April 30, 1989 |
This spring has seen perhaps the greatest thaw for Soviet athletes seeking their fortune, fame and even a little freedom in the sports arenas of North America. There's a Soviet hockey player skating for the Calgary Flames in the NHL, tennis star Natalia Zvereva signed with a U.S. agent and boldly criticized her nation's tennis federation over her prize money, progress has been made toward bringing a Soviet player to the NBA next season, and an agreement was reached for 10 Soviet boxers to fight in the United States this year.
January 11, 1992 |
The minor sports at Cal State Northridge that are without conference affiliation might find a home in the BIGWACPAC, an alignment of schools from the Big West, Western Athletic and Pacific 10 conferences. The trio of conferences agreed Thursday at the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. convention in Anaheim to unite for the purpose of enhancing competition and controlling costs, according to Pac-10 Commissioner Thomas Hansen and Big West Commissioner James Haney.
June 3, 1986 |
Distance runner Jeff Drenth collapsed after a training run Monday and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Drenth, a 24-year-old native of Charlevoix, Mich., collapsed after arriving at the offices of the Athletics West track club for a scheduled massage. Said Scott Pengelly of Athletics West: "He was joking around with some friends, and then he stepped into the rest room. Some of our friends found him there, and the paramedics were called."
April 16, 1989
Olympian Brian Abshire of Athletics West shattered a meet record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the 23rd annual Dogwood Relays at Knoxville, Tenn. Abshire's time was 8 minutes 29.52 seconds, breaking the record of 8:30.7 set by Tennessee Coach Doug Brown on April 10, 1976. Rob Curtis, who graduated from Kentucky in 1985, threw the javelin 257 feet 11 inches.