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Political Disorder in South Korea Is Seen as a Threat to 1988 Games

July 09, 1985

The 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, are given only a 70% chance of taking place, according to the political risks division of a major business information supplier.

The New York-based firm of Frost and Sullivan said that its fears about the 1988 Summer Games are based on South Korea's uncertain political climate. Presidential elections are scheduled in February, 1988, and the firm expects incumbent Chun Doo Hwan to choose his successor. If that happens, and there are no open elections, the firm predicts violence and turmoil that will last through the Olympics.

The firm believes that Western nations will push for the Games to be held and that only direct threats to the athletes or major violence would lead to cancellation. It also expects that the Soviet Union and most other Communist countries, except for the People's Republic of China, will boycott the Games if they are held.

Even though Spend a Buck is being readied for a return to action, retirement plans have been completed for the Kentucky Derby winner.

When Spend a Buck retires from racing he will stand at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm at Versailles, Ky. An interest in the colt was sold by Dennis and Linda Diaz Monday for an undisclosed amount to Farish.

Spend a Buck's first start since his $2 million bonus victory in the Jersey Derby May 27 at Garden State Park is expected to be the 1 1/8-mile Amory L. Haskell Invitational July 27 at Monmouth Park.

A Louisiana judge refused to drop charges against basketball players, students and others charged in the Tulane University point-shaving scandal.

Judge Alvin Oser also separated the five remaining defendants in the case into three trials, with John (Hot Rod) Williams scheduled to be tried first, by himself, Aug. 5.

Donald Fehr, the head of the major league baseball players' union, and Lee MacPhail, chief negotiator for the club owners, met for more than two hours. They reviewed franchise financial statements and scheduled another meeting for Wednesday.

Managers Jim Frey of Chicago and Bob Lillis of Houston were named as National League coaches for the All-Star Game in Minneapolis July 16.

Frey will be appearing in his third All-Star game, his first in the National League. Lillis' appearance will be his first.

A program to combat alcohol abuse in Memorial Stadium was introduced by the Baltimore Orioles Monday night.

After witnessing incidents of rowdyism and receiving complaints from fans, the Orioles decided to enforce long-standing Baltimore Park Board regulations which ban alcoholic beverages, or cans and bottles--regardless of their contents--from being brought into the municipally owned facility.

Beer sales within the park were also reduced.

Tex Winter, a former basketball coach at Cal State Long Beach, was named as an assistant by Stan Albeck, new coach of the Chicago Bulls.

Winter, 61, had been an associate coach the last two seasons under Dale Brown at LSU. He also coached at Northwestern, Washington, Kansas State and Marquette, and was coach of the NBA's Houston Rockets from 1971-73,

Isaac Curtis, 34, the Cincinnati Bengals' all-time leading receiver, has decided to retire rather than face the possibility of being released.

The Bengals plan to honor Curtis, who played college football at San Diego State, with a ceremony at halftime of the San Diego-Cincinnati game at Riverfront Stadium Sept. 22.

Luis Zendejas said he has played his last game for the United States Football League's Arizona Outlaws and will begin tryouts with National Football League teams this week.

Zendejas, 23, signed a one-year, $80,000 contract with the Outlaws on Jan. 23. The team has until July 15 to decide whether to pick up his option for a second season. He said that it seems unlikely that the Outlaws will exercise the option because they would have to pay him a bonus of about twice his current salary plus a substantial pay increase for the 1986 season.

He reportedly has tryouts scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions.

Names in the News

Maryalyce Jeremiah, who coached at Indiana University for the last five years, was named women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, replacing Chris Gobrecht, who resigned this spring to coach at the University of Washington.

John Zeller has been named athletic director and baseball coach at Masters College, formerly Los Angeles Baptist.

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