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May 10, 1986

TORONTO (AP) _ Veteran defenseman Borje Salming, who admits to having tried cocaine on one occasion five years ago, says drugs are not a problem on the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.

″I have never seen the other players doing it, not at parties and never on the road,″ Salming said in an article published today in the Toronto Star. ″There’s even less drinking among the young players on our team than ever before.″

Salming spoke out in the midst of reported cocaine abuse by five members of Edmonton Oilers, alleged in the May 12 issue of Sports Illustrated.

″I’ve tried it, sure, five, six years ago, but not since and I feel good about saying no (when it is offered),″ Salming said, adding that the drug was made available at parties and not by anyone connected with the Maple Leafs.

A second article on drug abuse in the NHL is expected to follow in the May 19 issue of Sports Illustrated and it is for that reason, says Salming, that he wants to set the record straight on rumors concerning his drug use.

″I hear them (rumors) all the time,″ Salming said. ″I’m used to it.″


ITO, Japan (AP) - Japan’s Masashi Ozaki shot a 71 for a 5-under-par total of 208, lifting him into the lead today after the third round of the $242,000 Fuji-Sankei Classic golf tournament.

Ozaki, who started the third round two strokes behind Hiroshi Ishii, carded 31 on the front nine and 40 on the back nine over the 6,694-yard, par-71 Kawana Hotel Fuji course in Ito, southwest of Tokyo.

Hiroshi Ishii shot 75 for 210 and slipped to second place with David Ishii of the United States who fired 71.

Kazushige Kono was alone in fourth place at 211 after firing a 69.

Terry Gale of Australia placed 6th with three Japanese at 213. Gale had 73.


CINCINNATI (AP) - Aaron Pryor former world junior welterweight champion, was free on $500 bond following his arrest on charges of disorderly conduct and reckless driving.

The boxer, who has not fought since June 1984, was accused by police of threatening harm to Officer William O’Brien who stopped Pryor’s car and arrested him.

Pryor was released Friday.

The World Boxing Association took away Pryor’s title in 1985 for failing to defend it.

Pryor’s planned comeback this year was postponed when he developed eye trouble.

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