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August 19, 1986

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Police and customs officials in Singapore have seized sports equipment from the defunct Santennis Inc. mail-order company, authorities in Portland reported.

The Portland-based Santennis sold cut-rate tennis and golf equipment by mail before it suddenly went out of business and its owner disappeared last month.

Roy Geffen, postal inspector in charge of the Portland Division, said Singapore authorities detained a shipment of Santennis goods from the cargo ship C.R. Parris, which arrived in Singapore last week from Tokyo.

Geffen said U.S. and Singapore customs officials were investigating possible technical violations of federal law on illegal export declarations and violations of Singapore’s import laws.

The export documents did not reflect the actual contents of the containerized cargo, which held ″large quantities of golf clubs, tennis rackets and accessories,″ Geffen said.

Santennis was operated by Deepak Kanyalal, 26, of Singapore, who used the name Peter Nandwani. Kanyalal and his brother, Chandru Kanya Nandwani, were identified as the consignees of the seized shipment.

Santennis began retail operations in Portland about 14 months ago and quickly moved into mail-order sales. The company advertised in publications that included Golf Digest, Tennis and World Tennis, leaving them with unpaid advertising bills.


BRANDON, Man. (AP) - The Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League have been sold to a group of city businessmen and will come under operational control of the Keystone Centre - the arena where the team plays their home games.

Bob Cornell, who heads the group which includes Stuart Craig and Dave Laing, purchased the community-owned team Monday.

Day-to-day operation of the team will be given to former New Westminster Bruins general manager Bill Shinske who has been hired to fill the Keystone Centre’s newly created position of director of hockey operations.

Cornell said his next order of business will be to hire a coach to replace Gord Lane, who resigned in July to accept a position with the American Hockey League Springfield Indians.

The Wheat Kings finished sixth in the WHL’s seven-team East Division last year and have missed the playoffs for the last two seasons.


LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - A.J. Foyt has been ″best man″ at race tracks many times, but during the weekend he took on a new role.

The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner gave away the bride Saturday, one day before competing in the Pocono 500.

″I was sitting on the pit wall (at Pocono International Raceway),″ Foyt said, ″and this woman came up and asked if I’d give her away. I said sure, but I thought she was kidding me.″

An hour later the couple, in their 50s, returned with a minister in hand, a Bible and two rings. The ceremony was performed just outside A.J.’s garage because she wanted to stand by his No. 14 race car.

″He was sitting there holding her hand and grinning,″ said Foyt, who presented one of the rings.


NEW YORK (AP) - Olympian Mary Decker Slaney will run in the Fifth Avenue Mile Sept. 13, her first race since the birth of her daughter.

Slaney, married to British discus thrower Richard Slaney, gave birth May 30 to their first child, Ashley Lynn.

″I was running six days after she was born,″ Slaney said Monday. ″I’m doing 50 miles a week now, which is about what I do when I am in training. The only thing that changes is the intensity.″

Slaney won 14 consecutive races last year after a collision with Zola Budd cost her a chance for a gold medal in the 3,000-meter race at the 1984 Olympics. ″If I had won the gold in the Olympics, I would have had the baby a year sooner. But I had an incomplete year (racing). It was important to me to have a good year.″

Slaney said her plans include the world championships next summer and the 1988 Olympics at Seoul.

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