The comeback of A.J. FoytFour-time Indianapolis 500 winner...

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April 04, 1991

The comeback of A.J. Foyt

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt faces his toughest test today -- convincing himself that he can still drive at speeds of more than 200 mph around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"I know the cars will run fast; I'm here to see how I'm going to like it," Foyt said yesterday. "The biggest thing is I want to make sure in my own mind."

Foyt, who hopes to extend his record of consecutive 500 starts to 34 in May, will drive today for the first time since his brakes failed in a race last September at Elkhart Lake, Wis. His car slammed into an earthen embankment and broke in two pieces. The accident shattered his legs and convinced many observers his career was over.

"After looking at the car, I can't believe I've still got both legs and both feet," he said. "There's no way I shouldn't have lost one or the other. No way."

Foyt said that while his legs feel much better, he still has some pain. The nails on his big toes had to be removed yesterday to ease some of the pain in his feet.

Duke bedevils the rebel postmark

The oddsmakers were not the only ones surprised when UNLV failed to repeat as NCAA champions.

Las Vegas post offices canceled about 400,000 pieces of mail Monday with the message "UNLV National Champions, Las Vegas, NV."

The postmark was made up in advance, before Duke upset the Rebels in a semifinal game Saturday night.

Las Vegas postmaster Joseph Ryan, a UNLV fan, says technically the postmark was right because the Rebels still were national champions until Duke won the title Monday night by beating Kansas.

"We were gambling on UNLV becoming national champs," Ryan said. "Our ace in the hole was that we only ran it that one day, April 1, and on that day they were the national champs."

The quote

Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, 41, who is making a comeback Sunday against Tim Anderson in Hollywood, Fla.: "I'm back for TV. And don't forget the dollars."

Home alone . . . with L.T.?

Fans who attend home games of the WLAF's New York/New Jersey Knights won't have to leave their children at home.

The new team, which opens its home schedule Saturday night against Frankfurt, is offering child care at Giants Stadium. The Sand Castle Learning Center will provide equipment and personnel for the innovation.

"With most of our games being played Saturday night, this is a logical service to offer our fans, general manager Reggie Williams said.

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