Names In The Game
OSLO, Norway (AP) _ World champion speedskater Johann Olav Koss retired from international competition Wednesday after a season in which he won three Olympic gold medals in world-record times.
The three-time world champion told the Norwegian news agency NTB that he wanted to concentrate on his studies and that it would be hard to find the inspiration needed to follow up his spectacular season.
The Norwegian won the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in world-record times.
But it was his act of generosity at the Games that drew world attention. The skater donated his $31,000 winner’s bonus from the 1,500 meter race to the Lillehammer Olympic Aid charity to help Sarajevo, the war-torn 1984 Olympic city. He also encouraged other athletes to do the same.
Koss, 25, was world all-around champion in 1990, 1991 and 1994, and won two gold medals at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
He is a medical student at the University of Oslo.
TOKYO (AP) - Japan’s Central League on Thursday awarded 1 million yen - or $9,500 - as a reward Hiromi Makihara of Yomiuri GiantsyH, for pitching apanese professional baseball’s first perfect game in 16 years Wednesday. Makihara struck out seven and walked none as the Giants beat the Hiroshima Toyo Carp 6-0.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A physical education teacher who bit a student on the nose during a class agreed to resign from his teaching and coaching jobs at the private school.
Officials at Trinity Presbyterian School declined to say why Ed Donahoo, the schools’ varsity basketball coach of seven years, bit the 15-year-old boy during a class May 13.
″I just feel like it’s in the best interest of Trinity and for me to resign,″ Donahoo said Wednesday.
Headmaster Brian Willett called the nose biting ″an unfortunate incident.″ He declined further comment but said he would accept Donahoo’s resignation.
Willett declined to comment about the extent of the ninth grader’s injuries. The boy’s father also declined comment.
Donahoo said the nose biting happened after an angry exchange of words during the class.
Donahoo said he would like to coach at another school.
″It’s regrettable,″ Donahoo said. ″And I’m heartbroken over it. It was purely accidental. I just let a boy get under my skin. It was certainly not an appropriate behavior. But it was brought on by a boy that’s got kind of an attitude.″
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Diego Maradona says he would like to play in the Libertadores Cup with the Bolivian Bolivar team. The president of the team, Mario Mercado, said they are negotiating a contract for Maradona to play in at least six matches.
Bolivar has qualified for the third phase of the Libertadores Cup. Bolivar will play Olimpia of Paraguay after the World Cup.
According to press reports, Bolivar has offered the Argentine star a $1 million contract for six or seven games during the Libertadores Cup. He would collect this sum if the team reached the regional finals.
The possiblity that Maradona would play in Bolivia became front page news in this country that is preparing for its first shot at the World Cup since 1951. Many of the Bolivar team members will be playing at the World Cup.