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August 20, 1991

Soviet athletes uncertain about future

The overthrow of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev by Kremlin hard-liners left Soviet athletes abroad in limbo and those at home wondering if they will be able to compete in foreign events.

The Canada Cup hockey tournament prepared for a possible Soviet withdrawal even after being told the Soviet squad still would participate. A Soviet track and field official questioned whether his team will make it to the World Championships in Tokyo.

Soviets kept a low profile at the cycling world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, at the rowing world championships in Vienna and at the European Swimming Championships in Athens.

The U.S. national soccer team, which flew out of Moscow on Sunday, was relieved to be watching the drama unfold on television in Innsbruck, Austria, site of its next game on a European tour.

"I can't believe we made it out of Moscow," said Paul Caligiuri, a midfielder on the U.S. team that played the Soviet Olympic soccer team Saturday night at Moscow's Lenin Stadium.

In Toronto, Canada Cup chairman Alan Eagleson said Canada was prepared to enter a second team if the Soviets pulled out of the six-nation tournament, which begins Aug. 31. But Valentin Kozin, the vice president of the Soviet Ice Hockey Federation, said that "everything is normal with respect to the Canada Cup," Eagleson said. "They will leave Moscow as scheduled on Saturday and be here that day."

Little League World Series

A Taiwanese team opens defense of its country's Little League World Series championship today in Williamsport, Pa., against a Dominican Republic team that matches, if not surpasses, Taiwan's size and speed. Today's second game has Staten Island, N.Y., playing Hamilton, Ohio.

Tomorrow, Dunedin, Fla., meets San Ramon Valley, Calif., and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, plays Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, in the eight-team tournament.

Teams from Taiwan have won 14 championships in 18 Little League World Series appearances dating to 1969. Last year, the San-Hua Little League of Tainan County defeated Shippensburg, 9-0.

Amateur baseball

Johnny's of Baltimore swept a doubleheader from New Orleans, 12-11 and 10-5, Sunday to capture first place in the All-American Amateur Baseball Association Tournament in Johnstown, Pa. Johnny's compiled a 6-1 record to capture the title for the third straight year. Shortstop Steve Bernhardt, who batted .535 with 12 RBI, was named most valuable player.


John Hanson captured the United States Slow-Pitch Softball Association Maryland state Class D championship last weekend with an 8-0 record in the 108-team double-elimination tournament. The Randallstown League champion (68-21 overall) will compete in the USSSA Class D Mid-Atlantic Regional championship tournament on Labor Day weekend in Parkville.


The Baltimore Professional Duckpin Association Pro League will begin its 31st season Sunday at Fair Lanes Westview at 1 p.m. Forty matches a week will be bowled throughout the regular season at Fair Lanes Westview, Greenway Bowl East, Brooklyn Bowling Lanes and Edgemere Lanes.

* Larry O'Patterson and his 17-year-old son Bill of Jarrettsville won the major division national championship in the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America national family tournament in Dallas earlier this month. Bill O'Patterson won a $5,000 scholarship for the first-place finish.

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