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Names In The Game

May 11, 1994

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros are back on track, and just in time for the Spanish Open.

Only two months ago, both Spanish stars were in slumps that had left them winless for two years.

Ballesteros was being written off as a 37-year-old with a bad back, his career as Europe’s most accomplished player at an end.

Olazabal, 28, the heir apparent, was having his own problems.

Then, Olazabal won the Mediterranean Open and followed with a victory at the Masters.

Ballesteros last Sunday won the Benson and Hedges International.

He is now No. 1 on the European PGA money-winning list with Olazabal No. 2.

Their success is expected to bring huge crowds to the Club de Campo course just outside the center of the capital city.


BOSTON (AP) - Donna Harris Lewis will speak at Northeastern University’s commencement ceremonies June 18. Lewis and her late husband, Celtics captain Reggie Lewis, attended the university.

Lewis, who died of a heart ailment last summer, will be honored with two honorary degrees that day - a doctorate in humanities and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice that he was pursuing when he died.

Harris Lewis said she hasn’t decided what she will speak about at the ceremony, which will be held at the Boston Garden, where the Celtics play. She joked that it will be difficult to follow last year’s speaker, President Clinton.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Australian Olympic weightlifter Ron Laycock was suspended for two years Wednesday after a panel reviewing his positive test to anabolic steroids rejected his story that he was doped by an embittered former teammate and friend.

A three-man panel dismissed Laycock’s appeal, three months after it heard allegations that Laycock was drugged by former weightlifter Paul Harrison as revenge for an unpaid $2,000 loan.

Laycock tested positive to stanazolol on Sept. 4 last year at the national championships in Sydney, where he broke three Australian records.

Harrison told the hearing he had laced his 1988 Olympic teammate’s food and drink with stanazolol on Sept. 3 because he had not received a loan payment.

Laycock, who also represented Australia at the Barcelona Games, will be suspended until Sept.4, 1995, under the Australian Weightlifting Federation’s rules.


LONDON (AP) - Lennox Lewis said he would take $1.5 million less of a purse to fight his WBC heavyweight title defense against Oliver McCall in Britain.

″I want the fight in London, so I’ll take a lower percentage than if it were in the States,″ said Lewis, who still would receive $3 million.

″They don’t rate British boxers over there. They think they are the best at everything.

″But, when they make the mistake of matching me for the unified title, I am going to bring all three belts back to Britain and they will have to come over here looking for them.″

Lewis won his third title defense on Friday when he stopped Phil Jackson in the eighth round of their fight in Atlantic City, N.J. His only defense in Britain was against countryman Frank Bruno at Cardiff, Wales last October.

Now, his British promotion team is hoping to come up with a financial package to stage the fight at a soccer stadium in London in September. They admit they would need to attract a crowd of some 22,000 on top of a lucrative TV deal.

The purse offer deadline is May 16 and, if Lewis’ people don’t come up with the right figures, McCall’s promoter, Don King, is almost certain to win the bid and stage the bout in the U.S.


STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Swedish soccer star Klas Ingesson is in the hospital, but happy to be alive after his car crashed into a moose in southern Sweden.

″A moose in the middle of the day - I couldn’t imagine that. And the Opel turned into a convertible, the roof just disappeared,″ Ingesson told the daily Expressen.

Ingesson injured his neck in the crash Tuesday.

Ingesson has had a year full of injuries and hasn’t been playing much for his Dutch team PSV Eindhoven.

The accident might have ruined his chances for the Sweden’s World Cup team.

Manager Tommy Svensson hopes Ingesson can practice Monday with the national team, but doctors were more cautious.

″It is too early to say,″ team doctor Jan Ekstrand said.

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