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He Should Be Worrying Plenty Right About Now

INSIDE TRACK | MORNING BRIEFING

September 18, 1996|MAL FLORENCE

Dallas cornerback Kevin Smith in the Dallas Morning News before the Cowboys played the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday:

"I'm not really worried about the Colts' receivers. Their offense is basically about the same as New York gave us. Defensively, we're not worried about any team."

Start worrying, Kevin. Colt quarterback Jim Harbaugh threw two touchdown passes in a 25-24 victory.

It could be a long season in Dallas.

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Trivia time: Who holds the NCAA Division I-A record for most yards gained rushing in a game?

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He'll walk it: Olympic decathlon champion Dan O'Brien was honored Sunday in his hometown of Klamath Falls, Ore.

A street, Dan O'Brien Way, was named for him. It's about 1,500 meters long--the length of the race that is the last and O'Brien's least favorite of the 10 decathlon events.

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Real men: Canadian John Bland, who will defend his title in the Ralphs Senior Classic on Oct. 4-6 at the Wilshire Country Club, is close to earning $1 million this year on the Senior PGA Tour.

Asked how he will celebrate when he reaches that figure, Bland said: "My friends out here told me I have to buy drinks and take them out to dinner. That could be quite expensive because they don't drink Coca-Cola like they do on the regular tour. These guys drink whiskey."

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Going, going . . . : In Sunday's Houston Chronicle, John McClain wrote: "It's amazing that [New York] Jet Coach Rich Kotite can get a job. Since the 10th game in 1994, Kotite's teams are 3-22."

Later that day, Kotite became 3-23 after a 36-27 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

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Weeds win: Steve Peeler, head groundskeeper at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, talking about the poor condition of the new grass field: "It's on life support. I think the field is terminal."

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Bush bank: Under an agreement with Bank One, Arizona Diamondback play-by-play announcers will be contractually obligated to call every Arizona home run hit at Bank One Ballpark a "Bank One Boomer."

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FYI: The oldest St. Louis-L.A. Ram record is held by former UCLA standout Kenny Washington, a 92-yard touchdown run from scrimmage in 1946 against the Chicago Cardinals.

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Looking back: On this day in 1965, UCLA lost to Michigan State, 13-3, in a season-opening game at East Lansing, Mich.

The Bruins avenged that defeat by beating the No. 1-ranked Spartans, 14-12, in the Rose Bowl game on Jan. 1, 1966.

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Trivia answer: Tony Sands of Kansas, with 396 yards against Missouri on Nov. 23, 1991.

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And finally: NHL players are advised not to mess with former King Luc Robitaille, now with the New York Rangers.

He spent the off-season sharpening his skills with karate lessons to improve his quickness.

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