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The British election campaign began last week, but seemingly most Englishmen could not have cared less. Harold Wilson and Ted Heath went unnoticed as the nation awaited the fate of Bobby Moore, captain of England's World Cup soccer team. The English team had been uneventfully touring South America preparing for the World Cup matches in Mexico City; but when the team plane set down in Bogot�, Colombia police were there to arrest Moore. The charge: that on a previous visit he had shoplifted a $1,400 emerald bracelet from a hotel jewelry store. The accusation was brought by a salesgirl, Clara Padilla, who told the London Daily Express, " Mr. Bobby Moore came in. He stand by the case where the bracelet was. While he was standing there two of the team, whose names I don't know, came in and spoke to me. I saw him put something in his pocket. Then I looked at the case and this bracelet was gone."
The rest of the English team flew off to Mexico while Moore was detained in Bogot�. An investigating judge visited the scene of the alleged crime, listened to all involved and then let Moore go on condition he report to the Colombian Embassy in London when he gets home from Mexico. Moore's attorney has appealed this decision on the grounds there is no case against his client, and English fans have already issued their verdict: a put-up job to upset England's cup hopes.
ESCAPE IN THE SUN
Emil Zatopek, the Czechoslovakian Olympic hero who fell from official favor after the Russians moved into his homeland, is well and happy, according to a slightly unconvincing interview in France's L'Athl�tisme magazine. Said Zatopek: "I'm freer now. During the past few years, I was a man who belonged to society. I had thousands of meetings, thousands of appointments. Now I work as a laborer with a geological team. We bore into the earth to look for water. It's a little difficult but also interesting.
"I have never considered leaving Czechoslovakia. My future will be that of an average citizen who has the pleasure of seeing others around him. I believe it was Einstein who said, 'Only a life lived for others is worthwhile.' I agree with him. Life is beautiful, and I love it very much. In poor countries I have seen men die of hunger. I am happy to live where one does not die of starvation, where one can learn.
"The qualities I like to see most in a champion are ambition, courage and will. Those are the qualities of a real man. What I dislike most is indifference, the lack of interest. That is the same thing as death."
Sherry Robertson has to be the only $50,000-a-year vice-president who has ever gone back to a baseball bullpen for more money. Now 51 and a veep of the Minnesota Twins, Robertson played 10 years in the majors, mostly for his uncle, Clark Griffith, owner of the Washington Senators. He hit only .230 as a utility in-fielder, and his major personal achievement probably was staying in the game long enough to qualify for a player pension. Recently Robertson discovered he could get his pension increased by $650 a month at age 60 (from $450 to $1,100) if he could get back into uniform for 86 more games.