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Names In The Game

May 16, 1993 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Tennis player Michael Chang is giving his customers the time of day.

Chang’s face will appear on a line of watches and clocks made by Hong Kong- based Stelux, according to his agent, Tom Ross.

Stelux will produce seven action photos on a series of timepieces, Ross said.

The watches already are being sold in Asia and will soon be available in the United States, he said.

″This is a testament to the impact Michael has, primarily in Asia,″ Ross said. ″This also goes beyond the endorsement level for him in that part of the world.″


Chang’s parents are from Taiwan and, he dedicated his 1989 French Open victory to the Chinese people who were then embroiled in political strife. ---

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Terrell Buckley says he will quit playing minor league baseball in time to join the Green Bay Packers on July 17, the mandatory reporting date for veterans.

″My planning not to be there has never been a consideration,″ Buckley, an outfielder for the Class A Macon Braves, said Saturday.

Green Bay selected Buckley with the fifth pick in the 1992 NFL draft and signed him to a four-year $6.6 million contract, which included a $3.2 million signing bonus.

Buckley, an All-America cornerback at Florida State, has played 27 of Macon’s 35 games and is batting .209 with five stolen bases and four RBIs. He was chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the 38th round of last year’s draft.

Buckley did not participate in Green Bay’s four-day minicamp that ended May 2. Packers officials said he would be fined, but did say how much. ---

NEW YORK (AP) - Another baseball movie, ″The Ty Cobb Story,″ is in the works.

Ron Shelton, who directed ″Bull Durham″ and ″White Men Can’t Jump,″ is about to begin work on the project. The movie, based on a story by Al Stump for True magazine, deals with the wild final days of Cobb’s life.

Cobb, the meanest and most hated player of his time, was a cancer-stricken alcoholic who slept with a gun under his pillow in his last months.

Gene Hackman and Jack Nicholson are names being mentioned for the title role. ---

MIDWAY, Ky. (AP) - Genuine Risk, one of only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby, has given birth to her first live foal.

The 1980 Kentucky Derby winner gave birth to a chestnut colt late Saturday, according to Three Chimney Farms, where the mare is boarded.

Both the 16-year-old Genuine Risk - bred last May to Rahy - and the colt are healthy, said Dan Rosenberg, general manager at Three Chimneys.

Genuine Risk, the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby in 65 years, had 13 years of misfortune and miscarriages before the birth.

Genuine Risk won the Debry in 1980. Regret was the first filly to win the race, in 1915. Winning Colors became third filly to do so, in 1988. ---

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - After years of work to build a domed stadium in downtown San Antonio, the dream became reality with the weekend grand opening of the Alamodome.

″This day was a long time coming, but it’s finally here. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in San Antonio’s life,″ said former mayor Henry Cisneros, now secretary of Housing and Urban Development, as he officially opened the stadium.

Opening festivities continued Sunday with more athletic exhibitions, concerts and a giant barbecue.

The 65,000-seat dome began 10 years ago as a gleam in Cisneros’ eye.

In January 1989, Cisneros waged a successful campaign to get voters to approve a half-cent transit sales tax to pay for the $186-million structure.