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March 28, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Within the last four months, the East German Gymnastics and Sports Federation (DTSB) has changed leadership three times. A former vice president committed suicide, allegedly because he was involved in a financial scandal that was about to be uncovered. Coaches and athletes have been lured to the West with promises of luxury apartments, cars and hard currency. "It is like living on a volcano," DTSB Secretary Werner Neumann said this week. "There are new eruptions every day."
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July 13, 1994 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the sort of question that can lead to endless argument: Which was the best ever World Cup semifinal? Those who were in Italy four years ago will claim the England-West Germany game in Milan and the Argentina-Italy game in Naples, both of which went to overtime and then to penalty kicks, deserve the honor. They will be wrong.
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August 16, 1990 | THERESA MUNOZ
Two of the greatest butterfly specialists in swimming history, Mark Spitz and Michael Gross, got together last Thursday for an informal training session at UCLA's Sunset Recreation Center. Spitz, four-time individual Olympic gold medalist who held the 100- and 200-meter butterfly world records 16 times, is making a comeback after 17 years away from the sport.
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June 20, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sports officials in West Germany knew for 15 years that some top athletes were using banned drugs but did nothing to stop them, according to a report released by the Reiter Commission, which was set up to look at a wave of such allegations after last year's German unification.
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March 6, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Southern Californian is leading after Monday's compulsory figures at the World Championships. Not surprisingly, it isn't Christopher Bowman of Van Nuys. On his list of likes, figures would finish only slightly higher than malathion. After wearing his patch skates for the last time, now that compulsories have been eliminated from international competition after this meet, Bowman said, "I'm leaving my skate guards on my blades until they crumble into the archives."
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November 4, 1987
Wolfgang Schmidt, a former world record-holder in the discus throw who spent more than a year in an East German prison, has been allowed to leave his communist homeland, a West German newspaper reported Tuesday. The Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper said Schmidt arrived in West Germany on Monday after receiving permission from East German authorities to emigrate. Schmidt, 33, was the captain of the East German track and field team until August 1982.
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August 7, 1990 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a land where 1-0 soccer scores prompt national celebrations and general mayhem, a quarterback who threw 52 touchdown passes in a single season might as well have not existed. Such is the staggering popularity climb American football faces in Germany. There are three sporting names that matter here: Steffi Graf, Boris Becker and Franz Beckenbauer. If your name is not among them, take your proper place behind a long and lonely offensive line in Berlin.
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June 27, 1988 | Randy Harvey
Even in the world's track and field capital, football is king. We, of course, are referring to European football, which requires short pants to play and a long attention span to watch. Saturday, the start of the second day of the three-day East German track and field championships was postponed for three hours so as not to interfere with soccer's European Championships, which were televised live from Munich, West Germany.
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July 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
West Germans shouted, "Deutschland! Deutschland!" honked horns and set off fireworks Sunday night, minutes after their team's World Cup soccer victory at Rome. East Germans also joined the wild night of partying. The 1-0 victory over defending champion Argentina on a penalty kick by Andreas Brehme with six minutes remaining touched off a night of celebration. Hundreds popped champagne corks and trampled bottles, leaving many downtown areas littered with glass.
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July 9, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One month and 52 games after it began, soccer's World Cup was decided in a most anti-climactic fashion--on a controversial penalty kick six minutes from the end of the championship game at the Olympic Stadium. Although the referee's call that produced the game's only goal might not have been just, it was justice that prevailed when West Germany beat Argentina, 1-0, Sunday. West Germany, as it has been throughout the tournament, was the dominant team from start to finish of the 90-minute game.
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September 7, 1990 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Thursday that former West German coach Franz Beckenbauer has agreed in principle to serve as a consultant to the federation through 1992. The agreement came after meetings between Beckenbauer and USSF President Alan Rothenberg this week in West Germany. "This would include helping set up our national team program and making a number of visits to the United States," Rothenberg said. "Thereafter, he will have a substantially more full-time role with the USSF."
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August 17, 1990 | From Associated Press
The possible merger of the East and West German Olympic teams is a matter for Germans to decide and any agreement will be accepted by the International Olympic Committee, IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch said Thursday. Samaranch, who arrived in Berlin for two days of talks with Olympic and civic leaders from both Germanys, said he will attempt to determine what steps are being taken toward reunifying the teams.
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August 16, 1990 | THERESA MUNOZ
Two of the greatest butterfly specialists in swimming history, Mark Spitz and Michael Gross, got together last Thursday for an informal training session at UCLA's Sunset Recreation Center. Spitz, four-time individual Olympic gold medalist who held the 100- and 200-meter butterfly world records 16 times, is making a comeback after 17 years away from the sport.
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August 8, 1990 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rams' Robert Cox remembered one of America's most famous athletes as he practiced on the fields outside Olympiastadion Tuesday. Cox, who earned his degree in history at UCLA, was standing knee deep in it. Books are books. This, he knew, was education. Cox's career as an offensive tackle with the Rams, burgeoning as it is, came into proper perspective.
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August 12, 1990 | ANN CONWAY
Jason Pedro couldn't believe his luck. Not only had the 22-year-old soldier received a citation for outstanding inspection at his U.S. Army base in Darmstadt, Germany, he'd won a ticket to American Bowl '90 to boot. Sitting in Olympiastadion before Saturday's game between the Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs, the former Cypress resident said he missed Orange County and missed the football games at Anaheim Stadium.
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August 12, 1990 | MIKE PENNER
The mystery of the missing scoreboard at Olympiastadion remains unanswered, so let's stick with the questions raised by Saturday's clueless affair at American Bowl '90. Was there no scoreboard because the Rams and the Chiefs made one unnecessary? Or did the Rams and the Chiefs stop scoring because there was nowhere to put the points?
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