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No Shining Knight in Dale Brown’s Eyes

LSU basketball Coach Dale Brown got in some licks in the latest round of his feud with Indiana’s Bob Knight.

In Sport magazine’s February edition, Brown was quoted as saying: “What (Knight) really is is a despicable human being who has everyone--the NCAA, the referees, the media, other coaches--intimidated out of their pants by calling people cheaters and deciding who can and can’t coach.

“Bobby Knight cheats. It’s cheating when you win by intimidating referees. It’s cheating when you recruit guys by telling them they’ll be on the Olympic or Pan Am teams. It’s cheating when you lock up jobs for your cronies. And worst of all, it’s cheating when you dehumanize these children and take away their fun of playing ball for four years.”

Bonny Warner of Mount Baldy is a United States medal hope in the luge at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, next month.

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Luge riders lie on their backs on their speedy little sleds and travel down an 800- to 1,000-meter chute at speeds up to 80 m.p.h.

“It’s a great sport,” said Warner, 25, who became the only American luger to win a World Cup race at Lake Placid, N.Y., last February. “It looks dangerous, but it isn’t. It’s not nearly as dangerous as skiing.”

Add luge: Coverage by ABC at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, would have been restricted to the men’s competition had it not been for Warner. “They weren’t going to show the women’s luge until I crashed,” she said.

Add Winter Olympics: Bud Greenspan, Olympic film maker, whose “16 Days of Glory” was the official film of the 1984 L.A. Summer Games and who was chosen to do the official film of Calgary’s Winter Games, says the best title he has thought of so far for Calgary is “16 Days of Glory, With Snow.”

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Add Greenspan: Appearing Thursday morning at a press breakfast to announce his Olympic-year involvement with various shows on the Disney Channel, Greenspan was asked how he has been able to acquire so much historic film footage of athletes.

“You have to assume, first of all, that the librarians who tell you they don’t have something are wrong,” he said.

“An example: Years ago, when my wife Cappy was alive and working with me, she went to Norway to try and find film of figure skater Sonja Henie. At one place, a librarian told her they didn’t have any such film. So she looked through index cards, found a listing for the 1924 Olympics that said: ‘Young, 11-year-old skater.’

“Since she knew Henie had competed in ’24 at age 11 and finished last, she had them pull it out, looked at it and realized that it was a long film of Henie’s career that had merely been badly labeled.

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“Fearing that this would cost a fortune, she went to the librarian and asked how much it would take to purchase this footage. He asked what it was. She said it was film of an 11-year-old figure skater. He said they didn’t need stuff like that and told her to just take it all.

“And that’s how we have some of the best, and only, footage of one of the world’s greatest figure skaters.”

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Bo Jackson’s agent, Richard Woods, turning down an offer for Jackson to join the Orange County entry in the new International Basketball Assn., a league for players under 6 feet 5 inches: “He’s out in the woods hunting every day. He’s back doing what he really likes better than football or baseball.”

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