Names In The Game
MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Bjorn Borg, considering a return to the tennis after an eight-year layoff, has applied for wild-card entry to next year’s Italian Open.
Cino Marchese, an Italian representative of International Management Group, which will manage Borg’s activities, said the application did not mean the 34- year-old Swede has made a final decision to come out of retirement.
″It’s a protective move because there are only five wild cards available for the Italian Open and organizers may give them all out soon. We will apply for a wild card for Borg also in Monte Carlo and Paris (French Open),″ Marchese said.
Borg, a five-time Wimbledon champion and a six-time winner in the French Open, has been working out daily for several months but said he will decide to return only if he feels fit and competitive.
The Italian Open is held in Rome in May.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Pro football just isn’t the same game it used to be, in the view of former Oakland Raider quarterback Ken Stabler.
He said the steady stream of substitutes has taken away some of the craftiness quarterbacks used to rely on to win.
″The big change has been the specialization - the situation- substitution,″ Stabler said during a stop in Cheyenne to speak to youth about drug abuse.
″When I was playing, you’d see the same 11 players on the second down as you saw on the first. But now it’s so specialized that there’s a group of players who change positions and come in and out on ever series of downs.″
And that tactic, he said, has taken the game out of the quarterbacks’ hands.
″The game is now run upstairs in the booth and funneled down to the coach or the offensive coordinator who in turn signals in to the quarterback,″ he said.
Stabler also said he would get rid of instant replay.
″I’d like to see the game put back into the officials’ hands. Let them call it and let’s live with it. The game prospered that way,″ he said.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - A Dodge City, Kan., couple who won the largest lottery payoff in Lotto America history has donated $796,000 to install new artificial turf in Kansas State’s stadium.
The gift from Dave and Carol Wagner was part of the school’s $100 million Essential Edge Campaign benefiting the school’s athletic department.
″Carol and I are very happy to share some of our good fortune with Kansas State,″ said Wagner, a 1969 KSU graduate who won $35 million in the July 14 lottery.
The new artificial surface will replace turf installed in 1980.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Bad weather delayed the opening of a domed golf course of natural grass, but developers said Friday the course will be ready in less than two weeks.
″We have to inflate the bubble, and everything has to be absolutely perfect,″ said Michael Thompson, president of American Golf Domes Inc., the company building Turfdome-One.
The nine-hole course with a dozen sand traps and hills up to 12 feet high, was expected to cost about $2 million. The longest hole is about 75 yards, and all nine will be separated by nets.
Thompson said his company worked with Michigan State University to develop a system allowing grass to grow under the dome.
″The grass will be growing 24 hours a day because it’ll never be in darkness,″ Thompson said. Growing lights will be used.
Golfers will be allowed to carry only four clubs per bag and spike shoes will be banned.
OTTAWA (AP) - Peter Hudson suddenly, and mistakenly, has gained new status in Ottawa. He is the general manager of the Ottawa Senators - not the team that will be playing in the NHL, starting in 1992, but a team in the Central Junior Hockey League.
Hudson’s team has been basking in some of the reflected glory of the successful bid for an NHL franchise.
″Our phone was ringing off the wall yesterday and today,″ Hudson said Friday. ″And we’re not even in the phone book.″