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June 29, 1988

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Pete Rose Jr. probably will hit the books before he hits baseballs.

Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 12th round of baseball’s amateur draft earlier this month, Rose said this week he’s leaning toward going to junior college rather than signing a professional contract.

″It’s not definite,″ he said. ″But most probably that’s what I’m going to do ... Me and my mom (Karolyn) and my dad (Reds manager Pete Rose) talked it over and we think that’s probably the best thing to do.″

Rose Jr. said he was disappointed that he was drafted in a late round and that the Orioles’ initial contract offer was $7,000. He said the Orioles hadn’t increased their offer.

Junior college was an option even before the draft. At one point, Rose Jr. said that if he wasn’t taken in the first five rounds, he would choose college.

His father supports the choice to attend junior college. Although his son insisted money wasn’t an issue, Rose had other thoughts.

″You’ve got to get drafted in a round where it’s financially beneficial,″ Rose said. ″If he goes to college, he can get drafted next year, much higher if he has a great year.″

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Billy Bird, the mascot for the Louisville Redbirds of the American Association, has vowed to camp out at Cardinal Stadium until Kentucky gets some much-needed rain.

The mascot, a large cardinal in honor of the Redbirds parent club, the St. Louis Cardinals, on Monday night pitched a tent in the stadium stands, complete with sofa, telephone, television, fan, nightstand and lamp.

″I’m staying here until there is significant rainfall,″ the mascot said Tuesday. ″We need a good soaking, a little drizzle is not going to do it. A good five-minute downpour will do it.″

The reason for the antics: ″The Astroturf is turning brown.″

The National Weather Service in Louisville forecast a chance for showers today.

In the meantime, the mascot had only one request - ″A pizza. Pepperoni. With everything on it.″

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OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Nick Price, a Zimbabwean now living in Orlando, Fla., won the $424,000 Family House Invitational golf tournament in a sudden-death playoff.

Price’s winning wedge shot on the first playoff hole Tuesday dropped to the green after striking the pin on the 10th hole at the Oakmont Country Club. First prize was $100,000.

Price squandered a strong lead, shooting 1-over-par 72 for a 2-under 140 total. To catch him, Craig Stadler shot 71 and Chip Beck 70.

Stadler and Beck shared second and third money, $35,000 each.

The competition featured 34 pros, including seven of the PGA Tour’s top 15 money-winners. Beck is the PGA Tour’s No. 2 money winner and top all-around player.

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VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A well-known golf heckler faces sentencing after being spotted on TV by two local deputy district attorneys as police removed him from the course during the U.S. Open in Massachusetts.

Deputy District Attorneys Charles Bell and Phil Walden were watching the golf tournament when television cameras showed police escorting Charles Samir Abdennour, 28, off the Brookline, Mass., course.

The officials recognized Abdennour as the man who admitted skipping out on a $2,523.17 bill at the La Costa Hotel & Spa during the 1987 Tournament of Champions.

Abdennour had bluffed his way into first-class accommodations by assuring managers that Jack Nicklaus was picking up his tab at the posh spa about 38 miles northeast of San Diego. He also billed his limousine ride from Los Angeles to Nicklaus.

Superior Court Judge David Moon Jr. sentenced Abdennour, who also is known as Kodiak Charles, to three years of probation, ordered him to pay restitution and a $100 fine. The judge also told him to stay away from Nicklaus and other golfers on the PGA tour.

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