Who's in that bobsled? Al Davis wants...


Who's in that bobsled? Al Davis wants to know

ALBERTVILLE, France -- Los Angeles Raiders coach Art Shell won't be coming to the Winter Olympics. But don't bet against Raiders owner Al Davis showing up for the two-man bobsled competition that begins Feb. 15.

The reason?

Raiders tight end Greg Harrell will be pushing the U.S.A. II sled driven by Brian Richardson.

"Coach Shell wanted to come, but said he wouldn't be able to," said Harrell, a former University of Maryland player who lives in Columbia, Md. "But Al Davis is definitely interested. During the season, he'd always remind me that running on grass and running on ice are different."

Lindros speaks

In the past year, Canadian team hockey player Eric Lindros has been compared to Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, turned into a symbol for what ails a bilingual country and forced to play in junior hockey league games while sitting out this NHL season.

Yesterday, Lindros showed up for his first practice at the Winter Olympics. He answered questions about his holdout with the Quebec Nordiques, his plans and his team's chances of winning the gold medal.

"I believe every person was put on Earth for a reason," he said. "Mine was to sell newspapers."

Oops, we forgot

Suppose they held a men's downhill and four-time World Cup winner Marc Girardelli wasn't invited?

It almost happened. Yesterday, officials of the Luxembourg ski federation forgot to sign up their one-man team for Sunday's downhill race. Fortunately for the officials, and the Olympics, the deadline was moved back to accommodate Girardelli.

Snow job

Four hundred soldiers and ski school instructors hit the men's downhill slope in Val d'Isere. Armed with shovels and skis, they removed more than 1 foot of snow that was dumped during Tuesday's blizzard.

"There never was any panic," said venue manager Philippe Devron. "Everything was normal."

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