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Names In The Game

September 23, 1991 GMT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Magic Johnson thinks Isiah Thomas should have been chosen to the U.S. Olympic basketball team, and the fact that the two are best friends has nothing to do with it.

″I am very disappointed that Isiah Thomas was not selected as one of the 10 NBA players named to represent Team USA in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona,″ Johnson said Monday in a statement released by the Los Angeles Lakers.

″Earlier this summer, I had spoken directly with NBA commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Russ Granik and U.S. Olympic coach Chuck Daly and told them of my concern regarding the selection of the team,″ Johnson said. ″Isiah is truly one of the most exciting players in the game today.

″His leading the Pistons to back-to-back NBA championships (in 1989 and 1990) says so much about his leadership and dedication. I sincerely hope the selection committee awards one of the final two remaining roster positions to Isiah.

″I say this not because Isiah is my friend, but because I believe he will assist the team in winning the gold medal.″


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins are concerned about reliever Steve Bedrosian after the failure of a procedure to restore proper blood flow to the fingers on his pitching hand.

On Sunday, doctors injected an anesthetic into the muscles in Bedrosian’s neck hoping to block a small nerve center and reverse what they suspected was a narrowing of the blood vessels. The procedure, intended to restore blood flow to the extremities, appeared to improve circulation to the arm and hand but Bedrosian still complained of cold fingers.

″We were hoping it would have gotten better,″ Dr. L.J. Michienzi, a team physician, said.

Bedrosian noticed early this season that blood was not reaching the forefinger and index finger on his right hand. The problem now is affecting three fingers and is making it difficult for him to get the proper feel of the ball.

In his last six outings, Bedrosian allowed six runs in four innings.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - An Irishman who began playing Australian Rules Football only five years ago was named Player of the Year in the Australian Football League on Monday.

Jim Stynes played Gaelic football in his home town of Dublin before being recruited by the Melbourne Demons.


Stynes was named winner of the Brownlow Medal, the award given annually to the player voted the best and fairest in the national competition. The award is voted on by match umpires throughout the season.

Stynes was signed by the Melbourne club on the recommendation of Brother Tom McDonnell, headmaster of St. David’s College in Dublin after being an outstanding Gaelic footballer at the school.

Australian Rules football draws on elements of Gaelic football, soccer and rugby.


MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Suzy Favor-Hamilton, one of the nation’s leading middle-distance runners, will serve as a volunteer assistant cross country coach at Pepperdine.

Favor-Hamilton, winner of a record nine NCAA championships at Wisconsin before graduating this year, now lives in Malibu with her husband who attends Pepperdine law school.

″I am thrilled to have a chance to work with coach Dick Kampmann and his athletes in conjunction with my own training for next year’s Olympic Games,″ Favor-Hamilton said.