Discriminating burglarSaints quarterback Bobby Hebert was...

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September 08, 1991

Discriminating burglar

Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert was booed by hometown fans who were upset about his yearlong holdout last season, even when he led New Orleans to an opening-day victory.

They are not the only ones upset about him.

About $12,000 worth of shirts, jerseys and shoes were taken in a burglary this week at Gordon Dumont's athletic shoe store. Left behind were a rack of black jerseys emblazoned with gold No. 3s.

Hebert wears No. 3.

"The only thing we know about the criminal is he's not a Bobby Hebert fan," Dumont said.

Skipping school for pool

Charles Williams told his high school teachers he would be out of town for the rest of the week, but he didn't tell them he'd be playing pool.

"My parents told me I could skip school this one week," said Williams, who at 14 is the youngest competitor in the history of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Pool tournament. "Trust me, I don't do this often. They wouldn't let me."

Williams, who attends Menchville High in Newport News, Va., said he didn't tell his teachers the whole story because "I think people still have a negative image of pool. They still think of the movies, with the smoky rooms and alcohol and people breaking fingers. That's nothing like the way it really is."

Williams is already a champion. In July, he won the National Junior 8-Ball Championship in Nashville, Tenn., taking first place in the 14-and-under division.

The latest in cereal boxes

Speed skater Dan Jansen and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi will soon be smiling out from cereal boxes as part of Kellogg's sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic team.

Jansen, the U.S. sprint champion for two years, will be featured on the front panel of corn flakes, while Yamaguchi will be on boxes of Special K. Yamaguchi is the 1991 ladies' world figure skating champion.

The quote

Steve Smith, manager of the Peninsula Pilots after they lost their 20th consecutive game, breaking the old Carolina League record of 19 straight losses first set by Fayetteville in 1950: "I've never been a part of a losing streak like this. There is nothing like this. The beautiful thing about this is everybody contributed."

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