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Wednesday, January 22, 1992 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Sports Digest

Norwegian Wins World Cup Event; Leaders `Stumble'

Times News Services

-- SKIING

Ole Christian Furuseth of Norway scored his first World Cup victory of the year today, winning a giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland.

Alberto Tomba of Italy led after the first run, but he lost a ski in the second run and dropped out. World Cup leader Paul Accola of Switzerland was disqualified because he showed up too late for the first-heat start.

Furuseth posted his sixth career victory on the twisting Kuonisbergli course with a total time of 2 minutes, 36.89 seconds.

Hans Pieren, racing on his home course, finished second in 2:37.65. Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg was third in 2:37.81.

-- OLYMPICS

Ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, a spectacular flop in Calgary four years ago, lost his last chance today to make Britain's team for the Albertville Winter Olympics next month.

Stricter qualifying standards ruled out Edwards, who two weeks ago appealed to Britain's Princess Anne, a member of the International Olympic Committee, to help him gain acceptance.

Edwards, 29, finished a distant last in the ski jumping at the 1988 Calgary Games but was a highly popular loser.

"I'm still Britain's No. 1 ski jumper, and I think I should be given the right to represent my country," he said.

-- BASEBALL

Smoking will be banned during Everett Giants games at Everett Memorial Stadium, the Northwest League club announced. Three seasons ago, the Giants became the first professional team to ban the use of chewing tobacco on the field. The first team to ban smoking at an outdoor stadium was the Oakland A's in 1989.

-- Ted Williams has been released from a Gainesville, Fla., hospital about a week after undergoing neck surgery aimed at preventing future strokes. Williams, 73, entered the hospital Jan. 13. The surgery was related to a mild stroke the former Boston Red Sox star suffered in November.

-- Outfielder Dave Martinez and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a one-year contract for $1.3 million, a raise of $495,000 over his 1991 salary.

-- YACHT RACING

Defiant overcame a slow start to beat Jayhawk, its America stablemate, for its fourth straight victory in the first round-robin of the America's Cup defender selection series near San Diego.

Defiant, the newer of the two America syndicate's yachts, took the sixth race of the series, raced over a 22.6-mile course, by 2 minutes, 36 seconds.

Defiant leads the nine-race first round with four points. Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes has two points and Jayhawk none.

-- AWARDS

Long jumper Mike Powell, basketball player Christian Laettner, gymnast Kim Zmeskal and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi are among the 10 finalists for the 1991 Sullivan Award.

Other finalists are swimmer Mike Barrowman, boxer Eric Griffin, freestyle skier Donna Weinbrecht, sprinter Michael Johnson, synchronized swimmer Sarah Josephson and diver Kent Ferguson.

The award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union to the nation's outstanding amateur athlete, will be given March 2 in Indianapolis.

-- FOOTBALL

Jon Garber, 25, Brigham Young offensive lineman, has tranferred to Western Washington University and plans to play for the Vikings in the fall. Garber, a senior from Bellevue, was an all-KingCo Conference player at Interlake High School.

-- COURTS

A federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif., rejected a guilty plea from a man accused of sending threatening and obscene letters to Katarina Witt, Olympic figure-skating champion.

U.S. District Judge Gary Taylor said he was unable to determine if Harry Veltman III, who has a history of mental problems, understood his constitutional rights and was willing to relinquish them. Taylor scheduled a March 10 trial for Veltman, 47.

-- LOCAL NOTES

William R. Hickman, a Seattle attorney and founder of the Seattle Track Club, has been selected an athletics competition official for the Olympic track and field trials in New Orleans in June. Hickman also served as a timer at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, a track umpire at the 1987 Pan-American Games and a starter at the 1990 Goodwill Games.

-- Five members of the Old Puget Sound Beach rugby club have been selected to the National Seven a Side Eagle team. Tony Ridnell, Jim Burgette and Mike Telkamp will be on the squad that will play in the World Seven a Side Championships in Hong Kong April 4 and 5. They will be joined by Finau Puloka and Dave Bateman the next weekend in Melrose, Scotland.

Copyright (c) 1992 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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