Countdown

July 06, 1996

Days until opening ceremonies: 13.

Taking precautions: Georgia National Guardsmen may be asked to wear body armor while patrolling the Olympic Village because a sergeant was wounded by gunfire at his post Thursday. Thomas Bentley, 43, was treated and released from Georgia Baptist Medical Center. The bullet that hit Bentley probably was fired from about half a mile away during a Fourth of July celebration, said National Guard Adj. Gen. Bill Bland. The shooting was one of three incidents in or near Olympic sites late Thursday and early yesterday.

Baseball: Clemson right-hander Billy Koch struck out 10 and allowed eight hits in 5 2/3 innings as the U.S. team beat South Korea, 7-2, in Trenton, N.J. The four-game series continues tonight in Bowie at Prince George's Stadium. Team USA improved to 21-3 this year.

Softball: Neither Lisa Fernandez nor Michelle Smith allowed an earned run during the 60-1 pre-Olympic tour of the U.S. women's team, which outscored opponents 441-3.

Architecture: Atlanta's Olympic Stadium, which will become home for the Braves when the Games are over, didn't impress Jere Longman, the New York Times' chief Olympic writer. "It's a knockoff of Camden Yards. There is a disposability about it. It's like it's the Kmart Olympics."

Torch: Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino was among the carriers in Miami.

Pub Date: 7/06/96

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