Europe needs English clubs and UEFA needs them back in the competitions,″ Johansson said.
British teams have been banned since the 1985 Heysel stadium disaster, when 39 fans were killed in riots at the European Champions’ Cup final in Brussels between Liverpool and Juventus of Turin.
Bert Millichip, chairman of the English Football Association, told British journalists Wednesday he was assured that UEFA would allow English clubs back next season, depending on the conduct of fans at the World Cup in Italy this summer.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Singer Willie Nelson, an avid golfer despite his 21 handicap, has added a new phrase to the game’s lexicon - the ″Pedernales hole-in-one.″
Nelson owns the Pedernales Country Club, a course known for its imaginative rules and a par rating that its owner says ″is anything I want it to be″ on any given day.
On Wednesday, playing in the pro-am portion of the Legends of Golf tournament at the par-72 Barton Creek Country Club, Nelson helped his team score a net 1 on the tough 16th hole.
Because of the par 4 hole’s difficulty and his high handicap, Nelson was awarded two handicap strokes on the hole. When he chipped in his third shot, it was scored as a net ace - and immediately dubbed a ″Pedernales″ hole-in- one.
His team tied for third in the pro-am with a score of 54. The team’s professional was Chi Chi Rodriguez, who shot a 66, and the team’s amateurs included Nelson, former Texas football coach Darrell Royal and country singer George Strait.
TOKYO (AP) - Jim Paciorek hit a two-run home run, his second homer in two days, and led the Yokohama Taiyo Whales to a 4-1 victory over the defending champion Yomiuri Giants in Japan’s Central League Thursday.
Matthew Winters, another former major leaguer, drove in three runs with two singles as his Nippon Ham Fighters scored to an 8-2 victory over the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in a Pacific League game.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Hutomo Madala Putra, a son of President Suharto, is among five Indonesian drivers who will race in the Selangor Grand Prix in Selangor, Malaysia, in June.
Also entered are Tinton Suprapto, Hendra Firtasaputera, Dendy Rukmana and Deden Arsyad. Tinton is a leading Indonesian boxing promoter.
LONDON (AP) - Belayneh Densimo, the world’s fastest marathon runner, got his first look at the London Marathon course he will run Sunday and said he had no problem with being made the favorite.
″I am confident I am going to win it,″ the 32-year-old Ethiopian police lieutenant said.
But Densimo is not so sure that he will win the $250,000 bonus for becoming the first to break 2 hours, six minutes for the 26.2-miles.
The men’s and women’s winners will each receive $52,195 - a dollar for each meter and a $10,000 bonus because it is the tenth London Marathon.
A $50,000 bonus will go to anyone who breaks a world record, plus $100,000 to a male runner who beats 2:06.00 or woman who gets inside 2:20.00.
″I am not quite familiar with the London Marathon, so I can’t say what time I will get,″ said Densimo, who also will collect appearance money. ″You will have to wait and see.″