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May 30, 1986

Undated (AP) _ PEKING (AP) - The Eighth Asian Table Tennis championships will be held in Shenzhen, southern China, Oct. 7-14 this year, the Chinese Table Tennis Association said today.

The association, in a report carried by the official news agency Xinhua, said the annual event will begin two days after the conclusion of the Asian Games in Seoul.

China will invite all members of the Asian Table Tennis Union and will weclome players from Australia and New Zealand, the report said.

It said the championships were originally scheduled to take place in the Philippines, but did not explain the change in venue.


HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) - Hector (Hec) Naismith Crighton, who refereed 16 Grey Cup finals and helped write the rulebook for Canadian collegiate football, is one of five inductees announced for the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame and Museum.

Crighton, who died in 1967, is joined by the late Jimmy Simpson in the builder category of the Hall of Fame.

Player inductees are defensive lineman John Helton, tackle Don Luzzi and offensive lineman Roger Nelson.

The 1986 inductees, who will be honored at a dinner Oct. 25 in Hamilton, bring the number of elected members in the Hall of Fame since 1963 to 133. There are 90 players and 43 builders.

″All the members provided outstanding contributions to football for many, many years,″ CFL commissioner Doug Mitchell said in announcing the inductees. ″Crighton was a noted official who devoted many hours on the field and later spent numerous hours re-writing rule books.


NEW YORK (AP) - Michigan’s Casey Close and Old Dominion’s Todd Azar, Players of the Year in the Big Ten and Sun Belt Conferences, are among the members of the GTE-Academic All-America Baseball Team.

The squad is selected by a nationwide vote of the 1,200-member College Sports Information Directors of America. To be eligible, an athlete must be a starter or key reserve and have at least a 3.2 grade point average.

Close, an outfielder who graduated with a degree in communications, won the Big Ten Triple Crown, with a .440 batting average, 19 homers and 72 RBI in 59 games for the Wolverines.

Azar, a junior outfielder expected to be a high pick in the upcoming major league draft, hit .485 with 12 homers and 87 RBI.

Other members of the team include pitcher Wes Blyven, Santa Clara; catcher Randy Sullivan, The Citadel; first baseman Perry Napolitano, Duquesne; second baseman Kevin Fitzgerald, George Washington; third baseman Mike Dull, South Alabama; shortstop Mike Ishmael, Morehead State; outfielder John Loughran, Notre Dame, and designated hitter Brian Mahaffey, Southwest Missouri State.

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