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Names In The Game

September 25, 1996

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Olympic gold medalists Carl Lewis and Shannon Miller will be co-grand marshals of the 108th Rose Parade.

The theme of the Jan. 1 parade is ``Life’s Shining Moments.″

Lewis has had many of those as sprinter and long jumper, winning nine Olympic gold medals and one silver, and setting or helping to set 10 world track records.

``We all have shining moments,″ Lewis said. ``I’ve had the opportunity to experience them in many cases in front of the world. This is a moment we can share together. It’s part of our community.″

Miller, a 19-year-old gymnast who won two Olympic gold medals in Atlanta, said she was excited about the parade because she had never seen the floats up close.

``I’m thrilled to be going,″ said Miller, the first American to win the balance beam title.

Lewis and Miller were chosen as grand marshals for their excellence in sportsmanship, determination and achievements, William S. Johnstone Jr., president of the Tournament of Roses Parade, said.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Conchita Martinez and Kimiko Date are the first five to qualify for the WTA Tour’s season ending tournament.

This year, the tournament has a new name _ The Chase Championships.

Previously, the event was known as the Virginia Slims Championships, although last year it had no sponsor name.

This will be the 18th consecutive year the tournament has been at Madison Square Garden.

The event will feature the top 16 singles players and top eight doubles teams on the tour, based on the season’s point standings.


TORONTO (AP) _ Ben Johnson did not compete in the Atlantic Olympics but he did make it into Atlanta Boogie, a movie scheduled to open in Japan in November.

The disgraced Canadian sprinter, who tested positive for steroids in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, reportedly was paid $10,000 for his cameo that took three days to shoot earlier this year.

The story centers on a community in which a group of primarily poor foreigners backed by local seniors goes head-to-head with a bunch of mostly rich Japanese at a track meet.

Yamamoto told Canadian Press the idea for the film came from visits to Shin Okubo, a district of Tokyo known for its prostitutes, illegal foreign workers and Japanese gangsters.

``Suddenly, I thought what if there was a sporting event in the neighborhood,″ he said.

Johnson has no speaking part in the movie.

With the foreign team down in points, he is wheeled onto the track, his face hidden under his jacket hood.

He runs and wins a race.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Jockeys routinely appeal suspensions. Just as routinely, the New York State Racing and Wagering board rejects their appeals. But not always.

Dean Butler, who rode Let’s Rocket to victory in Aqueduct’s seventh race April 27, was suspended by the stewards for ``careless riding.″ Butler’s mount finished first, but was disqualified and placed fourth in the five-horse field. Butler appealed his suspension.

Now, five months later the Board announced that Butler’s appeal had been reviewed and his suspension recinded.

There was no change in the revised order of finish because Let’s Rocket was found to have caused interference, but not because of anything the jockey did.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ The Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves haven’t made peace with American Indians yet, but the Triple-A franchise of the Toronto Blue Jays has.

The team is now officially called the Syracuse SkyChiefs.

Representatives of the team, formerly known as the Chiefs, on Wednesday described the choice of the new nickname and logo as a compromise between fans who wanted to retain the old name and the wishes of Indians.

``The primary goal ... was to come up with a solution that could keep everybody happy,″ club board member Linda Gray said.

Fans voted this spring to keep the Chiefs nickname, but Onondaga Nation Chief Irving Powless Jr. asked the club to drop its Indian head logo.

The new logo consists of a caricature of a brown bat resembling a fighter plane with teeth up front in the image of the P-40 Flying Tiger of World War II.

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