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By PHIL JACKMAN | July 22, 1994
The TV Repairman:The Goodwill Games are under way tomorrow in St. Petersburg, Russia, as gorgeous a city as exists on the planet (if you don't believe me, rent the movie "Russia House" with Sean Connery and Michele Pfeiffer) with TBS and ABC going wacky during the weekend.The network will do swimming, boxing and volleyball tomorrow (1-2 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.) and track, boxing and hoops Sunday (1-3:30 p.m.), and the sponsoring Turner Network will have anything that moves during the next couple of weeks with four-hour shows in prime time (8:05 p.m.)
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By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,SUN REPORTER | February 2, 2006
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- At one point in its infancy, the luge track in this most Olympic of U.S. towns was dubbed a death trap by the sport's best athlete. Georg Hackl, a five-time Winter Games medalist, packed his sled and went home to Germany, refusing to take part in the 2000 Goodwill Games. Others, including a two-time silver medalist and a world champion, agreed and also pulled out. The same concerns were raised last February during a test event at Turin's newly finished luge run after 14 athletes crashed and nine of them required hospitalization.
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By Phil Hersh and Phil Hersh,Chicago Tribune | September 27, 1990
Despite substantial losses and apparently widespread disinterest in the United States, the board of Turner Broadcasting System voted unanimously yesterday for the continuation of the Goodwill Games.The 1994 Goodwill Games will take place in Leningrad and Moscow, and the 1998 Games in a U.S. city to be chosen in 1992.Jack Kelly, who became Goodwill Games president immediately after the 1990 Games in Seattle, said an impending agreement with ABC-TV and the fact Goodwill III will be in the Soviet Union should help both the bottom line and the ratings.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2003
FAIRFAX, Va. - Carly Patterson found herself yesterday in a familiar position: at the edge of an exercise mat, the last athlete to perform in an international gymnastics meet with first place on the line. But instead of falling apart as she did at the Goodwill Games 18 months ago, the 15-year-old Texan lived up to her nickname, "Harley-Davidson," and roared through a nearly flawless routine to win $10,000 and individual all-around honors at the 2003 Visa American Cup gymnastics competition.
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By Milton Kent | July 22, 1997
NEW YORK -- From their beginning in 1986, the Goodwill Games have been viewed in many quarters as nothing more than a discount knockoff of the Olympics as well as another of Ted Turner's forays into egocentrism.After all, no profoundly memorable moment, athletic or otherwise, has sprung from any of the three previous games, held in Moscow (1986), Seattle (1990) and St. Petersburg, Russia (1994).And as for Turner and his, shall we say, delusions of grandeur, all you need to know on that subject is that during a news conference here last week to start the one-year countdown to next year's games, the media mogul, on more than one occasion, gave himself and his creation credit for ending the Cold War.You'd have to hope that Turner was joking, for no event could live up to that kind of hype.
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September 27, 1990
The Goodwill Games, which lost $70 million in its first two editions, will be held in 1994 in Moscow and Leningrad, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. decided yesterday. The Games, which failed to attract a world-class field in many sports this year at Seattle, may be televised in part by ABC in 1994, TBS said. TBS also said the decision of the board to continue the Games, first held in Moscow in 1986, was unanimous. The company has estimated that 1990 Games lost as much as $44 million.TennisThird-seeded John McEnroe advanced into the second round at Milan Srejber's expense, 6-4, 6-3, in the Swiss Indoors in Basel.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 6, 1994
Broadcast TV offers little but sports today, and even the cable offerings, while much more interesting, are probably superfluous. other words, it's a fine summer Saturday to turn off the set and head outside.* "Wide World of Sports" (4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- What a difference a few months make. The last time Olympics-level women figure skaters competed on national television, the showdown between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, drew phenomenally high ratings. Now, in the summer of '94, Harding is starring in some low-budget movie, Ms. Kerrigan's made-for-TV movie biography has been tabled by ABC, and today's ABC broadcast of the Goodwill Games, featuring female skaters in international competition, will be largely ignored.
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November 12, 1993
BaseballCleveland Indians -- Named Dean Gyorgy general manager of Single-A Burlington.New York Yankees -- Named Ted Uhlaender advance scout.BasketballGoodwill Games -- Named George Raveling of Southern California men's basketball coach for the U.S. team at the 1994 Games.CollegesNCAA -- Named Cathy Beene Division I men's and women's tennis committee chairwoman; Robert L. Fisher Division I men's and women's skiing committee chairman; and Janice L. Lange and Mary M. Schrad Division I men's and women's skiing committee members.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2003
FAIRFAX, Va. - Carly Patterson found herself yesterday in a familiar position: at the edge of an exercise mat, the last athlete to perform in an international gymnastics meet with first place on the line. But instead of falling apart as she did at the Goodwill Games 18 months ago, the 15-year-old Texan lived up to her nickname, "Harley-Davidson," and roared through a nearly flawless routine to win $10,000 and individual all-around honors at the 2003 Visa American Cup gymnastics competition.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | July 23, 1994
Stop me if you've heard this one: Tonight, cable has more interesting stuff to watch than broadcast TV. I knew you'd stop me -- but hey, it's not my fault. During rerun season, deja vu is hard to avoid.* "The Goodwill Games" (1 p.m.-2 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13; 8:05 p.m.-12:05 a.m., TBS) -- From today until Aug. 7, Ted Turner's third consecutive Goodwill Games will be held. Launched as an alternative to the Olympics and broadcast from St. Petersburg, Russia, these games have a slightly different tone now that the Cold War has thawed.
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February 17, 2000
The singles ponder what might have been had they taken different paths tonight on "Friends" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11). For example, a hefty Monica frets about losing her virginity, while Chandler is a struggling writer working as an assistant to Joey, who's now a successful soap star. Kristian Alfonso and Kevin Spirtas of the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives" are guest stars. At a glance "Independence Day" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Humans must defend themselves from aliens with really big spaceships.
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November 13, 1998
Coaches on the hot seatBobby Cremins, Georgia Tech. Yellow Jackets won 19 last season, but lost Dion Glover for the season.Ron Jirsa, Georgia. After barely scratching out 20 wins with the fully-loaded team Tubby Smith left, Jirsa is in the Dawg house.Nolan Richardson, Arkansas. Now that his team has the talent to contend in the SEC, the pressure will be back on the head Hog.Denny Crum, Louisville. Talk about fallen icons. The team is coming off a 12-20 season and is going on NCAA probations.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | July 29, 1998
Elise Ray became a grown-up this year in her sport, gymnastics. She turned 16, making her a "senior." That replaced the anonymity of "junior" tournaments -- even though they took her to Japan, Guatemala and Canada -- with high-profile events such as last week's Goodwill Games.Now, the pressures of training and competition are increasing, and the margins for error are shrinking. Like the bruises on her wrists and lower legs, Ray views that as merely part of the price to reach her goal.The 4-foot-11, 90-pound Columbia gymnast, who starts her junior year at Wilde Lake High on Aug. 24, is talking about the 2000 Olympics in Australia matter-of-factly, not cockily.
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By Milton Kent | July 22, 1997
NEW YORK -- From their beginning in 1986, the Goodwill Games have been viewed in many quarters as nothing more than a discount knockoff of the Olympics as well as another of Ted Turner's forays into egocentrism.After all, no profoundly memorable moment, athletic or otherwise, has sprung from any of the three previous games, held in Moscow (1986), Seattle (1990) and St. Petersburg, Russia (1994).And as for Turner and his, shall we say, delusions of grandeur, all you need to know on that subject is that during a news conference here last week to start the one-year countdown to next year's games, the media mogul, on more than one occasion, gave himself and his creation credit for ending the Cold War.You'd have to hope that Turner was joking, for no event could live up to that kind of hype.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | June 16, 1996
CHICAGO -- For 13 months, the 11 members of the U.S. women's basketball national team have had what most of the members of the sorority of their sport have longed for: attention.At virtually every stop of a nationwide tour, the players have been mobbed by autograph-seeking little girls and boys, prodded and queried by a media that heretofore has been indifferent, and become the subject of television commercials."It's been pretty amazing," point guard Dawn Staley said after yesterday's 80-79 victory over the Russian Olympic team at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 6, 1994
Broadcast TV offers little but sports today, and even the cable offerings, while much more interesting, are probably superfluous. other words, it's a fine summer Saturday to turn off the set and head outside.* "Wide World of Sports" (4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- What a difference a few months make. The last time Olympics-level women figure skaters competed on national television, the showdown between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, drew phenomenally high ratings. Now, in the summer of '94, Harding is starring in some low-budget movie, Ms. Kerrigan's made-for-TV movie biography has been tabled by ABC, and today's ABC broadcast of the Goodwill Games, featuring female skaters in international competition, will be largely ignored.
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By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,SUN REPORTER | February 2, 2006
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- At one point in its infancy, the luge track in this most Olympic of U.S. towns was dubbed a death trap by the sport's best athlete. Georg Hackl, a five-time Winter Games medalist, packed his sled and went home to Germany, refusing to take part in the 2000 Goodwill Games. Others, including a two-time silver medalist and a world champion, agreed and also pulled out. The same concerns were raised last February during a test event at Turin's newly finished luge run after 14 athletes crashed and nine of them required hospitalization.
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February 26, 1991
Shula's wife dies at 57 after battle with cancerDorothy Shula, wife and mother in pro football's most famous coaching family, died yesterday afternoon at her home in Miami after a long struggle with cancer. She was 57."She went peacefully, thank God," Don Shula said. "It was about as peaceful as it could be. She went into a coma and just drifted away. Thank God everybody was here, all the five children. That's what she wanted."Dorothy and Don Shula, the Miami Dolphins' head coach since 1970, were married in 1958.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | August 5, 1994
The TV Repairman:Best you don't dismiss the $3.2 million Brickyard 400 on ABC tomorrow (1 p.m.) out of hand, gang, because folks who have been on hand at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway all week say the stocks whipping around the 2 1/2 -mile oval have been a great show.Adding to the fun of about 90 drivers trying to qualify for 44 spots in the field is the presence of IndyCar drivers Danny Sullivan, Geoff Brabham and A. J. Foyt and guys from Formula One, making this an all-drivers championship, of sorts.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | July 25, 1994
St. Petersburg, Russia As the brash and noisy GoodwillGames unfold in this proud and hardened center of old Russian grandeur, nobody wants to be caught on the sidelines.Even the Museum of Printing, in a creaky, old imperial building overlooking the narrow Moyka River, is tying itself into the extravagant Goodwill machinery. An exhibit opens there today of 400 turn-of-the-century postcards depicting wrestlers, rowers, golfers and tennis players."Well," Galina Klarovskaya, a researcher at the museum, said yesterday, "this is the biggest excitement we've had in the city since the 250th anniversary celebration back in 1956 -- and anyway that came three years too late."
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