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2C THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1999 WHO AM I? I became the first three-time world heavyweight boxing champion in 1978. (Answer below) QUOTE OF THE DAY ZEV YAROSLAVSKY, member of the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission, on the city's attempt to land an NFL franchise. "This thing has more lives than a cat" TODAY IN HISTORY In 1962, Frank Tripucka of ; the Denver Broncos passed' for 447 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 win against the Buffalo Bills. POM WATCH Sanders willing to return if PEOPLE IN SPORTS i f r j ESPN reports Barry Sanders has asked the Lions to trade or release him. Palm Beach Post Hire Services Barry Sanders is interested in returning to the NFL but not with the Detroit Lions, ESPN reported Tuesday on its Web site. Sanders, who retired in July, has offered to repay $5.4 million of his signing bonus if the Lions release or trade him this season, ESPN said. David Ware, Sanders' agent said he made the offer to Detroit on Monday but that the team rejected it "I think he's ready to consider it in the right situation," Ware said. "But the right situation is not the Detroit Lions. His career is finished there." "We're trying to get him back on the football field, where he belongs." Sanders, 31, "definitely would return," if the Lions would accommodate him, a source close to Sanders told ESPN. The lions would not confirm moted after four exhibition games. "This was my first game," said Griese, who completed 24-of-40 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns. "Nobody can say I don't have at least one game of experience anymore. From here on out, it can't get much harder than that" B WASHINGTON REDSKINS: Defensive end Derrick Ham, a former University of Miami star; was waived from the Redskins' practice squad. , . B Noteworthy: Los Angeles is back where it started sue months ago without an NFL team or a place to play. An initial deadline to reach a stadium plan for Los Angeles had been set by the league for today. But that deadline is passing without action. In March, the NFL spurned Houston and announced its intention to put an expansion team in the Los Angeles area. But there had to be an acceptable stadium and financing proposal by today. As yet, that requirement has not been made; . . . The American Bowl will return to Japan when Dallas plays, Atlanta in the Tokyo Dome in August check right now if they'll let him go or trade him." B DALLAS COWBOYS: Defensive tackle Leon Lett will miss the next seven games as punishment for his fifth violation of the NFL's substance- abuse policy. Lett, 30, had been suspended indefinitely since June 4 and missed the team's victory at Washington on Sun-day. The NFL's ruling will allow the Lett former Pro Bowler to rejoin the Cowboys for the Nov. 14 home game against Green Bay if he has no further violations. Lett will lose $88,235 in salary for each game missed. B DENVER BRONCOS: Brian Griese took a philosophical approach after his first start as John Elway's successor ended in a 38-21 loss to the Dolphins on Monday. He played well enough to head off any talk of losing his job to Bubby Brister, who was de- his image as a regal runner-up. Even in last season's humiliating 38-3 loss to Denver in the AFC playoffs, the quarterbacks were a relatively minor factor. Elway hit a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, long after the matter was decided, but it was Davis who set the brutal tone of the game by rushing for 199 yards, the most allowed by Miami in a postseason game. Marino threw two touchdown passes Monday night, neither particularly spectacular, but what made him an easy winner on John Elway appreciation night at Mile High Stadium were the contributions of Jimmy's new offensive components. Chalk Tony Martin up for 101 yards in receptions, including a 40-yarder, and rookie fullback Ron Konrad for a touchdown catch. Running back J.J. Johnson, the second-round pick everyone forgot, ran hard. Cecil Collins, the summer sensation with the dangerous past, hasn't even suited Your Pet Can Marino bashers: You prefer retreads, rookies? Serena the star Palm Beach Gardens' Serena Williams, the newly crowned U.S. Open women's singles champion, graces the cover of the Sept. 20 Sports Illustrated. Russell, Gretzky, Ali among top 20 athletes Palm Beach Post Wire Services Bill Russell is in a class by himself. Of all the living athletes on ESPN's "SportsCentury" list, he is the only one to refuse an interview for the project The network released the names of the top 20 athletes Tuesday at the opening of its newest ESPN Zone restaurant in Manhattan. Russell was among the elite 20 a list presented in alphabetical order and surprisingly showed up for the event, joining Jim Brown, Wayne Gretzky, Carl Lewis and Martina Navratilova. The others on the list- Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali, Wirt Chamberlain, Ty Cobb, Babe Didrikson, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Joe Louis, Willie Mays, Jack Nicklaus, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe and Ted Williams. TODAY'S ANSWER: Muhammad Ali. NFL notebook whether Ware had contacted them on this matter. "Our positions remains the same that we honored his retirement wishes and we expected the repayment of the prorated portion," Lions spokesman Bill Keenist said. Detroit filed a grievance last week to recover $5.4 million of the $11 million signing bonus Sanders got when he signed a five-year contract in 1997. Sanders, who needs only 1,458 yards to break Walter Payton's career rushing record, disagrees with Detroit's claim that he is required to repay a portion of the bonus if he doesn't play. Sanders did not collect a $1.7 million deferred payment due this fall on the original bonus. "We think this thing could go either way with an arbitrator," Ware said. "The fact that the Lions have pursued this course has burned any bridge, any possibility, that he would return to the club. But Barry will write the pable of handing off a football with more speed and less deliberation than creaky, old No. 13? Be honest In the opening minutes of Monday night's game, with Brian Griese hitting on a 61-yard touchdown bomb and Marino tossing ill-advised passes off the fingertips of Denver defenders, many of you were asking questions much harsher than these. The kid did look good, far more composed than anyone but proud papa Bob Griese could have guessed. Without a strong running game, however, and without a dominating effort by the Denver defense, Elway himself would have been hard pressed to make a closer game of it Does anyone remember how futile Elway's record-breaking efforts were before Terrell Davis got to Denver? Elway's Broncos lost three lopsided Super Bowls before the glorious finishing kick of championship victories against Green Bay and Atlanta changed GOLF & YACHT CLUB Florida's Only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course open to the public! Special Summer Rates 00 (includes J J ,JJ golf cart) Before 12:00 pm 29.00 (includes After 12:00 pm golf cart) On the On television Baseball 7:30 p.m. Yankees at Blue Jays ESPN 7:30 p.m. Red Sox at Indians ESPN2 10:05 p.m. Marlins at Giants SportsChannel 10:30 p.m. Pirates at Diamondbacks ESPN ', 10:30 p.m. Braves at Padres ESPN2 Soccer 2:30 p.m. UEFA Champions League: A.C Milan vs. Chelsea ESPN2 ' On radio Baseball 5:05 p.m. Mets at-Rockies 7:35 p.m. Yankees at Blue Jays 9:30 p.m. Marlins pre-game 10:05 p.m. Marlins at Giants On the Internet Tell us what vou think about the Marlins. Dolphins, Heat, XT M Panthers, UF, FSU and Miami as you read the at www.GoPBI.comsports. Vf We're searching for the cutest On the field Area events Dog racing 8:05 p.m. Flagler Dog Track (305) 649-3000 Horse racing 7:35 p.m. Pompano Harness Track (954) 972-2000 Jaialai Noon Miami Jai-Alai (305)633-6400 7 p.m. Miami Jai-Alai (305) 636400 - Will be confirmed at 10 a.m. today. Telephones animals in South Florida and we need your photos! Log on to GoPBI.com for details up. These are the people Marino will utilize in 1999, and hell do it as efficiently as Griese did at the Dolphins' Super Bowl peak. There is an opening here. The Jets have lost Vinny Testaverde for the season. Fred Taylor is clopping around the Jaguars'-camp with a cast on his left foot As for the Broncos, well, according to published reports the end is here. , ' Only Marino can make the. most of all this. Not Damon Hua-rd, who has attempted nine NFL passes. Not Craig Erickson," whom Johnson cut loose in train-' ing camp after three seasons of grooming him as Marino's sue-, cessor. Elway's emotional farewell , Monday proved the unmatched power of a truly classic quarter: back. One day Marino's retirement will prove it again, even to those who wonder if he's not at . ready about five years overdue. ' Win You $500! & funniest The Palm Beach Fbst Rules available at the Palm Beach Interactive Studio PGA NATIONAL RESORTS SPA Insurance. Bonding A Employee Benefit Scholarship Program SI mmrn - - GEORGE From 1C our own community the day the Dolphins say goodbye to their legendary passer. Only then, after nearly two decades of certainty at quarterback, will we fully appreciate the luxury of an old hand in charge of the Miami offense rather than one of the rookies or retreads most NFL teams depend upon. For now, the same nagging doubts resurface at the final gun of every Miami loss. Could the Dolphins' Super Bowl blueprint be missing a mobile quarterback and nothing more? Can any Miami coach, fidgety Jimmy Johnson included, ever fully commit to a balanced offensive attack as long as Marino looms over the huddle? Might the average busload of senior citizens unloading at the mall yield several candidates ca- Issel back to coach Nuggets The Associated Press DENVER After watching the Denver Nuggets' bewildering transformation from a rising franchise to an NBA also-ran, Dan Issel couldn't take it any longer. Pro basketball Issel, Denver's vice president and general manager, added a title Tuesday when he introduced himself as Nuggets coach, replacing Mike D'Antoni. "If this wasn't a day when I had to part company with a good friend, it would be a happy day for me," Issel said. "Although it doesn't seem like it today, we're trying to bring stability to the organization." Issel's announcement comes four years after he retired as Denver's coach. "I think I am better suited for the situation this time around," he said. "We did have some success. I felt that was an uncompleted chapter. If I'm not right about this, this will be the final chapter." The Nuggets have gone through five coaches with minimal success since Issel led them to the Western Conference semifinals in 1994. B Noteworthy: Hurricane Floyd prompted a Columbia, S.C., judge to declare a mistrial in the lawsuit accusing Charlotte Hornets owner George Shinn of sexually assaulting a woman. Judge Costa Pleicones declared a mistrial and set the retrial for Dec. 6. He also urged both sides to try to reach a settlement Lawyers for both sides had asked Pleicones to delay the proceedings to prevent having a long time between opening statements and testimony if the hurricane knocked out power or did a lot of damage in Columbia. For questions about the sports section, please call: Sports department 820-4440 Fax number 820-4481 air WPSL-1590AM WBGF-93.5FM WQAM-560AM, WQBA-1140AM, WJNO-1040AM, WJNX-1330AM WQAM-560AM, WQBA-1140AM, WJNO-1040AM, WJNX-1330AM, WBGF-93.5FM latest stories Williams dies In brief military tried to force me," he said. "I was pressured with tax questions, but I decided to stick to my positions." B Tennis: Laurence Tieleman of Italy upset second-seeded Greg Rusedski of Great Britain 6-3, 64 Tuesday in the first round of the President's Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Tieleman, ranked 95th in the world, broke Rusedski in the first game of the second set, then held his own serve the rest of the way. Also, Roger Federer, 18, beat fifth-seeded Cedric Pioline 6-4, 6-3. Other winners included top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin Kenneth Carlsen upset second-seeded Felix Mantilla 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Samsung Open clay-court championship in Bournemouth, England. No. 1 seed Thomas Enqvist beat Niklas Kurd 7-5, 6-1. (Results, 6C) B Auto racing: CART and IMG Motorsports agreed to bring a race back to Cleveland for the next three years, reversing CARTs decision to pull out of the grand prix. IMG had said in June that CARTs sanctioning fee had increased from $1.6 million to $2 million, more than the company wanted to pay. Palm Beach Atlantic COLLEGE Alumni Association Golf Tournament & Auction www.GoPBI.com HI Ernst &Young llp a.m. Shotgun Scramble f ormat Champion and Ali foe 'Big Caf Palm Beach Post Wire Services Cleveland "Big Cat" Williams, who was knocked out by Muhammad Ali in a 1966 heavyweight title fight died after being struck by a car while crossing a Houston street. He was 66. Mr. Williams, who also lost twice to Sonny Liston, had been treated for diabetes and a kidney problem for years. He was struck by a car Sept. 3 after a dialysis treatment and died last weekend. Eighteen months before fighting Ali in the Astrodome on Nov. 14, 1966, Mr. Williams was shot twice in the midsection after arguing with a Texas state trooper during a routine traffic stop. The shooting left Mr. Williams with lifelong kidney problems. D More boxing: NABF supermiddleweight champion Randie Carver died Tuesday, two days after losing consciousness in a tide defense in North Kansas City, Mo. He was 24. Carver had been in critical condition since undergoing brain surgery after he was knocked out in the 10th round by Kabary Salem. B Soccer Pele has revealed for the first time that he refused to play in the 1974 World Cup in Germany to protest torture by Brazil's military regime. Pele, 58, said in a television interview he resisted threats from Brazil's ruling general to play. The C 8:30 start J a5isss -z? PGA National's Squire courses ciniAs Proceeds Support ? Hi Cost: $150 per player To enter, call (561) 803-2021 the Alumni Association's

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