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Edited by Robert W. Creamer
April 19, 1976
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April 19, 1976


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1. To Miami for Joe Theismann.
2. To San Diego for Duane Thomas.
3. To San Diego for Bryant Salter.
4. To San Diego for Walt Sweeney.
5. To St. Louis for Fred Sturt, but...
5. ...from St. Louis in a deal for Dave Butz.
6. To Kansas City for Jim Tyrer, but...
6. ...from Los Angeles in a deal for Tim Stokes.
7. Taken away from the Redskins by the league as forfeit for a signing infraction.
8. To Atlanta for Glenn Hyde, but...
8. ...from Los Angeles in the Stokes deal.
9. A genuine, original, unsullied Redskin pick.


This is not a trivia question. What do Dristan cough syrup, Listerine lozenges, Pertussin 8-Hour cough formula, St. Joseph cough syrup, Vicks cough silencers and Vicks Formula 44 cough mixture have in common? No, no, not the obvious—that they are all things you take when you have a cold. Something else, and if you are an Olympic athlete, or hope to be, you'd better know what it is.

Ready? They are all on a list of medications that conceivably could get an athlete disqualified from the Olympics and banned from amateur competition for life. Sound silly? Maybe, but the list, prepared for the U.S. women's track and field committee, says that is the way it is. In cracking down on the use of certain drugs by world-class athletes, international sports authorities have gone in for overkill. They are banning everything in sight, and if an athlete tests positive—even if the so-called forbidden drug is in his system only because small amounts of it were in the ordinary cough medicine he happened to take, as an ordinary citizen might—he can be zapped. Joan Wenzel, of Canada, who finished third in the Pan-American Games' 800 meters in Mexico City last fall, was barred for life when phenylephrine, a banned substance, was discovered in her system. Wenzel says she took a cold capsule before the race. Too bad, said the International Track and Field Federation. Canada is appealing, as well it might, especially since the organizing committee for the Montreal Games has endorsed Coricidin D, another antihistamine, which also contains stuff the IAAF has banned.

"It's ridiculous," Wenzel says. And indeed it seems so. But to be on the safe side, you Olympic athletes, watch out for Listerine, avoid Vicks, run from Pertussin. How about a nice mustard plaster instead?


Conjecture on what will happen when—perhaps if?—Muhammad Ali meets Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki in Tokyo on June 25 is bubbling. Serious wrestlers claim that any collegiate light heavyweight could take Ali. Even Pat Patterson, a professional who is one of the many U.S. champions, says, "It would last less than a minute. I'd immediately go to the floor. Ali would try to dance, but he'd have no chance. I'd get him somewhere in the legs and bring him to the mat. After that, God help him."

However, history points out that Jack Dempsey twice had bouts with wrestlers Dempsey won. Surprised? Archie Moore also engaged in such a match not long before his epic heavyweight title bout with Rocky Marciano. No, Archie didn't lose, either.

If you still feel Ali is in danger and that a bet on the wrestler is worth trying, don't go to Nevada looking for odds. There won't be any. As they say in horse racing, it's out, out and out.

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