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August 18, 1995

ATLANTA (AP) _ Former Georgia Tech forward James Forrest, a free agent who was not chosen in June’s NBA draft, has undergone surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.

The operation was performed Thursday at Piedmont Hospital by Dr. James Beskin, one of three orthopedists who examined Forrest last month and recommended surgery.

Forrest’s agent, Richard Howell, said Beskin did an MRI exam last month and found the tear in his left Achilles tendon, which was not detected in previous X-rays because of a buildup of scar tissue.

Forrest was the MVP of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament as a sophomore, but his play declined the past two years, both of which were marred by injury and questions about his conditioning and commitment.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ The San Diego Chargers’ unsettled offensive line took another step backward on Thursday.

Courtney Hall, the team’s standout center, didn’t practice in the Chargers’ two workouts with the Houston Oilers at Trinity University. Hall sustained a hip flexor injury late in Wednesday’s practice.

Hall missed San Diego’s first preseason game and played only briefly in the second. He’s rebounding from offseason surgeries on his biceps, shoulder and knee.

His status for Saturday’s preseason game with the Oilers is unclear.

Left tackle Harry Swayne is still out after minor knee surgery. He should return for the Chargers’ preseason finale next week with the St. Louis Rams. Right tackle Stan Brock is also bothered by a sore knee.


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) _ Anyone riding a horse on a thoroughbred parimutuel racetrack will be required to wear safety vests, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board chairman announced Thursday.

Currently, only jockeys and apprentice riders must wear such vests.

Jerry Bilinski said beginning Oct. 11 all other riders such as exercise riders, pony persons and outriders as well as anyone who is training or exercising a horse at the track will have to wear the vest.

A safety vest protects the rider by providing shock absorbency.


VENICE, Italy (AP) _ Tony Delk scored 34 points and Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty 20 each as Kentucky defeated Dinamo of Russia 116-81 Thursday.

The Wildcats are now 3-0 on their 11-day tour of Italy.

Delk, who scored 31 in the first half, finished 12-for-18 from the field, including six 3-pointers.

``Tonight was the first night that I thought we were an outstanding ballclub,″ Kentucky coach Rick Pitino said. ``We took good shots, we executed well and we were outstanding on defense. Every member of the team played well.″


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio State’s players have selected three seniors as captains.

The team on Thursday picked quarterback Bob Hoying and tailback Eddie George as offensive captains and tackle Matt Bonhaus as defensive captain.

Hoying, of St. Henry, is in his third year as starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. He led Ohio State to a 10-1-1 record and a share of the Big Ten title in 1993 and a 9-4 finish in 1994.

George, of Philadelphia, ran for 1,442 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. His yardage total was the most for the Buckeyes since Keith Byars ran for 1,764 yards in 1984.

Bonhaus, of Cincinnati, played in all 13 games last year and started nine. He finished the season with 26 tackles, including six for a loss and two sacks.


LA CORUNA, Spain (AP) _ Brazilian striker Bebeto scored twice for Deportivo de La Coruna to lead the Spanish team to a 3-0 victory over Brazilian club Flamengo in an exhibition match Thursday in Spain.

Bebeto, one of the Spanish League’s top scorers, netted the game’s first and last goals in the 19th and 50th minutes.

In the 24th minute, striker Javier Manjarin scored Deportivo’s second goal.