SUPERSTARS HAVE WEAKNESSES, TOO: Steve Young of the 49ers is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Reggie Miller and John Stockton are NBA stars and Tom Glavine is a 13-game winner for the Atlanta Braves.
All confess, however, they have weaknesses in other sports.
"I used to swim for a team at the Boys Club, but I can't open my eyes under water," said Young. "They finally told me to go home because I kept hitting the wall."
Miller of the Indiana Pacers said he is awful at golf. "I once played four or five holes and I couldn't get the ball into the air. I had someone else hit the ball to the hole. Then I putted as if I were on a putt-putt course."
The comments appear in the Sports Illustrated for Kids issue, which is out Monday.
Stockton of the Utah Jazz said he was no good at pole vaulting, to which he was introduced in the eighth grade. "I tried three times," said Stockton. "I knew I couldn't do it."
"It didn't take me long to find out I was no good at tennis," Glavine said. "My arm hurt when I finished playing."
PEP BOYS 400K: At Dover, Del., despite devastating the field in qualifying for the Pep Boys 400k, Tony Stewart has no plans to be a showoff today.
And he doesn't believe the 2.722-mph gap by which he won the pole over Davey Hamilton will be the decisive factor when the Indy Racing League drivers take the green flag. Stewart's biggest ally might be Dover Downs International Speedway - also known as the Monster Mile.
TORONTO MOLSON-INDY: Alex Zanardi can't do anything he wants on the racetrack.
The Italian driver, who has been doing everything right of late, could not hold off Dario Franchitti on Saturday in the battle for the Toronto Molson-Indy pole position.
KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: With some imported dirt and an assist from some of Kentucky's favorite race car drivers, a northern Kentucky developer broke ground Saturday for the $152 million Kentucky Speedway.
There was no parking available at the speedway site in Gallatin County, so developer Jerry Carroll brought a truckload of dirt to Turfway Park horse track just south of Cincinnati and staged a daylong "Speedfest" for racing fans.
PACKERS SIGN KLINGLER: The Green Bay Packers signed veteran free agent David Klingler as a backup quarterback Saturday.
Klingler, 29, was a first-round pick of Cincinnati in 1992, left the Bengals in 1995 and spent the last two seasons with Oakland.
He is expected to compete with rookie Matt Hasselbeck, a sixth-round choice from Boston College, for the Packers' No. 3 quarterback slot behind Brett Favre and Doug Pederson.
MOOSE IS LOOSE: Daryl Johnston knows the day will come eventually.
It will be the first big hit on a neck that underwent surgery last October for a bulging disc.
"I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little bit nervous," the Dallas Cowboys fullback said. "I want to see how it feels. How I react."
Johnston's streak of 149 consecutive NFL games ended last year against Jacksonville on. Oct. 19. He was inactive for the rest of the season and there were some who thought his career might be over.
After the surgery doctors told Johnston he could play again but advised against it.
RAMS SIGN PICK: A day before the start of training camp, the St. Louis Rams signed first-round draft pick Grant Wistrom on Saturday.
Wistrom, a defensive end from Nebraska, is expected on the practice field Sunday when rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans take the field for the first time.
KINER KNOWS THE PRESSURE: Ralph Kiner knows how the pressure will build for Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey and Sammy Sosa if they continue to close in Roger Maris' home run record.
At least, they won't have to deal with the Babe Ruth cult, as Kiner did in 1949 when the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer hit 54 homers.
Kiner said as his home run count got into the 50s, he began to get threatening letters.
"They said that if I broke Ruth's record, something awful would happen to me," Kiner said.
BIG KLU'S NUMBER RETIRED: The Cincinnati Reds honored the late Ted Kluszewski on Saturday by displaying his number on a replica jersey - one without sleeves, of course.
The 9-foot replica with Kluszewski's No. 18 was unveiled behind the left-field wall before a game against the San Diego Padres. He is the third former Reds player to have his number retired this season, following Frank Robinson and Joe Morgan.
Kluszewski's is the most eye-catching because it has no sleeves. The first baseman with massive upper arms got so frustrated with the tight flannel shirts the Reds wore in the late '40s and early '50s that he cut off the sleeves.
TEAM USA WINS: Purdue center Brad Miller paced five players in double figures with 17 points as the USA Basketball Men's World Championship team routed France 93-63 Saturday night in an exhibition game.
The exhibition was one of three scheduled in Europe for the USA team before it begins World Championship play. The Americans will play the Spanish National Team on Sunday in Monte Carlo, and the Italian National Team in Rome on July 25.
UTAH TEAM GOES 3-3: The Utah boys All-Star team went 3-3 in competition Saturday in the 1998 Down Under Hoops Classic, in Auckland, New Zealand. They defeated the Missouri All-Stars in the first game of the day, 99-78. Aaron Hoody led the scoring with 16 points, and Jarom Bishop contributing 14. The Utah All-Stars then went on to beat the Youth Town North Shore New Zealand Team by the score of 77-68. Clint Pitchforth scored 20 points. They then defeated the Manukau New Zealand Team 81-69.
BOBSLED QUALIFIERS: The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Club (USBSF) had it's first of three preliminary tests to qualify for the Push Championships Saturday to find interested athletes who would like to represent the U.S. in World Cup Races this Winter. About one in six of the entrants qualified for the championships but Stan Harbuck, the President of USBSF, says the numbers would be higher if the right athletes would come out for the testing. The prime athlete is 200 pounds and can run the 100 meter in 12 seconds, and for women, 135 pounds and can run the 100 meter in 14.5. Another test will be held early in August. For information on registering, or any questions contact Patrick Brown (435) 655-0220.
THOMPSON STOPS EUBANK: Carl Thompson became the first fighter to stop former world middleweight and super-middleweight champion Chris Eubank Saturday when he held onto his fringe WBO cruiserweight title after the challenger failed to come out for the 10th round.