Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on February 28, 1980 · Page 17
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February 28, 1980

Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 17

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'(Dje 3**Ma**a (gazette / Tuesday, June 18, 1985 — Page 17 Time becoming a factor in Lambert's comeback plans PITTSBURGH tAP) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert is running out of time. Lambert said he will retire if the toe he dislocated isn't completely better by July 26, when the Steelers training camp for veterans opens at St. Vincent College in Labrobe. In Alliance. Ohio, for his annual football camp at Mount Union college, he said in an interview with the Pittsburgh Press that the big toe on his left foot is "still pretty sore." "I just started running the first of June. Normally, I like to start the end of April or the first of May. but the doctors told me to give the toe as long as I can, that I shouldn't aggravate it." Lambert said. "I had been riding on a stationary bike all winter, but it finally got to the" point where I had to start running if I was going to get in shape," he said. Lambert said running is easy, but it is still difficult to push off the foot, as a linebacker must. He said he has not tried it seriously. '•Gosh, no. I haven't tried that yet. That's the last thing I want to do now. I'm almost afraid what will happen." Lambert said. '.- He dislocated it in last September's opener against the Kansas City Chiefs ;and played in pain through the rest of the -season. - Lambert says it is premature to consid- "er retirement, but admits it will take "a miracle" to return for his 12th season in the National Football League. "I figure if I'm good this week and behave myself, maybe I'll get rewarded and get it. Maybe I'll get a miracle. The only thing is I'm running out of time," said Lambert, who will be 33 years old in July. ; Lambert would earn "$300,000 in base salary plus bonuses for the 1985 season. He said he will make his decision about playing before summer camp begins. : "If I can play, I'll be there. If I can't, I won't bother reporting. I don't want to take away from what they'll be doing there," Lambert said. '. --.'It wouldn't be fair to Mr. (Art) Roo' -ney for me just to hang on," he has said. ?'lt wouldn't be fair to the fans. And, most of all. it wouldn't be fair to me. I don't want to be remembered for something .like that. "Why should I have any complaints?" Lambert said. "I had 10 great years before last year, played in four Super Bowls and nine Pro Bowls. That's not bad, is it? How many other guys will ever be able to say that?" North to Alaska SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Anchorage won the U.S. bid to host the 1992 Winter Olympics by focusing on the mystique of Alaska and the practical details of running a major sporting event, says the man who headed the effort to lure the international games. '"The first thing, we focused on was dismissing the misperceptions of Alaska — that it's too dark, too cold and too far away," Rick Mystrom said Monday, describing his group's presentation to the U.S. Olympic Committee. That presentation was made over the weekend in Indianapolis, where Anchorage beat out Salt Lake City. Reno and Lake Placid, N.Y., as the U.S. nominee to the International Olympic Committee. Mystrom, owner of an Anchorage advertising company, heads the Anchorage Organizing Committee, which put togeth- er1>270,000 in donated time and money to tnake its winning bid. Members of the committee stopped in Seattle Monday on their way home to Anchorage. . The group's bid before the international committee, which Mystrom estimated would cost $1.5 million, will pit Anchorage against the European cities of Sofia. Bulgaria; Falun, Sweden; Lillehammer. Norway; Cortina, Italy: and Berchtesga- deh, West Germany. That presentation, which will determine the final winner for the 1992 games, will be made in October. In addition to dispelling myths about the 49th state, Mystrom said, the Anchorage residents pointed out to the committee that Anchorage is equal traveling distance from European and Asian points: that 84 percent of its residents supported hosting the Olympics, according to a poll: an'd that it is in an excellent location for television coverage of the games. ; -An event taking place at 4 p.m. in Anchorage, for example, can be shown live on the U.S. East Coast at 8 p.m. Key to the presentation, he said, was a slide presentation that Mystrom said conveyed the "mystique of Alaska." "It was really emotional." he said. "When I saw the guys with gray hair wiping their eyes. I knew we had it." The 1988 winter Olympics will be held •in Calgary, Alberta, and Mystrom agreed there may be some pressure to move the games out of North America to Europe in J992. But he noted that Anchorage already has many of the facilities required to host the games. Of only five Olympic-sized ice-hockey rinks in America, he said, three are in Anchorage. Olympic alpine skiing requires an 800-meter drop: a ski area with a 900-meter drop is just 35 minutes south of Anchorage, he said. Anchorage does not yet have facilities for ice skating, ski jumping or bobsled and luge competitions, although Fairbanks is beginning construction on facilities for the latter. He said the Olympics likely would bring in 60.000 visitors", compared with 30.000 on an average summer week in Anchorage. But he said the city would be "real close" to being able to accommodate the extra influx by 1992. In addition, he said, the committee estimates that the anticipated $260 million in revenues during the games would leave between $59 million and $109 million in surplus, of which the city would get one- third. Following the leader HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The trend in the NCAA is to play basketball without the three-point field goal and the Atlantic 10 Conference plans to follow the trend. Commissioner Charlie Theokas says. the conference on Monday voted to do away with the three-point field goal but failed to reach a decision on where to hold its postseason men's basketball tournament, league spokesman Kevin MacConnell said. "There seems to be trend toward not having the three-point play in college basketball," said Theokas. "From what we had learned only a few conferences were going to petition the NCAA to use the three-point goal this year." Theokas was the big backer of the three-point goal last year, saying it added excitement to the game and was well liked by the fans. However, coaches didn't seem to like it and it did not have much support at this meeting. "Unless the NCAA instituted the three- point field goal, we could not see our conference going with it," Theokas said. The directors of the league decided sites for 10 of 11 championships during the 1985-86 academic year and selected Larry Weise of St. Bonaventure to replace Frank Mclnerney of Massachusetts as president of its board of directors, MacConnell said. MacConnell said a site for the men's basketball tournament might be picked in a week to 10 days. Sources have said the league is leaning toward the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Theokas had wanted to stage the tournament in Atlantic City, but the New Jersey gambling resort was nixed in the wake of the Tulane point-shaving scandal. The meeting was the league's first since West Virginia announced it would stay in the conference after months of speculation that it would leave because the league failed to get a television contract in basketball. "I was very pleased with the way today's meeting progressed," said Fred Schaus, athletic director at West Virgin; ia. "I thought they were handled in a very professional manner. I did not feel a sense of any animosity toward West Virginia concerning our situation a few weeks ago." Joining Weise on the new board of directors will be Mike Schultz of St. Joseph's and Steve Bilsky of George Washington. Schultz, who was treasure on the board last year, moves up to vice president replacing Schaus, while Bilsky takes over as treasurer. Decision time EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Nets have placed the ball in Rollie Massimino's court and the Villanova coach says he'll decide by Thursday whether he wants the head coaching job with the National Basketball Association team. . "I swear I haven't made up my mind," Massimino said in an interview with the Star-Ledger of Newark. "I really don't know. I'm going to probably cry." Massimino, who guided the Wildcats to the NCAA basketball title this past season, said he met with his players on Sunday night, but did not disclose what was said. "I'll decide by Thursday one way or the other," he said. 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"I talked with Rollie this morning," said Craig Miller, Villanova sports information director. "He has had some talks with the New Jersey Nets but no action has been taken so far. Basically, he said all the reports were premature." Massimino would replace Stan Albeck. who earlier Monday was named head coach of the Chicago Bulls. Albeck had one year left on a three-year contract with the Nets, but was given permission by the club to talk with Bulls officials about the vacancy created when Kevin • Loughery was fired. Albeck is a native of Illinois and said he wanted to be closer to home. "I think he did a good job here and he'll do a good job in Chicago." said Jack MacKinnon, the Nets general manager. "He's inheriting a good team in Chicago, a very good team." Something to kick about EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Less than a decade after becoming the flagship team of soccer in North America, the Cosmos are nearly broke and ready to cease operations unless more financing can be found, team officials say. The prospect has many in the United States wondering whether the sport has any future in the country 1 that calls baseball its national pastime. "I hope the Cosmos will be around until my own kids' kids can-watch them play." said Peppe Pinton, who resigned Monday as the team's managing director. "The last six or seven months have been atrocious. I love the Cosmos, but one has to be realistic about the future. The resignation came just one night after Pinton said the team's coffers were near empty and that the program of having the Cosmos play international exhibition matches was losing money. "The bottom line is money and we don't have it," Pinton said Sunday night. "I had a dream when we started this thing. I thought it might work, but the fans don't seem to want the program. "On the whole, the Cosmos will be around as long as Cosmos fans want them to be around, no matter xvho the management is." Recent crowds lead one to believe the fans don't want the Cosmos around. Playing the international exhibition schedule this summer, the Cosmos have averaged less than 15.000 fans per game in three games, including one against Independiente of Argentina, the world club champions. It was games like that back in the middle to late 1970s that filled Giants Stadium with crowds in the 60,000 to 70.000 range. Back then, it was trendy to go to soccer games. Mick Jagger did. So did former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger — to see international soccer stars such as Pele. Beckenbauer. Alberto and China- glia. "When you talk about soccer in the United States, you are talking about the Cosmos," Pinton has said. "No matter where you go, you say the Cosmos name and people automatically light up." The Cosmos name and its stars carried the North American Soccer League to a peak at the beginning of the decade when its membership reached 24 teams. But the number this year had dwindled to two when the league suspended operations. The move came after the Cosmos failed to put up a security bond with the league. It was their second financial problem of AT COLONIAL the year. Earlier, they dropped out of the Major Indoor Soccer League after losing more than $1 million in less than a season. Meanwhile, Giorgio Chinaglia, a Cosmos owner, was en route to Italy and not available for comment, according to a woman who answered the telephone at his home in New Jersey. Coach Ray Klivecka said the team would practice on Tuesday unless he was notified otherwise. "It's a matter of refinancing," he said. "If we get it. we'll continue. If we don't, we won't." 1200 FOR YOUR TRADE COLONIAL N. 4th St. MOTOR MART 349-5600 Indiana GoOnAfiee Shopping Spree. 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