OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) _ Rainer Schwarzenberger and Andreas Goldberger gave Austria a 1-2 finish Friday in the first segment of the World Cup four-hill ski-jumping competition.
Schwarzenberger’s 118-meter jump on the large hill came after a first try of 112.5 meters for a total of 227.9 points, 1.2 points better than Goldberger. He had jumps of 113 and 113.5 meters.
Third was three-time Olympic champion Jens Weissflog of Germany with 225.1 points after jumps of 118 and 106.5.
Points are awarded by judges based on takeoff, flight and landing style, as well as length of the jump.
The second of the four-hill events takes place at Germany’s ski resort town of Garmisch-Patenkirchen on Jan. 1, with the last two scheduled in Austria; Jan. 4 at Innsbruck and Jan. 6 at Bischofshofen. ---
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - It is for the Commonwealth Games Federation to decide whether Hong Kong can participate in 1998 even though it will no longer be a British colony, an official said Friday.
Hong Kong will be handed over to China in 1997, effectively disqualifying it from the games, which bring together Britain and its past and present colonies, known as the Commonwealth. The games are held every four years.
The federation, whose officials are drawn from member countries, could give Hong Kong observer status or accept it as a full participating state, said Hashim Ali, the executive chairman of Sukom Ninety Eight Ltd., a company formed by the government to organize the 1998 games in Malaysia. ---
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - Wesley Stevens, a former Western Illinois University football coach, has died at age 75.
Stevens died at his Macomb home on Christmas Day.
He also served as WIU’s director of admissions and registrar for 14 years, and as an academic personnel officer, acting director of university personnel and assistant to the academic vice president.
A 1982 inductee into the WIU Athletic Hall of Fame, Stevens was 18-7-4 in three seasons as head football coach.
A former tackle at Purdue University, he coached at the high school and college level.
WIU will hold a memorial service for Stevens on Jan. 7 at the University Union. ---
DURHAM, England (AP) - Two Chinese women distance runners spoke of their opposition to drugs Friday while their coach explained that 30-kilometer-a-day training and ″good Chinese food″ would be their recipe for success.
Wang Xiujei and Zhan Jiangying aim to outrun European cross-country champion Catherina McKiernan and 3,000-meter champion Sonia O’Sullivan in an IAAF 6-kilometer cross-country race Saturday. Then they hope to be in the Chinese lineup for the world championships on the same course in March.
Denying allegations that Chinese athletes are part of a systematic doping program, Wang, who runs 30k a day, seven days a week, declared she knew that drugs were the wrong way to improve.
″I am against it, quite apart from the fact that it is against the rules,″ said the 20-year-old athlete from Liaoning province. ″Drug taking is not good for China.″ ---
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Offensive coordinator Nick Nicolau was fired Monday by the Indianapolis Colts, who failed to make the playoffs despite the brilliant rookie season of running back Marshall Faulk.
″We felt a change was necessary,″ said Bill Tobin, vice president of football operations. ″And we appreciate the contribution Nick Nicolau has given to the Colt organization over the past three years.″
Faulk was third in the AFC in rushing with 1,282 yards, and scored 11 touchdowns, but Indianapolis (8-8) finished third in the AFC East.