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May 3, 1988

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Figure skater Brian Boitano says he may turn professional after completing a 22-city tour with other Olympic skaters.

″Depending on what they rule as to amateur skating in ’92, it looks like I am going to turn professional after this tour. Hopefully I can get into other areas of the sport,″ he said, adding that he is considering opening his own figure skating tour later this year.

Boitano also said he is comfortable serving as a role model for Americans of all ages who watched his gold medal-winning effort in the Winter Olympics.

″I hope I am a role model because there is a lot to show America,″ Boitano said prior to Monday night’s performance of the World Figure Skating Tour that features stars of the Calgary Olympics.

″I’ve gotten a lot of mail from parents that says I’ve inspired their children to be better baseball players,″ he said. ″I’ve gotten mail from adults that said I’ve shown them that dreams can come true - and I’d like to continue that.″


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Quarterback Gary Hogeboom failed to report for a physical examination as the Indianpolis Colts began a voluntary week-long quarterback school.

Hogeboom, entering the option year of his contract, has been seeking a salary increase and contract extension despite having missed most of the past two NFL seasons with injuries.

Joe Courrege, who represents Hogeboom, said he and Colts’ owner Robert Irsay had significant differences over a contract after they met April 22.

Earlier Monday, general manager Jim Irsay labeled ″totally ridiculous″ a radio report that Hogeboom had been traded to the Los Angeles Raiders.

Quarterback Mark Herrmann and defensive back John Baylor failed physicals Monday. Running back Randy McMillan, seriously injured a year ago when struck by an automobile, was cleared by doctors to participate in the workouts.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Wide receiver J.J. Birden, the first offensive player taken by the Cleveland Browns in last week’s NFL draft, tore a ligament in his right knee during a practice and is expected to miss the 1988 season.

Birden, an Oregon product chosen by Cleveland in the eighth round, will undergo surgery today at the Cleveland Clinic, Browns’ spokesman Bob Eller said Monday.

The injury came during a practice for rookies and selected veterans, including veteran quarterbacks Bernie Kosar, Gary Danielson and Mike Pagel.

Birden was one of two receivers taken by the Browns in the draft.


LONDON (AP) - Wimbledon champion Pat Cash of Australia and his predecessor, West Germany’s Boris Becker, are slated to clash in the $385,000 Stella Artois grasscourt tournament at Queen’s Club June 6-12, organizers says.

Defending champion Becker will be going for his third victory in the pre- Wimbledon event. He also won also in 1985.

The 64-strong singles draw also is expected to include last year’s losing finalist, 35-year-old American Jimmy Connors, and the world’s third-ranked player, Stefan Edberg of Sweden.

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