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January 24, 1990

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) _ Fatima Whitbread of Britain, the world champion in the women’s javelin, pulled out of the Commonwealth Games Wednesday, saying her ailing shoulder still is bothering her.

She underwent a shoulder operation last year.

Whitbread told Press Association, Britain’s domestic news agency, she would concentrate on training for the summer season.

Whitbread won the world championship in Rome in 1987 with a throw of 251 feet, 5 inches, and was the silver medalist at the Seoul Olympics but has been troubled with injuries for much of time since.


TOKYO (AP) - American Chad Rowan became the fifth foreigner ever promoted to the rank of a Juryo division or full-fledged senior sumo wrestler on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old from Hawaii, who wrestles under the name Akebono, was among four wrestlers promoted at a meeting of the Japan Sumo Association.

The 26-man Juryo division is second only to the 36-man Makuuchi division. Hundreds of candidates in junior divisions battle to reach those two divisions, both considered senior.

Rowan belongs to the Azumazeki Stable, run by Hawaiian-born Jesse Kuhaulua. ″I’m very happy because I thought it would take me at least five years to make it to the paid division,″ Rowan said.

Junior division wrestlers receive no salary. A juryo wrestler receives at least $3,360 a month.


STUTTGART, West Germany (AP) - Porsche, the West German sports car maker, is considering a return to Formula 1 racing but not before 1991, the company’s chairman said Wednesday.

Heinz Branitzki said that by 1991 Porsche will have a 3.5-liter racing engine ready but that the company needed ″serious and mighty sponsors.″

Branitzki said Porsche was not able to finance a Formula 1 team by itself.

The TAG Formula 1 team was powered by Porsche turbo engines until 1987.


INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) - Gustav Weder steered a Swiss sled to an upset in the European Championship two-man bobsled in Igls Wednesday, edging two Soviet crews for the gold medal.

Weder and his brakeman Curdin Morell finished the two-day event with a combined time of three minutes, 33.33 seconds for the four runs.

Sintis Ekmanis and Juris Tone were runnersup in in the Soviet Union II sled, while Maris Poikans and Andrei Gorochov were third in the other Soviet sled.


SEATTLE (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr., who won several awards for his rookie season with the Seattle Mariners, added the the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Star of the Year to the collection.

Griffey won the honor in a vote of the newspaper’s readers.

At 19, the outfielder was the youngest player in the major leagues last season, and with his father, Ken, of the Cincinnati Reds, made up the only father-son tandem among active players.

Asked the first person he would call after the Tuesday night’s awards banquet Griffey said, ″My mother. My dad doesn’t say too much. He’ll probably say nice job and hang up.″

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