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Reno-Tahoe Unveils Olympic Plans

Supporters of a plan to bring the 1992 Winter Olympics to the Reno-Lake Tahoe area Tuesday unveiled details of their bid to the U.S. Olympic Committee and said they could stage the Games more economically than other bidders.

Salt Lake City, Lake Placid, N.Y., and Anchorage, Alaska, also are expected to bid to be the USOC’s choice for the American site sent for consideration to the International Olympic Committee during its final selection phase in October, 1986. The USOC selection is scheduled to be made June 15 at Indianapolis.

The Reno-Lake Tahoe organizing committee estimated expenses of $241.5 million, including $85.9 million for capital construction, and an income of $328.5 million.

“In essence, we can operate and put on the Games for less money,” said Bill Killebrew, a California Tourism commissioner and president and general manager of Heavenly Valley Ski Resort. “Because it can be done for less money, we make more. That means more athletes will benefit in the long run.”

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Tulane University, which dropped men’s intercollegiate basketball following a point-shaving scandal, has been asked to withdraw from the Metro Conference.

Officials at Tulane declined comment on the report, published by The Times-Picayune, the States-Item and quoting unidentified Metro Conference sources.

The decision to ask for Tulane’s withdrawal from the conference was reached at a special session of the conference’s executive committee in Atlanta, Ga., the newspaper said.

Wales, hoping to reach the World Cup soccer finals for the first time since 1958, upset Spain, 3-0, at Wrexham, Wales, and went to the top of its European qualifying group.

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The victory gave Wales six points from five games and a strong chance of reaching next year’s finals in Mexico. Scotland and Spain each have four points from four games, followed by Iceland with two points from three games.

The Missouri Valley Conference announced it is dropping football as a conference sport after next season, and that member schools Bradley and Creighton had rejected overtures to join another conference.

Bradley University President Martin G. Abegg, who also is conference president, said his Peoria school, and Creighton University, of Omaha, Neb., had decided not to jump to the Midwestern City Conference.

The MCC, looking to expand and to improve basketball competition for MCC powerhouse Loyola of Chicago, had invited Bradley and Creighton to join it.

The votes to stay in the MVC and eliminate football after next fall’s season were taken Sunday at a meeting in St. Louis of the presidents from the league schools.

The Peoria Journal-Star reported over the weekend that elimination of football as a conference sport was one of several conditions that Bradley and Creighton sought as inducements to continue with the Valley. Neither school plays football.

The move was unopposed by the league’s other schools, Abegg said.

Schools that want to continue playing football after next season can do so as independents, he said.

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The San Francisco Giants are embroiled in a dispute with the city because of their failure to pay their utility bill at Candlestick Park on time.

City officials are assessing the Giants $100,000 in penalty fees for consistently delinquent utility bill payments.

The controversy centers around how the city divides the utility costs between the Giants, the San Francisco 49ers and Candlestick concessionaire Harry M. Stevens, Inc. Under the current billing system, the Giants pay $200,000 in utility costs, the 49ers pay $35,000 and Stevens pays $48,000.

Brian Hurst syndicated Eternal Prince, his Kentucky Derby colt, for $7 million on Tuesday, according to a published report.

The syndication of the 3-year-old bay, bought by Hurst in January, 1984 for $17,500, was completed late Tuesday afternoon with Brownell Combs II, president and general manager of Spendthrift Farm, a major Kentucky horse breeding establishment, Hurst told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The arrangement is contingent on a veterinarian’s report to Combs that has yet to be submitted.

The syndication will be formally announced at a press conference at noon today at Churchill Downs, the Times-Dispatch reported.

Hurst told the paper he would retain 15 of the 40 shares, or 37 1/2 percent, in the colt. Hurst said New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, who two weeks ago bought back a 37 1/2 interest in the colt that he bred at his Kinsman Stud in Florida, will have 12 shares.

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Spendthrift and its major stockholders will have 10 shares, said Hurst, while the colt’s trainer, Butch Lenzini, will have two shares and Hurst’s father-in-law, Pete Eubanks, will have one share.

Each share carries with it the right to one breeding “season” in Eternal Prince after he is retired to stud at Spendthrift.

Hurst said the deal called for him to serve as syndicate manager but that he, Steinbrenner and Combs all have equal voice in any decision to run the colt as a 4-year-old.

Eternal Prince, sired by 1969 Kentucky Derby winner Majestic Prince, did not win a race as a 2-year-old and did not make his first 3-year-old start until March 4. But he has been a front-running winner in four of his five races this spring.

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Chris Evert Lloyd was honored as the “Greatest American Woman Athlete of the Last 25 Years.” Evert Lloyd, who has won more tennis tournaments than any man or woman, received 32% of the 324,001 votes cast in national balloting sponsored in part by the Women’s Sports Foundation.

The Kansas City Royals extended the contract of Gold Glove second baseman Frank White through the 1988 season.

Boyd Grant of Fresno State has been named head coach of the U .S. national basketball team that will compete in the Jones Cup international competition in Barcelona, Spain. Grant led the Bulldogs to the 1983 NIT championship.


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