VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 27 -- The Canberra Raiders, one of Australia's leading rugby league teams, have held talks with Sierra Leone's surprise 100-meter silver medalist Horace Dove-Edwin -- on the strength of 10.02 seconds' work. Dove-Edwin ran second behind England's Olympic and world champion Linford Christie this week and Canberra officials contacted him through the Sierra Leone delegation. He met with a Canberra representative and said Saturday he probably would go to Australia later in the year to check out the club. But Dove-Edwin admitted his only experience with the game was watching it on television, and he couldn't even remember if it was league or rugby union he had seen. Pressed further, the athlete -- who is getting support from Nike since his run and subsequent stories about lack of a uniform -- wasn't sure of the differences between the 13-man league and 15-man union codes. One thing is an advantage in both games, though - speed. ------
VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Malaysia is one of the major powers in world badminton and, along with England, dominated the Commonwealth competition. It's all been done in front of around 1,500 people at the University of Victoria -- a far cry from what's in store in 1998, when Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur will host the Games. A new hall holding 15,000 will hold the matches, with a spillover hall with a capacity of 8,000 helping out in the early rounds. What's more, officials fully expect both arenas to be sold out far in advance as fans bid to watch a sport that is rivalled only by soccer in poularity. ------
VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- One of the biggest names in lawn bowls isn't in attendance this year. England's triple singles gold medalist David Bryant decided the trip was too much for him and his pipe. Maybe he was concerned that the region's strict anti-smoking laws would have prevented him smoking his pipe -- as is his want -- during matches. It's true that spectators at the Juan de Fuca Centre must leave the facility if they want to smoke -- but ashtrays abound on the greens where the bowlers have been happily puffing throughout the tournament. ------
VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Weightlifting looks hard and it looks dangerous. That's because it is. Scotland's John McEwan needed a trip to hospital this week for treatment after he dislocated his elbow while trying to snatch 135 kilograms. McEwan is OK now, but said Saturday he was now thinking of retiring.