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The thing that disturbs more than a little bit is the House of Representatives' vote on the measure asking the International Olympic Committee to reject Beijing's bid for the Summer Olympics in the year 2000. One of every four reps voting saw no need for us to express our opposition to a country with a deplorable human rights record being considered as a host site?
Meanwhile, Sydney is the front-runner among a half-dozen cities vying for the honor to be bestowed in Monte Carlo in late September (notice the IOC never skimps when it comes to selecting a meeting site). To solidify its position, the Australian city is ordering its people not to hang laundry off the balconies of high rises for fear that it puts Sydney in a "third-world country" light.
* Bud Greenspan's "16 Days of Glory" series covering the Barcelona Olympics last year hits the Disney Channel Aug. 15 and, once again, it achieves the lofty standard of all Bud's work. Among the subjects are Trent Dimas, the gymnast who came out of nowhere to capture a gold medal; Evelyn Ashford, competing in her fourth Summer Games; an Israeli woman expert in judo; and others from the so-called minor sports who carry terrific stories.
* Anybody looking to unload a car, a bus or any other form of transportation might want to get in touch with Riddick Bowe. At last count the heavyweight champ has two Mercedes, a BMW with a marble steering wheel, two Rolls Royces, which cost $178,764 and $178,200, a jeep and a $300,000 bus, all with at least two phones in them. "I don't even drive most of them," Bowe says, "but I love cars." No kidding.
* Wouldn't you think with all those pitchers going for the collar in the National League day after day the overall batting average in the American League would be better than a few points over the NL, .267 to .264?
* It's scary to think what Michael Johnson might do at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Aug. 14-22. The long-sprinter from Baylor, who ran an American best 43.74 in the 400 meters at the Nationals, says he wasn't even prepared for that race and he is now and is convinced, "I'll run a lot faster in Zurich [tuneup] and Germany."
* The Association of Tennis Professionals yearly takes great delight in announcing new cities on its tour. For instance, this year such exotic stops as Beijing, Jakarta, Durban, Dubai, Doha, Zaragoza, Osaka and Halle have joined the parade. Problem is, sometimes the ATP doesn't make sure the faithful old standbys such as Boston, Washington and Newport are kept happy while providing them with pretty skimpy fields considering the prize money offered.
* Commentators have been pretty brutal with their remarks concerning the management of the San Diego Padres unloading huge-salaried players because the small-market club simply can't afford them. Where is it written that an owner has to pay these outlandish salaries, thus facilitating his trip to bankruptcy court?
Back a lifetime ago, baseball's grand old man, Connie Mack, had to peddle the likes of Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Mickey $l Cochrane and Al Simmons to keep the wolves from the door. . . and others have had to do it, too (take a bow, Harry Frazee).
* Anybody who has been to Mexico City has a pretty good idea why the national soccer team of Mexico hasn't lost in Azteca Stadium since 1981. The city is situated a mile and a half up in perhaps the dirtiest air on earth, caused by 11 million residents and at least that many old automobiles. After a 4-0 setback the other day, the United States is 0-17 at Azteca.
* Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) must have been the guy heading up the NCAA investigation into schools offering too many football scholarships. Several Big Ten schools were found to be in violation of the rules going all the way back to 1978.
Along these lines, Southern Cal was found to be fracturing the rules several years ago by padding its football roster with kids attending the school on band scholarships.
* Now that Oakland manager Tony La Russa has scraped his 50-pitch limit for his flingers after the brainstorm led to one victory in seven outings, word has it that the A's skipper is thinking about going with four outfielders with the pitcher responsible for covering first base.