Names In The Game
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) _ Outfielder Scott Pose chose to be released by the Florida Marlins rather than report to their Double-A team in Portland, Maine.
Pose, the Marlins’ leadoff hitter on opening day last year, hopes to play for another organization.
The Marlins offered to release Pose when they demoted him to minor league camp Tuesday.
″We have fond memories of him being with us on opening day,″ general manager Dave Dombrowski said. ″We wish him nothing but the best.″
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Police arrested former world champion Greco Roman wrestler Andrzej Supron for allegedly selling stolen cars from his Warsaw auto dealership and possessing counterfeit documents.
Supron, 1979 world champion and 1980 Olympic silver medalist at 68 kilograms, denied the charges on state television.
He was released on bond Wednesday after being arrested Tuesday and questioned, said Beata Marszalek of the Ochota district prosecutor’s office.
She said authorities suspected cars offered for sale at Supron’s shop were stolen, most likely in western Europe, then provided with false documents. Police confiscated three cars.
Tens of thousands of cars stolen in the west, most of them obtained in Germany, pass through Poland annually, mostly on their way to Russia.
LONDON (AP) - Frank Dick stunned British track and field Thursday by quitting as national team coach just when it was enjoying its most successful period.
A respected guiding influence on the team since 1980, Dick’s tenure has coincided with the emergence of stars such as Linford Christie, Colin Jackson, Sally Gunnell, Steve Cram, Tessa Sanderson, Fatima Whitbread and Liz McColgan, all winners of Olympic or world titles.
Dick, who also worked with decathlete Daley Thompson, tennis star Boris Becker and ice skating’s Katerina Witt, indicated there had been some friction with other British track officials.
″I do not believe that, in publicly airing my own personal grievances, I would be serving the best interests of British athletics,″ the 52-year-old Scot said.
″I have no specific plans for the future, however, I expect to continue my coaching activities at the highest level of all sport.″
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - World 500cc motorcycle champion Kevin Schwantz will wear a plaster cast to protect his broken left forearm when qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix begins Friday.
Schwantz has been unable to practice since he was hurt three weeks ago when he fell from a mountain bike on his Texas farm.
″The cast is a soft one, but it adds some support,″ Schwantz said Thursday. ″It is going to give me some confidence.″
Schwantz said he had given serious thought to not competing this season following the career-ending injury to his closest rival, fellow American Wayne Rainey, late last year. Rainey will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
″I probably thought about that more this winter than I did about anything, not about having won the world championship, but about him and how racing can change your life from day-to-day,″ Schwantz said.
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - Ireland’s soccer manager, Jack Charlton, is well known for selecting Englishmen and Scotsmen for his World Cup teams, provided they have some Irish connection.
But when the team photo was shot in preparation for this summer’s World Cup in the United States, Charlton found that seven of his regular stars were unavailable.
So Charlton called on six local rugby players and a bartender.
The seven substitutes wore the Irish World Cup colors and stood in for the absent stars, who were preparing for Sunday’s English League Cup final between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Wembley.
Irish team officials said sometime later their faces will be cut out of the print and replaced by the real stars.
HEIDELBERG, German (AP) - Olympic champion long jumper Heike Drechsler lost a court battle against an author who accused her of using performance- enhancing drugs.
The regional civil court judge on Thursday ordered Drechsler to retract her statement accusing author Brigitte Berendonk of lying, or face a $300,000 fine and possibly go to jail.
Berendonk, a former west German discus thrower, made the accusations in two books.
The court found in favor Berendonk’s research into Drechsler’s athletic past in East Germany.
Berendonk sued Drechsler after being accused by her of lying during a news conference at the 1992 Olympics, where Drechsler won a gold medal.
The civil court denied Berendonk monetary damages.