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Names In The Game

May 11, 1993

ATLANTA (AP) _ Kentucky coach Rick Pitino was the Atlanta Hawks’ first choice to replace Bob Weiss as coach, but he rejected their offer, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The newspaper reported Tuesday that Hawks general manager Pete Babcock offered Pitino the job Monday, the same day Weiss was fired.

″I like Pete a lot and I like Atlanta as a city,″ Pitino said. ″But I don’t have any interest in leaving. I’m very happy at Kentucky.″

Babcock refused to confirm or deny speculation that the club offered Pitino a deal worth almost $2 million.

Others mentioned as possible candidates for the Hawks’ job include Doug Collins, an NBA analyst for cable network TNT; Cleveland Cavaliers coach Lenny Wilkens, whose job security is uncertain; and New Jersey Nets assistant Paul Silas, the former San Diego Clippers coach who hired Babcock as an assistant in 1979.

″We’re looking for an individual at the top of his profession, who is a proven success,″ said Babcock.


STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - National crossbow champion Micky Skottlund was sentenced to prison Tuesday for illegal possession of weapons - his crossbow and other arms.

Evidence against Skottlund included the demonstration he gave on state-run television in January, using a crossbow whose permit had expired.

Skottlund, 45, was given a three-month sentence.

He had lost his crossbow and gun permits in 1990, and had to close his weapons shop because authorities accused him of illegally selling crossbows.

While appealing the permit revocations, Skottlund kept a cache of handguns, a machine-gun, tear gas canisters, and 39 crossbows. His use of the crossbows, in competition and finally on the television program, brought police to his house, where they found the arms behind a concealed door.

Skottlund admitted during the trial that he had illegally possessed the weapons, but he said he had been waiting for a state agency to come and confiscate them.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Golfers face a new hazard at the 394-yard par 4 hole third hole at the Biltmore Golf Course, honeybees.

Despite pleas from golfers that the swarm of bees about the size of a football be exterminated at the public course, superintendent Kelly Cragin said the hive remains.

″I really don’t want to kill them,″ Cragin said Monday. ″An abundance of wildlife on the golf course is kind of nice to have.″

The course already has manatees, ospreys and foxes on the 140 acres located in the heart of Dade County.

Cragin protected the colony from hackers by roping off the area with yellow tape such as at a police crime scene.

The sign said ″Bees On The Fairway.″

The hive is estimated to contain 12,000 stingers.

During the weekend, someone disturbed the colony and exposed the comb, which is located in a covered hole holding an irrigation valve.

″Maybe the sign should have said ’Ground Under Repair,‴ Cragin said.


STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Sweden’s two veteran tennis stars - Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander - met only once during their active careers and Borg won.

Wilander said Tuesday he will try to get even next February in a three- match series in three Swedish cities.

Borg won the Wimbledon singles championship five times. Wilander swept three out of four Grand Slam events in 1989.

But the two only played each other in 1981, when Wilander lost to Borg in straight sets.

The national news agency, TT, quoted Borg as saying the two had agreed to donate the prize money to charity.


LONDON (AP) - WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis returned home Tuesday his title intact, but looking for something more.


The undefeated Lewis twice knocked down Tony Tucker, but was less than impressive while getting a unanimous decision in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

It was the first defense of a title handed to Lewis by the WBC after the then undisputed champion champ, Riddick Bowe, failed to agree terms on a defense against the British fighter.

Lewis’ performance against was met by jeers from the fans.

Now, he says he wants to defend against former champion Evander Holyfield instead of another British heavyweight, Frank Bruno.

″I’d rather take a fight with Evander Holyfield because it would earn me much more respect throughout the world than if I was to fight Frank,″ Lewis said.


POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - The baseball team in Pocatello now has an identity.

John Stein, general manager of the independent Pioneer League team playing announced Tuesday that it would be named the Pocatello Posse.

The logo for the rookie league team will be a baseball wearing a cowboy hat with the word ″Posse″ stamped across the top. The team colors will be teal, black and white.

Four-year-old Kyle Carnaroli of Pocatello submitted the winning entry in a contest. He was among nine people who submitted the same name and was awarded the contest’s grand prize through a drawing.

Kyle gets to be a player for a day and will receive two reserved seat season tickets, a team hat and a team jacket. He will also broadcast a home game on the radio.

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