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August 1, 1995 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) _ Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka underwent surgery Tuesday to repair part of the artificial right hip he received in 1984.

The operation was performed at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and lasted about three hours, according to Jan Shulman, a spokeswoman for Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop.

Shulman would not release Ditka’s condition, and hospital officials did not return calls for comment.

Ditka had his left hip replaced in 1992. At that time, Sheinkop said he determined that Ditka would eventually need more surgery to replace part of his artificial right hip.


Sheinkop has performed all three of Ditka’s hip surgeries. He said 10 percent to 13 percent of patients require surgery to replace part of their original artificial hip because of loosening that can cause severe pain.

``The coach told me then that he’d wait to have the surgery until it affected his golf game,″ Sheinkop said. ``We scheduled surgery now because his golf handicap increased from one to eight and medication can no longer control his pain.″

Sheinkop said Ditka’s rehabilitation will begin Wednesday. Ditka should be able to resume all activities _ including golf _ within six to 12 weeks.


GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) _ Trine Hattestad has pulled out of the world track and field championship, which start Friday, because of advanced pregnancy and will not defend her world javelin title.

The Norwegian had hoped five months of pregnancy would not affect her performance, but she said she was unable to compete at her top form in such a condition.

``My belly is just too big now,″ she said.

After the birth of her second child, set for December, Hattestad will center on next year’s Olympics in Atlanta.

Germany’s Uta Pippig, a leading marathon runner who was entered for the women 10,000 meters here, pulled out because of an injury.


MACERATA, Italy (AP) _ The camera went click. Alberto Tomba went crazy, the photographer claims.

A police report filed Monday by free-lance photographer Guido Picchio accuses the champion skier of ordering two nightclub bouncers to destroy the film of Tomba and his new girlfriend.

Picchio claims he was leaving the club when Tomba drove past him and blocked the road with his car.


``Tomba approached me with a threatening manner ... while he summoned the bouncers,″ Picchio told reporters.

The film was then exposed by the bouncers, according to the report filed with police in Macerata, about 190 miles from Florence.

``It’s the same old story: They are always going after `paparazzo’ photographs at my expense. I’m sick of it,″ Tomba said.