Cuba safer?Diver Mary Ellen Clark was asked whether the...

Off the beat

August 05, 1991

Cuba safer?

Diver Mary Ellen Clark was asked whether the U.S. Olympic Committee has advised American athletes at the Pan Am Games to refrain from wearing their USA clothing while walking the streets in Cuba or otherwise identifying themselves as Americans.

Clark, who was at the Olympic Festival in Los Angeles two weeks ago, laughed and said: "Nope, in Cuba there are no restrictions. But in L.A. they told us not to wear our USA sweats or wear red or blue, because they are gang colors. There's no problem like that in Cuba."

Maybe he should have taken a cart

New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor noticed the stares when he showed up late for a recent practice.

"Don't blame me," Taylor said. "Blame the foursome ahead of me."

Nothing like a little incentive

If Cliff Drysdale were a gambler, he'd choose Stefan Edberg to repeat at this week's Association of Tennis Professionals Championships.

Drysdale, who'll be covering the event for ESPN, likes Edberg because a win would give him the No. 1 spot in the world again.

But Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl and Jim Courier figure to provide stiff competition.

"That's a tough one to handicap," Drysdale said. "If I was betting my money, I'd probably pick Edberg first because he wants to protect his points from winning last year and try to take over No. 1 again. Then I'd put Becker and Agassi about even. Then, Lendl and Courier about even."

The quote

Indianapolis Colts coach Ron Meyer on injured rookie linebacker Michael Cline: "I've had people return from Vietnam quicker."

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