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Montana to endorse jeans, shoes for L. A. Gear

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, who guided his team to its second straight Super Bowl victory last month, has signed a multimillion, three-year contract with L. A. Gear Inc. The athletic shoe and apparel company plans to release a signature line of men's jeans called "The Montana" this fall and Montana's name will appear on cross-training shoes. . . . The NFL's Phoenix Cardinals hired Jerry Rhome as offensive coordinator Tuesday and retained assistants Joe Pascale and Jim Johnson for unspecified defensive positions. The moves were the first for new Cardinals head coach Joe Bugel since he was hired Feb. 6. Waltrip takes pole position for Goody's stock car race Darrell Waltrip, the defending champion, ran off Tuesday with the pole position for Saturday's Goody's 300 Busch Grand National stock car race. Waltrip, a five-time winner of the 300-mile event at Daytona International Speedway, turned a fast lap of 188.945 mph in a Chevrolet Lumina. Waltrip also will try to defend a victory Sunday in the Daytona 500. . . . Ernie Irvan turned the fastest lap in the final session of time trials for Sunday's Daytona 500. Irvan improved from a lap of 190.259 mph on Monday to 191.763. . . . There was no change Tuesday in the condition of driver Julius "Slick" Johnson, 41, who sustained critical head injuries in a crash at Daytona International Speedway.

Mike Staley, 35, a track safety worker injured in a related incident, continued to be listed in serious but stable condition. Both men are at Halifax Medical Center.

10th anniversary of 1980 Olympics celebrated The Adirondack Mountain village of Lake Placid, N.Y., began a weeklong celebration Tuesday to commemorate the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Eight members of the hockey team, including goaltenders Jim Craig and Steve Janaszak, captain Mike Eruzione and defenseman Bill Baker, will be honored in the same arena where they shocked the sports world by defeating the Soviets and winning the gold medal. People in Lake Placid were looking forward to the Olympics 10 years ago, but at the start nearly everything that could go wrong did go wrong. But speed skater Eric Heiden and the U.S. Olympic hockey team helped people forget the problems.

U.S. soccer team slips past Bermuda Chris Sullivan scored his first-ever international goal on a spectacular over-the-head kick eight minutes into the second half, giving the United States soccer team a 1-0 victory over Bermuda in Hamilton, Bermuda. Sullivan, a 24-year-old forward from Redwood City, Calif., took a pass from Eric Wynalda and made a bicycle kick from 10 yards out. It was the first victory for the United States since Nov. 19, when it beat Trinidad and Tobago to advance to the World Cup for the first time since 1950. The Americans lost to Costa Rica and Colombia two weeks ago.

Also worth mentioning . . .

Tampa Bay Downs will offer free grandstand admission on Monday in observance of President's Day. . . . Natasha Kuchiki, 13, will be allowed to compete in next month's World Figure Skating Championships, the International Skating Union said Tuesday. An ISU rule prohibits skaters younger than 14 from participating in the world championships.

Kuchiki and partner Todd Sand finished second at last week's American championships. . . . Roland Martin, nine-time Angler of the Year, snagged 11 bass weighing a total of 30 pounds, 2 ounces over two days to take the lead in the $600,000 B.A.S.S. Megabucks V Tournament in Leesburg. . . . Nikki Gianulias of Vallejo, Calif., won the top-seeded position for the finals of the $35,000 Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Robby's Open in Alexandria, La. Cardinals hire Rhome as offensive coordinator The NFL's Phoenix Cardinals hired Jerry Rhome as offensive coordinator Tuesday and retained assistants Joe Pascale and Jim Johnson for unspecified defensive positions. The moves were the first for new Cardinals head coach Joe Bugel since he was hired Feb. 6. Purdue assistant coach Bill Kollar was hired by Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville. Kollar coached the special teams and defensive linemen for Tampa Bay in 1984. Glanville also said Tim Jorgensen, the Falcons' strength and conditioning coach the past three years, will continue in that position. Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown said he is considering asking that his name be removed from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, calling the hall "racist," according to a report published Tuesday in the Dayton Daily News.

- Compiled by Sherry Robinson.

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