Discrediting Janszen would not necessarily solve Rose's apparent problems with baseball. If Peters has told the commissioner's office that he has firsthand knowledge of baseball betting by Rose, the Cincinnati manager will have to refute that as well. Rose can't claim that Peters and Janszen worked together to implicate him. Peters was arrested on information provided through Janszen, and the two men are anything but friendly.
In breaking away last fall from the Men's Tennis Council and announcing plans to form its own tour beginning in 1990, the Association of Tennis Professionals said that its tour would be more responsive than the MTC's to the needs and wishes of players. ATP leadership has violated that pledge, however—and shown a lack of sensitivity—by scheduling two tournaments in South Africa next year, one to be played in Cape Town, the other in Johannesburg.
South Africa has long been banned from the Olympics, the Davis Cup and other sports competitions because of its deplorable treatment of nonwhites under apartheid. To its discredit, the men's pro tennis tour does not have a similar ban. For the last 16 years, the men's Grand Prix tour has included a late-season stop in Johannesburg, and individual players have often been lured to South Africa to take part in lucrative exhibitions. But some top pros, among them John McEnroe and Tim Mayotte, oppose holding tournaments in South Africa, and in forming its new circuit, the ATP had a chance to make a clean break from the past.
In explaining why the association would hold two tournaments in South Africa, ATP chief executive officer Hamilton Jordan said it was not a political judgment, and added that politics and sports shouldn't mix. They do mix, of course, and in the case of South Africa they are inextricable. The South African government has been integrating its sports programs in hopes of gaining readmission to the international sports community and of creating the impression—a false impression—that its society has attained a high level of racial equality.
Thoughtful tennis players don't want to play in South Africa. The Association of Tennis Professionals doesn't need to hold events there.
If you feel the ground quiver slightly on the morning of May 8 at about 10 o'clock, don't worry. More than 230,000 students in all 50 states and on the island of St. Croix will be exercising to celebrate national youth-fitness day. Given the sorry physical condition of much of American youth (SI, March 13), the exercise session, which was put together by Lenny Saunders, a high-spirited phys-ed teacher at Valley View and William Mason elementary schools in Montville, N.J., should be applauded. More to the point, it should be repeated, vigorously and daily, at schools nationwide.
SILENCE IS GOLDEN
SI's Bill Nack, who has correctly picked the Kentucky Derby winner in three of the last six years, offers his forecast for the 115th running of the event:
Throughout the 1980s, racetrack habitués have lamented the absence of an heir to the great thoroughbreds of the 1970s, such as Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Alydar, Affirmed and Spectacular Bid. That may be about to change. Not since Secretariat emerged as the dominant 3-year-old in 1973 has a horse so fired the imagination of the racing public. Easy Goer has the looks, pedigree and style of a Triple Crown champion. No wonder he will probably go off on Saturday as the shortest-priced Derby favorite in years.