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July 31, 1991

Disabled rally for Paralympics in '96

Leaders of the disabled sports community are pushing

Atlanta Olympic officials to play host to the Paralympics even though it was left out of the budget for the 1996 Games.

The Paralympics are a multimillion-dollar festival for 3,000 athletes that has been held in conjunction with every Olympics since 1960.

Los Angeles' 1984 bid, however, did not include the Paralympics, which were split that year between New York and England.

It's also not in the budget for the Atlanta Games, and spokesman Bob Brennan said, "The cost seems prohibitive unless someone provides the funding, and we don't have anyone coming in to give us money for this."

Advocates for disabled athletes will meet in Atlanta on Friday with officials of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. The ACOG has offered to let a smaller number of disabled athletes compete for medals in the main 1996 Games, which would be a first in Olympic history.

Pro basketball

Former NBA center Ray Felix is dead at age 60.

Felix died during the weekend after a heart attack.

The 6-foot-11 center, who played at Long Island University, averaged 10.9 points and 8.9 rebounds in his nine-year NBA career. Felix entered the NBA with the Baltimore Bullets in 1953-54 and had his most productive season, averaging 17.6 points and 13.3 rebounds. He was the starting center for the East in the All-Star Game that season and scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds in the East's 98-93 victory.

Track and field

All competitors at next month's world championships in Tokyo will be required to undergo a physical examination, including an amended sex test, before being allowed to take part.

The examination, "to ascertain the health of the athlete and confirm the athlete's gender," would provide each athlete with a certificate to be presented on arrival at each championships. An inspection of athletes' genitals would be required.

* Jerry Roney of Baltimore, who will be a junior at James Madison University this fall, placed second in the 110-meter hurdles recently at the World University Games in Sheffield, England.

Golf

Dean Refram, whose swing was once called the closest thing on the PGA Tour to Ben Hogan's, is dead after a three-year battle with cancer.

The former professional golfer and course designer died Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla., from respiratory problems complicated by cancer. He was 54.

Tennis

Third-seeded Michael Chang of the United States saved two match points and defeated Mikael Pernfors of Sweden, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-0), in the first round of the $225,000 Volvo Tennis/Los Angeles tennis tournament.

* Top-ranked Monica Seles made a forceful return to tennis, beating Pam Shriver of Lutherville, Md., 6-2, 6-2, in the second round of the $225,000 Mazda Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

* Jim Arias fought off a pair of match points in the second seand went on to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 opening-round victory over Paul Kilderry in the $200,000 U.S. Pro Tennis Championships in Newton, Mass.

Eighth-seeded Jim Grabb overcame a sloppy opening set and went on to defeat David Wells-Roth, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Boxing

The 1990 Miss Black America alleged that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson made sexual advances toward her during this year's contest, and that she complained about it to pageant officials.

Tyson already is under investigation because of an 18-year-old woman's allegation that he raped her July 19 in an Indianapolis hotel. Tyson was in Indianapolis for Indiana Black Expo festivities.

A special Marion County, Ind., grand jury is expected to be selected within two weeks to consider the rape allegations against Tyson.

Jurisprudence

Former New York Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau was ordered to stand trial in Phoenix on Oct. 15 on a felony charge of possession of dangerous drugs.

Police had said last week that they were seeking Gastineau after tests indicated that a package he allegedly picked up at an airport contained amphetamines. Gastineau had been detained at Sky Harbor International Airport the night of April 9, when he allegedly took possession of more than 200 capsules.

Radio

The Baltimore Orioles' Sam Horn is scheduled to be be a guest on the first hour of "The Stan the Fan Show" tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. on WCAO (600 AM). Orioles statistician Eddie Epstein and baseball analyst Bill James are scheduled for the second hour.

PTC

Swimming

Christopher Popp, 6, set a meet record in Monday's 31st annual Freestate Swim League Trophy Meet at Fallston Swim Club with his 26.08 finish in the 6-and-under, 25-meter backstroke.

Sync and swim

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