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Sports DIGEST : O’Brien to Compete in Veterans Games

Parry O’Brien, originator of the O’Brien method of shotputting, will be among dozens of former Olympians competing Saturday through June 30 at the World Veterans Games in Rome.

Now a 53-year-old investment banker living in Granada Hills, O’Brien competed in four Olympic Games. He won the gold medal in the shotput in 1952 and 1956, the silver medal in 1960 and placed fourth in 1964.

O’Brien also holds the world record for men older than 50 in the 12-pound shot (58-1 1/2 feet).

The Veterans Games are the equivalent of the Olympics for older men and women. Competition is held in five-year age groups, beginning at age 40 for men and 35 for women.

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Willie Davenport, Bob Richards, John Carlos, Gabriele Andersen-Schiess, Peter Snell and Al Oerter are among the Americans who will compete against 4,500 athletes from more than 50 nations.

Denver Nuggets Choose Carrabino

Former Crespi High and Harvard University basketball player Joe Carrabino was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the sixth round of Tuesday’s National Basketball Assn. draft.

Carrabino, currently on a tour of Europe with the Harvard team, was the 135th player drafted.

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The 6-9 forward was Ivy League Player of the Year as a junior in 1983-84.

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