The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 19, 1986 · Page 19
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Olson regains edge in duel with Bubka LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billy Olson doesn't see it as a battle of nuclear superpowers. "It's not really the United States versus the Soviet Union," Olson said Friday night after he sailed 19 feet, 3% inches to better the world indoor pole vault record set two days earlier by Sergey Bubka of the Soviet Union. "Sergey is my friend, I think he likes me. We're both just trying to win." Olson, whose pole vault capped a night at the Sunkist Invitational during which four all-time international indoor bests were recorded, said that he and Bubka are sharing some long-distance ribbing. The 27-year-old Olson, who cleared the height on his third and final try at 19-3%, said another American vaulter who was at the meet in Japan last Wednesday when Bubka went 19-3 related that the Soviet said, "Tell Billy Olson to take that." "Well," said Olson, who'd gone 19-2% late last month in Canada, "here's a present for you, Sergey." Other world bests were established during the first Grand Prix meet of the season at the Los Angeles Sports Arena by hurdler Greg Foster, triple jumper Charlie Simpkins and middle distance runner Johnny Gray. Foster bettered a world best that had been set by his old nemesis, Renaldo Nehemiah, with a 5.88- second clocking in the 50-yard hurdles. That topped Nehemiah's clocking of 5.92 in 1982. "I'm still competing in track to break the indoor and outdoor records of Renaldo Nehemiah," said Foster, 27. "I'm running now for world records, I'm not concerned about my won-loss record." Simpkins, a 22-year-old Baptist College student in South Carolina, said after he sailed 57-5, going 3% inches beyond the previous world indoor best by Willie Banks in 1982: "I didn't know I was going to break the record. Afterward, Willie came over and said, 'Charlie, what's got into you?' I said, 'I've just got to get you to come out here and jump against me.'" In his world-best performance, Gray was clocked in 1:46.8 in the 880 yards, lowering his own standard of 1:46.9 set last year. "I predicted a world record," he said. "I wanted to be in a pressure situation and test myself." Overshadowed by the world best performances was the men's mile, where Eamonn Coghlan lost for the first time since 1981, a stretch of 15 victories. A fellow Irishman, Billy Olson celebrates after his world indoor pole vault record of 19-3V 2 Friday night at the Sunkist Invitational. Marcus O'Sullivan ended Coghlan's streak with a strong drive to the finish that barely held off the fast-closing Coghlan. O'Sullivan was clocked in 3:58.37 to Coghlan's 3:58.55. The Salina Journal Sunday, January 19,1986 Page 19 Spurs' point guard fights rare form of meningitis Testaverde stays cool during shaky landing WASHINGTON (AP) — University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde says playing big- time college football helped prepare him for the most crucial' 'touchdown'' of his life. Testaverde was among the honorees Saturday at an awards dinner sponsored by The Touchdown Club of Washington. While he will likely treasure the trophy he received as College Quarterback of the Year, he certainly will never forget the jetliner that brought him to the nation's capital Friday night. Testaverde and Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver Eddie Brown, honored as the National Football League Rookie of the Year, almost didn't make it to the black-tie reception. That's because Flight 974, a Boeing 727 from Miami, was forced to make an emergency landing on its belly at Dulles International Airport after its landing gear failed. The dangerous touchdown made Testaverde's confrontations with charging defensive lineman seem like a frolic. Yet Testaverde, who finished fourth in the nation in total offense in 1985, said he wasn't scared because he dealt with the situation as he would have confronted the prospect of playing in a crucial football game. "I told myself when the plane was coming down that the only thing I had to fear was fear itself," Testaverde said. "That's the same attitude I have before a big football game. It usually helps to calm me down." Testaverde, who guided the Hurricanes to a 10-2 season, exerted his leadership after the passengers on the flight were told that they would be landing without the benefit of landing gear. He was told to secure the door, keep the passengers calm, and to keep his head down and not look out the Duran to end three-year retirement PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — His finances exhausted after three years of high living in retirement, former boxing champion Roberto Duran is training hard in his comeback attempt. It won't be much at first — a 10-round match against Colombian junior middleweight champion Manuel Esteban Zambrano at the cap- Duran ital's Nuevo Panama Coliseum on Jan. 31. But Alberto Aleman Jr., chairman of the World Boxing Association championship committee, said that if Duran wins, promoter Bob Arum would give him the chance to fight the winner of a bout between John Collins and Robbie Sims March 9 in Las Vegas, Nev. Collins is ranked No. 5 among middleweights by the WBA and Sims No. 7. So, Duran — who was fondly called "Manos de Piedra" or "Hands of Stone" because of his powerful punch—is training every day at the Rodrigo Colon Sanchez Gymnasium in the impoverished San Miguelito neighborhood where he grew up. At 34, he says he is down to 175 pounds from the 200 pounds he weighed a couple of months ago, but has another 15 pounds or so to lose. Friends and family members say Duran's huge fortune, amassed when he became lightweight, then welterweight and finally junior middleweight champion of the world is almost exhausted by unb- ridled spending. Thomas Reams sent Duran into retirement when belted him out of the ring June, 15, 1984, in Las Vegas, with a spectacular second round knockout. Duran hung up his gloves and lived the life of a playboy. He learned how to fly ultra-light planes and bought one, rode motorcycles and drove fast cars, became a singer and traveled often with an orchestra his brother owned, and he spent money. A close friend of his, who spoke on condition he not be named, said in an interview Duran's lifestyle was costing him an average of $8,000 a week. He said Duran thought nothing of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars gambling at Panama City's high-stake casinos. "Now Duran has to fight," the friend said. window. No one was injured in the landing. Walter Payton, who was honored as the NFC Player of the Year, was the only one of three Chicago Bears to skip preparations for the Super Bowl to pick up his award here. William "Refrigerator" Perry, who received a special award for his versatility, and Mike Ditka, the TD Club's NFL Coach of the Year, sent their regrets. New York Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien, who threw 24 touchdowns and suffered only seven interceptions during the regular season while leading his team to the playoffs, accepted the award as AFC Player of the Year. Michigan State sophomore running back Lorenzo White, who finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting, was named the College Player of the Year by the TD Club. Long wins award FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Iowa quarterback Chuck Long, who set a Big Ten career total offense record last season, has been selected as the 1985 recipient of the Davey O'Brien Award. The award, named for the former Texas Christian quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in 1938, was initiated as a regional award in 1977 and changed four years later to a national award exclusively for quarterbacks. Long, who won the Maxwell Trophy and was runner-up to Auburn's Bo Jackson for the Heisman Trophy, threw for 10,461 yards in four years at Iowa — sixth on the all-time NCAA yardage list and a conference record. SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — San Antonio Spurs' point guard Johnny Moore, trying to recover from a rare form of meningitis, is very much in the minds of his teammates. "Every night I pray for him," said teammate Wes Matthews, who has stepped into Moore's starting spot on the National Basketball Association team. "We all feel for him, but we've still got to take care of business. Life goes on, and we've got 'x' number of games left and we've got to win them," Matthews said. "And when we do win, we're winning them for Johnny. He might not be here, but he's still a big, big part of this team." Officials of Humana Hospital declined to describe Moore's condition on Saturday, but he said he "felt a little better.-" The 27-year-old former University of Texas player said he had lost between 10 and 12 pounds since becoming ill. Moore is battling what is commonly known as "desert fever" — the medical name is coc- cidioidomycosis — caused by a fungus that is indigenous to the arid southwestern United States. Estimates are that as much as 10 percent of the population is exposed to the fungus, which can be picked up while breathing, but only one exposed person in 1,000 contracts meningitis as a result. "It's a dust-transmitted fungus spore," said James Perdue, a public health technician in the bureau of epidemiology for the state Health Department.' "There's not a whole lot you can do about it. You can't eliminate dust." Moore's doctor is optimistic ttiat Moore will recover. "The fact that we had a relatively quick diagnosis helps," said Dr. Richard Thorner, the Spurs' internist who specializes in infectious diseases. "Skin tests have proven positive, indicating there is some immunity to the disease in his system. And the fact that he is in excellent physical condition helps." Moore's early symptom was a constant, painful headache that began Dec. 20. He entered the hospital for tests on Dec. 26 and was discharged Jan. 10 under the condition that he might return when it was determined what kind of meningitis he had. The exact diagnosis was made last weekend, when doctors found that the fungus had spread through the central nervous system and infected brain tissue. Moore returned to the hospital Tuesday. He has since undergone two operations. "It's frightening," coach Cotton Fitzsimmons told the Austin American-Statesman. "We think of ourselves as the healthy ones. We're the ones who go to the hospitals to .visit people who are less fortunate than us. Then it touches you, and it's a totally different feeling you get." With Moore in the lineup, the supposedly weak Spurs had gotten off to a surprising 17-12 start this season. Without him, they are 5-7. But Moore's illness has cast a different light on the season for the Spurs, Fitzsimmons said. "Our concern isn't wins and losses anymore," Fitzsimmons said. "It's Johnny Moore's health." "Man, this ain't a knee or an ankle. This is life and death," said Walker. "It makes you realize how human you are." Phoenix to bid on Sports Festival PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — Chamber of Commerce officials here have made preliminary inquiries into Phoenix hosting the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in 1989,1990 or 1991. Formerly known as the National Sports Festival, the event brings together 3,000 of the top young U.S. Olympic and Pan American Games hopefuls for 10 days of competition in more than 30 sports. The Festival, started in 1978, is held in non-Olympic years and will be hosted by Houston this summer and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., in 1987. Dave Maurer, vice president for economic development with the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, said Saturday that he has told the U.S. Olympic Committee that Phoenix is interested in preparing a bid as one of the host cities. Others bidding for it are Oklahoma City, Miami and Orlando, Fla., and Buffalo, N.Y. 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