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Michela Figini Scores Her Fourth Straight World Cup Ski Victory

January 14, 1985

Olympic downhill champion Michela Figini of Switzerland recorded her fourth successive women's World Cup ski victory of the season Sunday by winning the super-giant slalom event in 1 minute 23.13 seconds at Pfronten, West Germany.

West Germany's Marina Kiehl, who celebrated her 20th birthday Saturday, was second in 1:23.48 and Maria Walliser of Switzerland placed third in 1:24.01.

Eva Twardokens of Squaw Valley, Calif., the lone U.S. skier among the top finishers, came in ninth at 1:24.68..

The result left Figini on top of the World Cup overall standings with 165 points, 20 ahead of Brigitte Oertli of Switzerland. Kiehl and Walliser are tied for third with 137 points.

Adam Walsh, 83, former Hollywood High School athlete and captain of the 1924 Notre Dame football team that included the Four Horsemen, died suddenly Saturday on an airplane en route from Boston to Providence, R.I.

Walsh, who was later head coach at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., for 20 years, died of undetermined causes.

Under Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, Walsh was a center and was captain of the team that beat Stanford, 27-10, in the 1925 Rose Bowl. The team included the fabled Four Horsemen--Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden and Don Miller.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brunswick.

When Doug Flutie arrives home Tuesday from Japan, where he played in a college all-star game, he will be presented with a contract proposal offered by the New Jersey Generals of the U.S. Football League that would pay him about $1 million a year over the next four seasons, according to reports in the New York Times and Washington Post.

But Flutie, the Boston College quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, wants to wait until he receives an offer from the National Football League before he makes a final decision.

"Attorney Bob Woolf, who represents Flutie, said the quarterback "wants to hear from both sides and make a rational decision. . . . Doug has received an extremely impressive offer from the Generals. As it stands now, I'd say it was 7 to 8 (on a scale of 10) he'd go with the USFL, but the NFL hasn't had their turn at bat, either," Woolf said.

West Germany's Michael Gross shaved three seconds off his personal best time in winning the 200-meter individual medley at the New South Wales Swimming Championships at Sydney, Australia.

Gross, in winning his fourth individual title at the meet, was timed in 2 minutes 9.38 seconds.

Austrian-born Marc Girardelli, now racing for Luxembourg, took advantage of the absence of his main World Cup ski rival to win his third slalom race of the season at Kitzbuehel, Switzerland.

Girardelli, 21, climbed to within 14 points of Switzerland's World Cup-points leader, Pirmin Zurbriggen, winner of a downhill doubleheader Friday and Saturday.

Zurbriggen injured his left knee during Saturday's race and underwent arthroscopic surgery Sunday. He hopes to return to action next week.

U.S. Olympians Doug Nordquist and Doug Lytle have entered the Sunkist Invitational track and field meet Friday night at the Sports Arena.

Nordquist has a best of 7-7 in the high jump and Lytle 18-8 3/4 in the pole vault.

Scratched from the meet because of injury was Gabriel Tiacoh of Washington State and the Ivory Coast, silver medalist in the Olympic 400 meters.

Kansas State basketball Coach Jack Hartman underwent emergency heart-bypass surgery early Sunday, just hours after his Wildcats lost to Oregon State, 56-55, at Manhattan, Kan.

Hartman, 59, began suffering acute chest pains Saturday night at his Manhattan home. He was taken first to St. Mary's Hospital in Manhattan, then transported by ambulance to Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center at Topeka, where he arrived about 2 a.m.

A Stormont-Vail spokeswoman said Hartman underwent quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery at 3 a.m. He was in surgery for three hours.

Hartman was in stable condition Sunday and resting comfortably in the hospital's intensive care unit, the spokeswoman said. He is expected to be hospitalized two weeks.

Meanwhile, Kansas State Athletic Director Dick Towers named assistant coach Darryl Winston as the team's interim coach until Hartman can return.

The NCAA upheld a three-year probation against the University of Florida that made it the first school to suffer a reduction in the permissible total of 95 football scholarships.

After hearing Florida's appeal earlier in the day, the policy-making NCAA Council declined to modify the probation handed down last fall by the Committee on Infractions.

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