Old swimmers hoping
to make last big splash
They're all a lot younger than George Foreman, but Matt Biondi, Michael Gross and Adrian Moorhouse are at the age where most swimmers hang up their goggles.
The trio, all world record-holders, are nevertheless among the favorites in the sixth World Swimming Championships, which start this week in Perth, Australia.
While Foreman can make millions from his boxing comeback, whether he regains a title or not, swimming is particularly unrewarding financially even for the up-and-coming young.
The sport has lagged behind track and field in allowing its athletes to earn money from racing or swimming related activities.
Training requires long hours both in and out off the pool, which makes a steady job hard to keep. But Biondi, 25, and 26-year-olds Moorhouse and Gross just won't give up.
Moorhouse's mission in Perth, on Australia's west coast, is perhaps the most obvious. The Briton was disqualified after winning the 100 meters breaststroke at the 1986 world championships in Madrid.
Though he insists he hasn't spent the last four years brooding, Moorhouse admits he wants to add the world title to his Olympic, Commonwealth and European crowns.
Moorhouse's other overriding aim is a new world record. Since setting the mark at 1 minute, 01.49 seconds, he has repeated the time twice, most recently at the British national championships in July.
"I had never tried (to set a world record) in Britain, so I thought I'd give it a go," Moorhouse said. "When I saw the time up on the board, I thought it was a mistake. I thought they'd put the record in the wrong place on the board."
The last thing Moorhouse wants is to equal the time again. "That wouldn't be a dream, that would be a nightmare," he said.
Gross, the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter freestyle world champion, concentrated on his masters degree in political science and his journalism career in 1989. He says he couldn't stop swimming until he was sure he had reached the limits of his potential, his "personal borders."
Biondi, who had planned to keep a toe in the water by competing on the national water polo team, reconsidered after discovering he would be able to finance a swimming career with endorsements and personal appearances.
Since Christmas, teams from the other 70 competing nations have begun to trickle in, including the United States and the first unified German team to compete at a world swimming championships. The event begins Thursday.
Proud N' Appeal burst
keys Ticonderoga victory
Proud N' Appeal took the lead near the stretch and barely held on to beat the fast closing Lady D'Accord in the $89,850 Ticonderoga Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track.
The winner, carrying John Velazquez and 115 pounds for Dee Pee Stables, took a 1/2 -length victory in the race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. Lady D'Accord (116 and S.J. Sellers) came from far back in the eight-horse field to take the runner-up spot, 2 lengths ahead of Royal Residence (111 and Jean-Luc Samyn), who raced coupled in the wagering with Appropriately.
Craig Perret failed once more to record a record-setting 58th stakes victory of the year, finishing sixth aboard favored Twixt Appeal, who never threatened.
The winner covered the distance in 1:44 4/5 on the good track to earn $53,910.
At Santa Anita, Brought To Mind raced to her fourth victory in five starts, scoring an easy win in the $110,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
Jockey Alex Solis kept the winner in second place while Mahaska set a swift pace in the 7-furlong race. But when the field of eight reached the stretch, Brought to Mind easily took the lead and drew out to win by 5 1/2 lengths.
A Wild Ride, ridden by Chris McCarron, came on from third place to finish second, while Mama Simba was third. The winning time was 1:21 3/5 .
Buffalo Raceway to run
only Monday card of meet
The only Monday race program of the current winter meeting is on tap tonight at Buffalo Raceway, an 11-race card beginning at 7:30.
The eighth-race pacing feature, a race for better-class claiming horses, has drawn a field of seven and carries a purse of $2,300.
Dignifire, who finished second last time out, a length behind Champagne Willie after rallying from seventh at the top of the stretch, is the early choice.
League cites Bona's Hauff
as freshman of the week
Tobias Hauff, St. Bonaventure's 6-foot-9 forward from Stockholm, Sweden, has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Freshman of the Week after scoring a career-high 21 points Saturday in the Bonnies' 105-97 victory over Central Connecticut.
Hauff, who hit 10 of 12 field-goal attempts, also had nine rebounds and had two assists. He is tied for 12th among conference rebounders with a 5.9 per-game average.
Shriver starting comeback
in Australian tournament
Pam Shriver has no idea what to expect when she plays today in the $150,000 Danone Open at Brisbane, Australia.
Shriver, formerly ranked as high as third, has dropped to 66th in the world after a succession of injuries. She is unseeded in the tournament, which she won in 1983 and 1988.
Shriver had shoulder surgery in June and the Danone Open is one of her first steps on the comeback trail.
"I really don't know what to expect this week," she said Sunday. "It is a mystery. All I know is it is one of the many little steps I have to take to regain full fitness. I'm prepared mentally. Now I just have to get my body fully fit."
The 28-year-old American faces Akiko Kijimuta of Japan in the first round of the 56-woman event, which will be played on synthetic Rebound Ace courts.
The top eight seeds, headed by Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia, all have first-round byes. The tourney is one of a number leading up to the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 14.
Czechs bounce U.S., 5-1,
in World Junior Hockey
Zigmund Palffy scored three goals in the third period, including two short-handed, as Czechoslovakia defeated the United States, 5-1, at the World Junior Hockey championships at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Czechoslovakia's Martin Rucinsky scored his sixth goal at 19:53 of the first period against the surprising Americans, who finished seventh at the world championship last year in Finland. Martin Straka added Czechoslovakia's other goal late in the game.
Doug Weight, picked 34th overall by the NHL's New York Rangers in last summer's entry draft, teamed with another 1990 draft pick, Winnipeg's Keith Tkachuk, for a U.S. goal early in the third period.
The victory improved Czechoslovakia's round-robin record to 3-1, pulling last year's bronze medallists into a tie with the Soviet Union for first place. The Soviets, 3-0, were idle Sunday. The Americans dropped to 1-2-1.